We're over a month into Summer, which means your hair and skin health might need a little extra support thanks to sun & water exposure, dehydrating hot weather activities/exercise, and a diet that’s higher in alcohol, sugar, salt & processed food that usual. Here are a few super easy ways to show yourself some 'repair love' that you can do from anywhere:
1. Antioxidant-Load: antioxidants fight free radicals (chemicals that damage cells), so getting a range of foods that pack them in is essential for cellular health. Eating a diet high in antioxidant plant-based foods and getting your daily Blended smoothie, soup or bowl really does support your inside & out health. See the ‘Free Radical What-Why-How” below for more.
2. Coconut Oil, Avocado, Banana Hair Mask
What you’ll need:
1 ripe avocado, pitted
1 ripe banana
2 TBSP coconut oil
Combine ingredients and blend together until thoroughly mixed. Spread the mixture over your hair and let it set for 20-30 minutes. Thoroughly rinse out & use your regular shampoo and conditioner.
3. Sleep: it's essential for collagen production, skin hydration, skin healing, and more. Having trouble sleeping? Try our Sweet Sleep (let soften & spoon right from the pack 30 to 60 min before bed).
4. The Cucumber Facial: this mask exfoliates gently and leaves the skin noticeably softer.
What you’ll need:
1/2 cucumber, pureed in a food processor
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon honey (liquid/soft for mixing)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together with a fork until thoroughly combined. Using your fingertips, lightly rub into face and neck in circular motions. Rinse off with a warm cloth or make up pads.
The Free Radical What-Why
More on Free Radicals….this part is for our fellow Nutrition Geeks - we totally get if it’s not your thing, that’s what your blend-a-day is all about (skip to the section below).
Free radicals are chemicals that, in high levels, are capable of damaging cells. The body generates free radicals when turning food into energy, exercising, and exposure to things like cigarette smoke, industrial chemicals, air pollution, and sunlight. An excessive chronic amount of free radicals in the body causes a condition called oxidative stress, which can damage cells and lead to chronic diseases.
Studies show that higher intakes of antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, and legumes, are associated with a lower risk of chronic oxidative stress-related diseases like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and deaths from all causes. A plant-based diet is believed to protect against chronic oxidative stress-related diseases.
Here's how to get them from your foods:
Vitamin C: broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, sweet potato, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, leafy greens (turnip, mustard, beet, collards), honeydew, kiwi, lemon, orange, papaya, snow peas, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and bell peppers (all colors)
Vitamin E: almonds, avocado, Swiss chard, leafy greens, sweet potato, peanuts, red peppers, spinach, and sunflower seeds
Carotenoids (including beta-carotene and lycopene): Apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, bell peppers, kale, mangos, turnip and collard greens, oranges, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, winter squash, spinach, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon
Selenium: chia seeds, flaxseeds, Brazil nuts, fish, shellfish, beef, poultry, barley, brown rice.
Zinc: poultry, oysters, shrimp, beef, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, lentils, cashews, fortified cereals
Phenolic compounds: Quercetin (apples, red wine, onions), catechins (tea, cocoa, berries), resveratrol (red & white wine, grapes, peanuts, berries), coumaric acid (spices, berries), anthocyanins (blueberries, strawberries)
These are just some of our blends that include FOUR or more of
the above foods:
Choco-Nutty: Shroom Energy, Nutty Athlete, Nutty Chocolate Lover
Berry: The Athlete, Acai Radiance, Cherry Bomb, Blueberry Boost
Greens: Lime Mojito, Greens Daily Dose, Matcha Morning
Soups: Sweet Potato Coconut, Greens Immunity
Lower-Carb Blend Options:
Blue Coconut Keto, Blueberry Boost,
Greens Daily Keto, Greens D-tox
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