Inflammation & Natural Solutions: Focus on Curcumin

Inflammation is usually caused by tissue injury. Pain, redness, heat, swelling or the loss of motion, are symptoms of inflammation. In the skin we see Inflammation in such conditions as Rosacea, Acne and Psoriasis and Eczema.

 

As a result of inflammation, fluid may accumulate in specific parts causing swelling,  and in the body cause compression of nerves and thus creating excruciating pain. Inflammation is the skin & body’s protective response to tissue injury, pain or to an immune challenge and chronic. Acute Inflammation occurs when the skin or body is alarmed by harmful stimuli (i.e. injury or illness). Chronic inflammation becomes progressively worse over a period of time. The tissue at the site of the inflammation is in the process of being destroyed while trying to heal at the same time.

Research suggests that Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to the development of inflammation. However, there are several other factors, which may be viewed as triggers for inflammation.

The following are examples:

  • Food Allergies: Gluten and Casein promote inflammation in the gut. Foods such as corn, soy, safflower oil, sunflower oil, strawberries, egg, cheese, peanuts and sugar may be responsible for instigating inflammation within the digestive system.
  • Toxic chemicals/fumes that are absorbed through the nose membrane and skin reached bloodstream and caused painful conditions within the body.
  • Polluted Water
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (joint pains)
  • Autoimmune Diseases (Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus)
  • Digestive problems  (support proper digestion with herbs & probiotics)
  • Stress (emotional/physical)
  • Improper posture
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Obesity may cause inflammation in swollen areas
  • Hormonal imbalance (women in menopause which develop osteoporosis)
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Allergy to plastics or latex
  • Inadequate nutrition: foods high in sugar, processed or fatty foods aggravate inflamed conditions.

Lifestyle changes which may inhibit Inflammation:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Engage in yoga, meditation and swimming for stress relief
  • Consume heart-healthy foods (Omega-3’s)
  • Acupressure
  • Therapeutic massages with olive oil/essential oils
  • Rest
  • Hot/cold compresses
  • Hydrotherapy

Turmeric and natural solutions for treating Inflammation

There are several conventional therapies, which may alleviate the symptoms and severity of chronic inflammation. Alternative therapies seem to provide the least side effects and may yield long-term benefits.

Curcumin is an active ingredient found in Turmeric and is the best known of the curcuminoids. Currently, Curcumin is one of the most highly researched natural substances. Studies have found that curcumin is effective in reducing inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Curcumin prevents pain flare-ups and works as an NSAID (pain reliever) but without adverse side effects. Curcumin therapy minimizes joint swelling, stiffness, promotes flexibility and may help to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis. 

Curcumin has the potential to reverse chronic inflammatory symptoms, thus providing relief from degenerative diseases. Curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant. Recent and promising animal studies suggested that curcumin has anti-cancer and neuroprotective properties.

Unfortunately, curcumin from dietary turmeric is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream. Dietary fat and black pepper can enhance absorption. To ensure a therapeutic dose is achieved, good quality supplements will be in a form that is easily absorbed like a complex of Curcumins to improve absorption.

Besides curcumin, there are a number of other natural substances, which can also be used to help ease inflammation. Fish oil, Vitamin C and green superfoods with anti-inflammatory reds are noteworthy:

 

 

Fish Oil: Treats ailments associated with ageing. Eases joint pain and swelling. May prevent nerve damage in patients with diabetes and decrease inflammation associated with nerve disorders. Along with protecting the skin and cellular membranes from oxidative stress, this oil is essential for lowering the ration of omega 6’s in the diet which are often plentiful.

It is a good practice to include supplements such as Vitamin C and Curcumin when trying to maintain an anti-inflammatory regiment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wellness for your children – the natural way

You don’t need to spend a ton of money and time to boost your child’s health. Instead, you can make small lifestyle choices to improve your child’s immune functioning, development and overall well-being without putting a dent in your wallet. 3 quick and easy way to do so are:


1. Catch some rays
Vitamin D is vital for your child’s healthy bone and immune system development, but many kids (and adults) border on vitamin D deficiency. Just 10 to 15 minutes of direct sunlight per day will give your child all the vitamin D they needs. Encourage sun exposure before 10a.m. or after 4p.m. to minimize the risk of sun damage.


2. Plant a garden
Your kids benefit in two ways when your family plants a garden: They get dirty, and they learn to love veggies. Believe it or not, children need to interact with dirt, soil and dust to build a healthy immune system for life, so it’s actually good for them to get dirty in a garden. Also, kids are more likely to enjoy fresh veggies if they’ve participated in planting and harvesting the produce.


3. Serve more fruits, vegetables and beans
Carrots, green beans, oranges, strawberries: They all contain such immunity-boosting phytonutrients as vitamin C and carotenoids. Phytonutrients may increase the body’s production of infection-fighting white blood cells and interferon, an antibody that coats cell surfaces, blocking out viruses. Studies show that a diet rich in phytonutrients can also protect against such chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease in adulthood. Try to get your child to eat five servings of fruits and veggies a day. Also consider replacing meat with beans and rice a few times a week, as the beans contain healthy protein as well as a full range of minerals that are often missing from diets.

5 simple ways to relieve stress

Stress and anxiety are common experiences for most people. In fact, 70% of adults say they feel stress or anxiety daily that can seriously impact their functionality and ability to carry out their daily tasks. Here are a few ways to relieve stress and anxiety that you can easily implement into your daily routine

  1. Exercise
    Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to beat stress. It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can help relieve mental stress, and the benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don’t exercise. Try to find an activity you enjoy, such as walking, dancing, rock climbing or yoga. Activities that use repetitive movements of large muscle groups, such as walking or jogging, can be particularly stress relieving.
  2. Reduce your caffeine intake
    Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses can increase anxiety. People have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate. If you notice that caffeine makes you jittery or anxious, consider cutting back.Although many studies show that coffee can be healthy in moderation, it’s not for everyone. In general, five or fewer cups per day is considered a moderate amount.
  3. Spend time with friends and family
    Social support from friends and family can help you get through stressful times. Being part of a friend network gives you a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help you in tough times. One study found that for women, in particular, spending time with friends and children helps release oxytocin, a natural stress reliever. This effect is called “tend and befriend,” and is the opposite of the fight-or-flight response. Furthermore, both men and women benefit from friendship. Another study found that men and women with the fewest social connections were more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
  4. Learn to say no
    Not all stressors are within your control, but some are. Take control over the parts of your life that you can change and are causing you stress. One way to do this may be to say “no” more often. This is especially true if you find yourself taking on more than you can handle, as juggling many responsibilities can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Being selective about what you take on — and saying no to what will unnecessarily add to your load — can be a good start to controlling your stress levels.
  • Listen to soothing music
    Listening to music can have a very relaxing effect on the body. Slow-paced instrumental music can induce the relaxation response by helping lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as stress hormones. Some types of classical, Celtic, Native American and Indian music can be particularly soothing, but simply listening to the music you enjoy is effective too. Nature sounds can also be very calming. This is why they’re often incorporated into relaxation and meditation music.

There are many things you can implement to attempt to reduce stress and anxiety if you find these few simple tips aren’t working for you, but they are a great start to put you on the right track for a less stressed mindset!

Why is it worth adding meditation to your beauty program?

Beauty it is not only what you see, but also what you radiate when you associate with others. It comes from inside you and that is what makes other people attracted to being around you and  radiate towards you and your energy. A simple key to reach the kind of beauty described is not hiding in anti- age or beauty creams. You have to connect with the real you. Your emotions and your thoughts can be clearly pictured on your face and if these are not positive, then your true beauty will not be able to shine through.

Stress and anxiety are part of all people’s lives and they are an obstacle to beauty in general. Stress and anxiety can be a destroyer of skin and a creator of lines and wrinkles on the skin. They can affect people by turning their skin dry and pale and also leading to bad dietary habits. So, don’t let it destroy you, eliminate it first!

What should you do?

You should be concentrated on your goal and your beauty program, which does not include stress, anxiety and wrinkles. All you have to do is to reduce negative thoughts and emotions which does sound hard, but can be managed. Meditation is the perfect way to achieve that and it can be easily added into your daily routine.

Meditation rules:

1. Wear comfortable clothes

2. Sit upright and comfortable

3. Relax, this is your moment
First of all, it would be preferable to meditate every morning when you wake up. Start by closing your eyes and breathe. Inhaling from nose, exhaling from mouth. Focus on your breath and make it deeper and slower. Think of your problems and all the things that have an influence on you and look at them from distance. You can solve them all when you are not in them. You are not a part of them anymore. Just focus on your breath. Do not pay attention to any thought coming. Acknowledge it and keep on breathing. Now you inhale positivity slowly and exhale your negativity sharply. Aim to do that for about 10 minutes every day and with practice it will become easier day by day. The results of meditation will make you wonder why you didn’t start it earlier! A happier and more energetic day with very low stress and anxiety levels will pay you back for those 10 minutes!

Looking after your skin and body with Miss Vitality – Part III

We complete our discussion on our fabulous new Miss Vitality range.

In Part II of these series of blogs on Miss Vitality we continued our discussion and talked about Elevate, CoEnzyme Q10 and Illumination Formula.

We finish our series with the final three products in the range, which focus on following concerns:

Rosacea
Ageing
Hormonal imbalances
Dermatitis
Eczema
Compromised skin needing healing and repairing
Acne Prone Skin

 

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is the anti-ageing queen and scientifically developed to slow down the ageing process by protecting DNA and Telomeres. Telomeres are the caps at the end of each DNA strand that protect chromosomes. Without telomeres, the DNA strands become damaged and can’t do their job, therefore, resulting in ageing and inflammation.

Resveratrol is neuroprotective, cardioprotective and can also slow down the progression of Alzheimers.

This product is a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory derived from the roots of Japanese Knotwood, one of the richest sources of Resveratrol. Many good quality skin care products contain Resveratrol, by taking this internally and externally you will be achieving optimum results in age prevention.

Curcumin Forte

Not just a cooking spice! Curcumin Forte is an anti-inflammatory buster! It contains the most potent part of the Turmeric plant which reduces inflammation in the body and skin.

It is suitable for everyone, especially people with arthritis or those who suffer from any inflammatory pain. Used together with Miss Vitality Good Oil, Curcumin Forte will inhibit pro-inflammatory markers.

Curcumin Forte can be a herbal alternative for anti-inflammatory painkillers.

Curcmeroids, which is the key ingredient, also balances sebum (oil) production in acne-prone skin and helps reduce inflammation for those who experience rosacea. It is excellent in detoxifying the body of lead, cadmium, and mercury.

Good Oil

This high potency Omega fish oil is sourced from small fish only such as sardines, anchovies, and whitebait which are less exposed to heavy metals.

Good Oil increases cellular elasticity and moisture to relieve symptoms of impaired and barrier-compromised skin. The essential fatty acids are beneficial in relieving dry, itchy skin conditions such as dandruff and dermatitis. It is also beneficial in eliminating folliculitis as this condition can indicate that the body lacks Omega 3.

The essential fatty acids in Good Oil help to protect and strengthen nerve cells and membranes, balance hormones and improve gut health.

Good Oil brings you all the benefits of a high quality fish oil without the fishy aftertaste.

In some cases when treating a health/skin condition or concern, it may be necessary to start with the highest recommended daily dosage until you see the required results. It could take 1 or two bottles for this to be achieved. Then continue on minimal dosage for maintenance.

Each product in the Miss Vitality range compliments each other. Therefore it is safe and effective to use them all together if you wish.

Please refer to our Shop By Concern categories under our Miss Vitality pages to see what products suit you best.

Looking after your skin and body with Miss Vitality – Part II

Continuing our discussion on our fabulous new Miss Vitality range.

In Part I of these series of blogs on Miss Vitality we gave you an insight into how the Miss Vitality range was formed and introduced you to the benefits of Clean Tea.

Now we would like to present to you, three other products in this range.

Treating the skin from within is the focus.  The skin nutrient products below help the following skin conditions:

  • Rosacea
  • Acne prone skin
  • Pigmentation,
  • Dull and devitalised skin
  • Compromised skin needing healing and repairing.

 

Elevate

This organic super food provides energy and immune support and contains ingredients that will help delay certain aspects of ageing. It also cleanses and heals the intestinal tract, supports immunity and reduces inflammation. Half the recommended daily dose is ideal for those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Miss Vitality Elevate

Elevate alkalises the body and therefore reduces inflammation. It is suitable for everyone, including all skin types. Rosacea and acne prone skin will especially benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a great protein kick for exercising and gym workouts.

It contains ingredients including Slippery Elm which strengthens, heals and soothes mucous membranes in the intestinal tract. This product is ideal for those who are intolerant to grains. Elevate will also lessen your urge to snack in between meals.

Taken daily in a smoothie, coconut, fresh juice or plain water, Elevate will assist in the absorption of vitamins and minerals while healing from the inside out.

 

CoEnzyme CoQ10

This energy boosting antioxidant builds Vitamin E production to assist the skin in repair and reduce ageing at a cellular level.

Miss Vitality Coenzyme Q10

It is ideal for all skin types, especially those with pigmentation or inflamed skin conditions. It is great for dull and devitalised skin and is effective in positive recovery from in-clinic treatments and surgery.

To be taken only in the morning, CoEnzyme Q10 is a great post-party pick me up.

Caution: CoEnzyme is not suitable for those taking blood thinning medication such as Warfarin.

Illumination Formula (multi vitamin)

This all round skin specific, multi-nutrient formula is a high dose antioxidant. It helps prevent ageing by ensuring that cells are protected from oxidative damage and stress and provides skin support for healing, repairing, and skin recovery.

It is beneficial in regulating the production of sebum (oil) in the skin and also supports healthy thyroid function. This multi-vitamin also supports the nervous and hormone systems and is beneficial in times of stress.

Caution: Illumination Formula is not to be used in pregnancy.

Looking after your skin and body with Miss Vitality – Part I

See our recent feature in Time Out Beauty

This month we are focusing on our bodies.

At Time Out Beauty, our main focus is the skin, however, we have to bear in mind that some skin conditions are caused by gut issues, poor diet, lack of sleep, medication etc. It can be frustrating that in some cases even though the client’s skin care regime is good, certain skin conditions fail to be resolved. So if we acknowledge the body holistically it could be due to other issues deeper than the skin.

After meeting with Chiza Westcarr, the educator for the Miss Vitality Nutrition range, we were blown away to discover that this therapeutic range is designed to correct skin health from the inside. We were confidently told that these scientifically developed products guarantee results due to their therapeutic dose when taken as directed. These TGA approved complementary medicines are in fact active enough to bring about change in the skin and body. We were also impressed that this range is not only Australian owned, but also uses certified organic ingredients.

“This range stands out as it is more potent due to its therapeutic dose.”

Chiza is also a strong believer that most conditions begin in the gut, and these products promote gut health.

Miss Vitality Co-Founders, Naturopath Pamella Zakostelsky, and Paramedical Aesthetician Natasha McCrystal have over 35 years combined experience in the health and skincare industry.

They have combined their extensive knowledge and skills to formulate this effective range.

With their findings Miss Vitality was born; a wellness movement that represents nourishment on a cellular level protecting our cells from the damages we face within our environment, the food we eat and stress levels from everyday demands.

“Age Prevention is now here on a nutritional and cellular level… what we do today is the future of our health, the prevention of disease and protection of the cells”.
Inflammation is a major contributor to ageing. The Miss Vitality range uses anti-inflammatories throughout their range. Certain products in the range also assist in reducing the toxic load.

As a skin therapist, I am now inspired to obtain even better results for my clients who suffer from conditions such as rosacea, acne, pigmentation, dull and devitalised skin, itchiness, sensitivity, and ageing.

There are 7 products in the range which are suitable for all skin conditions:

Clean Tea

We should all take time out for a cup of tea, not only to unwind but to detoxify and protect our body and skin.

Clean Tea is a therapeutic herbal infusion that is suitable for everybody* (*not recommended during pregnancy). It contains certified organic ingredients and is caffeine and sugar-free. This blend of detoxifying plants will purify the body and enliven the skin. It is rich in antioxidants which not only strengthens immunity but cleanses the gut and aids digestion.

Delicious to enjoy all year round as a hot soothing tea in winter and a cold refreshing iced tea in summer.

While preparing your tea, you can easily identify the following ingredients:
Barberry: promotes liver detoxification, is anti-fungal and anti-Candida
Peppermint: aids digestion
Lemongrass: stimulates cleansing through liver detoxification
Rosehip: is high in Vitamin C which protects the skin and capillaries from free radicals
Chamomile: soothes the nervous system
Vanilla Bean: aids digestion

Make Miss Vitality Clean Tea your special time out ritual to promote healthy eating and lifestyle habits.

How to Be Mindful With Your In-Laws

How we relate with our in-laws deeply affects the overall harmony and well-being in our
families and in our life. For many, this becomes most obvious during the holidays.

This year, let mindfulness help you navigate potential conflict and nourish these key relationships.

Set the intention to be accepting, patient and appreciative with your in-laws.

Know that some situations might make you emotionally reactive. When these moments arise, breathe mindfully and send a caring reminder to yourself to help regain your balance.

Whenever you remember, ground yourself in mindful presence by relaxing your body,
bringing a slight smile to your mouth, and taking a few full breaths. In these moments, recall your intention.

Purposefully notice what you appreciate about your in-laws and when appropriate, let them
know directly.

Be mindful of where they might be feeling uncomfortable, vulnerable or anxious, and with care, see how you can be helpful.

Forgive yourself, and them, for ways your time together may be difficult.

Pause and fully savor the moments when there’s affection, humor or kindness.

Benefits of fish oil

Omega 3 fish oils are known to support the skins inflammatory response, maintain cell integrity and relieve symptoms of impaired skin. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are beneficial fats that cannot be made in the body. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are by far the most important good fats required to maintain optimal health. It is also known to support the skins inflammatory response, maintain cell integrity and relieve symptoms of impaired skin.

Consuming Miss Vitality Good Oil tablets which contain ultra pure, and ultra concentrated omega-3s will bring you all the benefits of consuming fish oil tablets without the aftertaste. Fish oil intake has also been associated with aiding the body in weight loss, fertility, pregnancy and increased energy. Adding taking a few Good Oil capsules to your daily ritual will provide you with numerous health benefits while giving your day a healthy and tasty start!

Mindful eating

Eating is a natural, healthy, and pleasurable activity for satisfying hunger. In our current society however, eating can become mindless and guilt consuming instead.

Mindful eating is eating with intention and attention that allows you to care for yourself and notice the way different food affect your body. Mindful eating includes an awareness of your physical and emotional cues, recognition of your non-hunger triggers for eating and learning to meet your other needs in more effective ways than eating.

Mindful eating also helps you answer questions such as why do I eat, when do I feel like eating, what do I eat, how do I eat and where do I invest the energy I consume? These questions will help you understand your personal eating and is a good first step toward meaningful transformation. Understanding how essential the impact food has on your body will allow you to understand what fuels your body to positively improve your health and give you new found energy and a new found outlook on life!