Understanding Fats in Our Foods

Fats are vital to good health and we should take in a variety on a daily basis for our body to function effectively. It’s an essential nutrient for utilizing the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). Furthermore, our diet contains fat that assists with the development and growth of the brain as well as the skin, nerve function, and bone structure.  They also act as security and a cushion for the vital organs of the body. However, not all fats are identical or offer comparable health and wellness advantages. Food consisting of them have a differing combination of saturated, monounsaturated as well as polyunsaturated.

Whether the fats you consume are liquids such as oil, or solids such as margarine, they end up being broken down by your body and transformed into fatty acids and glycerol. The human body takes these and converts other lipids in the body. The remaining lipids are stored as a triglyceride.

Differentiating between saturated fats, trans fats or unsaturated fats?

Good-Fats-Vs-Bad-FatsFats  are classified as either saturated or unsaturated. This is determined by the number of hydrogen atoms connected to each carbon in their chemical chains. The more hydrogens connected to the chain, the more saturated the fat is. Should there be hydrogen atoms missing, the fatty acid is referred to as unsaturated.

Saturated Fats

Saturated fat is related to causing the liver to produce more cholesterol in addition to LDL cholesterol.

Food Sources: Meats, Butter, Whole milk, Poultry, Coconut oil, Palm oil

Unsaturated Fats

There are two categories of unsaturated fats; monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated are regarded as being the healthier and more useful as opposed to saturated fats or trans fats. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are related to reduced LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, but concurrently raising the production of the “good” cholesterol, HDL cholesterol. Fats in this category normally are in liquid form and at room temperature.

Food Sources: Sunflower oil, Canola oil, Olive oil, Peanut oil, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Avocados

Polyunsaturated fatty acids

This type of fat activates lower blood/ serum cholesterol in addition to lower levels of LDL production. Interestingly, these fatty acids tend to reduce HDL production. Similar to monounsaturated fats, they can be found as liquids at room temperature.

Food Sources: Flaxseed oil, Corn oil, Sesame oil, Sunflower seeds and sunflower oil, Fatty fish, i.e. Salmon, Walnuts

Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega-3s are specific polyunsaturated fatty acids found in meat sources. In non-meat sources, our bodies’ process alpha-linolenic acid into usable omega-3s. This fat is to be specifically healthy and beneficial the body due to the fact of their linkage with enhancing the immune process, rheumatoid arthritis, vision, brain function, and heart health. They’ve are known to reduce both triglyceride and total cholesterol levels. Most experts recommend the consumption of foods rich in omega-3s on a daily basis.

Food Sources: Seafood including High fat mackerel, albacore tuna, sardines, salmon, lake trout

Seed, Nut, Vegetable, and other Oil Sources: Flaxseed oil, Walnuts, Pumpkin seeds, Peanuts Soybean oil, Canola oil, kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, watercress and parsley

Vegetable oils offering Omega-6 fatty acids

Omega 6 rich foods also fall into the category of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega 6 fatty acids are identified with lowering heart disease risk by reducing LDL cholesterol levels. Likewise, they’ve been known to also reduce HDL levels.

Food Sources: Most vegetable oils, Sunflower seeds, Pine Nuts, Trans Fats

Trans Fats

Trans-fats are those we must avoid. Manufacturers use trans-fats to prolong the shelf life of foods such as breads, cookies, crackers, chips and other processed foods. Trans fats include hydrogen in their chemical makeup. Hydrogen causes the fat in the food to be firmer and more saturated, this causes a postponing of the rancidity and prolongs freshness. The adverse effect is that the hydrogens cause the food to become more saturated and hydrogenated resulting in trans fats. This additive is cheap – which is why manufacturers use it. But it is also very unhealthy.

Avoid trans fats! If we all stop buying food laden with trans fats, manufacturers will have to rethink and will have no choice but to start producing healthier foods for our families. Read labels on packaged foods to ensure they are free of transfats. Stay healthy.

 

The Beauty of Beta-Carotene

You’ll notice that beta-carotene is one of the ingredients in our Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex (our top moisturizer) and our Beyond CP (nightly serum for oily skin or those with broken capillaries and scars). There are many skin and health benefits of this colorful red-orange pigment, also found in plants, fruits, and colorful vegetables.

Our bodies transform beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol). Vitamin A can be derived from beta-carotene-rich foods or with supplements. The benefit of the dietary form is that the human body only modifies the amount it requires as needed. Vitamin A in excess quantities can be toxic. Toxic Vitamin A amounts can arise by ingesting a large quantity of the supplement form. If your source is from food, toxicity is preventable. We require Vitamin A for beautiful skin, a healthy immune system and vision, and to produce mucus membranes.

beta-caroteneWhy beta carotene is essential?

Beta-carotene is regarded as an antioxidant and is also a predecessor to vitamin A. This compound promotes healthier skin while is also crucial to the overall health of the lungs, heart and eyes. In fact, beta-carotene consumption can help decrease coronary artery disease, strokes, macular degeneration, and other age-associated conditions.

Other health benefits of beta carotene:

For skin wellbeing, there is proof that beta-carotene, itself or combined with other carotenoids or antioxidant vitamins can safeguard the skin from damaging UVA/UVB sun rays. However, it is always recommended to apply a broad spectrum sun screen daily (snow, rain or shine). I like Evenly Radiant Day Crème. It’s nano-particle-free so it refracts harmful rays away from the skin. Find it at my shop in the sunscreen section.

Studies reveal that eating at least 3-5 servings of veggies and fruits loaded with beta carotene could help reduce lung cancer. See a list of foods below. It is not apparent if these results can be associated to beta-carotene by itself. For heart health, a variety scientific research studies have connected high blood levels of dietary beta-carotene and alternative carotenoids with a reduced danger of developing illnesses which affect the heart or blood vessels.

For eye health, research indicates that foods containing high levels of beta-carotene and other carotenoids could assist in reducing the advancement of age-associated macular degeneration (degradation of the macula, a portion of the retina responsible for central vision) and cataracts (which cause the eye lens to cloud) leading to loss or reduction of vision if untreated. Also be sure to wear polarized sun glasses to help prevent the onset of cataracts.

For a healthy immune system myriad scientific studies note that beta-carotene and carotenoids, can help prevent some infections.

Which foods are rich in beta-carotene?

Apricots, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, kale, Chinese cabbage, chives, dandelion leaves, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, ketchup, onions, peas, peppers, plums, pumpkin, spinach, squash, herbs and spices including chili powder, oregano, paprika, parsley.

Winter Colds, Flu’s and Travel Tips

Winter colds, flu’s or the stress of travelling can weaken your immune system, so below I’ve listed some great health and distressing tips.

1) Make your own natural hand sanitizer.
Try my safe, natural hand sanitizer recipe. Place 4 to 6 natural baby wipes such as Seventh Generation or plain folded napkins in a plastic sealable sandwich bag. Add 1-2 tsp. white vinegar into the plastic bag. Vinegar kills all kinds of germs and ecoli – without harmful chemicals. Plus it is safe on Winter Colds & Flu'sskin. Use these wipes for face and hands or to wipe surfaces such as airplane arm rests, table-trays or the bottoms of your feet after walking barefoot through security posts at the airport. FYI: The vinegar smell vanishes after 30 seconds.

2) Douche your nose during and after flying.
As you know, air is circulated throughout a flight. If one person on board has a cold or flu, you may risk catching it, especially if you’re feeling stressed or exhausted. The following tip is so effective, I never fly without it. Keep a 3 oz. saline nasal wash in your purse. I like Ocean or CVS brand nasal wash. Douche your nose every 2-3 hours on the plane. Then, when you arrive at your destination, douche nose again. NOTE: Do not inhale the nasal wash. Just spray, allow the nasal wash to drain out, then blow your nose
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3) Reduce stress with a calming remedy.
If you’re feeling anxious or irritated, try spraying a little homeopathic Rescue Remedy under your tongue. Rescue Remedy is made with natural plants and flowers. It can help calm and soothe your mood. Other mood calmers are pumpkin seeds, walnuts, bananas or adaptogen supplements such as holy basil, relora, B12, Pantothenic acid (B5) or rhodiola. Find Rescue Remedy and adaptogens at a health food store.

Try these remedies to relieve the effects of winter colds and flu’s!

Keep Your Skin Hydrated In Winter Months

Louisa Blue DressFor superior skin hydration and renewal, apply a daily concentrated moisturizer that is rich in hydrators, antioxidants, peptides and epidermal growth factors can dramatically help to defy skin aging. If you haven’t already tried it, our Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex (aka UAPC) is simply unbeatable. You’d have to use a dozen skin creams – some costing as much as $300 – $500 to get all the nutrients this formula contains! In addition, UAPC is free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic colors, fragrance or retinoids so it is safe for all skin types. UAPC offers everything in one jar to help plump, smooth, repair and reverse the signs of dehydrated, aging, sagging, wrinkled skin that is losing volume. Enjoy an even lower special discount price on Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex on my Newsletter Special Page and take a moment to review some of the key age-defying, hydrating ingredients of UAPC below:

Peptides – Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 peptide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide peptide, Copper PCA peptide promote collagen and elastic production, promote firmness, reduce the appearance of redness and age-spots as well as brighten skin tone and repair and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Peptides also stimulate our natural production of hyaluronic acid (moisture) for more hydrated, youthful-looking skin.

Epidermal Growth Factor – maximum % EGF allowed in a topical formula!! EGF’s (a.k.a. cytokines), are naturally occurring proteins that bind to specific receptors on the cell surfaces. EGF penetrates into the epidermal layer; binding to skin cells which accelerates the formation of thicker-looking skin with more volume and healthier skin that is smoother, plumper, brighter, hydrated.

Antioxidants & Hydrators – Pomegranate Seed Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Lycopene, Tocotrienols , Astaxanthin, Lutein, Beta Carotene, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Jojoba Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Hyaluronic Acid help protect, repair, nourish and hydrate normal to dry mature skin as well as can help prevent breakouts.

See the complete list of ingredients on the Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex page at my SHOP.

Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex offers premium grade ingredients in the highest concentrations! The high quality, concentrated ingredients and price can’t be beat. We guarantee it!

Age-Defying Coffee

Dehydrated-looking skin can add years to our appearance. Coffee grounds gently exfoliate skin and are loaded with skin-rejuvenating antioxidants. In addition, coffee contains polyphenols that balance the pH of all skin types whether normal, oily, acne prone or dry skin. Keep skin hydrated and clear of blemishes with my coffee pH balancer recipe.

Here’s what you do:

First, cleanse face and pat dry. Slightly warm 2 tbsp. used coffee grounds in the microwave for 5 seconds (until warm – not hot). Place a piece of newspaper or paper towel in the sink basin to prevent grounds from going down the drain. While standing over the basin, grab a handful of grounds and rub them in a gentle, circular motion on face for about 30 seconds. Leave the grounds and antioxidant-rich residue on skin for one minute. Rinse with tepid water. Skin will look rejuvenated and hydrated.