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Drink Your Way to Healthier Skin

Drink Your Way to Healthier Skin


Get gorgeous skin the most fun way possible

Pack on the antioxidants and slough off unhealthy skin this New Year's.

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and you haven’t started considering your resolutions, have you? At this point, you probably know which party you’re attending, but it’s likely that you haven’t even begun to choose a way in which to systematically improve yourself over the next year. You might get panicked and decide on something really bland like "eat better," "purchase a gym membership," or "quit with the absurd-looking e-cigarettes already." Alternatively, you might be kind of amazing and decide to start training seeing-eye dogs for underprivileged blind children or learning the electric flute in order to get serious about starting that Jethro Tull cover band. You have options, is what I’m saying.

Check out the Drink Your Way to Healthier Skin Slideshow.

A lot of people will resolve to drink less in the 2014, which doesn’t really make sense as a concept to me. Naturally, cutting back on — or cutting out — the booze might be a really good decision for both your health and your wallet. It’s not as though teetotalers don’t drink anything, though — they just refrain from drinking alcohol. If you’re cutting back on or quitting alcohol, you’re going to have to replace the spirits with something. So you don’t really need to drink less; you just need to learn how to drink better.

Click through our slideshow in order and learn how to drink your way to healthy, glowing skin in 2014. We checked in with dermatologist Dr. Janet Lin for a recommendation – Dr. Lin explains that "antioxidants are good for repairing sun-related free radical damage to the skin" and her drink pick is absolutely full of them.

Don’t worry, though, we snuck some cocktails in to the mix as well.


26 Water Detox Recipes for Weight Loss and Clear Skin

Drinking water is essential for a healthy body and a glowing complexion. But I get it, when you’re suppose to drink eight 8-ounce glasses per day, plain old H2O can get boring. Adding certain ingredients to your water not only gives it a refreshing and unique taste, but it works to cleanse and detox your system too.

Detox water comes in many forms, whether you want to clear your skin, lose weight, flatten your tummy, or just up your hydration game. There are so many different water detox recipes to choose from that are one hundred times healthier than reaching for juice or soda pop.

RELATED: 80 Vitamin Water Recipes for Weight Loss

Your daily water regime is about to get a delicious upgrade. Check out 26 of our favorite water detox recipes below and drink your way to gorgeous skin and your flattest tummy! You can make most of these by simply adding the ingredients right to a pitcher or water bottle, but if you plan on incorporating water detox recipes into your daily routine, there are heaps of inexpensive infuser pitchers and infuser water bottles you can purchase to take your hydration routine to the next level.


A Quick Physiology Recap

Your liver is your body’s customs or border patrol. Any time you ingest anything, it must first get “approved” by your liver before it enters your body’s bloodstream. The good stays in and, ideally, the bad (think toxins, heavy metals, etc…) are shipped out for excretion. Let’s just keep it at that for now.

The problem though is that since your liver performs over 500 different functions—detoxification being the most prominent—it can become overworked and sluggish over time.

And, if your diet is not so great, then you’ll be clogging your liver with tons of junk which could end up leaving it looking like a polluted air filter.

In addition to all sorts of other problems that come about with a toxic liver—like hormone imbalance, poor blood sugar control, and more—your skin also suffers.

If your liver is not able to detoxify properly, toxins then build up in your body and create free radicals that in turn promote cell damage in your skin.

Some skin problems associated with a toxic liver include:

  • adult acne or uneven skin tone
  • psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis
  • rashes and skin sores
  • wrinkles and sagging skin
  • dark circles under the eyes
  • brownish age spots and blemishes on the skin
  • spider-like blood vessels visible in the skin

Any of these sound familiar?

If so, your liver needs help.

And I’ll show you how give your liver the help it needs with my 1-day drink menu in just a moment, but first, I’d like to tell you about one super powerful nutrient required to get clear skin.


Watermelon

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"Though it may sound counterintuitive, the high concentration of water in watermelon can actually reduce the water retention that leads to puffiness around the eyes," says Baumann. "And because watermelon is low in sugar—well, compared to many other fruits—you don't have to worry about glycation, the chemical reaction that compromises collagen and leads to lines and wrinkles."


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Hearty meal: Eat small portions of lean meat with at least three steamed vegetables for a healthier Sunday roast

While eggs may be in the clear, many other foods do have a significant effect on blood cholesterol. What isn't always known is that while some foods are directly linked with raised levels, other foods can actively lower blood cholesterol, and so reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

Generally, it's not something we consume, like a vitamin or mineral - most of the cholesterol in our blood is made by the liver.

Why, you may ask, would the body manufacture something so bad for us? Cholesterol is essential for life - it is integral to the body's process of using fats in our diet, which are vital for the manufacture of body cells, bile salts, hormones and Vitamin D.

Fats cannot dissolve in our watery blood. Instead, the liver packages them into cholesterol-rich fat balls with an outer protein layer known as lipoproteins.

There are two key lipoproteins found in the blood: LDL (low-density lipoprotein) 'bad' cholesterol, and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) 'good' cholesterol.

Remember, it is the ratio of LDL to HDL that is crucial in determining our heart-disease risk. We want our LDL to be low and our HDL to be high - and the good news is that both are influenced by what we eat.

LDL is the main fat and cholesterol carrier in the blood, delivering to the liver and other cells. The body requires only a relatively small amount of fat for a healthy metabolism but with high-fat diets or those high in saturated fats, LDL levels in the blood become raised.

LDL can shed its load of fat and cholesterol into our artery walls, forming plaques that narrow the artery, causing long-term damage to our circulation and heart. The more LDL we have, the more likely this is to happen.

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In contrast, tiny HDL lipoproteins have a fantastic cardio-protective effect - they can actually reverse the damage caused by LDL activity by pulling fatty deposits from the arteries and returning them safely to the liver.

The more fat we eat, the more LDL we make and the longer it takes to clear from the blood - so a healthy diet is never a high-fat one.

The type of fat we eat influences LDL levels. A diet rich in saturated fats (found in pastries, fatty meats, full fat cheeses, and many snack foods) increases 'bad' LDL levels, by reducing the ability of our body cells to take up its contents.

Trans fats, made when liquid oils are 'hardened' into more solid fats used in fried and baked goods, are the most damaging fats we eat.

Our body cannot use trans fats so, once absorbed, they're carried round in the LDL until they are dumped, unused, into the artery walls.

Oats, pulses and some fruits are rich in soluble fibres that lower LDL levels by binding to bile salts in the digestive tract, preventing their recycling. The liver will use LDL cholesterol to make replacement bile salts, so lowering LDL levels in the blood.

Oily fish such as mackerel, fresh tuna, sardines and salmon are rich in omega-3 fats that improve blood lipoprotein levels and can also stabilise heart rhythms.

Boosting your fruit and vegetable intake to at least five portions a day provides a range of plant substances that stabilise LDL and improves artery health, both reducing the risk of artery damage.

Eating more of these low-calorie foods also helps us to lose weight, another factor that can significantly lower LDL levels.

Plant stanol and sterol esters, found in fortified foods and Benecol, Flora Pro-Active and Danacol, have a similar, more powerful effect and have shown to reduce LDL by 15 per cent - which is a significant reduction in terms of heart health.


Drink these 5 refreshing coolers this summer for radiant and glowing skin

Despite spending big bucks on skincare products, you might feel like they aren’t working at all! Whether you are facing a skin issue or not, it is essential to take care of your skin to avoid problems in the future. Now we all know how critical it is to hydrate the skin, especially during the summer season. No wonder, everyone you meet will ask you to drink lots of H2O!

Ladies, dehydration can wreak havoc on your skin, and cause a lot of skin problems. But you don’t need to stick to just water for good skin, there are also some refreshing summer drinks for glowing skin! Ready to know more?

1. Nimbu paani

There is no doubt that lemon water can refresh your senses — don’t we all love its tangy taste? A rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants that fight against free radicals, lemons help to purify your blood and encourage the growth of new blood cells, which helps to make your skin glow and shine. Moreover, it removes unwanted oil from the face and avoids premature signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and fine lines.

Do you often feel dehydrated ? Lemon water can give all the electrolytes that you need. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Aam panna

Aam panna is one of the most fantastic summer drinks that offers a host of benefits not just for the body, but also your skin. It instantly rehydrates you, and protects you from the heat during the summer season. Additionally, it is rich in nutrients such as vitamin A and C, iron, folates, and many healthy nutrients that support your overall skin health. Aam panna is great to improve your skin from the inside out.

3. Chaas

Chaas , also known as buttermilk, is one of the most-loved summer drinks. It is a soothing drink that helps to keep your skin healthy. Besides, it’s rich in lactic acid and a natural probiotic too. What’s more, it moisturizes and brightens your skin, thus delaying the ageing process. A chilled glass of chaas with a jeera tadka and curry leaves makes it a perfect drink to resolve your skin troubles.

Chaas is all you need this summer. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Lassi

This drink too has curd as its primary ingredient! Lassi contains essential vitamins and minerals that help nourish your skin and keep it healthy. It is a rich source of lactic acid, which helps to remove blemishes from the skin, and makes it soft and supple. Packed with protein, calcium, and vitamin D, a glass of lassi can improve your complexion and reduce acne.

5. Sattu sharbat

Consuming sattu sharbat daily on an empty stomach can improve the digestive tract and protect you against several health ailments. It helps you stay energetic throughout the day and can restore your natural glow. That’s not all – it prevents the wear and tear of skin cells. Plus, its cooling properties provide relief from the scorching heat.

So, wait no more. Enjoy these refreshing summer drinks for glowing skin of your dreams!

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Blueberries

"In my professional opinion, the best food for your skin is blueberries," says Dr. Rachael Burns, a dermatologist with Sönd in the U.K. "My personal favorite is a blueberry smoothie:

  • 2 cups blueberries (frozen)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

"Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that help fight cell-damaging free radicals. Berries contain high amounts of plant compounds known as anthocyanins that have strong antioxidant properties and give the berries themselves their purple-blue appearance," Dr. Burns says. "As we age, our body's natural ability to fight off free radicals diminishes, which in turn leads to higher levels that can have a detrimental impact upon our skin cells. When there are more free radicals present than there are antioxidants, our skin cells begin to weaken and show signs of aging."

Blueberries also help boost the strength of collagen fibers, which Dr. Burns explains "give our skin structure." If you're looking for glowing skin, grab a handful of these berries ASAP!


1. Cleanse and Detox with “Beets and Treats”

The “Beets and Treats” Recipe:

  • 178g of beetroot (1 beet)
  • 48g or two leaves of cabbage (red)
  • 186g (3 medium) carrots
  • 46g (1/2 a fruit) lemon
  • 136g (1 whole) orange
  • 228g (1/4 a fruit) pineapple
  • 56g (1 handful) spinach

Once you’re ready, simply process all the ingredients together in your favorite blender, shake or stir, then serve.

The truth about juicing, is that it’s more than just a wonderful way to introduce a host of fat-burning vitamins and nutrients into your system. The right juicing for weight-loss plan also gives you a unique opportunity to enjoy high doses of fruits and vegetables you might not typically eat.

The “Beets and Treats” detox is rich in beet juice, which helps to clear bile ailments and cleanse away toxicity throughout the blood and liver. The healthier your liver is, the more it can metabolize fat for quick, simple weight loss.

Scientists from the University of Exeter discovered that beetroot improves endurance and energy. In other words, this blend could help you kick-start your workout.

To enjoy this delicious liver-cleansing treat and start losing weight in no time, all you need to do is chop the ingredients above into bite-sized chunks. The smaller your segments, the easier the ingredients will be to blend.

2. Stir Up Strong Digestion with the "Green Aid" Blitz

  • 734g (4 medium) apples
  • 196g (3 stalks) of celery
  • 70g (2 leaves) of kale
  • 60g (1 whole lemon - peeled
  • 126g (4 cups) of spinach

To make this juice, start by chopping your apples, celery, and lemon into chunks. Throw each of those items into your blender, along with your washed kale and celery, and blitz until smooth. Shake up the result, and pour into glasses with a slice of lemon for garnish.

I’m not going to lie to you – when I first turned to juicing to lose weight, I didn’t think that I’d be using apples to help improve my bowel movements. Apples are a natural laxative – particularly when mixed with spinach and other vegetables.

So, how do regular bowel movements give you a slimmer stomach? Well, the easier it is for your body to break down the nutrients and minerals in your food, the less likely you are to struggle with bloating and constipation.

Studies have found that eating apples every day not only keeps the doctor away – but helps with weight loss too! Give your digestion system the kick-start that it needs to begin burning away excess fat with a quick and refreshing juice that you can drink all day long.

3. Lower Blood Pressure with The “Any-Time Fat-Loss” Cocktail

The “Any-Time Fat-Loss” Recipe:

  • 368g (2 medium) apples
  • 84g (2 stalks) of celery
  • 306g (1 whole) cucumber
  • 182g (5 leaves) of kale
  • 46g (1/2 fruit) lemon
  • 268g (2 whole) oranges
  • 44g (1 handful) of parsley

To mix this juice, chop the parsley and kale together, then dice the apple, cucumber, celery, lemon, and oranges into chunks. Pour the entire ingredient mix into a blender and blitz until smooth. Stir, pour into a glass, and garnish with a slice of lemon for that extra-summery look.

Some homemade juice recipes for weight loss are perfect for the morning – when you’re still bleary-eyed from bed. Other recipes are the perfect way to wind down after a long day at work. The “Any-Time Fat-Loss” cocktail is one of those special blends that works perfectly no matter when you drink it.

Thanks to the high dose of crunchy kale, you’ll benefit from a hugely satisfying drink, that also happens to have one of the lowest calorie counts around.

While the kale and fat-burning lemon work together to slim your waistline, celery has been scientifically proven to lower your blood pressure, so you can enjoy a longer, healthier, and tastier life.

4. Burn Calories Quick with the “BB-USA Green Lemonade Blitz”

The “BB-USA Green Lemonade Blitz” Recipe:

  • 64g (2 cups) of spinach
  • 62g (1 whole) lemon
  • 144g (4 leaves) of kale
  • 304g (1 whole) cucumber
  • 368g (2 medium) apples

Simply dice your apples and cucumber into manageable chunks and throw them into your juicer, along with your lemon, spinach, and kale. Blitz the full mixture until smooth, and serve in a tall glass with plenty of ice.

An American favorite for a good reason. When it comes to the best fruit and vegetable juice recipes for weight loss, this is one of the tastiest, and most refreshing blends you can make. We’ve found the secret recipe for youth, radiance, and a flat stomach and the best part? It’s super simple to enjoy at home!

The “BB-USA Green Lemonade Blitz” combines the fat-burning power of lemon with the complexion-boosting radiance of cucumber. In other words – you won’t only lose weight, but your skin will be glowing too!

Personally, when it comes to juicing recipes for weight loss, this is one of my favorites. The combination of lemon, apple, and cucumber comes together to create a hugely refreshing way to burn fat wherever you are. Research at Arizona State University found that the vitamin C in lemon can help you oxidize 30% more fat!

5. Sip Your Way to a Smooth Complexion with the "Wingman"

  • 550g (3 whole) apples
  • 196g (3 stalks) of celery
  • 154g (1/2 vegetable) cucumber
  • 14g (1/2 thumb) of ginger root
  • 144g (4 leaves) of kale
  • 64g (1 whole) lemon
  • 184g (1 whole large) orange - peeled.

Dice the celery, cucumber, lemon, apples, and ginger root into chunks, and throw them into your juices. Add the kale, and blitz the full mixture until smooth. Serve cold.

We all need a good wingman sometimes. This delicious juicing recipe combines the healthy fat-burning abilities of lemon and kale with an incredible collection of ingredients designed to smooth and improve your complexion.

The silica in cucumber will help to improve moisture and strength in your skin, while the ginger root works to fight off blemishes. Even that delightful dose of vitamin A and C in the apples will work to brighten and tone tired skin.

The celery and orange in your “Wingman” blend will help to maintain a youthful vibrancy in your skin thanks to a healthy dose of vitamin C, while the lemon juice simultaneously battles to burn away fat and cure skin-problems with its inherent antiseptic properties. Remember,

6. Cleanse and Refresh with the "Beet Nik" Blend

The “Beet Nik” Recipe: (The Ultimate Juice Cleanse Recipe)

  • 95g (3 cups) of spinach
  • 130g (2 stalks) of celery
  • 460g (8 medium) carrots
  • 178g (1 whole) beet
  • 184g (1 medium) apple

Simply chop all the ingredients into small chunks and add them to your juicer. Blend the mix until smooth and serve cold.

Let’s be honest – sometimes we all need to purge our bodies of the toxins we’re exposed to daily, and refresh our systems with something new. The “Beet Nik” blend is designed to banish all of the debris blocking up your system by cleaning your digestive tract and cleansing your liver for quicker, easier fat metabolism.

While the carrots and beets in this blend work on your liver, the high fiber content in the spinach will repair, heal, and nourish your stomach to reduce constipation, discomfort, and unsightly bloating.

When you’re searching for rapid weight loss juicing recipes, it’s important to focus on banishing unwanted fat, while maintaining essential muscle. The “Beet Nik” recipe is particularly beneficial because it replaces a lot of sugary fruits with vitamin-rich vegetables. The nutrition in the vegetables can be quickly, and easily absorbed by the blood stream, leading to more effective weight loss. It is also important to mention that this juice cleanse recipe is super delicious.


4. Blueberry Blast

When it comes to antioxidants, blueberries are perhaps the most powerful berry around. Tests conducted by the USDA Human Nutrition Center rank blueberries as the best solution for antioxidant activity when compared to 40 different fresh vegetable and fruit solutions. In particular, their rich anthocyanin content helps to reduce inflammation and offers a range of additional health benefits too. To make the blueberry blast you will need:

This green blueberry blend could even be a great drink to consume pre-workout because it helps to reduce inflammation and gives you a greater boost of energy.


These DIY Detox Bath Recipes Will Cleanse And Calm Your Body

"When prepared for and taken properly, a bath can relieve your toxic load -- as well as mental and emotional stress -- easily and at very little expense," says Susanne Bennett, a natural allergy doctor and Huffington Post blogger. "The bath is your missing tool to better health."

In a HuffPost blog on deep-cleaning your pores, Sumbody CEO/founder Deborah Burnes explained, "If your pores are clogged, not only are they unable to properly absorb any skin care you may use, they cannot expel the toxins and oils they have been processing.

Before you go tossing everything besides the kitchen sink into your bathtub, you need to know exactly what ingredients work best and why. Detoxing is a controversial subject, so seek the medical advice of a doctor.

Below are five DIY detox bath recipes that will cleanse and calm your body. No bath? No problem. You can easily modify these recipes for soothing foot soaks.

1. Himalayan Pink Salt, Grapefruit & Ginger Detox Bath

Etta+Billie founder Alana Riviera believes getting your body into a relaxed state is one of the most effective ways to stimulate your body's natural healing process which includes eliminating toxins. And detox baths are a great way to do this!

" Himalayan pink salt has been used for centuries in both food and skin preparations for its healing properties,"says Riviera. "It naturally balances moisture content of skin and improves circulation. Grapefruit essential oil acts as a gently stimulant to your lymphatic system, aiding your bodies natural toxin elimination process. It also tones skin and soothes nerves. Ginger is a stimulating essential oil that aids circulation enhancing bodies natural healing process."

1/2 cup Himalayan pink salt (if you can't get your hands on this, sea salt will do)