A Smooth Way To A Healthier Life



It seems as if there is a pill for everything these days.  Hair growth, weight loss, bad moods etc…

I am on a personal journey of finding my nutrients in the food I eat every day.  I am really enjoying becoming more aware of the things I put in my body and the affects they have on my health.  I have made it a family adventure and fun for my kids as well.  We started our “book of healthy foods” recently and it sure has been a hit!  My daughter says “I really don’t like the taste of this asparagus but I know how good it is for my body so it just became delicious!”

Keep on reading to learn about the ingredients of my daily beauty smoothie and the beauty benefits it’s naturally packed with!  Since you get most of the nutrients from vegetables and fruit when they are raw I find it easiest and most delicious to blend them all up into one fabulous smoothie. 

Start out with dark green raw vegetables.  Spinach, broccoli, bustle sprouts and kale are my basics.  Don’t get scared already, this really is a yummy treat once all the ingredients are together!

Let me tell you about all the hair and beauty nutrients packed into these dark green veggies.  They carry an abundant amount of vitamins A, C and E.  Our bodies need these vitamins to produce sebum which is the oily substance secreted by our hair follicles.  It’s our body’s natural hair conditioner.  Vitamin E will help increase the circulation of blood in the scalp, which can promote better and healthier hair growth.  Dark green vegetables also provide iron.  Some research shows that people with low iron in their blood often have hair loss.  However it is not safe to take iron supplements if it is not recommended by your doctor after having blood tests done.  Too much iron can lead to serious health problems.  Don’t forget about the calcium dark greens have.  Calcium is something all women should be getting for our bones but our hair also greatly benefits

Second most important beauty ingredient in my smoothie is two tablespoons of ground flaxseed.  Flaxseed is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid.  This little wonder plant has SO many benefits it’s simply amazing!  For starters flaxseed supports a healthy scalp which is where healthy hair starts.  Because it has a combination of healthy fat, low carbohydrates and a high fiber content it makes a great food for weight loss and maintenance.  This is a key ingredient in keeping me feel full and satisfied throughout my nonstop go, go go day.   When I feel refreshed I do look refreshed!

Nuts are great for adding substance to your smoothie while providing many health benefits.  I personally add almonds.  Almonds are good for the heart, help with weight loss, help prevent constipation and add a boost of energy!  One more big benefit that I personally take serious due to the fact that Alzheimer’s disease runs in my family… research shows that by making almonds a part of your diet one can actually reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Now for the sweets and what turns this veggie filled drink into a treat…

Bananas help make the taste delicious and cancel out any bitterness!  They are great for the digestive system along with many other health benefits.  Then add a generous amount of berries.   I keep a wide variety of frozen berries in the freezer.  Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are high in antioxidants which help to prevent premature aging!

To liquefy my smoothie I usually add almond milk.  One cup contains only 60 calories and amazing flavor!  You can also just use water or skim milk.

For extra protein you can add the recommended amount of protein powder of your choice to your smoothie.  I personally add all natural no sugar added peanut butter to get my protein.  I love peanut butter in any way, shape or form.

Make extra for those days when you’re running late by freezing your smoothie in muffin pans.  Once they are frozen let them sit for a couple of minutes and then pop them out with a butter knife into a plastic zip lock bag.  Keep them on hand in the freezer for quick easy access to blend later.

 

Lastly… if you can splurge on a high quality blender, it makes all the difference!  I have the Ninja® Professional Blender and LOVE it! Power (Watts) is so very important in a good blender. This one has 1,000 watts of power which is fantastic for the price. I found mine on sale for only $89.00. We love this blender mainly for two reasons: 1) The generous 72-ounce pitcher is big enough to make smoothies for the entire family to have one or two glasses. 2) This blender can make just about anything turn into mush in seconds.

I hope that you are able to reap the health and beauty benefits of mine and my family’s healthy smoothie! Enjoy!

Carolann

Principles for Healthy Hair



Nutrition For Healthy Hair Part Three

A Healthy Hair Perspective From Jennifer Jordan, A Seattle Area Certified Nutritionist

Don’t miss the previous two articles by Jennifer: Part One: A Healthy Body and Healthy Hair and Part Two: Holistic Solutions to Hair Health Concerns

Universal Principles for Healthy Hair

  • Take a food-based (no synthetics!) daily multi-vitamin.  My top pick is Garden of Life Vitamin Code.
  • Fat is your friend!  Use a variety of cold-pressed oils (olive, hemp, sesame) to dress your salads, enjoy ground flax in smoothies, and snack on mineral rich nuts and seeds.  Don’t forget coconut oil, which is an important medium-chain fatty acid, and probably deserves a blog post all of its own!
  • Taste the Rainbow:  To ensure you get a wide range of nutrients, aim to fill your plate with foods from every color of the rainbow.
  • Steer clear of processed foods, artificial sweeteners, and these 5 nutrition no-no’s:  When you see “enriched”, “bleached”, “hydrogenated”, “sugar”, or any word you don’t recognize on a nutrition label…put it back on the shelf!
  • Perform seasonal nutritional cleanses to clear your body of toxins:  This does not = drink cayenne pepper & maple syrup for 40 days.  Be smart. A true cleanse comes from the produce department and is not found in any box, supplement store, or on any celebrity website.
  • Get your sweat on:  Keep your lymph system clear, circulation going, and stress down by getting your sweat on 4-5 times per week.

Last but not least, genetics can definitely play a role in your hair health, specifically in terms of balding and premature graying.  In other words, check out your family hair-health history before you consult your physician.  I hope you enjoyed these healthy-hair tips.  With sound nutrition, and a little glam from the team at Carolann’s, I know you’ll have the hair of your dreams in no time!

To your GLOW!
Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is the Chief Exercise Officer at For the Glow, and is a women’s fitness expert, certified nutritionist (holistic, raw, sports) and detox specialist. 

Jennifer teaches fitness & nutrition classes in the Seattle area, and is an online coach to clients around the globe. 

For more healthy living tips, or to contact Jennifer, visit http://everydayglow.com

Holistic Solutions to Hair Health Concerns



Nutrition For Healthy Hair Part Two

A Healthy Hair Perspective From Jennifer Jordan, A Seattle Area Certified Nutritionist

For Part One of This Article By Jennifer Jordan Click Here: A Healthy Body and Healthy Hair 

The Top 3 Concerns + Holistic Solutions:

#1 Premature Graying
Premature graying is caused by a nutrient deficiency, usually surrounding B vitamins, essential fatty acids, and trace minerals.

Solutions

  • Mucuna Pruriens: This superfood is high in the enzyme catalase, which is what prevents your hair from turning gray.  It is also significantly high in human growth hormone, which is your body’s natural anti-aging fighter!
  • Real Sea Salt:  Sea salt (not to be confused with table salt) contains over 80 trace minerals.  I recommend my nutrition clients to put a pinch of sea salt in every liter of H20 they drink.  Not only will the trace minerals boost your hair health, but it will also provide you with superior hydration and a metabolic boost.
  • Bee Pollen:  Bee = B Vitamins!  Bee pollen is packed with B vitamins, amino acids, essential fatty acids and is known in many cultures as “the fountain of youth”.  To assist with seasonal allergies, seek out local bee pollen (found at most health food stores).
  • Ground flax seeds:  Ground flax seeds are the most superior way to take a flax nutritional supplement as it is the only form that contains anti-cancer phytoestrogens.  (This is SO important for women!) Flax is high in the essential fatty acid ALA (alphalinolenic acid), and is best when found in organic + sprouted form.

#2 Hair Loss
Hair loss can be the result of malnourishment and clogging of the hair follicle.  Hair loss is also caused by weakened kidney function, which as we learned above is directly related to the cleanliness & circulation of our blood.

Solutions

  • To maintain a healthy follicle, eliminate mucus-forming foods such as: pasteurized dairy products, gluten, meat, and cooked oils.  For cooking on high heat, only coconut oil should be used.
  • To purify your blood, chlorophyll is a must!  Chlorophyll is one of the most valuable nutritional compounds found in the green leaves of plants and grasses. It is almost identical to hemoglobin, the compound in our bodies that transports oxygen in the blood.  Remember oxygen rich blood = Improved circulation, balanced ph and healthy kidney function!   Chlorophyll is instantly available to your body when taken in liquid form.  The easiest way to get your fix?  Cruise into your local juice bar for a double shot of wheatgrass!

#3 Dry & Damaged Hair
Dry & damaged hair relates to nutritional deficiencies (see #2), but can also be traced to a lack of sulfur in the body.  Sulfur is one of the most important mineral compounds, and is known to be one of the most beautifying food nutrients in the world. Sulfur plays an integral role in cellular detoxification, collagen production (buh-bye botox), hair, skin and nails.  Sulfur helps our body to build keratin, which translate to lustrous hair.

Solutions

  • Consume foods rich in sulfur, such as:  Spirulina, bee pollen, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, garlic, hemp seeds, kale, mustard leaves, cauliflower, onions, pumpkin seeds, radishes and watercress.
  • Take MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) supplements, which is an organic form of sulfur.  Consult your holistic healthcare provider for specific recommendations.

Part Three of this article will include Universal Principles for Healthy Hair!

To your GLOW!
Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is the Chief Exercise Officer at For the Glow, and is a women’s fitness expert, certified nutritionist (holistic, raw, sports) and detox specialist. 

Jennifer teaches fitness & nutrition classes in the Seattle area, and is an online coach to clients around the globe. 

For more healthy living tips, or to contact Jennifer, visit http://everydayglow.com

A Healthy Body and Healthy Hair



Nutrition For Healthy Hair Part One

A Healthy Hair Perspective From Jennifer Jordan, A Seattle Area Certified Nutritionist

When I see clients for nutritional consultations one of the first things I analyze is hair health.  Hair & fingernails are two areas of the body that are the last to receive nutrients.  In fact, unless your body has a surplus of nutrients, your hair and nails will go without.  When a client comes to me with dull, lackluster hair, I know she is nutrient deficient without even seeing her food journal.   In western medicine unhealthy hair is usually brushed off (no pun intended) as a concern related to vanity.  However as a holistic nutritionist, I see it as a serious underlying imbalance within the body.  From brittle hair to premature graying or hair loss, nutrition can play a huge role in restoring your hair to a vibrant and healthy condition.  Not to mention, improving your nutrition to achieve a gorgeous mane will also give you a gorgeous body to match!  Along with improved energy, a strong immune system and superior health!

The Top 3 Areas of Your Body that Pertain to Hair Health:

The Lymphatic System
My nutrition guru David Wolfe says, “Hair is an agricultural crop that has its roots in lymphatic soil beneath the skin.  The most important aspect of rehabilitating hair is to cleanse, purify, and nourish the body, blood, and lymphatic system”.  Translation:  Exercise to stimulate your lymph system, go for regular massages (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it) and perform seasonal cleanses to rid your body of toxins.

Kidneys
In traditional Chinese medicine, thinning hair suggests kidney weakness.  The kidneys perform many functions in your body, but primarily work to keep your blood clean and chemically balanced.  Translation:  The kidneys are responsible for clearing out the waste in our blood that occurs from our food intake.  By consuming a natural foods, organic, plant-based diet we can reduce the stress on this important organ.

Ph Levels
ph balance is the measure of acidity in our body, and dictates the amount of oxygen in our blood.  An ideal ph level for the human body is somewhere between 7.0-7.5.  A shift below this (acidic) puts our body into a vulnerable position, making our cells porous and susceptible to disease.   Translation:  Acidic states cause premature aging and a weakened immune system.  By shifting our diet to one that is rich in alkaline-forming foods, we can maintain healthy and stable ph levels.

Part Two of this article will include Holistic Solutions to the Top Three Hair Healthy Concerns!

To your GLOW!
Jennifer Jordan

Jennifer Jordan is the Chief Exercise Officer at For the Glow, and is a women’s fitness expert, certified nutritionist (holistic, raw, sports) and detox specialist. 

Jennifer teaches fitness & nutrition classes in the Seattle area, and is an online coach to clients around the globe. 

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