Health and Beauty Department
For your day cream, look for one that contains zinc oxide and SPF 30 protection. Good moisturizers should be creamier and water-in-oil emulsions that form a protective barrier against the elements.
Using a lip balm prevents dryness. Three things to look for in a lip balm are: 1. Moisturizes well 2. Provides a barrier and protects 3. Contains vitamin E
Drinking lots of water will help prevent dehydration and also help to detoxify your liver and gall bladder. This means that your body will be able to clean the blood faster to get rid of toxins that contribute to bad skin.
Sleep is when your body rejuvenates itself. If you do not get sufficient sleep, your body and your cells (including the cells in your skin) will not have a chance to be renewed as quickly. Seven, if not eight hours of rest a night is recommended.
The sun doesn’t go away just because it is snowing or cloudy! Continue to use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 that protects against both UVA and UVB. This is an important step in you daily winter skin care regime
An antioxidant is a molecule capable of slowing or preventing the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation can produce free radicals, which start chain reactions that damage cells. To see an example of oxidation, cut an apple in half and rub one side with lemon juice. Wait a couple of minutes and you'll notice the untreated side turns brown, or in other words, oxidizes. The treated side remains white because the vitamin C in the lemon is an antioxidant and has prevented oxidation from occurring.
Some examples of foods high in antioxidants are Fruits, Cereals, Spinach, Broccoli, Blueberries, legumes, Nuts and Seeds, Garlic, Spices, Soy Products, Vegetables, Dry Fruits, and Pumkins.
Supplements are a tood way to arm your immune system with the ammunition it needs to fight off the flu and ward off other ailments.
Vitamin C: Long recognized for its immuneboosting properties, it increases the production of disease-fighting white blood cells and antibodies. Echinacea Boosts your immune system, helping prevent and treat viruses. Selenium: An essential mineral for immune function, selenium has antioxidant properties that help prevent cellular damage from free radicals. Vitamin E: Helps the immune cells produce antibodies and can help reverse some of the weakening of the immune system. Beta Carotene: Our bodies convert beta carotene into vitamin A, which has antioxidant and immune-boosting functions, such as the production of infection-fighting. Zinc: Zinc increases the ability of white blood cells to fight off an infection.
Probiotics are healthy bacteria added to food or dietary supplements that may help you keep colds and fevers at bay this winter. Probiotic foods contain live bacteria that are believed to be beneficial in the digestive tract. Foods like curd, yogurt and miso are all good sources of probiotics. Studies show that probiotics may even benefit people who are already sick, and the good bacteria boost the immune system’s response to the illness-causing invaders. In fact, probiotics are thought to have several beneficial effects on the immune system. They may protect against germs and there is evidence to suggest they may improve immune function by increasing the number of plasma cells. Clinical trials have shown that probiotics may reduce the number of respiratory tract infections in children. Probiotic foods and supplements have been shown to aid in the treatment and prevention of acute diarrhea and in decreasing the severity and duration of flu symptoms in children.