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Gastroparesis Diet Tips – How to Add More Vegetables Into Your Diet

If you have been diagnosed with gastroparesis or functional dyspepsia you know how painful it can be to eat vegetables. Here are two gastroparesis diet tips to help you to safely add more vegetables (and more nutrition) into your gastroparesis diet.

Tip #1 Make Your Own Vegetable Purees

If you have been diagnosed with gastroparesis you might have been advised to eat small amounts of baby food for easily tolerated and digestible nutrition. However, making your own baby food tastes better, and it’s more varied and more nutritious. You can start by investing in a powerful blender, such as the Vitamix blender, to make your own vegetables purees. You also want to invest in a fine mesh strainer and a rubber spatula to strain the purees. It is important to invest in a powerful blender because a powerful blender will make your vegetable purees silky smooth and easier to digest.

Make sure to peel vegetables with fibrous peels such as sweet potatoes. Then just boil or steam (more of the nutrients are preserved with steaming) the vegetables until tender. Let them cool and then blend them in a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix, until creamy and smooth with some of the cooking water to reach the desired consistency. Add more or less of the cooking water according to what you think will be easiest for you to digest. Then pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer using a rubber spatula to speed up the straining process.

You can add a little bit of lemon juice (if it doesn’t upset your stomach) and sea salt to add some flavor. Put your vegetable purees in glass containers with lids and they should last in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days. If you want to freeze your vegetable purees you can pour the purees into an ice cube tray which you can thaw in the future to make individual servings.

You can use 1 type of vegetable such as well cooked and peeled summer squash, peeled broccoli, peeled carrots, peeled asparagus, de-stemmed mushrooms, peeled sweet potatoes, or a combination of vegetables. Use your discernment to choose which vegetables will be the easiest for you to digest.

Tip 2# Juice Your Vegetables

Investing in a good juicer can help you to get the benefits of consuming raw fruits and vegetables without upsetting your gastroparesis symptoms.

You will still want to invest in a fine mesh strainer to strain your juice to strain out any of the remaining fiber.

Some vegetables that are good to juice are cucumber, celery, carrots, and beets. Wash and peel the vegetables and run them through a juicer. I recommend the Omega 4000 juicer for this purpose. Remember to drink your juice slowly and in small quantities to make sure you are able to tolerate it well.

I hope that these two tips will help you to add more vegetables into your gastroparesis diet and if you are interested in the kitchen appliances I mentioned in the article please check out the resources below:

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Are You Allowed To Eat Steak On The Medifast Diet?

I often hear from folks who are wondering what types of meat they can eat on the medifast diet. One popular inquiry concerns steaks. People want to know whether you can eat it, how large the portion sizes would be, and how often you get to have this food. I heard from someone who said “will I ever get to eat steak on medifast? It’s my favorite food and I can not imagine life without eating it regularly.”

The answer to this questions is that you can eat steak. But you’ll need to eat a certain kind. And at a certain time. I’ll explain this more below.

Eating Steak For Your Lean And Green Meal: In addition to five of the diet’s prepackaged meals, you’re allowed one larger, main meal each day that you make or provide yourself. That meal should consist of lean protein and low glycemic vegetables. How many ounces of that protein you get depends on how lean that protein is. For example, if you’re eating a meat which is over 95 percent lean, you can have six ounces of it. If you’re meat or protein is over 85 percent lean, you can have five ounces of it. Needless to say, you will have to choose lean cuts in order to make this work. Obviously, the more marbled and fatty the meat is, the higher the fat content you can expect.

Lean cuts of steak are eye round, sirloin, and shoulder. T bone is also considered relatively lean. Steaks like prime rib, rib eye, and beef tenderloin contain more fat. If you are going to splurge and eat a fattier cut of meat, then you’ll have to eat less of it. I will admit that I sometimes slip to less lean cuts of meat. But, when I do, I will put this in stir fries, soups, or stews so that I can use less. In other words, the meat is not the main attraction but you have enough so that you can taste and enjoy it.

If you’re going to have a traditional meal of a larger cut of steak with your salad or vegetables on the side, you can choose a meat which is labeled extra lean. You can easily see this by looking at the nutritional information on the side of the package. Also, I find that you can often just cut any visible fat off of even lean cuts to save even more fat that way. Since I’ve become used to eating leaner foods, I actually find excess fat or grease a bit too much so I actually prefer consuming leaner cuts of meat now. So to answer the question posed, yes you can have steak on your lean and green meal, but to enjoy more of it, you’ll want to choose lean cuts.

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Quiz – What’s the Best Makeup Look For Your Quince?

Nothing’s worse than planning every single detail for the perfect Quinceañera, only to find that the look your makeup artist gave you isn’t exactly what you had in mind. A makeup job you don’t like can not only make you look weird, but it can make you feel totally uncomfortable for the rest of the day and potentially ruin your quince celebration. In order to avoid that, it is important to know exactly what look you want (preferably one you are comfortable with), and to communicate that to your makeup artist. Not sure what look is best for you? Take our quiz below to help you figure it out!

1. Your Quince dress most closely matches the following:

  • a. A simple, white gown… nothing too fancy.
  • b. A kitschy quince dress that is just as cute and unique as you are.
  • c. An elegant pink gown that accentuates your regal neck.

2. You personalize your style by:

  • a. Always looking put together.
  • b. Being daring and different with your look
  • c. Adding dazzling accessories.

3. Your favorite ice cream flavor is:

  • a. Vanilla
  • b. Wild & Reckless Sorbet
  • c. Strawberry swirl

4. When you have a crush on a guy, you usually:

  • a. Pray to God that he bumps into you in the hall.
  • b. Approach him directly and ask him out as soon as you notice him.
  • c. Send ‘hints’ that you are interested such as smiling at him shyly… and you wait for him to approach.

5. When hanging out with your girlfriends, your favorite clothing style is:

  • a. Your favorite comfy jeans, sneakers and t-shirt … whatever you feel most comfortable in.
  • b. The latest designer jeans, a fashionable halter or tank top, and a killer pair of heels.
  • c. Skinny jeans and a cute blouse paired with ballet flats.

6. When someone asks you to sing karaoke you:

  • a. Turn beet-red and shake your head “no” emphatically.
  • b. What do you mean asks?! I’m the first one at the mic showing off my nearly-perfected renditions of Amy Winehouse tunes.
  • c. Agree to sing only if your best friend does it before you.

7. Which of the following celebrities do you most identify with:

  • a. America Ferrera
  • b. Pink
  • c. Scarlett Johansson

What your answers mean:

If you chose mostly a’s: You are the girl-next-door type. You prefer to stay away from the spotlight, and stick with things you feel most comfortable with. Your Quinceañera makeup look should be on the natural side. Ask your makeup artist and/or stylist to stick with neutral, earthy tones that enhance your naturally beautiful features and won’t erase them, and with clear or light colored lip glosses.  

If you chose mostly b’s: You are a daring diva. You are usually the life of the party and you like to make sure you always look the part as well. Your Quinceañera makeup look should be on the dramatic side to match your dress and personality. Ask your makeup artist to feel free and experiment with the latest trends in makeup, such as shimmery eye shadow and bold lipstick colors.  

If you chose mostly c’s: You are a classic beauty. Although you prefer things on the simple/natural side, you don’t mind experimenting with current trends once in a while. Your makeup look should be classic. Ask your makeup artist/stylist to stick with neutral tones that enhance your features, but to pair that look with a “bold but classic” lipstick color such as deep reds, browns, and earthy pinks.

Whatever your style, the basic rules with makeup applications for your quince are:

  • A great makeup job begins with a great canvas. To ensure that your face and skin are in their best shape for a makeup application, be sure to eat well, wash your face daily, get plenty of rest and exercise, and follow the beauty tips found in other articles on
  • Don’t wear too much or too heavy makeup. Remember that the trick is for your best features to be enhanced, not reshaped or contoured.
  • Always have the makeup person perform a test application before your Quinceañera to make sure that you like his/her work.

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5 Powerful Grow Taller Exercises to Help You Gain Height

Don’t be surprised if someone tells you that you can gain height by doing grow taller exercises. Many people who approach the end of growth spurt phase perform these exercises to make sure they attain the maximum possible height. In fact even if you have already attained puberty, you can add a few inches by performing some of these grow taller exercises.

1) High on the list are the exercises that help in elongating the spinal column. Your spinal column has some disks that can be expanded with exercises. Standing on your toes and lifting your hands up fully to stretch your body helps in making the spinal column more linear. Swimming also is a good activity to help elongate the spinal disks.

2) Running at a high speed with lot of intensity helps you to gain height. You may have noticed that athletes who run tiring marathons are long and tall. This is because running helps in release of good amount of growth hormone. The effect of this kind of growth hormone release normally stays for more than 24 hours. This is the reason high speed running is one of the best grow taller exercises.

3) Do you know that any activity that can remove any curvature on your spinal cord can help you gain height? If you can learn yoga for correcting your posture you would benefit immensely.

4) Another good method to gain height is by attaching weights to your ankle and then doing cycling. You can do this on a static cycle that is found in most gyms. This activity can help you elongate the leg bones.

5) Resistance training grow taller exercises also help you to gain height. These exercises help by increasing the length of leg bones by a small amount. This happens because of the bone remodeling that takes place after you do resistance training.

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Waxing Versus Sugaring for Male Grooming Treatments

Male hair removal methods have certainly evolved through the years. Gone are the days when men used a shaving blade to remove hair in different parts of their body. The advances in technology help male grooming become safer, healthier, faster and more convenient to do.

Men remove body hair for a variety of reasons. One is to improve their appearance. Women often do not like hairy men especially if a thick mane grows out of the chest or the back. Hairs coming out of the nostrils or a bushy monobrow are also very unattractive to look at. For men who are into sports such as swimming, getting pubic hair removed is almost a must since they look unsightly with Speedos and swimming trunks. Some men remove underarm hair for better grooming and to prevent body odour.

Male waxing and sugaring are two great examples of current male grooming techniques. These two hair removal methods have a number of similarities as well as differences when it comes to application. But they do serve the same purpose which is to get rid of unwanted man hair. An estimated third of the male population regularly do hair removal procedures in the back, chest, intimate areas, legs and other areas.


Waxing for men, also called manscaping or more recently maxing, is a popular choice in salons or male grooming studios. Most men prefer to have a waxing treatment as opposed to some of the other temporary hair removal methods available because of the numerous advantages that waxing provides including:

Areas that have been waxed often remain hairless for at most eight weeks. The reason for this is because waxing removes hairs from the roots not just on the surface and for those clients who carry out regular body waxing benefit from a slower regrowth.

Smoother skin. Areas that are subjected to waxing often have smoother skin. The wax serves as natural exfoliant since it removes dead skin cells once the wax is removed. It not just uproots the hair but the dead cells on the skin too.

Softer hair. The hair that grows after waxing is usually much softer. Also, there are no signs of stubble after waxing unlike shaving.

Reduce skin irritation. Shaving may cause irritation to the skin especially if the blade touches sensitive parts. The person may have cuts and razor bumps from shaving. Not so with waxing.


Sugaring is another popular hair removal option. The sugaring mixture is made up of sugar, water and lemon juice. These ingredients are combined in a lukewarm temperature. They are then applied to the skin where unwanted hair grows. The technique originated in Egypt.

Sugaring for some male grooming clients offers the same benefits as listed above in terms of the appearance of the skin, the regrowth period and smoothness of the skin.

Some male clients are drawn towards sugaring as a suitable hair removal method if they have heat sensitive skin or react to the rosins found in a lot of waxes. However it is worth remembering that a lot of the good wax companies often offer a range of products that are rosin free to offer these clients a more comfortable waxing treatment with less trauma and better results on the skin.

Waxing and sugaring are similar processes but they do have differences in the application and results and clients should research the best options for themselves.

Both methods of hair removal use a similar process; strip waxing and strip sugaring – applying the product directly to the skin and then removing with a paper strip or a piece of fabric. Non -strip waxing and hand sugaring – applying hot wax or sugar paste directly to the hair and removing without the need for any paper or fabric.

More often male clients can have strong coarse body hair and with the waxing method it can offer a better hair removal technique for various reasons; the ” shrink wrapping ” effect of hot wax can encapsulate even the smallest of hairs to ensure a smooth hair free result, something that hand sugaring often cannot achieve. New generation non-strip / hot waxes can also be applied successfully to areas where hair grows in various directions, sugaring often does not achieve best results in these areas.

Degree of discomfort. Both procedures require hair removal from the roots. This means a certain degree of pain or discomfort in both methods, but it is worth stating that for most clients this discomfort is minimal and if these treatments are carried out by a professional trained male grooming therapist as opposed to friends or partners then the difference is remarkable!! You only need to look on YouTube to see those terrible home waxing videos…

Waxing and sugaring may not be a permanent solution to male hair removal but they do provide a viable option for male grooming. The long duration before hair grows back makes them a popular choice among male clients. Both procedures are effective hair removal solutions.

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Can Exercising On An Elliptical Trainer Reduce Cholesterol Levels?

Americans have been told to diligently monitor their cholesterol levels, and if it rises above specific thresholds, 200 for total cholesterol and 130 for LDL, they need to take steps to bring it down to acceptable levels. This is important if we are to avoid heart disease. The result is that about one fourth of all Americans 45 years and older are taking a statin drug, according to the National Center For Health Statistics. While these drugs are successful at improving lipid profile, they are expensive and may cause side effects. Another option is to start an exercise program. Not only can you bring your cholesterol levels down, you would also enjoy the other benefits of an active lifestyle such as better energy, improved mood, and a stronger immune system.

Exercise can improve lipid profile by decreasing LDL and increasing HDL. This is done in a variety of ways. One of the most obvious ways is by allowing you to maintain a healthy weight, which is associated with lower LDL levels.

Researchers also believe that there are 2 other ways that exercise can reduce LDL. The first way is that exercise increases the size of the proteins that carry cholesterol through the blood. Smaller denser particles are considered more dangerous because they can get into the linings of the heart and blood vessels and cause damage, so keeping these particles larger reduces the risk of heart disease.

The second way is that exercise stimulates enzymes that help remove LDL from the blood and blood vessel walls and moves them to the liver for excretion. This is important because the body needs cholesterol for healthy functioning but it needs a way to get rid of the cholesterol when it is done with it. This process is a way of staying balanced.

Exercise can also raise HDL levels. Most studies have shown that aerobic exercise can increase HDLL by 3-6%.

So what kind of exercise is most effective for cholesterol levels? Research has shown that intense exercise is effective at improving levels, while less intense exercise is effective at maintaining levels. An elliptical trainer is a versatile fitness machine that will allow you to design a workout routine that will achieve either of these goals. If you are a couch potato and want to become fit you can start our slow, then use the features of the elliptical, such as resistance, incline, and strides per minute, to gradually increase the intensity as your fitness improves. The lower rate of perceived exertion, which means your body is working harder than it feels, makes it easier to maintain intense exercise levels. Since an elliptical workout is low impact, you can enjoy the benefits of fitness even if you have joint problems. And the pre set programs allow you to vary your workouts which will help avoid burnout.

Maintaining health cholesterol levels is important if you want to live a long and active life. A regular exercise program on a new or used elliptical trainer can give you a healthy lipid profile without the use of expensive drugs that may cause side effects.

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Personality Changes After A Heart Attack

Sometimes people forget that a heart attack is a really major event. It can often be caused by heart disease, but also can be the result of surgery gone wrong or after a loss of blood, such as after an accident.

Society as a whole is pretty ignorant about heart issues, even though heart problems are the UKs biggest single killer; we all buy in to the myth that you have an attack, you convalesce, you return to work and life is just as peachy as it always was.

Well for some people that is undoubtedly the case, although the fact that part of the heart effectively dies as part of a heart attack, makes it unlikely that life will be quite so peachy as it was before.

However, many other people find that an attack actively transforms their lives; it could be for the better or it could be for the worse, but life can seem incredibly different.


Many people who have experienced a heart attack will feel anxious, at least on some levels; it is natural. The person is scared that they will have another and that this one could be the BIG one, the final one. This is often accompanied by depression

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Around 34% of heart attack victims go on to develop at least some PTSD symptoms. That is over 1 in 3!


Many people who have had a heart attack are worried about not just having another attack, but they can be worried about life in general. Will they be able to work or will they go back to work and find that it is too much? Will their love life be affected by the attack? Will their relationship survive? All these worries are on top of the anxiety, so there is an enormous amount of stress and worry going on.

Effects on Personality:

Given that people are under such an enormous amount of pressure, it is perfectly normal that the heart attack survivor’s personality is affected; in fact it is strange when it is not!


Many people relate that after a heart attack their loved one became impatient. It is almost as if the survivor feels that time is so precious that they have no time to waste on anything, so everything needs to be done immediately.

Bad Temper:

Impatience can also be so developed that it results in the person having a very short fuse. It can be hard for partners of heart attack survivors’ to accept that their former gentle partner is now a raging bull in terms of being incredibly bad tempered.

Unwillingness to Act

Sometimes partners of heart attack victims find that their partner has become very reluctant to ‘do’ things. They will not participate in work, exercise or do things that they should actually do to try and aid convalescence. This can be linked to depression and it can be a sense of ‘What is the point, I will die anyway?’

Fear of Social Activities:

Often someone who has had a heart attack will fear social activities simply because they are fearful that they will have another attack and that they will then be stared at or the centre of attention. Instead they avoid going out to social activities, which can result in social isolation.


If you know a loved one who has had a heart attack, then try to be aware of the fact that it can impact on their personality and can result in changes to their personality. You may need some patience as well, but awareness can help and the changes can often be temporary. So it is not your imagination; personality changes really can occur after a heart attack!

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Improve Your Physical Fitness Level

Most of us could use some improvements in the area of our physical fitness. We have become a society hooked on sedentary activities and unhealthy diets that include fast food. Physical fitness is essential for having a body that is well cared for. Your level of physical fitness can affect your chances of developing health problems as you get older.

It is never too late to start improving your level of physical fitness. It does take time and it does take dedication, but over time your new activities will seem second nature. Once you start to see the benefits of improving your physical fitness level, you will be even more motivated to keep doing it.

There is a common misconception that physical fitness means running until you are exhausted. That is not the case. Physical fitness involves taking on some type of physical activity that you enjoy. You can choose sports, exercise equipment, walking, running, aerobics, weight lifting, dancing, and many other types of physical activities. You should pay close attention to the foods you consume as your body will feel different.

If you think you are too ran down to exercise, try a brisk walk for 10 or 15 minutes. Also reduce the amount of caffeine and sugar in your diet. You will quickly notice an improvement in your energy levels and your mood. The more you exercise the more energy you will have. Physical fitness has great benefits for your mental health as well. Studies show people who exercise regularly have lower levels of stress and are less likely to suffer from depression.

If improving your level of physical fitness is important to you, see your doctor for a complete check up. Discuss your decision during that visit. You aren’t going to see improvements in your physical fitness level overnight, but by making small changes to your exercise routine and your eating habits, you will see improvements over time. You will start seeing improvements in your energy level, your mood, and even how well you sleep early on in your quest for better physical fitness.

Everyone has different levels of physical fitness. Don’t compete with your friend, someone at the gym, or your neighbor as this is only setting yourself up for failure. Instead, challenge yourself to do better. Challenge yourself to improve your physical fitness level from where you are today. If you start walking 15 minutes a day, add more time until you are up to 30 minutes. Then work on walking further in that 30 minute time period. Challenging yourself when it comes to physical fitness is a great way to motivate yourself as well as to gauge your progress.

Physical fitness is a very important part of taking care of your body and your overall health. A combination of physical activity, a balanced diet, and getting enough rest on a daily basis will help ensure your physical fitness level is sufficient to meet the ongoing physical and mental needs of your body.

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Successful Diets

Successful Diets and Why Most Diets are Doomed to Failure

Is there a reason why some people go on successful diets while the majority are doomed to failure? The reason most diets are doomed to failure at the outset could be because of a simple mistake. This simple mistake is made by millions of people worldwide; millions of people, who have no idea why they struggle, week after week, while others seem to do well and achieve their goals.

No doubt you’ve been there, we probably all have. I was one of those people who made this simple mistake, the mistake that stopped me from losing any significant, or meaningful, weight without a gargantuan struggle. It wasn’t until I understood, really understood, the very literal way the subconscious mind, the part that runs our body, reacts to the way we think and speak, that I stopped making it.

If you’ve ever been on a successful diet in the past you somehow avoided making the mistake and that’s why you succeeded. Then, if you put the weight back on again, and most people do, and you went back on the original successful diet, only to find it didn’t work this time, you made the simple mistake.

The Simple Mistake that Stops Successful Diets in their Tracks

So, what is the simple mistake made by millions of unsuspecting dieters? The simple mistake they make is, they ‘go on a diet,’ or, ‘start a diet’ and when they ‘go on a diet’ that’s what they get, ‘a diet.’ What is a diet? Everyone who has ever been on a diet or on lots of diets knows what a diet is for them; this information is already downloaded into their subconscious mind.

For most people diets are hard, they comprise deprivation, calorie counting and denial. When you go ‘on a diet’ you will get all of that, and whatever else a diet means to you, and that may be all you’ll get, because going on a diet is as foolish as going on a journey.

Imagine setting off in your car, ‘on a journey,’ without a destination? A journey means travelling and so you would, on this journey, just drive round and round. You’d have to fill up with fuel every so often and probably you’d sleep in the car. The journey would go on until you decided on a destination. However, the idea of anyone being foolish enough to do that is so bizarre that you cannot imagine any sane person setting off on a ‘journey.’

Going, ‘on a diet’ without a final destination is just a crazy, for the same reason going on a journey without a destination is mad. When you get up to go somewhere, you have to have a destination in mind, don’t you? Even if it’s just the kitchen or the toilet you are going to, you have to direct your actions. That’s why, simply going ‘on a diet’ is utter madness yet that is what hundreds of thousands of otherwise intelligent people are doing, worldwide, every day.

On their ‘diet’ they turn down cake and treats, they count calories, cut out carbs, and increase exercise and then, when the diet doesn’t work they tell themselves they lack the willpower needed to succeed. Yet, what if, just what if, it wasn’t so much the lack of willpower but the lack of a final destination that was creating the problem? Your subconscious mind will take you unerringly towards the focus of you attention, if your attention is on ‘diet,’ then ‘diet’ it is.

You’ll never get slim by going on a ‘diet’ but you may get slim if you ‘diet’ to reach your goal of your ideal size and weight and that’s what successful dieters do.

I help people to create their final destination and give them tools to keep it in mind, and keep walking towards it, until they arrive there. Successful diets seem to be out of the reach of most people but they no longer need to be for you.

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Homemade Face Masks: More Effective Than Store Bought Products

Homemade face masks have been used for hundreds of years to moisturize skin. Most of the top skincare ranges in our modern times contain active ingredients that are much the same or derived from the same ingredients – whether chemically derived or natural – as what the likes of Cleopatra or other famous beauties enjoyed.

When you hear the names DMAE, Papain, Coq10, Liposomes, Peptides, AHA’s, EFA’s, Copper, Alphalipoic Acids etc. you probably think of someone in a laboratory concocting a face cream with a special scientific mix of one or more of these ingredients.

This is the case for many commercially made products, but most of us – the average consumer – don’t realize that we are surrounded every day with plants, seeds, herbs, fruits and oils that are also rich in these nutrients. They may have different names or go unnoticed because when you go shopping at your supermarket you won’t see a melon labelled with a sticker that says “contains high concentrations of papain, AHA’s and Alphalipoic acid”.

They also won’t tell you that these melons have amazing exfoliating and cell stimulating properties for skin that can be readily utilized in homemade face masks and that when used with other ingredients like virgin coconut oil, can provide a powerful moisturizing and rejuvenating skin treatment that is far more potent than store bought products!

Nutritionists will tell you that eating a fresh orange is far better for you than drinking processed juice… why? Because fresh ingredients contain all the vitamins and enzymes that are damaged or destroyed under heat and processing. The same applies to using homemade face masks, treatments and lotions you make at home using fresh ingredients, you are taking the best of all of the nutrients including vitamins, enzymes, liposomes and more – and delivering them directly into your skin.

Ingredients like the ones below have many benefits for your skin:

Avocado is high in fatty acids and oils. Very moisturizing for skin especially avocado oil

Almond is also high in fatty acids and great for moisturizing for skin

Cucumber is healing, refreshing and lightening for skin

Tropical fruits like pineapple, pawpaw and papaya contain papain and other enzymes and fruit acids to gently remove skin cells and stimulate new cell growth

All fruits are rich in vitamins like vitamin C and A which are great for skin both repairing, brightening and healing

Wheatgerm, Apricot, Macadamia or Hazelnut oils are very high in essential fatty acids helping moisture travel deeper into the skin.

Banana is rich in B vitamin and C vitamin making it an an excellent base for home made masks

Eggs are high in sulphur as are dried then soaked and rehydrated apricots (good for acne) and make a good base

Citrus fruit: rich in vitamin C and fruit acids making it great for lightening skin and for acne

Honey and Aloe Vera: are natural humectants meaning they attract water. Also good for acne and honey is antmicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant

Essential oils: oils like melaleuca (tea tree) and lavender are antibacterial, antimicrobial so are great for acneic skin and for oily skin and blackheads. You only needs a few drops of these in masks and there are whole range of essential oils that contain powerful antiaging properties and can be used in bases for natural skin masks and oil serum blends

Parsley, neroli and geranium are great for red veins and rosacea

Yoghurt or whipped cream are very moisturizing and contain lactic or malic acid so slough off dead skin cells

Argan, Olive, Grape Seed, Flax Seed. Jojoba or Coconut Oil are super moisturizing, rich in vitamins and protect your skin as well (coconut and sesame oils have a low SPF protection)

Evening primrose and carrot seed oils are rich in EFA’s, liposomes vitamins and more. Using carrot in homemade face masks or carrot seed contain vitamin A and C and are very moisturizing especially when combined with EFA rich ingredients in homemade face masks because EFA’s help your skin absorb all of these elements deep into your skin.

Seeds and nut meal (ground nuts and seeds) and oatmeal are excellent for homemade exfoliating face masks and also contain beneficial EFA’s. Oatmeal is excellent for itchy skin when mixed with cool chamomile tea.

You can make a whole range of homemade face masks from these ingredients – you can add exfoliating ingredients to a base of banana, avocado, honey, yoghurt or cream. You can add mashed or pureed carrot with papaya and honey for a rich vitamin boost.

Don’t leave tropical fruit masks on your skin for any longer than ten minutes because the enzymes act very quickly and are very powerful.

From these ingredients you can experiment and have fun making your own unique blends.

You can follow these up with a serum made from the oils above which you can make by using the serum wizard here: which will allow you to select your skin type and condition and suggest a formula for you. You can make and apply this after your natural face mask under moisturizer to nourish and treat any skin condition or type. Your skin will feel soft young and amazing!

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