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bee pollen

Some nutritionists state that you could live adequately on bee pollen alone. I know that sounds crazy, but science shows that bee pollen has natural rejuvenating powers, boosts energy, extends life span, fights allergies (and possibly even cancer) and relieves digestive orders. Bee pollen bursts with easily assimilated protein and lecithin, which nourish the brain and nervous system. Who would have thought?! Honeybee pollen and raw honey are the only food on earth that contain all 22 nutrients needed by mankind for complete and perfect health.

Everyone can benefit from taking bee pollen, but check with your doctor before using if you suspect sensitivity or have an unhealthy condition or if you are in question. There are many different types of Bee pollen. I recommend buying it from your local farmers market, that way it is the freshest and purest form. Small jars are usually about $8 and medium sized jars about $15-20. It should be kept in the freezer to preserve freshness.

I have purchased my bee pollen from THE FISH HUGGER and MADE BY BEES . Both have a great selection of honey and bee pollen. Both vendors are found at a few of the farmer’s markets around town. Follow both vendors on facebook to see updates and get more info!

The Fish Hugger Facebook
www.fishhugger.com

Made By Bees Facebook
www.madebybees.com

Click here for a list of farmers markets in Az

bee pollen

Its important when taking bee pollen to start with 1 to 3 granules for adults in the morning followed by water, juice or milk,and start with 1 granule for children and increase by 2 grains every day. For normal daily intake adults can take up to 1 or 2 tbsp. I don’t know how to describe the taste but it may take a little bit to get used to. Mix in yogurt, smoothie, oatmeal, or whatever you want if you don’t want to eat it out of the jar.

Bee Pollen self digests and aids the digestion of other foods. It makes fats burn faster and increases the rate of burned calories therefor aiding in weight control. Many athletes take bee pollen to help their endurance. It’s also used as an immune system builder. Since the bee pollen increases the body’s healing power, it can help build resistance to disease. Pollen brings back vitality without the dangers of artificial stimulants like caffeine, ephedra and can be taken safely at anytime. Pollen also contains active antibiotic substances, which destroy bacteria on contact. Bee pollen is useful in cases of stress and nervous endocrine system disorders due to its high content of natural B vitamins. Bee pollen increases energy and mental alertness and is believed to slow down the aging process!

Here is a list of the vitamins and minerals it contains:
Provitamin A
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, H, K
Folic Acid
Calcium
Phosphorus
Iron
Copper
Potassium
Magnesium
Manganese
Silica
Sulphur
Pantothenic acid
Rutin
Vitamin PP
Sodium, titanium, zinc

Plus amino acids, fatty acids, proteins, globulins, and peptones.

There are 28 minerals that are found in the human body. 14 are vital, essential elements present in such small amounts that they are called micro-nutrients and honey bee pollen contains all 28 minerals.

Each ounce of honeybee pollen conatins 28 calories. 7 grams are carbohydrate, plus 15% lecithin, the substance that burns away fat and 25% PURE protein.

There are so many benefits and so much information on this mysterious nectar that it would be pages long if I wrote about everything!

I am not guaranteeing taking bee pollen will help or cure any health problems, nor is it recommended to live off be pollen. Please do your own research and talk with your Physician if you are in question.

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Read MoreMarch 27, 2011 9:45 pm - Posted by Kristy

skin

Answer these Questions to find out how much your habits and life style have aged your skin.

I wanted to share this quiz, compliments of Obagi Systems.

How old are you ?………………………………………………………………………………………………. _______

Do you have any permanent facial brown spots or broken blood vessels ?
( If yes, add 2)……………………………………………………………………………………………………. _______

Are there noticeable lines around your eyes or lips ?
( If yes, add 3)…………………………………………………………………………………………………….. _______

Do you have deep creases on forehead or cheeks ?
( If yes, add 5)……………………………………………………………………………………………………… _______

Have you or do you still tan at least twice a week ?
( If yes, with sunscreen add 5)
( If yes, without sunscreen add 10 )……………………………………………………………………….. _______

Has your face suffered at least 3 severe sunburns, complete with peeling ?
( If yes, add 5) ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. _______

Do you smoke ?
( If yes, add 3) …………………………………………………………………………………………………. _______

Do you drink at least 5 or more alcoholic beverages a week ?
( If yes, add 2) …………………………………………………………………………………………………… _______

Do you work out at least 3 times a week ?
( If yes, subtract 1) …………………………………………………………………………………………….. _______

Do you have at least three servings of fruit and vegetables a day ?
( If yes, subtract 1) ……………………………………………………………………………………………. _______

Do you use an SPF of 15 or more daily?
( If yes, subtract 4) ……………………………………………………………………………………………. _______

Do you use topical antioxidants as part of your daily routine?
( If yes, subtract 1) ……………………………………………………………………………………………. _______

Do you use prescription lotions (such as hydroquinone or tretinoin) at least once a week ?
( If yes, subtract 3 ) ……………………………………………………………………………………………… _______

The total is your skin’s age. …………………………………………………………………………………… _______

Best of Both Worlds AZ will continue to educate
and share tips, for healthier, younger skin.

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Read MoreNovember 3, 2010 5:19 pm - Posted by Kristy

skin, topical antioxidant

The use of topical antioxidants can help prevent wrinkles, reduce hyperpigmentation (sun spots), and improve skin tone. Topical antioxidants are available in many serums and moisturizer, formulations are available with a variety of antioxidants and strengths.

How Do Topical Antioxidants Work?
A free radical is any atom or molecule that is missing an electron from it’s outer shell, so it attacks an other molecule and steels an electron. The molecule that has been attacked by a free radicle, is now missing an electron and has become another free radical. This creates a chain reaction. Antioxidants stop the chain reaction, by giving an electron to the free radical.

Click to learn more about free radicals and antioxidants

Topical antioxidant stop the chain of reaction caused by free radicals. Free radicals are damaging to the skin and can accelerate extrinsic aging. Although some topical antioxidants are purely antioxidants, some have additional actions.

Topical antioxidants also help protect the skin from UV damage. Human studies have demonstrated protective effects of antioxidants when applied topically before ultraviolet radiation exposure. Antioxidants don’t work the same way that sunblocks do, so you still need a daily SPF. Sunblocks absorb or reflect out UV radiation and antioxidants neutralize the UV rays. Photoprotective topical antioxidants work by the inhibiting the UV-induced biochemical changes that lead to photoageing and DNA mutations.

Vitamin C is currently the most recognized topical antioxidant, however it works synergistically with other antioxidants such as vitamin E. There isn’t any one antioxidant that is effective on all free radicals, you need a variety of antioxidants. Each has a unique set of chemical behaviors and biological properties. Antioxidants work together as part of a network, and no single antioxidant can do the work a group. Some antioxidants may excel at fighting certain types of free radicals, or only work in certain parts of a cell. However, when it comes to topical antioxidants, there are some that are more stable and are better absorbed by the skin.

Types Of Topical Antioxidants

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic)
There are many derivatives vitamin C, however they don’t penetrate well. Look for products that contain L-ascorbic acid. Topical Vitamin C is the most popular topical antioxidant, and for good reason. In fact the benefits are so great, I will need to write an entire post devoted to topical vitamin C.

– Potent antioxidant
– Vitamin C is nessacerry to produce collagen
– Protects skin from both UVA and UVB, by neutralizing the UV rays.
– Can reduce sun – induced pigmentation, due to tyrosinase inhibitor function
– Anti- inflammatory qualities

Retinol ( Derived from Vitamin A )
– promotes healing
– promotes collagen synthesis, and inhibits cellular degeneration
– also increases epidermal thickness, and an emollient

Vitamin B3 ( Niacinamide)
– essential for cellular metabolism
– increases microcirculation

Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
When choosing a topical vitamin E product, look for a-tocopherol. Vitamin E derivatives such as (tocopherol acetate) are common in cosmetic ingredients, and although they are good as a moisturizing ingredient, they are not antioxidants.

– Protects cell membranes and lipid structures from free radical attack.
– Vitamin E is regenerated when it is in the presence of Vitamin C.
– Vitamin E doubled the UV protection in the skin when added to vitamin C.
– Inhibits the immunosuppression and tumorigenesis induced by ultraviolet radiation.
– Vitamin C can not scavenge lipo-philic radicals directly within the lipid phase, however vitamin C works synergistically with a- tocopherol to reduce lipid peroxide radicals.

Ferulic Acid
– a plant antioxidant
– Increases L-ascorbic acid ( vitamin C) stability.
– synergistic with other antioxidants, specifically vitamin C and E.

Phloretin
A potent antioxidant derived from apples and root bark of fruit trees with a broad range of activity.

-Anticancer
– Anti- inflammatory
– Accelerates cell renewal
– Pigment inhibitor
– Enhances product penetration

Zinc Sulfate
– has wound healing and anti-inflammatory ability’s
– UVB protection

Bioflavonoids
Bioflavonoids are a group of substances that are potent antioxidants, many have anti-inflammatory ability and help protect from UV damage.

Centella Asiatica (Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid)
– promotes collagen synthesis, and inhibits cellular degeneration
– increases microcirculation

Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract ( Green Tea Extract)
– protects cell from oxidative stress
– increases microcirculation in the cell

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
-Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is found in food and is made by the body. It is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy.
– ALA is both fat- and water-soluble.

Idebenone
Idebenone is a synthetic analog of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). CoQ10 is a vitamin-like natural compound found naturally in the body, that plays a pivotal role in the cellular energy production and as an antioxidant. Idebenone is closely related to CoQ10, however it is more water-soluble. Idebenone has been known as a pharmaceutical agent since the 1980’s, before it became popular as a skin care ingredient.

There are claims that idebenone is the most powerful topical antioxidant available, based on it’s EPF® rating. I have not been able to confirm that an “EPF” rating is an actual recognized rating, or verify the strength of antioxidants that were used in the EPF study. There are also studies that show that idebenone, offers less photoprotective value compared to topical vitamin C. I would like to find an independent study that compares L-ascorbic acid 20% to Idebenone 1%, until then it is hard to say which is truly the stronger antioxidant. Personally, I alternate between an Idebenone product and a topical vitamin C serum.

Topical Antioxidant Products

Phloretin CF, antioxidant

Skin Ceuticals Phloretin CF®
Phloretin (2%), vitamin C ( 10% L- ascorbic acid ) and ferulic acid (.5%)

C E Ferulic, antioxidant

Skin Ceuticals C E Ferulic®
Vitamin C (15% L-ascorbic acid), Vitamin E (1% alpha tocopherol), and ferulic acid (.5%)
Ferulic acid doubles the synergistic benefits of the vitamins C+E.

Skin Ceuticals
Skin Ceuticals Serum 20
Available in four concentrations of L -ascorbic acid. 20%,15%,10% and a 5% Eye gel.
All are formulated with ferulic acid to enhance antioxidant performance.

Vitamin C
Obagi C-RX- Clarifying Serum
First and only 4% hydroquinone, vitamin C ( 10% L-ascorbic acid)

Obagi CRX
Obagi Professional-C Serums
Available in four concentrations of L-ascorbic acid .
20% Highest concentration of L-ascorbic acid
15% All skin types
10% Dry, sensitive or reactive skin
5% Protection for the sensitive eye area

pro heal
Is Clinical Pro Heal Advanced Serum+
New time-released L ascorbic acid (in a 15 percent concentration) plus Copper Tripeptide Growth Factor maximize performance
Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E ( Alpha Tocopherol), Retinol, Soluble Bioflavonoids
Olea Europea (olive leaf extract)- Synergistic with vitamins C and E, also antibiotic, anti-acneic, anti-inflammatory.
Mushroom Extract (a source of Kojic acid) – natural lightening to even pigment, antibacterial
Arbutin – corrects abnormal pigmentation by inhibiting tyrosinase enzyme.

super serum
IS Clinical Super Serum Advance+
New time-released L ascorbic acid (in a 15 percent concentration) plus Copper Tripeptide Growth Factor maximize performance.
Zinc Sulfate, Centella Asiatica
Pentapeptide Amino Acids – protein building blocks, increases cellular metabolism and integrity.
Mushroom Extract (a source of Kojic acid) – natural lightening to even pigment, antibacterial

prevage md antioxidant
Prevage MD (Idebenone 1% )
Prevage MD, is only available from a physician, and is (.1% Idebenone) compared to Prevage that is only (.05% idebenone)

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Read MoreNovember 2, 2010 9:14 pm - Posted by Kristy

oxidized apple

Understanding Free Radicles

What is a free radical?
A free radical is any atom or molecule that is missing an electron from it’s outer shell, making it unstable. Free radicals float around until they stabilize. They stabilize by attacking an other molecule and steeling an electron. There are a wide variety of molecules from which they can steal an electron. The molecule that has been attacked by a free radicle, is now missing an electron and has become another free radical. This creates a chain reaction.
free radicals

Free radicals are a necessary part of life.
Oxidation reactions are necessary part of life, unfortunately they can also be damaging. Our body produces free radicals almost constantly. Free radicals are by-products of a basic metabolic process called oxidation. Immune cells will also release free radicals in order to fight invading viruses and bacteria in, making them an important part of the body’s defenses.

Environmental sources of free radicals
The second source of free radicals is the environment. Free radicals from your environment can be ingested, inhaled or absorbed into the body. Air pollution, tobacco smoke, herbicides, and pesticides all form free radicals. UV rays, from sun exposure are also a cause of free radicals.

Whats the damage?
Damage caused by free radicals include aging, destruction of DNA and clogging of arteries. It is also believed that free radicles may play a role in cancer, strokes, and heart disease. Oxidative stress may also damage or kill cells. Free radicals cause damage to your skin’s structural support and decrease its elasticity, resilience, and suppleness.

Free Radical Theory of aging
The free-radical theory of aging (FRTA) states that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. There is evidence that reducing oxidative damage can extend life span. Dr. Denham Harmon, M.D., Ph.D., first proposed a theory of aging in the 1950’s, it is now considered a major theory of aging. Dr. Harmon’s theory also implies that antioxidants will slow the aging process.

Understanding Antioxidants

What is an antioxidant.
Antioxidants stop the chain reactions of free radical, and inhibit other oxidation reactions. An antioxidant is a molecule capable of inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules.
Antioxidants have an extra electron, so they can their extra electron to a free radical. When antioxidants donate an electron to a free radical, they neutralize that free radical.
antioxidant, free radicle

Exogenous and Endogenous
Endogenous antioxidants are made by the body, compared to Exogenous antioxidants which are obtained from our diet. Unfortunately, as we age the body produces less endogenous antioxidants. It is believed that the decrease in endogenous antioxidants leads to premature aging. The body is incapable of producing enough endogenous antioxidants to combat free radicals on their own, so it is essential to get additional antioxidants through diet.

The body makes five types of endogenous antioxidants:
superoxide dismatuse (SOD), alpha lipoic acid (ALA), coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), catalase and glutathione peroxidase. Catalase and glutathione peroxidase are important, because the body can produce more of them when certain free radicals are present.

ORAC scale
Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities of food.However, because the ORAC method is derived only in test tube experiments it cannot be applied to human biology. Currently there aren’t any food compounds other than, antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A, C and E ) that have been proven with antioxidant efficacy in vivo. Antioxidant from non-nutrient compounds in foods, such as polyphenols, which have high antioxidant capacity in vitro can provide an artificial index of antioxidant strength with the ORAC measurement. Many of these ORAC values remain unconfirmed and are not scientifically credible, and may mislead consumers. The FDA has published guidance disallowing food product labels to claim an antioxidant benefit, when no evidence currently exists. Numerous health food and beverage companies have promoted products claimed to be “high in ORAC”.
ORAC, antioxidants

Is more, better?
Researchers are still learning about the effects of an excessively high intake of antioxidants, some studies are showing that excessive amounts may have negative effects, like inhibiting key enzymes in the body.

You need a variety of antioxidants.
Any molecule that protects your cells against oxidation is technically an antioxidant, but not all antioxidants operate the same way. Antioxidants are not interchangeable, each has a unique set of chemical behaviors and biological properties. Antioxidants work together as part of a network, and no single antioxidant can do the work a group. Some antioxidants may excel at fighting certain types of free radicals, or only work in certain parts of a cell. There are even some that are only effective under the right conditions. Antioxidant diversity is important.

Sources of Antioxidants

All plants produce antioxidants. Even meat, dairy products, and eggs contain some antioxidants, which mainly come from the nutrient-rich plants the animals fed on. Plants and animals maintain complex systems of multiple types of antioxidants, such as glutathione, vitamin C, and vitamin E as well as enzymes such as catalase, superoxide dismutase and various peroxidases.

Antioxidant enzymes made by the body:
superoxide dismutase (SOD)
catalase
glutathione peroxidas
Vitamin-like Antioxidants:
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and Glutathione

Vitamin A and Carotenoids
Carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, kale, collards, cantaloupe, peaches and apricots (bright-colored fruits and vegetables)
Vitamin C
Citrus fruits like oranges and lime etc, green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries and tomatoes
Vitamin E
Nuts & seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oil and liver oil

Selenium
Fish, shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken and garlic

Flavonoids / polyphenols
soy, red wine, purple or Concord grapes, pomegranate, cranberries, tea

Lycopene
Tomato, tomato products, pink grapefruit, watermelon

Lutein
dark green vegetables such as kale, broccoli, kiwi, brussels sprout and spinach

Lignan
flax seed, oatmeal, barley, rye

My Conclusion

My conclusion is simple:
– Eat a healthy diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables.
– Don’t depend on any single “super” antioxidants, a variety of antioxidants are needed.
– Just because you read that red wine, tea or chocolate is high in antioxidants, you don’t want to depend on them as your main source of antioxidants. Remember currently only antioxidants from food compounds with vitamins (vitamins A, C and E ) have been proven with antioxidant efficacy in vivo.
– Avoid environmental factors that produce free radicals.

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Read MoreNovember 1, 2010 10:09 pm - Posted by Kristy

With all the excessive heat warnings in Arizona, I felt it was important to remind everyone to watch for signs of dehydration, especially in children.

Dehydration happens when someone loses more fluid than taken in, and the total amount of water in body drops below the level need to function. Severe dehydration requires immediate medical attention. Dehydration can cause swelling in the brain, seizures, kidney failure, coma and death.

Signs of Dehydration

- Thirst
– Dry mouth
– Dark urine, decreased urine
– Fatigue, children that are less active
– No tears when crying
– Muscle weakness
– Headache, feeling dizzy, light headed or confused

Babies can become dehydrated quickly. Dehydration may be more difficult to recognize in babies, because they can not tell you they are thirsty. If a baby doesn’t produce tears they are probably dehydrated. Keep in mind that a dehydrated baby may be to weak to cry. If they have less than 6 wet diapers in 8 hours they may be dehydrated, if they haven’t had any wet diapers in 6 hours they are severely dehydrated and should be taken to the emergency room. Other signs of sever dehydration are sunken eyes, sunken fontanels ( soft spot). Avoid letting your baby get overheated and offer plenty of fluids, especially on a hot day. If you start to notice signs of mild dehydration you can give your baby an electrolyte liquid like Pedialyte. Be sure to discuss dehydration signs and treatments with your pediatrician.

Athletes need to be aware that the water requirements vary depending on the level of activity and environment. Physical activity in hot or humid weather will cause more sweating and water loss. It also takes time to become acclimated to the heat so for athletes starting practice in summer months it can take a few weeks to become acclimated to the heat. Try to avoid vigorous out door activity during the hottest part of the day.

Educate children of the signs and dangers of dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water before your thirsty, by the time you are thirsty you are already becoming dehydrated. If you are starting to notice signs of dehydration, rest and get out of the heat. Take in plenty of fluids including water and sports drinks with electrolytes. If symptoms are severe seek immediate medical attention.

Obviously, I am not a doctor so I recommend discussing dehydration signs and treatments with your doctor.

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Read MoreJuly 17, 2010 12:42 am - Posted by Kristy