THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2014
I don’t think it’s too late to say Happy New Year to you even though it’s already the middle of Jan!
With all the talk of diets and detoxes on the TV and...well everywhere!... you may have thought about making like Gwyneth Paltrow and doing some sort of juice detox. Maybe a juice fast. Before you do (or continue if you’ve started one), I would like for you to please read the below article by health aficionado Laura Schwecherl, which appeared in the Huffington Post health section. I agree with Laura on this topic and have added my own commentary below in italics.
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Are Juice Cleanses Safe? By Laura Schwecherl
Want to substitute food in favor of liquefied fruits and vegetables? Welcome to juice cleansing. While detoxing the body with spinach-apple-ginger juice or cashew-milk may sound appealing ( ... or not), with their popularity growing, the benefits and safety of juice fasts are still up for debate.
Going Green -- Why It Matters
While it may be okay to look to celebs for fashion advice, don't start drinking from the celebrity health-tips well so fast. Juice cleanses are not only a fad -- but they may not even provide all the benefits they tout. In one small study, one week of juice fasting led to a sudden decrease in LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and triacylglycerol levels, but the levels returned to normal just one week later.
But while drinking only fruit and vegetable juice for days on end might not sound so fun, it's probably healthier and more delicious than the Master Cleanse alternative (lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water ... only!). Before trying to choose a detox of any kind, give the whole thing a second thought. The colon, kidneys, and liver naturally remove most toxins -- like alcohol and chemicals that enter the body through everyday processes like breathing and drinking water -- from the body, making any kind of "detox diet" potentially pointless. Besides, those quick pounds lost as a result of fasting are typically just from water weight. Since juice cleanses reduce caloric intake, the body releases glycogen (a carbohydrate) for extra energy. Glycogen holds onto water, so when it's used, water (and its weight) is also lost. Unfortunately, this water weight is usually gained right back when the cleanse is over.
Tina Richards: The only people who need to actively “detox” toxins from their bodies are those who have an addiction to alcohol or recreational drugs. It is a biochemical fact that unless your kidneys, liver and GI tract are diseased, your body efficiently detoxes itself - a detox diet of any kind is pointless and unnecessary as are “detox supplements” which for the most part have a laxative action making you feel lighter but only because you’re colon has emptied and you’ve lost fluid.
By all means sip the occasional green vegetable juice together with food for additional vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes, as a natural supplement – or better make a veggie smoothie, which also contains the fibre – but make sure to keep the fruit juice content low.
In the Channel 4 program Food Unwrapped Diet Special broadcast on January 6th, Dr Aseem Malhotra showed that when the natural sugar in fruit called fructose is consumed in large quantities, over time, it specifically causes the liver to become fatty and enlarged. We learned in the program that in Britain we are now consuming three times as much fructose in our diet than we did 50 years ago. The main culprits are bottled fresh fruit juices sold in the supermarket, fizzy drinks and many processed foods which are sweetened with fructose. Believe it or not, one glass of fresh pressed apple juice contains about 6.5 teaspoons of sugar! That’s the same as flavoured fizzy drinks. Other supermarket 100% fresh juices, including fresh orange juice, contain even more (so more than fizzy drinks). Dr Malhotra said that in his professional opinion fructose should be regulated in the same way as alcohol because of the potential toxicity to the liver.
Professor Jimmy Bell at Hammersmith Hospital agreed that one glass of fresh fruit juice per day especially if diluted with water is unlikely to burden your liver, but drinking excessive amounts of fruit juice could really be a potential health risk. He advised to never replace whole fruit with fresh fruit juice.
For a limited time you can still watch this Food Unwrapped Special on Channel4.com
Back over to Laura...
Not So (Juice) Fast -- The Answer/Debate
Despite what Gwyneth might say, there's no scientific proof touting the benefits of replacing food with juicy concoctions. And many doctors believe detox diets aren't all that helpful and may even be harmful to our bodies. Some researchers note that depriving the body of nutrient rich food could weaken its ability to fight infections. And since calories literally mean energy, reducing caloric intake can lead to fatigue and dizziness. Lean muscle mass may also be lost if the body is continuously deprived of protein. (And sorry, turkey chilli sounds way more appetising than carrot juice for dinner.)
Losing weight doesn't mean succumbing to a liquid diet. Regular exercise and eating well are habits that are easier to stick to and will help shed some pounds at a steady rate— and keep them off. And remember, if looking to detox or lose weight, and there are safer (and more delicious) ways to tip the scale. Besides, the wallet will surely get a beating from a juice cleanse, too (some of the more popular cleanses cost more than [£35] a day!) Splurge on a healthful dinner out instead.
Tina Richards: I recommend you support your body to naturally detox itself by eating a healthy balanced diet, including plenty of fresh vegetables and whole lower-carb fruits (eg berries, green apples, pears) that contain fibre, which helps to carry wastes from your body, contain antioxidants to protect your body from free radicals and contain cellular water to hydrate your body. Also drink filtered water throughout the day. Include some whole foods (avoid processed) from all food groups in your diet to ensure that your diet is nutrient rich. The thing to really avoid is refined sugar. Start reading labels; you would be amazed how much refined sugar and fructose is hidden in foods eg tomato ketchup. I know I’ve said it a million times, but I’ll remind you again: a Mediterranean style diet is the best model for you.
Regarding weight loss, as Laura says above, regular exercise together with healthy eating and also portion control is the way forward when it comes to healthy weight maintenance. Exercise also has a myriad of body-protective and anti-ageing benefits, not to mention how it relieves you of stress. And it feels so good to have toned muscles. I like a mix of weight training, cardio and yoga. Last year I managed to workout 3 times per week and this year it’s my personal goal to increase this to 5 days per week.
Rather than juice fasting consider occasionally reducing your calorie intake with intermittent 24-hour fasting. Dr Michael Mosely co-wrote a book called The Fast Diet: The Secret of Intermittent Fasting - Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, Live Longer, which came out last year after the BBC2 Horizon program Eat, Fast and Live Longer where he showed health benefits from reducing his calorie intake to 500 calories for 2 days per week (eg Tuesday and Thursday) and eating normally the remainder of the time – the clinical tests showed he lost excess internal (visceral) fat.
You can catch up with Laura Schwecherl at her blog Greatist.
To a more youthful you.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013
Best Tash Photo (Past or Present) Wins an IMAGE Skincare Vital C Serum [value £60.95]
Movember is back and in 2013 we are supporting the charity by encouraging the men in our lives - husbands, boyfriends, brothers, cousins, friends - to Post and/or Share present or previous moustache photos on our Facebook wall. Or, Post on your chap’s behalf, or Post your own Mo Sister Tash photos!
We will donate £1.00 to Movember for every post or share and the postee will automatically be entered into our prize draw to win a full size IMAGE Skincare Vital C Serum [value £60.95]. But girls you may have a fight on your hands because the guys are also loving IMAGE’S best selling Vital C serum: Kirsty from our office said her hubbie Craig pinched hers and now uses it as an aftershave balm to prevent redness and spots.
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the millions of moustaches around the world (aka Mo brothers). These sprouting moustaches help to raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health. As an independent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.
The innovative, fun and engaging Movember Campaign results in:
• Funds for men's health programme investment
• Conversations about men's health that lead to:
- Greater awareness and understanding of the health risks men face
- Men taking action to remain well
- When men are sick they know what to do and take action
Movember’s not just for men though. The women contributing to Movember, are known as Mo Sistas. They play a vital role in the success of Movember by supporting and encouraging the men in their life to get involved.
So come on Mo Sistas, lets get involved and encourage the men in our lives to present their best tash photo on our Facebook page and help us make a contribution to the Movember Campaign. Plus you could win a lovely anti-ageing Vital C Serum worth £60.95
To a more youthful you.
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
As many of you have asked to see more Tua 'before' and 'after' photos, here's a recent review by Sharron Goodyear posted on her blog Lollipops and Little Ones.
Sharron is a photographer from Kent who started blogging about beauty, health, fashion, photography and parenting whilst expecting her third child. After only a few months of using Tua Tre'nd she managed to achieve these results despite having a hectic routine with her three young children and work. She states on her blog "I only endorse products that I truly love or believe in". Read Sharron's review below or go directly to her blog here.
Sharron has kindly given us permission to post her independent review and before and after photos from her website Lollipops and Little Ones.
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Tua-Trend...A Review of The Non-Surgical Facelift Machine that Helps You Look More Youthful!
Review by Sharron Goodyear:
Ageing. It happens to us all eventually and before you know it you're not 21 anymore and there's an older version of you staring back in the mirror.
With so many anti-ageing products available, it really is hard to know what to invest in. The market is full of creams and magic potions claiming to wipe away the years 'in only 7 days!' with promises that your skin will appear more youthful and younger looking. So, many of us hot foot it to our nearest chemist to stock up in the hope that we'll look 10 years younger by the weekend.
I am a firm believer in using a good moisturiser and have done ever since I was a young teenager. A good moisturiser might be great for helping nourish your skin and keeping wrinkles at bay a little longer but sadly what it won't do is stop your skin from sagging.
Unless you're prepared to either go under the knife or pay for expensive and temporary fixes such as botox and fillers, it seems there is little we can do to fight nature's way. Well, so I thought....
The Tua Tre'nd
A few months ago I was introduced to the Tina Richards, Tua Trend after my Mum who had been using it for the last two years kept raving about it and how much it had firmed her own skin. She had seen great results, particularly noticeable under her eye area which had been tightened significantly, despite previously been told by her beautician, that there was really nothing she could do to improve the appearance of this delicate area.
Now that I've reached 40, I have become aware of some ageing and so was keen to try and earn back a more youthful complexion without spending a small fortune to achieve it so thought I'd try out the Tua Tre'nd for myself to see if what Mum said really was true!
Before I give you my verdict though, this is what Tina Richards has to say about the Tua Tre'nd:
Dr. Paolorosso states:
In order to obtain a firmer face, it is not sufficient just to maintain the muscle and momentarily plump up the face; it is necessary to recover, or even better, increase the muscular field which has been lost. Nothing can increase muscle size but an active workout and electro stimulation. Tua Tre'nd is designed to target and "work out" the less-used muscle fibres of your face.
What does that mean? Well, the bottom line is this...when you use Tua Tre'nd your face will appear firmer, beautifully defined, with a dewy, youthful glow.
Your facial skin is attached to a "carpet" of muscles. Once you reach 40, sagging and drooping become more noticeable because you loose facial fat and collagen. This means a loss of plumpness and youthful curves to your face. It gets worse after menopause. When you add to this the loss of elasticity due to reduced elastin production, you're eventually left with folds and hollows in your skin. Once your facial muscles lose their tone and compactness, then your face begins to sag because you don't have a strong structural foundation.
When you think about it, this makes perfect sense. Imagine trying to build a house on quick sand. Without a firm foundation, the house has nothing to stand on. It shifts, sags, and eventually falls. The same thing happens with your facial skin if the muscle foundation is weak. And...What you may not realize is sagging and loss of tone is what ages you most.
So what to do? Well, the really good news is that Tua Tre'nd is specifically designed to zero in on these deep, hidden muscles in your face, tightening and toning them back into shape.
Think of it as a "mini-workout" - only for your face. You know when you're exercising, how you can actually feel the muscles contracting? And if you keep it up for any length of time, the muscles become firmer, plumped up and more compact.
Initially, my biggest challenge was incorporating using the the Tua Tre'nd into my very busy routine and deciding on the best time of day to do the facial workouts. For me, the best time to use it is in the evening, once the children are in bed and after removing my make up.
Although you are ideally meant to use it 5 times a week for the first 3 months, I found that I realistically managed 3-4 times a week. The complete programme on both sides of your face only takes 30 minutes though (or 15 minutes if you have 2 wands) so once you're in the routine of using it does not impact too much on your time.
You can use it while you're relaxing watching TV or in bed reading a book (as I often do!) and unless you're using 2 wands together you can operate the Tua Tre'nd with only one hand. There is also a mini handbook provided that shows you exactly how to do the exercises.
Using the Tre'nd felt a bit strange to begin with as it contracts and lifts the muscles in your face but this is something I soon got used to and you can also set the intensity of the machine for your own comfort levels (although I went fairly high, fairly quickly as really wanted to feel and see the benefits!).
What I really noticed after using the Tre'nd was how my skin felt. It really did feel like it had experienced a mini workout! My skin tingled pleasantly, felt firmer almost instantly and was slightly flushed which I can only assume is due to the blood supply to my face being stimulated.
Even after only a few weeks of use I could definitely start to see a difference in the tone of my skin, particularly around my cheek area which looked visibly softer in appearance and lifted. Having used it regularly for a few months now I am really starting to feel the benefits. Finally a product that actually works!
I am definitely impressed by the Tre'nd and am really looking forward to seeing what the long term effects of consistent use will bring.
The Tua Tre'nd retails at £209.00 but the good news is that with that you get a 90 day money back guarantee if not completely satisfied.
Like any form of exercise though, you get out what you put in so make sure you use consistently if you really want to see the benefits!
I hope you enjoyed reading Sharron's Tua Tre'nd Review.
If you are a newbie to Tua Tre'nd and would like to find out more about how you can achieve fabulous results like Sharron, please click here: Tua Tre'nd.
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To a more youthful you.
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