Wednesdays with the Warsh's!

 

THE PLAN

Three weeks ago, my handsome husband came home and told me he'd like us to take Wednesdays off to do all the things we talk about doing and never have time to do. I'm happy to report we started our midweek outings this week.

THE OUTING

To be honest, there is so much I want to do I couldn't decide what to do first. So David suggested the Aga Kahn Museum, and I was delighted. A rich cultural display of art, beauty, and history that is unique unto itself. 

Here we are in front of the gift shop, that has a unique display of wonderful, pricey but useful items. I especially loved the perfume bottles. And I will definitely be returning to try the restaurant.

THE LUNCH

We had heard about a new Mediterranean restaurant called Parallel that caught our interest, so we skipped eating at the Aga Kahn Museum and headed over to Dufferin and DuPont (this is in Toronto for those of you who are local or planning to visit!) to an industrial area that is trending with old and new businesses. This meal was definitely worth fighting traffic for. All I can say is OMG...best food ever. So fresh and (is there a word that's better than delicious?) Very friendly staff and great artsy atmosphere. Did I say how great the food was

THE AFTER EFFECT

 Fabulous lunch at Parallel in Toronto!

Fabulous lunch at Parallel in Toronto!

I have to admit, taking a midweek day off made me a bit uneasy... but the idea of spending some special time with my best friend seemed like such a romantic notion that I got into the spirit of semi-retirement for a day and enjoyed our new tradition beyond my expectations. Can't wait till next week!

My advice is to always take the time to smell the roses—or in my case, take a wonderful time out from the daily schedule—it's good for you in so many ways. (See the Face Talk posts on how sharing time with friends and loved ones helps not only your well-being but your long-term health if you need a reason to step back from the day-to-day!)

p.s. I have no intentions of retiring (EVER!!!!)

 

How to relax and destress

Relaxing with family and friends

One of the best ways to relax and destress is to spend some away-from-work time with those you love—of course, this means family but don't forget to include your friends. According to the experts, sometimes spending more time with family is good but sometimes it adds anxiety to the mix if you're having family squabbles or issues. This is why the holiday season. when more of us tend to either go home or make sure we meet up with family, can add to your stress.

Sharing good times and bad

With my cousin Robin.

Still, you don't want to miss the family time—even if it puts you a little on edge.  This is what memories are made of. Spend as much time as you can with the family members you truly feel at home with.

What you might want to consider is also adding extra friendship time to the mix, especially with longtime friends. These are the people you're likely to feel you can share anything with, good times or bad, because you've already been through so many ups and downs together.  

The gift of life

Whether you spend your downtime with family or friends, “Reaching out means we are giving each other, literally, the gift of life,” says a report in (of all sources!) the Tri-State Livestock News. 

Is it true that we increase our chances in the longevity stakes when we spend more time with friends and family.? Yes, say experts. According to a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, 23 percent of people who reported being lonely during the study period died within six years. But only 14% of those with regular companionship died within the same period. (Report Simplemost)

TIME Magazine says that spending time with friends can be as important (or more so, (see above!) than spending your relaxing hours with family.  Quality friendships—with people you understand and get on with and vice versa—is especially important. As are friendships with spouses, children, and other family members. But the relaxation factor may be greater with longtime trusted friends, who have been through it all with you.

The bottom line is that the more social interactions you have, the more impact this will have on your good health, well-being, and longevity. 

RENEW, REVIVE, AND REJUVENATE WITH MAXINE WARSH. YOUR SKIN WILL KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.

 

In Favor of Pro-Aging

Some people call it pro-aging. Others call it healthy living or thinking positively or with satisfaction of your own aging process—whatever the words you use, chances are it will help you live longer and better.

Thinking positive helps longevity

A Harvard and Yale study showed that participants with a positive outlook on aging—who felt happy and useful—lived on average seven and a half years longer. Positive thinking about aging had more of an impact on aging than blood pressure, your BMI, how much you exercised, or your cholesterol levels.

In another key study, participants with positive perceptions about aging and capabilities, regardless of their health at the start, were better able to carry out daily activities over an 18 year period. 

“Wow,” says aging expert Maxine Warsh. “If that's not an excellent reason to focus on pro-aging instead of anti-aging, I don't know what is! To me, pro-aging is about a healthy attitude and living a healthy lifestyle—living out loud and fully.

 A healthy diet and lifestyle are key components of pro-aging—but a positive attitude to your own aging process is even more important.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are key components of pro-aging—but a positive attitude to your own aging process is even more important.

Live for today (and tomorrow!)

“It’s being all you can be with confidence, grace, and gratitude about who you are now. Yesterday is history. If you were true to yourself yesterday then you are true to yourself today. Pro-aging is about getting out of bed with gratitude at being alive to enjoy another day of being all you can be —to own the day and your life without excuses.

“We aren’t getting any younger, and why would you want to? The glow of youth is now replaced by the beauty of experience and knowledge. I wouldn’t change places with my younger self for all the toned muscles my body use to boast. I don’t know that person anymore. I love me now and where I’m going. This isn’t to say I will ever stop taking care of myself, my health, and my appearance. I value pro-aging too much to ever grow old. I was recently in Miami visiting my 91-year-old mother who is still youthful and not defined by her number. Good for you, Mom.

“Last week we had company from out of country. Of course, we did the Canadian tour to Niagara Falls and the outlet malls! I love Saks Off the Fifth (the American in me) and found another black purse I had to have! Plus, there was a better discount if I signed up for a credit card. Well, who wouldn’t? I gave my sales woman my Drivers License and as she was taking my information she asked what I did for a living. I told her I was self-employed for the sake of the questionnaire. She wanted to know what my profession was. I told her I was in anti-aging/skin care. She wanted to know exactly what and how and where she could buy it, because “I noticed the age on your drivers license and I’m two years younger than you, but you look 10 years younger than me!”

“I thanked her and told her about my website. Was I flattered? I was...not because she thought I looked younger, but because I was happy that my approach to life was having such a great effect! I take care of myself the best way I know how to. (And I have to admit that I am pleased that my skincare products and daily regimen that I developed to help others with aging or pro-aging work so well!).

“I’m not competing with anyone. I make no apologies for doing what I do to try to look as good and healthy as I feel. I no longer feel like I have to excuse myself for being all I can be, especially when I offer a service to help everyone be pro-aging, too. This is my lifestyle and I like that it works. I hope everyone finds the pro in their aging experience. My advice is to live out loud in the happiest, healthiest way—try to love who you are and where you're at and, of course, think positive. It really is good for your health!” Maxine Warsh

 More on pro-aging stats and tips.

 

This week's sales and offers on Maxine Warsh Facial Rejuvenation

For Mother's Day—

Save big on this lovely Mother's Day gift--give the women in your life the gift of a wonderful complexion (or treat yourself!). Use the promo code MOMSDAY when you order a 3-pack of Warsh Cloths for Her... and we'll add another 3-pack of Warsh Cloths for Her free! Save big. Buy at the Maxine Warsh SkinCare Shop.  Limited time only—until the day after Mother's Day.

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Plants and well-being

It's true—flowers have power. Being outside in nature—whether it's a backyard, tending a balcony flower pot, or in the garden—relieves stress and makes us feel better. This may be one reason why spring seems to perk up our happiness factor—who doesn't feel a little boost when you see your first crocus and, perhaps, a momentary flashback to springs past?

A study by researchers at Kansas State University showed that contact with flowering plants has a direct effect on patients' psychological and psychological well-being. Patients with flowering plants in their rooms during post-op recovery from appendectomies took less pain meds, had lower blood pressure and heart rate, and generally lower symptoms of pain, anxiety, and fatigue.  This study showed that plants were better than cut flowers for patients because of the plant's longevity and since patients became involved in their care—watering, moving them, etc.

 Warsh Cloths make a perfect hostess gift—with flowers on top!

Warsh Cloths make a perfect hostess gift—with flowers on top!

Boost your creativity with plants

According to a landmark European study, there are cognitive and creative benefits to having plants in the office—which may explain the greenery in many business interior landscapes. And they help with stress and relaxation, which could explain why plants are so common in doctor's (and dentist's(!) offices.

Flowers aid relaxation and stress reduction, but choose your colors well. Vivid and saturated tones are energizing, while “less saturated colors are calming,” as are colors near each other on the color wheel. More from Huffington Post

And if you're giving a thank you or a hosting gift —say it with flowers on top and you won't go wrong! According to a study at Rutgers University in New Jersey, recipients of gifts (a candle, flowers, fruit basket) reacted with true and heartfelt smiles (known as the Duchenne smile) and were still feeling the boost of the gift of flowers three days later.

Diet and skin tips

Skin care from the inside out

Make conscious food choices and go for an anti-inflammatory diet (tomatoes, olive oil, green leafy veg, nuts, salmon, tuna, sardines, blueberries, cherries... check what's good and what's not). Many of the foods that make up the Mediterranean diet are also anti-inflammatory and make it, too, great for weight loss, general health, and your skin. The anti-inflammatory diet minimizes breakouts and improves skin tone.

Plus, experts say that inflammation in your body contributes to a huge range of diseases and conditions from Parkinson's to Alzheimer's, cancers, arthritis, and more. Battling these prospects while you eat is only sensible.

Make fresh veggies and fruits part of your life. Your food choices have more of an impact on how you look and feel than you might think, now and in the future. (“Good, I hope,” says Maxine!).

So aim for nine to 10 servings of fruit and veg daily. Emphasize fresh food and variety always/avoid fast food and desserts, especially those you didn't make yourself. Have your Omega-3 fatty acids from fish, some nuts (walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews...), even dark chocolate. Also make sure you get your full fibre allowance (from 25 to 40 grams)—not only from whole grains, barley, brown rice etc., but fruit and veggie as well, from eggplant to nuts, beans, bananas and blueberries. 

Another way to get the best from an anti-inflammatory diet is to spice it up. Make turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, cayenne, and even black pepper a part of your healthy body and skincare diet.

More tips

What turmeric does for you—see Marie Claire

Everything you need to know about inflammation.

What is the best way to keep your complexion fresh and buoyant? If you've been following Maxine Warsh for a while, you'll know that the key is to wash (Warsh!) your face with only water and the Warsh Cloth.
 

NATURAL TREATMENT FOR ACNE

Acne isn't just for teens

According to the Mayo Clinic, the four main causes of acne are oil production, dead skin cells, clogged pores, and bacteria. Other factors may be stress, hormones, and meds you may be taking, including contraceptives.

What causes acne?

An unhealthy diet heavy in carbs and dairy, such as chips, bagels, (and other tasty items such as bread!) doesn't help either. Eating greasy foods may not cause acne, but working in an oil-heavy environment (greasy spoons?) re cooking may. We've also written about the importance of washing (Warshing...) your makeup off before going to bed.

Avoid chemicals and harsh soaps on acne

You can get it at any age—from 16 to 60 and beyond. Acne can appear not only on your face and neck but almost anywhere on your body including your back, arms, and chest‚ “Wherever it is, I'm sure you want it gone,” says complexion expert Maxine Warsh.  According to the experts, and we're pleased to reference the Mayo Clinic again, acne isn't created by dirty skin, although gently removing oil, dead skin, and other substances including makeup will help.  But  “scrubbing the skin too hard or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals irritates the skin and can make acne worse,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

“I've believed this for a long time and I'm glad to see other experts agree with me. That's one reason I introduced the Warsh Cloth for Acne, which is designed to give your face a gentle fresh, clean with only water and is finding fans of all ages!”

What can you do about acne?

There are a number of home remedies, many of them natural and probably already sitting in your kitchen, to battle acne, from honey (use as a mask) to chamomile tea--dab it on your skin— to aspirin, and aloe.

Acne scars and what to do about them

But is there anything that can minimize acne scars? Yes, say skin specialists. One handy treatment that is also natural and probably in your kitchen is to use baking soda. This can be applied in a number of ways and in combination with other ingredients to battle acne scars. Other natural remedies for acne include turmeric (what isn't it good for?) and even tomato slices. 

So if you're tired of spending money on so-called “acne treatments” just take a look at home--and use naturally cleansing water (and the WARSH Cloth!) to clean up your skin.

 

p.s. and watch our video for 20% discount offer!

 

Natural skin care and why it's good for you

INGREDIENTS IN NATURAL SKIN CARE

As part of a continuing series, we're going to look at some of the all-natural ingredients found in the Black Label epiCARE natural skin care line from Maxine Warsh. This will also give a little insight into why natural skin products are better for your skin than the chemicals/preservatives and other gunky things that last a lifetime on the shelves in your drug store—but aren't that great for your complexion.

GINGER FOR YOUR SKIN

The epiSILK Toning and Lifting Vitamin C Serum is just one of the good-for-your-skin natural products from Maxine Warsh that contains ginger as a key ingredient. Why is ginger good for your skin?

You probably already know that ginger taken in your food and drink has benefits for your health—to calm upset tummies and reduce inflammation, for example. Ginger tea is good if you're feeling congested or facing down a cold or flu. Applied topically, it helps soothe burns—and this is only a sampling of ginger's uses and benefits. ( More ways to use ginger.) It also helps encourage elasticity in your complexion. As well as its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is excellent for your skin because it is full of antioxidants that boost collagen production.

BE GOOD TO YOUR SKIN—Perhaps keep a chunk of ginger on hand—it is said to be great to battle a spotty skin and also helps with 'brown' spots.

 

Which berries are the best to eat for your complexion?

 Blueberries really are a superfood—for your health generally and for your complexion.

They taste great and blueberries are full of antoxidants, have about 4 grams of fibre per cup, and help with your motor skills. Plus blueberries help battle diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Their main benefit for your skin is if you have splotchy skin, acne, or capilliaries. The vitamins in blueberries are believed to help with oil levels and make the accumulation of sebum less likely. It's the vitamin C in blueberries that reduces broken capilliaries and splotchy complexions, making the blood vessels just below the skin stronger. It is the weakness within the vessel walls that shows as 'spider veins' or broken capiliaries.

Diets high in fat and carbs encourage aging skin—blueberries neutralize free radicals to give softer, smoother skin and a better feel.

So throw some in your smoothie, top your cereal or yogurt with a few—and do something good for your skin and your health! 

 

 

Retailers carrying the Warsh Cloths

Here are a sprinkling of some of the locations/retailers carrying the Warsh Cloth.

  • Sporting Life
  • Cinderella Suites, Woodmere, New York
  • Carol Kelley, in L.A.
  • PharmaSave
  • 889 Yoga
  • Rosemarie’s Cosmetics, Pompano, Florida
  • Eyes on Sheppard, North York
  • Ilana Stein-Attali, The House of Vitality
  • Lee Renick Cosmetics, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Daniel Sade, Healing Fragrances, Concord
  • Ladies Golf Club
  • Palais Royale, Bayview Village
  • Palais Royale, Yorkville
  • Granite Club
  • Parisa Hair Salon, North York City Centre
  • Look Hair Studio
  • Delineations
  • Hair Dynasty
  • Lezah Skin Care, MississaugaAyala Raiter Jewelry Couture
  • Dr. Diane Wong, Glow Medi Spa—Yorkville, Aurora, and Markham
  • Michelle Romanica at Great Lakes Dermatology, Wisconsin
  • Beauty & Barber Supply outlets
  • Grace Makeup for Midlife
  • Susan Kirsch Makeup
  • Weston Golf & Country Club
  • Classic Nails
  • Sweetgrass (at Verity)
  • Pestacio Fine Foods
  • Bayview Village Sport Specs & Opticals
  • Jewelry Secrets, St. Jacobs
  • David’s Fine Linens @ Bayview Village
  • and the new Vaughn location
  • Natural Life Health Market (GTA)
  • River’s Edge Gift Shop, Rockwood, On.
  • Really Neat Stuff
  • Inner Peace Spa, Etobicoke
  • Perfume Passion
  • Bambuu Hair Salon
  • Elemental Core Healing in Newmarket
  • JC Salons, Toronto
  • The One Nail and Spa Hair Design, Milton
  • Mara Swartz
  • Partners in Beauty— Stacey Elson, Chatham
  • Partners in Beauty— Nancy Matteis, Chatham
  • Partners in Beauty— Cathy Zarzycki, Conestogo
  • Eye World, Markham
  • Cass Bella, Vernon, BC

Please contact Maxine if you'd like to carry the Warsh Cloths or the Black Label epiCARE range of all-natural skincare products! 

NATURAL BEAUTY TIPS—FOODS TO EAT FOR GOOD SKIN

Which foods are best for your complexion?

Add seaweed to your menu

Good health is your number one asset and the most important thing you can do to maintain this is to pay attention to what you eat and drink. Luckily, most good-for-you food selections turn out to be good for you on the inside and out, for your complexion.

GREAT SKIN FOOD—# 1

Number 1 on a number of suggested lists of good-for-you-and-your-skin foods is the sea vegetable dulse, or dried seaweed, also said to be a tasty way to get rid of dark under-eye circles. (Another great reason to enjoy Sushi!) Seaweed is full of vitamin B—. This helps to draw excess fluids out of your tissues - including fluids that make your eyes puffy and give you dark circles underneath. Eat it alone or crumble it up on your soup or salad.

What is dulse and where can you find it?

This edible seaweed (which is full of fibre and protein and grows wild on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts--has also been a staple of diets in  Scotland and Wales, for example, for a long time.  Look for it in a good supermarket--it comes in various forms from pickled to powder to flaked. It can be added to salads, soups, pan-fried.... and will work to keep your body healthy and your skin glowing from the inside out. Take this first step to a wonderful complexion!

p.s. To keep that complexion glowing light exfoliation on a regular basis is very important. Be sure you're using The WARSH Cloth (of course!, which exfoliates as it cleans with water only.

What foods are good for your skin?

Best foods for an “anti-aging healthy skin” 

These great-for-you anytime foods are what the experts recommend for hydrating from the inside out. Mostly, the foods that are on the good-for-you list for health also help your skin AND make a great anti-aging diet. The list includes salmon, avocado, olive oil, spinach and leafy greens, nuts/seeds, fruit (of course!) and eggs. For more on why you should eat anti-aging foods:  StyleList.

Good-for-your-skin-foods

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Other foods that should be on your menu that are good for your skin (and your hair!), making you look and feel fit and healthier from the inside out are dark chocolate, walnuts, the ever-popular spinach, lentils, flax and chia seeds, and berries.

According to The Huffington Post, berries “are loaded with anti-inflammatory agents and vitamins that help protect you from premature aging.” They are also great at battling illnesses and packed with Vitamin C, which not only keeps skin firm but is used by your body to form collagen.

Chocolate (or raw cacao) has flavonoids to fight free radicals and protect your skin from UV damage and wrinkles and fine lines.

For facts you might not know about berries--such as if bananas, kiwi fruit, and lychees are classed as berries, and which are the most beneficial... Elderberries is #1, followed by blackberries, and ... tomatoes? Read up.

Causes of wrinkles and aging

A BBC report on eating your way to fabulous skin summarizes the main causes of wrinkles and skin aging and pinpoints damage from the sun, strong soaps, chemicals, and poor nutrition as the main culprits, and recommends antioxidant rich fruit and veg with beta carotene, vitamins C and E, zinc and selenium.

(Using the Warsh Cloth with water only to clean your complexion eliminates two of those factors immediately!)

Fighting acne

To fight acne, cutting back on processed/junk foods and hydrogenated and saturated fats is recommended, says the BBC. Try to eat more selenium-rich foods such as Brazil and walnuts, cashews, fresh tuna, sunflower seeds, and wholemeal bread. More.

 Use the Warsh Cloth at least twice a day to clean your complexion of all makeup and grime for best results.&nbsp;

Use the Warsh Cloth at least twice a day to clean your complexion of all makeup and grime for best results. 

“And wash with the Warsh Cloth (we also have one for acne). Cleaning your skin with only water will, of course, also help to fight a variety of skin problems—from aging to acne.”

 

When should you start caring for your skin?

Don't wait too long to think about anti-aging

By the time you’re 25, the ATP that fuels muscles is starting to diminish. Muscles begin to lose tone and skin starts to sag—and that means all over. Your face needs help inside and out starting about now if you want to keep looking your best—so make sure you use lots of water inside and out—drink it and also use only water to wash (WARSH!) your face. This means not using chemical cleansers that will dry your skin. After you've washed away the day's grime and makeup (with a WARSH Cloth, of course),  Don't forget to moisturize, and always with a preservative-free, natural cleanser.

Preventing wrinkly hands

You should carry hand lotion on you at all times. Hands show the signs of age first and often make you look older than you are. Every time your hands are in water, use lotion. That may be a dozen times a day, but it’s vital if you want them to look soft, smooth, and unwrinkly! Be sure to moisturize them (and yourself) all over before you climb into bed at night. If you’re taking care of yourself and getting the necessary seven hours (some even say minimum eight hours to fight aging and keep healthy), that’s a lot of hours for your skin to absorb moisture while you sleep.

How is exercise good for your skin ?
We all know how important exercise is for our fitness levels and health. It’s also essential for our skin. Exercise supports muscles all over the body and in the face and neck. The more you exercise, the better your muscle tone and your skin looks, from top to bottom. Start planned exercise if you're not, and make a habit of using stairs instead of elevators, and parking at the furthest spot in the parking lot. You'll be thankful you did for your overall fitness levels and your muscle tone and skin tone—plus the impact on your health, vitality, and in your skin now and in the decades to come.

“I swear by WARSHing and exercise at every opportunity!” Maxine

Be wary of non-natural complexion products

“I like to talk about my all-natural beauty products and recommend that you only clean your face with water and my best-selling Warsh Cloths... but is there science behind the increased popularity of natural skincare?” Maxine

Absolutely. It's hard to quantify—but our skin is sensitive to what we put on it. Rates of absorption on our face and scalp can be 10 times higher than other parts of the body. We want the anti-aging and antioxidant ingredients in cosmetics to work on the dermis and epidermis—which means we want them to work their way into our skin. In turn, some of these ingredients (and chemical compounds/preservatives etc) work their way into our bodies. This is a good reason to check sell by dates and only use natural skincare. These products are made without preservatives and that means they won't last forever. 

If you choose to use only water (and Warsh Cloths) to wash your face, you're doing your skin and your body a favor by avoiding chemicals, preservatives, and drying compounds that might ease their way, even in minute quantities, into your body and your bloodstream.

The same applies to moisturizers and other treatments you apply to your skin. You might think they're working to fight the battle lines of age—wrinkles, but they might be doing a lot more than you anticipate. FDA and beauty products—more.

If you've ever looked at the shelf life of a face cream sold in a drug or department store, it's likely to be good for a year or two—or even longer. It is chock full of ingredients to enhance the longevity of the product and prevent bacteria, mold, etc. Many of the ingredients in these products are unregulated and include synthetic colors and fragrances, parabens and more.

“So my advice is, next time you buy a cosmetic product that isn't natural consider your health and your well-being.” Maxine

The chemical additives and preservatives in skin creams and lotions can also affect your skin's sensitivity--and it can often be these ingredients that are causing sensitive skin issues and breakouts. This is another reason to go au naturel with the beauty products you apply to your skin.

What to avoid in beauty products/Huffington Post

Cosmetic chemicals to avoid/ David Suzuki Foundation

p.s. check recent Face Talk posts on how what you eat affects your skin from the inside out!

How much water should you drink?

We hear it so often that we accept it without question—drink 8 glasses of 8 ounces each of water a day, or 8x8. But is this accurate and do we need this much? 

It depends. According to Web MD, the Institute of Medicine advises that men need about 125 ounces of liquid daily and women 91 ounces. The first thing to note is that the liquid doesn't all have to be water. The second? Most of us are probably getting enough hydration if we eat an average diet from food and beverages. Did you know that an apple is 84% water, broccoli is 91%, and a plain bagel 33%?

Also, take note of what you're drinking—alcohol is dehydrating. Coffee and sodas are hydrating, but caffeine is a natural diuretic. Water is the best choice because it's free and calorie-free.

How much water you need in a day depends on a number of factors from your age to your gender, health, weight, activity level, and even the weather. If it's hot and you're perspiring--you probably need to drink more water. But you may also need more water in other extreme weather conditions such as when it's cold, humid, or you're at high altitude. Children need lots of liquid—they get dehydrated more easily than the rest of us and seniors may need to drink extra liquid because of health issues. Heavier people need more water also. 

Can you drink too much water and does it matter? 

It's uncommon, according to the Mayo Clinic, but if  “your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte content of the blood is diluted, resulting in hyponatremia.” This mostly affects endurance athletes such as marathon runners and is rare in healthy adults who eat the average diet. But some health conditions including “heart failure and some types of kidney, liver and adrenal diseases may impair excretion of water and require that you limit your fluid intake.”

If you're exercising intensely (or for more than an hour), experts recommend sports drinks that contain sodium.  “This also reduces the chances of hyponatremia, which can be life-threatening,” says the Mayo Clinic. For short periods of exercise or any activity that makes you perspire, drink an extra 1.5 to 2.5 glasses of water. 

According to Web MD: Our kidneys process 20 to 1000 ml of fluid per hour. So it's not easy to go into fluid overload, but it can happen if you drink too much, too quickly. Symptoms include weight gain, nausea, and bloating and may reduce the sodium levels in your blood, “which can result in headaches, confusion, seizures, and coma.”

Can you lose weight by drinking water?


Studies show this to be true—when you drink before a meal it fills you up and you tend to eat less/fewer calories, and many weight lost experts recommend this as standard procedure. Longer-term studies need to be carried out—but anecdotal evidence says it works!

Best Health says it's important to remember that skin is up to 15 percent water and in climate-controlled offices, where humidity never goes about 8 to 10 percent, moisture in the skin evaporates more quickly than it can regenerate. So be sure to drink plenty!

Whether you monitor your water intake or are sure you're getting your liquids from your healthy diet, the bottom line is that water keeps your body and brain working. Without it your health would suffer—so if you're thirsty, drink up!

Remember: in general, we can survive up to about three weeks without food, but only three days to a week without water. Always pack water in your car and in your 'just in case' bag when you're on your travels or in unfamiliar landscapes/terrain... just in case!

 

 

TAKE SOME 'YOU' TIME

Feeling rested and rejuvenated

If your life isn't looking (or feeling!) much like a day at the beach at the moment (perhaps because you're in the middle of a snow storm, or even if it just feels like you are...), taking a time out to indulge yourself and your senses and switching the focus to relaxing can make a huge difference. If you can't escape for a quick trip somewhere, take a little time out for yourself for reflection and a change of scene or activity. Exploring a museum and or art gallery you haven't visited in a while are great for this or even an afternoon at the movies with a good friend or your partner. You'll likely feel rested and rejuvenated—and rise above the down-for-the-count feelings that too much busyness and stress create.  

Stress and you

Remember, if you're not getting enough relaxing time, your body will tell you. Stress will show itself in disrupted sleep patterns, assorted aches and pains—from headaches to back and neck aches—to the feeling that it's taking twice the effort to do what you used to do in a blink. It's important to destress—whether it's meditation or more family and friend time—when you feel you're losing track of 'you' in the day-to-day grind. As we all know, stress may also show up in other more serious ways—raising your risk of chronic ailments and life-threatening conditions and illnesses. The signs of stress vary from chronic urinary tract infections to problems in your love life.

Taking time to indulge in the tried and true stress solutions from vacations to deep breathing to focusing on a healthier lifestyle and habits are all good. So is indulging in your own spa day. Even a spa 'hour' might be enough to start your relaxation process. And you don't even have to leave home to do it.

Plan a spa session at home

Your starting point should be ambience—make sure the room is pristine and comforting. then think music and lights. Go with your favorite scented candles and some soothing night music—even if it's the middle of the day—something that makes you feel floaty and dreamy whenever you hear it.  

“I'm a strong believer it taking care of myself—from the inside and out—and am careful to exercise, live a healthy lifestyle, and make sure to take the edge off when I need to. After a busy week, the best gift I treat myself to is a home spa day..”  Maxine

It looks like this...

Sleep in!!

Meditate

Drink 10oz. of apple cider vinegar (1T of ACV) and honey tea (1T)

Enjoy a cup of coffee (the system is neutralized from the ACV)

Light breakfast of fruit and yogurt or a smoothie of fruits and veggies.

Luxuriate in an apple cider vinegar and baking soda bath with a few drops of my favorite essential oil (today it was Patchouli) 

Last, but not least, I give myself a Collagen Correction microcurrent facial with my miniPRO HOME UNIT.

HEALTHY AND YUMMY ROASTED BEETS WITH EVERYTHING MEAL

I then have a main meal of roasted veggies, goat cheese, salad, and grains.

Easy Recipe for Healthy Beets with Everything

Roast two large beets in a 410 oven for 45 minutes, cool, then thinly slice.

Make a dressing of 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 2 T olive oil, and 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar

Add a heaping handful of rocket greens and dill over the beets, pour on my delicious dressing, added a few tablespoons of goat cheese and sprinkle sunflower seeds over the mixed greens.  Fabulous!

You'll feel rested and refreshed and ready for anything!

 

Is your complexion ready for spring?

Treat dry flaky skin from the inside out

If your complexion is feeling dry and flaky--which it might do if you've been out enjoying the cooler weather and elements this past winter or had the heat cranked up inside—there are things you can do immediately to battle wrinkles and dryness

One of them is to add more foods with omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. These include fatty fish such as salmon and sardines, walnuts, chia, and flax seeds. Other sources include canola oil, some fortified dairy foods, enriched eggs—the best approach is to add them to your diet from food sources if you can. The lack of omega 3's may also result in more inflammation generally--and this also shows up in your skin and may be the cause of your acne.

A lack of zinc and selenium have also been shown to contribute to acne—top up your diet with nuts (especially Brazil nuts). The selenium and Vitamin E and the other nutritional benefits, including iron, are good for skin health. 

 More info on omega 3's.

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Clean your skin without cleansers—use water only.

Tomatoes also work from the inside out, with an abundance of Vitamin C that keeps the skin firm and boosts collagen production (as all Vitamin C foods do!). Lycopene in tomatoes stimulates circulation, which is good for everything.

It's believed that accelerated aging (in your skin and body) may be due to the activity of free radicals--antioxidants protect against this. To help in the fight against aging skin, eat lots of colorful vegetables. (Red or purple cabbage has the highest level of antioxidants per dollar, so it's good for your budget as well as your complexion!) 

Pale complexion?

If your skin is looking pale—also check out the linings of your eyelids and the inside of your mouth—you may have an iron deficiency. Check with your doctor—and also try to increase your intake of foods with iron, such as lentils, spinach, and beef. Low iron levels can also show up in your nails, in ridges or white-looking nails, spoon or concave shapes.

More on what to eat for a fabulous complexion.

Skincare Tip for a healthy complexion:
“My main big tip to ensure a fabulous complexion is to stop using makeup cleansers, which dry your skin out, contain preservatives, and leave a film on your skin—this affects how your lotions and potions work. It's great that the Warsh Cloth cleans all faces with water only (meet the Warsh Family of Cloths)—as well as removing grime and makeup is so popular. Using the Warsh Cloth is a big step to a better complexion.” Maxine Warsh

 

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Meet the family of Warsh Cloths!

Sugar is bad for your complexion

More and more studies are showing the negative effects of sugar on our health and wellness. But did you know that sugar also causes wrinkles?

Apparently it reacts with protein, which creates AGEs and causes cell structures to harden and skin to wrinkle.  This process of glycation reduce the effectiveness of collagen and elastin and make us look older. Eating fruit, which also has fibre and slows the absorption of sugar is not the problem—it's refined sugars that should be avoided at all costs. Most of us know by now to avoid refined carbs such as white flour, white bread, white sugar, white rice, and pasta—and stick to the whole grain or unadulterated varieties.  (With rice, stick to brown or wild rice.) Refined carbs raise your blood sugar levels quickly and have little nutritional value.

Avoiding refined sugars means avoid desserts including ice cream, cookies, donuts, and the usual (plus protein and fibre bars, etc.). Eat real fruit instead or make your own sweets with whole grains, where you can, and minimizing the sugar. (You can often use unsweetened apple sauce instead, but be sure to reduce the liquid to compensate—usually 1/4 to 1/3 cup.) Check the label of anything that comes in a package or bottle for sugar, glucose, lactose, honey, molasses and other sweeteners...and this means ketchup, chips (including taco chips), pasta sauce, cereals, soups, and dressings of all kinds.

Refined sugars add to inflammation, contribute to diseases such as cardiovascular and cancers, as well as type 2 diabetes. The average American consumes 350 calories of sugar daily or between 120 and 150 pounds a year. This is way too much. If it sounds like you, it's probably time for a change.

What happens when you lay off sugar?

“I noticed an amazing difference. After my detox vacation at Hippocrates Health Institute, I learned that North Americans are more addicted to sugar than any other substance. Sugar is 10x more addicting than cocaine! I decided to quit all refined sugar (cakes, cookies, candy, etc). This is what I noticed.” Maxine

  • Weight loss
  • Bloat loss
  • More energy
  • Better sleep
  • Clear and focused
  • No afternoon sugar low
  • No cravings
  • Glowing, smoother skin
     

(Read this report in the Daily Mail for inspiration!)

Baking? More great food swaps for when you're trying to live/eat healthy.

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Top food choices to boost energy

Most of are well aware that extra cups of our favorite coffee or a candy break are not the best choices when we need get up and go. it's always temporary.  What should you have in your kitchen when you need an energy boost?

The best combination are options rich in protein, fibre, and complex carbohydrates—so the energy boost lasts and doesn't show itself as a big sugar splurge that leaves you tired and in need of another boost.

Good food choices for energy

Nuts are good choices—especially with lower fat Greek yogurt, but make sure to keep a close eye on quantities with nuts—they seem like such superfoods with complex carbs and nutritional benefits —but the carbs can soon add up.

Top of everyone's list is quinoa. While we may think quinoa falls in the same category as wheat or rice as a grain and prepare it as such, this nutrient-dense carb is actually a seed. It comes from the same family group as spinach, chard, and beets. It has twice the protein of rice or barley, and is an excellent source of magnesium and manganese, calcium, has several B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber and has all 9 essential amino acids making it a perfect complete protein choice. Have it instead of breakfast cereal or at lunch and dinner.

Lentils are another great choice. A high fiber powerhouse, lentils contain cholesterol-lowering fibre and help to stabilize blood sugar for long periods, contain seven important minerals, B vitamins and protein—and they're amazingly low calorie. 

Beans are protein and a complex carb—toss some in a salad for an instant energy boost. And if you make it an iron-packed spinach salad to keep your energy up all afternoon. More on what's good for you next time!