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Florida Sun is Dangerous, How to Protect your Skin from Damage

Living in Florida, we get plenty of sun which means plenty of Vitamin D! Vitamin D is naturally produced when the sunlight reaches your skin and it’s essential to stay healthy. In order for your organs and cells to function properly your body requires around 600 IU daily. This is easily obtained through 15-25 minutes of sunlight exposure, but sun exposure should be monitored and sunscreen is a MUST! If you’ve been getting your sun time in, you’re helping your body prevent many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, MS, osteoporosis and psoriasis!

With all these benefits it’s also important to consider the other outdoor factors that can affect your body, particularly your skin. Everyday environmental factors such as sunlight, smog, pollution and stress can leave you feeling listless despite having your daily dose of Vitamin D. All of these factors can also age your skin, which is why we developed our Environmental Shield®Vitamin C Facial. Our scientifically proven spa facial has been designed to reverse the signs of aging that result from these factors. Rich in antioxidants including Vitamin C, our facial spa treatment features patented Murad® infusion technology, which delivers pure Vitamin C directly to the skin to maximize wrinkle fighting, collagen production and free radical protection. Pigmentation will fade, fine lines and wrinkles will be smooth, and you will enjoy clearer skin.

Prevention is the best medicine, and even if your skin is not showing the signs of sun damage there is never a better time than now to start a preventative skincare regimen. Stop in today or visit http://www.massageenvy.com/facials.aspx to learn more about what you can to to protect your skin while living the the sunshine state!

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Delicious Ways to Color Up Your Diet

MV6104Combine ROYGBIV in your New Years resolution to brighten up your diet. Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables representing all colors of the rainbow gives off antioxidants that help protect your body from harmful compounds.

Red/Pink fruits and vegetables protect against prostate cancer and heart diseases. Try a Quinoa & Smoke Tofu Salad with tangy fresh flavors to add red/pink on your plate. Green helps reduce the risk of cataracts and atherosclerosis. Broccoli with Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts is high in vitamin C and A. Purple food item, such as blackberries and eggplant, prevent inflammation. Apart from standard recipes, Roasted Eggplant Dip goes well with pita chips.

Eating right along with weekly massages throughout the year helps your body stay in tiptop shape. For more information, visit http://www.massageenvy.com.

Foods for Flawless Skin

Unless you are miraculously blessed with perfect skin, we all have to factor skincare into our daily lives. While daily cleansing and the occasional facial are paramount in the battle for perfect skin we often times forget that we can improve our skin from the inside as well. There are super foods out there that you can implement into your everyday diet that will help get you that radiant glowing skin we all long for.

Mangoes are a great “face food”. They hold more than 80% of the daily requirements of vitamin A, which helps to maintain and repair skin cells. Mangoes are also rich in antioxidants, which fight free radical damage that can prematurely age the skin. 

Avocados are not only yummy but very beneficial for your skin, too! They are abundant in essential oils and B-complex vitamins that help to nourish your skin inside and out. If you’re not an avocado-lover you can still reap the benefits by creating an avocado face mask to help solve dry skin problems instantly!

Almonds are another food great for skin. You can find 150% of your daily vitamin E needs inside these nuts.

Baked potatoes – sorry, not the fried ones, are also good for your skin. Eating one baked potato with the skin will give you 75% of what your daily copper intake should be. Copper works with vitamin C and zinc to produce the elastin fibers that support skin structure.

 Always remember that anything rich in omega 3’s and biotin will do wonders for your skin. Keeping a regular skin care regiment and staying hydrated will also keep your skin glowing!

 Try some of these yummy fun recipes for stunning skin! http://www.lifescript.com/health/centers/psoriasis/tips/7_recipes_for_stunning_skin.aspx

 

6 Easy Mood Boosters

1. Make a gratitude list.

“The most effective way I know of to shake a bad mood is to brainstorm everything possible that you’re grateful for and write it down,” says Amy Wood, PsyD, author of Life Your Way. She suggests starting with broad strokes, like being thankful the sun is shining or that you’re breathing. “You’ll find that once you get the ball rolling, more and more ideas will come to you. Studies actually show that it’s impossible to feel gratitude and unhappiness simultaneously. That’s why this strategy works so well, and so quickly!”

2. Practice mindfulness.

“If you’re in a slump, you may also be stuck ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Both of these thoughts are nonproductive,” says Simon Rego, PsyD, director of Psychology Training at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Instead, he suggests practicing mindfulness, which involves being present in the moment without judgment. “Try taking five minutes and eating your meal in a mindful way, paying attention to how it looks, smells and tastes with each bite, before swallowing it. Or take a quick mindful walk, considering the sights, smells, sounds and temperature with each step.” By focusing on the present, you’re less likely to dwell on the outside circumstances that are making you unhappy.

3. Practice a random act of kindness.

According to Dr. Rego, doing nice things for other people will make you feel good about yourself. Try holding a door open for someone else, offering a compliment or smiling at a stranger. These acts of kindness lead to positive thinking about yourself, and usually garner a positive response, like “thank you,” which can easily put a smile on your face, he says.

4. Have A Laugh

“Set up a YouTube channel with your favorite comedy sketches and comedians,” suggests Cory Bank, PhD, founder of StompStressAway.com. “Have it saved so that if you’re in a bad mood you can take a three-minute break and infuse some humor into your day.” Belly laughter will make your endorphins kick in within minutes. Plus, he notes, “you’ll feel better when you take a short break from your day-to-day reality.”

5. Eat An Orange

According to celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, foods packed with vitamin C, like citrus fruits, green peppers and broccoli, are proven to cheer you up. In fact, a study published in a 2010 edition of Nutrition found that vitamin C therapy can help improve the moods of patients who are hospitalized for long-term or critical care. Dr. Sams also stresses the importance of vitamin C (as well as other antioxidants, like vitamins A and E) when it comes to boosting your mood because it helps stabilize free radicals in the body, which are known to accelerate aging and increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. When these highly reactive atoms are neutralized, it prevents them from also damaging brain cells, resulting in better health and improved mood.

6. Just Breathe

Sure, we do this all day long, but breathing in a certain way has the power to relax us as well as lift us out of a slump. Dr. Sams is an advocate of diaphragmatic breathing. “Take a five-count breath in, and a five-count breath out. The goal is to manage your breath, instead of having your breath manage you.” When you breathe into your diaphragm as opposed to just your chest, which many of us do when we’re feeling stressed, you will absorb a lot more oxygen into your system. “Our brains thrive on oxygen—it’s very powerful in boosting your mood.”