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OCS - The Skin Sensitivity Test

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5 Food Fixes for Thinning Hair

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

5 Food Fixes for Thinning Hair

Nutrition may be the key to stronger strands

by Shelley Emling, AARP, December 8, 2017


Eggs have key nutrients that may prevent hair loss and avocados may help keep it soft and shiny. 

En español | Have you started seeing globs of hair in your brush or shower drain? If so, you’re not alone.

By the age of 50, as many as 85 percent of all men have experienced a thinning of their hair, according to the American Hair Loss Association, a consumer organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of hair loss. Women, too, often see hair loss as they age, with as many as 40 percent of all women experiencing hair thinning. For women, the most common cause is female pattern hair loss (FPHL), a condition that affects millions, especially those 50 and older, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

The reasons for hair loss vary. It can be caused by childbirth or other stressful events. Heredity, thyroid levels and even frequent use of a flat iron can also be to blame. Since hair loss is less socially acceptable for women than it is for men, it can take a toll on a woman’s emotional well-being and level of confidence, experts say. Even so, loss of hair can be unsettling for both sexes.

But the good news is that not all hair loss is permanent. By increasing your intake of foods rich in certain nutrients, you may be able to strengthen your strands.

Here are five good-for-your-hair foods that you might want to add to your diet.

  1. Carrots
    Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which, in the body, gets converted into vitamin A. Vitamin A not only helps preserve good vision and boosts your immune system, it’s also good for your hair and skin. In addition, carrots contain biotin, which helps promote hair growth. Other good sources of beta-carotene are sweet potatoes, spinach and kale.
  2. Salmon
    Although more research is needed, some studies in years past have pointed to a connection between a vitamin D deficiency and hair loss. Why? Because vitamin D appears to aid in the stimulation and nourishment of hair follicles. One of the best sources of vitamin D is salmon, which also contains omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s lubricate the scalp and reduce the dryness that can lead to hair breakage. If you choose to take a vitamin D supplement, though, be sure to check with your doctor first, as excessive intake can cause nausea, constipation and other side effects.
  3. Eggs
    Eggs not only have protein and iron, but also biotin, which helps control hair loss by improving the infrastructure of keratin — which is what hair is made from. (Many people even take biotin in supplement form in order to try and stimulate hair growth.) Furthermore, the folate in eggs also acts as a hair booster. Keep in mind, though, that it’s the yolk that’s key — not the egg white.
  4. Avocados
    Avocados are rich in the monounsaturated kind of healthy fat that can help keep your hair soft and shiny. They also are high in vitamins B12 and E, which may improve the quality of your hair strands. Avocados may also help spark the production of collagen and elastin if applied topically to your hair and scalp, usually as part of a conditioner.
  5. Oysters
    Oysters contain more of the mineral zinc per serving than any other food, according to the National Institutes of Health. And zinc helps spur hair growth — so much so that people with a zinc deficiency may suffer from hair loss or slow growth. Important to note: A zinc deficiency can be caused by deficiencies of vitamin A. 


The ABC's to Better Your Body

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)

The “ABC’s” to Better your Body

Avocados...

Avocados are no doubt one of the most beneficial fruits, with their charming good looks and delicious taste, how can anyone resist? The true question is whether you know just how amazing they are. In every bite your body is enriched with potassium, fiber, and tons of vitamins. If that isn’t enough, according to medicalnewstoday.com, avocados also “decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increase energy and overall lower weight.” To seal the deal, these green little angels do all that AND improve your overall mood. Not only pregnant women benefit from Folate! Folate (a type of Vitamin B) is found in avocados. It can prevent depression, stabilizes your mood, and more! All of these benefits in one avocado makes it a clear choice for a happier and healthier life.

Bone Broth...

Bone Broth is the result of boiling bones from an animal, usually chicken, turkey, or beef. This is packed with vitamins, minerals, etc. Besides that, it also helps to strengthen bones, increase your immune system, help with digestion, and reduce joint pain. Yes please!

Here’s the recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/beef-bone-broth-51260700

Charcoal...

Ahhh, charcoal. Such a simple thing that does such amazing things. With avocados and bone broth making your insides feel amazing, doesn’t your outside appearance deserve a little pampering too? Many companies have been jumping at charcoal to use in their skin care products such as charcoal face masks, face washes, etc. Many swear by this ingredient to make their skin look flawless; so why not give it a try? I know I will!

 

These ABC’s will have you at your prime, all bringing their best to the table to make you feel the best you can. Give them a try and you’ll be glowing inside and out in no time!

 

Sources:

"9 Incredible Health Benefits of Folate." Dr. Group's Healthy Living Articles. N.p., 02 Oct. 2015. Web. 01 Feb. 2017.

"19 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Avocado (#13 Is WOW)." Well-Being Secrets. N.p., 24 Jan. 2017. Web. 01 Feb. 2017.

"12 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado." Authority Nutrition. N.p., 18 Aug. 2016. Web. 01 Feb. 2017.

Xojane.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2017.

Author: Sydney Alexy

 

Shake It Up

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Many recite and later on believe the famous quote, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” I on the other hand am a strong believer that nothing tastes as good as confidence feels. Nothing makes me feel more confident then living a healthy and active life. Living a healthy life involves more than going to the gym and exercising. A healthy life entails eating what’s best for their body. When many of us think of eating healthy we think of drab salads and tasteless trail mix. A fun and simple way to shake up your healthy living is shakes. Shakes, other times known as smoothies, are delicious and ultimately painless ways to consume your daily fruits and veggies. Here are some great shake recipes that will leave you confident and your stomach satisfied.


Peach- Mango Shake


2/3 cup frozen sliced peaches

2/3 cup frozen mango pieces

2/3 cup peach nectar

1 tablespoon honey

1 (6-ounce) carton organic peach fat-free yogurt


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Strawberry- Banana Shake

1 banana

1 cup strawberries

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1/2 milk

2 teaspoons honey

Pinch of cinnamon

1 cup ice


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Apricot- Almond Shake

1 1/2 cups apricot nectar

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 cup ice


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Black Raspberry–Vanilla Shake

1 pint blackberries

1/2 cup raspberries

1 cup vanilla yogurt

1 tablespoon honey


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Veggie Shake

1 1/4 cups tomato juice

1/4 cup carrot juice

1/2 peeled cucumber

1/2 celery stalk

1/4 cup parsley

1/4 cup spinach

1/2 cup ice


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Kale- Banana Shake

1 banana

2 cups chopped kale

1/2 cup light unsweetened soy milk

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 teaspoon maple syrup


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.


Cucumber- Honeydew Shake

1 cucumber (peeled, seeded, chopped)

2 cups cubed honeydew melon

2 cups passion fruit juice

8 sprigs fresh mint

2 cups crushed ice


Throw all the ingredients listed above into a blender; process 2 minutes or until smooth. Serve immediately.

8 Things That Are Best to Buy Organic

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

With all the information relayed to us through the Internet, social media and television, we all know there’s a benefit to buying our food organic. The hardest part of eating organic is neither the taste nor the nutrition, but the price tag. When buying food for a family of five or six, eating organic might seem out of the picture. Fortunately, there is a happy medium. By only buying the essential foods organic you leave your wallet thicker and a smile on your face. Here are the top eight foods that are best to buy organic.


1. Meat

2. Dairy Products

3. Eggs

4. Coffee

5. Peaches

6. Potatoes

7. Peppers

8. Leafy Greens

What Chemicals Are Hiding In Your Shampoo?

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)


(Photo from Huffingtonpost) 


These following ingredients are hidden in many of your shampoos. Some ingredients are in fact harsh chemicals that can irritate skin, damage follicles, trigger asthma, and may even be known carcinogens. You can't help but wonder, "How can that be healthy for you and your families hair?"


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): These closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. Yet both SLS and SLES are used in about 90% of all shampoos and products that foam. SLS and SLES have been found to cause skin damage, diarrhea, labored breathing, and eye irritation.


Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): This is a particularly scary solvent that is also used in antifreeze. Not only does PEG strip out oils, wax, and silicone, but it has the potential to cause skin irritation and hair follicle damage.


Sodium Chloride: This ingredient is used as a thickener in products containing SLS, but it can cause dry, itchy scalp and encourage hair loss.


Methylisothiazolinone (MIT): MIT commonly used in shampoos to prevent bacterial growth. MIT is a known neurotoxin that has been shown to cause damage to brain cells in animal and in-vitro studies.

 

 



DIY Cleaning Products

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The Telegraph reported that women spend approximately 18 hours a week on housecleaning. That equals out to a whopping 2.6 hours a day (Whelan, 1). According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles, traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure. Americans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually (Vail, 22). You can’t help but wonder, “When you clean are you hurting or helping your family?”

A simple fix in order to assure the use of safe ingredients is do-it-yourself (DIY) cleaning products. These five basic multitasking ingredients below work miracles when it comes to DIY products.


1) White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold.


2) Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water.


3) Hydrogen peroxide is an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative.


4) Lemon juice cuts through grease and removes mold as well as bacteria.


5) Coarse kosher salt helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.


Three Top Home Formulas-


1) Wood polish: Mix a quarter- cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil.


2) Carpet cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda at night and vacuum in the morning. For a deeper clean, combine one cup of vinegar and two- and- a half gallons of water in a steam cleaner.


3) All- purpose cleaner: Combine one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it anywhere, including glass and mirrors.


(“Homemade Eco- Cleaners”, 22 & 23)

Bye Bye, Split Ends!

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Split ends is an ongoing battle, here are some simple tips:


- Maintaining hydration will prevent split ends. 

- Wash and rinse hair in warm or cold water only, never hot.

- Cut down on heat producing processes. This is possible by reducing blow drying , curling and straigthening; resulting in less stress on your hair.

- Keep your hair mosturized with a gentle shampoo and a hydrating conditioner during the summer heat.

- An occasional trim will strengthen your hair and act as a preventive measure against split ends. 

- Beware of hard plastic bristles; they tug, rip and yank. This is an incredibly easy way to damage hair! 

- Rather then scrubbing and rubbing a towel every which way in order to dry your hair, wrap a towel around your hear and simply squeeze. 



What's coming in contact with your skin?

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A conversation with a client about her recent vacation gave me insight to another way to talk about the risks from the toxins in typical hair color products and why I’m committed to the Organic Color System line of products.

 

After recounting her wonderful vacation the client shared the pet care problem she had to handle before heading off for two weeks. Her 18 year old cat needs to get a medication. The client knew the cat wouldn’t allow the house/cat sitter to open the cat’s mouth, tilt back her head and pop a pill down her throat – twice a day. And, mixing a crushed pill into food doesn’t work because there are 2 others cats in the house and they all share.

 

The client’s veterinarian recommended using the medication in a cream form. And this is what got my attention. The cat sitter would stroke the cream on the inside of the cat’s ear and it would be absorbed into her body. Contact with the skin delivers the medication. Contact with the skin . . .

 

Bells went off in my head. If something good for your body can enter through the skin, the same is true of something harmful. Your skin doesn’t know whether what it comes in contact with is for your benefit or harm. Your skin is permeable. It lets it all in. So, you need to take care and eliminate all the toxins you can – including hair color toxins – from entering your body.

 

I’m so happy to have another way to talk about the risks from typical hair color products and how to avoid it with the Organic Color System products.

 


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