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Power Greens for Younger Skin

Did you know that plants and algae contain a secret ingredient that can help you obtain beautiful and younger looking skin? It’s true! Chlorophyll, found in plants and algae, is a powerful antioxidant that helps to detoxify and heal. Check out some cutting edge green beauty products to feed your skin in new ways.

Super Green Beauty Smoothie
Liquid chlorophyll, which gives plants their vibrant green color, has the ability to bind and remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the body. Additionally, liquid chlorophyll helps to promote liver detoxification and promote beauty from the inside out. You can make your own Super Green Beauty Smoothie by blending one tablespoon of chlorophyll with a handful of kale, two apples (cored and peeled) one frozen peeled banana and a little water depending on the thickness you desire. Easy and delicious! As with any supplement, make sure to talk to your doctor about chlorophyll before using.

Acure Organics Chlorella Products
Acure offers a number of products featuring chlorella, a type of algae, whose color comes from chlorophyll. Though they are related, there are some key differences between chlorella and chlorophyll namely that Chlorella is a type of alga and chlorophyll is the substance plants use, along with sunlight, to make their own food. Chlorella is rich in protein, vitamins (including vitamin B12), minerals (especially iron), amino and nucleic acids and works as a support system for your collagen for younger and more vibrant skin.  Make sure to check out their Brightening Face Mask featuring this powerful ingredient.

Pacifica Kale Products
Fortified with super green phytonutrients including kale, seaweed and seakale along with tropical beneficials of mangosteen and coconut water, Pacifica’s Kale products, like Kale Detox Deep Cleansing Face Wash are designed to deeply cleanse and nourish. Our favorite is the Kale Luxe Oil-Free Multi Cream that helps to hydrate, control oil and brighten skin.

Spirulina Face Mask
Spirulina is another type of chlorophyll-packed algae with protein, vitamins (including vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and K), essential minerals (including iron, calcium and magnesium), trace minerals, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids (both RNA and DNA), polysaccharides and antioxidants. You can make your own super face mask by combining Spirulina with some mashed banana and olive or hemp oil to make a paste and then apply it directly to the skin. People especially love the anti-acne properties of spirulina that can be very healing for the face.

Easy spring cleansing

With springtime just right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to do a little internal spring cleaning. Learn ways to detox the digestive system, remove toxins and use foods to cleanse and heal. Also, make sure to check us out on Daybreak this Thursday when we talk about these products.

Digestive Cleansing
One simple way to clean out your system is to cleanse the digestive track. Check out Lily of the Desert’s Aloe Herbal Stomach Formula with certified organic aloe vera and trusted herbs that have been known to help maintain overall healthy digestion. This Stomach Formula works with your own stomach acid to maintain a healthy pH balance while offering relief from occasional heartburn and acid indigestion.

Tools to Remove Toxins
You can also utilize supplements to help clear the body of metals and toxins. Supplements such as Swedish Bitters, Metal X, Dyna Pro NIT and Chlororhyll help to remove various environmental toxins and stimulate the body to heal. Swedish Bitters combines bitter herbs to stimulate the body to remove waste, while Metal X contains a blend of  pumpkin seed, okra, rhubarb,  cayenne, peppermint and dulse to support the body’s natural resistance to heavy metals.

Using Foods to Cleanse
Beyond supplements, you can utilize foods to cleanse your body. Soups provide a great base for a cleanse because they are easy for the body to digest. Try replacing your dinner meal with soup for an entire week to encourage the body to remove toxins. Make sure to choose a natural soup and drink plenty of water.  Another idea is to integrate a raw meal into your daily routine.

If you are looking to try a dedicated cleansing diet, consider the ancient Seneca Indian Cleansing Diet which is a four-day diet designed to rid the body of toxins. During the cleanse, drinking pure water and utilizing organic local veggies and fruit is encouraged.

Day #1
The first day of the diet focuses on cleansing the colon by eating all the fruits that you want except for bananas.

Day #2
The entire second day of the diet is devoted to drinking herbal teas to remove built up toxins and mineral deposits from the system. Avoid stimulating teas like black and green tea.

Day #3
On the third day you can eat all the vegetables that you want. This helps to replenish beneficial minerals that the body needs.

Day #4
On the last day of the diet, you drink a vegetable broth all day to continue to deliver beneficial minerals to the body and feed the lymphatic system, nerves, blood and glands. Make your own broth with veggies such as cabbage, broccoli, carrots, onions and tomatoes.

Please note: Since everyone is different, check with your healthcare provider before cleansing or adding any new supplement.