One of my intentions for the year was to become a daily tea drinker.  I want to be one of those people who enjoy several cups of tea each day.  Having discovered the numerous benefits of drinking green tea, I decided that becoming an avid tea drinker would benefit me long term.

So far, I’m enjoying my new habit. I have to admit that I skip a few days here and there.  But, I’m ready to take my tea drinking routine way more seriously now that I learned of one type of tea that can help us stay young forever.
Well, maybe not forever. But it has been shown in studies to help prevent collagen breakdown in the body.

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to learn this.

As you all know, I’m an avid fan of collagen supplementation.  If you’re over the age of 20, you might want to listen up.  Collagen, the stuff that keeps our skin firm, plump, and smooth, starts to quickly deplete the older we become.  The goods news is that we can do something about it.

The first plan of action is to supplement with collagen ASAP.  Back in the day, the consensus was that taking collagen supplements was futile but new information supports the idea that collagen taken orally is actually absorbed and utilized by the body.  Don’t take my word for it, there are hundreds of people online who’ve shared their positive experiences after incorporating collagen into their routine.

Supplementation helps to build some of the lost collagen but I’ve just discovered a tea that can help to slow down the breaking down of collagen in our body.  Yes! By drinking a cup of tea a day, we can actually help to halt the aging of our skin.

The magical tea I’m speaking of is white tea.  Yes, by enjoying a cup or two of white tea daily, you’re helping to maintain youthful skin.  According to this study, white tea outperformed over 20 other plant extracts in slowing down the deterioration of skin.  Basically, white tea was shown as a superior fighter in the war against elastase (the enzyme that breaks down the elastin in our skin).

That’s all I needed to hear. Now my collection of teas will consist mainly of bamboo, green and white tea.  Bamboo tea will support my hair & nails, white tea will keep my skin firm and the green tea will help promote a healthy weight.  Seems like I got all of my bases covered.

White tea has some other benefits beyond collagen protection.  In studies, white tea has been shown to prevent the formation of fat cells while boosting metabolism.  Some have even said that white tea provides cognitive benefits as well.  I’ve never been more excited to incorporate something into my regimen as I am now with white tea!

As you may already know, I recently touched on the topic of incorporating the help of vitamin C in the battle for flawless skin.  The article was inspired by a comment I read on a forum where a woman who loaded up on vitamin C to battle a stubborn cold experienced glowing skin as an unintended side effect.

Once the article was published, I received a comment that was so valuable that I felt the need to continue this conversation of vitamin C and how it can transform our health & our skin.

Here’s what the commenter had to say:

“Lypo-Spheric vitamin c packets have proven to be the very best. They really help with collagen production and overall immune system. The liquid packs also absorb into the blood stream faster. Not only do they improve the skin but you should read about cancer prevention through vitamin c. I take. 2 packs a day 1 in the am and 1 in The p.m. After about a week or so I started to notice that my skin was glowing my pores looked smaller and everyone around me was getting sick except me. A month later my blemish marks are noticeably fading. To experience these types of results so quickly was very motivating for me because with natural products typically you have to take them for a very long time (and faithfully) to see results which is nothing wrong with that but instant results are always nice.”

I don’t know about you, but the comment gave me goosebumps.  This person was basically putting us on to her glowing skin vitamin C secret.

Immediately, I darted to Amazon to look up Lypo-spheric vitamin C and was introduced to a world that I never knew existed.  Hours later, I read dozens of reviews just like the comment above from people who transformed their skin thanks to the highly absorbable, ultra-potent form of vitamin C.

Here are just a few:

 “It’s only been a week and I noticed a difference in my skin. And I did what other reviews said. Take a shot glass with juice and knock it down. I can justify the cost if my skin changes this much for the better.”

– I have noticed the big increase in my skin’s elasticity and lines disappearing. More energy and definitely noticed my body improving on myofacial pain issues. 

– The most important thing is that it does its job and boy does this company get it right. My skin is glowing and I feel wonderful. A must-have for your supplement pyramid! I won’t be buying other types of vitamin c anymore

– This stuff is amazing. Just put it in a small amount of water and drink all at once. Easy. I started taking this with a collagen protein supplement and within a week my skin was nearly glowing, much smoother and clear-toned. I had read that the body needs Vit C to use collagen. The collagen I was taking was not doing all that much until I added this Vit C . Then I saw a difference.  

– Using this lyposomal vitamin C makes my skin perfect in the craziest way, like it’s glowing and practically juicy. I’m not really exaggerating either, as I got compliments on my skin – something that’s never happened in my life before. I have this one giant wrinkle between my eyebrows that pretty much disappeared when I used this product for three months. I also have/had bacne, which disappeared as well, but has reappeared since switching away from this.

– I bought this not too long ago and I’m down on my 20th packet. It gives me extra energy and I noticed a huge difference in my skin. My skin feels more glowing and tighter. I will definitely continue taking this one as long as I live. Great product overall! Will recommend to everyone. 😉

This was just a sampling of the glowing skin reviews.  I came across so many more.  Apparently, when people take vitamin C in liposomal form, they experience optimal benefits.  Liposomal means that the nutrients are in a highly absorbable form that easily assimilated into the cells and bloodstream due to its molecular size.  And, can we talk about how much more powerful our collagen intake will become once we supplement with enough bioavailable vitamin C?  I get excited just thinking about it.

After I wrote the first article on vitamin C and its potential skin benefits, I went out and bought some low-cost capsules.  Unfortunately, most of it won’t be absorbed.  Hence, those wonderful skin benefits  I hope for may never manifest.  Thank God for this anonymous person who left the comment that could possibly change my life.

As I researched the skin benefits of incorporating high-quality vitamin C into my life, I soon learned of the amazing medicinal properties of this antioxidant.  I’m sure we’re all aware of how vitamin C can help us a common cold. But I had no idea that vitamin C was used in stronger doses to treat a slew of chronic illnesses.  If you search on YouTube, you’ll find a slew of medical professionals proclaiming that most of us aren’t getting enough vitamin C in our diet.

In the animal kingdom, most species have the ability to produce vitamin C to help fight against illness.  Most of them naturally produce extremely large amounts of this powerful antioxidant on a daily basis.  Humans, for some reason, can’t make vitamin C internally.  So we have to supplement through diet. Most vitamin C advocates claim that we don’t get nearly enough to keep our immune system strong.  Especially in the highly toxic world we live in.  That’s why we’re always fighting colds, infections, and other ailments.

I’m not here to tell you how much vitamin C you should take a day. But I do want you to do some research.  Perhaps some of us are vitamin C deficient and don’t realize it.  Most of you have a vitamin C serum that you apply each morning in hopes of creating brighter, healthier skin.  Perhaps incorporating a high-quality vitamin C internally is the missing piece that will unlock our skin’s greatest potential.

The other day I was browsing a forum where one of the ladies wanted to share something that she noticed.  To help boost her immune system, and help fight a stubborn cold, she loaded up on her vitamin C intake.

Taking in all of that vitamin C was supposed to help her recover from her cold, but instead, it gave her incredible skin that she had to rave about.
Specifically, she noticed brighter skin that appeared smooth and poreless.  Her hypothesis was that these changes were brought about by her copious intake of vitamin C. Since she wasn’t able to maintain her skin regimen while feeling sick, she believed the antioxidant intake make a huge impact on her skin.

Is she right?

We all know that using vitamin C infused serums could help brighten our skin. But what about taking it internally?

 Here’s some information that sheds some light on the role of ingested vitamin C and the skin:

  • Both the dermis and the epidermis contain high levels of vitamin C.  The epidermis (outer most layer of the skin) has a higher vitamin C content.  
  • As we age, vitamin C levels on the skin will decline.  
  • Excessive sun exposure also depletes vitamin C stores. 
  • Taking vitamin C internally can help the skin combat photoaging (aging caused by the sun’s rays).
  • Vitamin C deficiency results in a skin condition known as scurvy.
  • Scurvy is essentially the breaking down of collagen and results in skin issues, receding gums, changes in our hair and poor wound healing.
A study determined that higher intake of vitamin C resulted in the healthier, younger appearance of the skin.  This is the confirmation we need to support the woman’s claim that increasing her vitamin C intake could have caused the transformation of her skin.  
Let’s not forget how important the role of vitamin C plays in collagen formation. It basically helps increase the levels of Type I collagen in the skin.  It’s used directly in the collagen-building process. So whenever new collagen is formed, our vitamin C levels deplete.  After helping to build collagen, vitamin C goes one step further to help protect it from attack by free-radicals. Basically, vitamin C preserves our bodies from breaking down. 
It appears that vitamin C is well received when placed topically on the skin so if you don’t have a vitamin C serum, you need to get one, stat!  But we need to take it a step further and make sure we’re eating a diet rich in vitamin C or supplementing at the very least.  For those us who are fans of collagen supplements, we need to take our vitamin C intake seriously.  
Let this woman’s testimony be a source of inspiration for us to make vitamin C a priority.  Perhaps vitamin C can help take our skin to the next level. Not just during cold and flu season but all year round.  And if you need more motivation, let me remind you that vitamin C can also help you reach your healthy weight goals as well.  

I while back, while strolling through the aisle of my local Asian market, when suddenly I spotted an interesting package I knew I had to have.  It was a package of dried up little rosebuds not unlike potpourri.

But on the back of the package were brewing instructions.

These little dried up roses were meant to create rose flavored tea or rose water.  The product description contained the following sentence : “red rose can help improve a dull complexion and skin moisture.”  Although I wasn’t sure exactly what those words meant or if they were even true, but I needed to try it and find out.
All of us probably have a bottle of rosewater sitting on a dresser that we mist our face with from time to time.  But did you also know that rosewater drinks are becoming a thing?

When you see an image of a celebrity sharing an image of themselves enjoying a large container of chilled rosewater, one has to ask….why is she drinking it?

If you do a little research on the benefits of consuming rose water internally, the first and most touted benefit is it’s anti inflammatory benefits.  That’s probably why rose water is so great when applied topically.  But, did you know that rose water is a high anti-oxidant beverage containing vitamin A, B3 C, D, and E.  In fact, the anti-oxidant properties were so potent that researchers compared it to vitamin E ( a powerhouse antioxidant).  They also determined that rose water had the ability to inhibit lipid peroxidation.  Oxidation is directly related to the aging process.  And because rosewater is so effective in slowing down oxidation, it’s being considered a viable medical grade treatment for free radical related diseases.

cilk rosewater

That’s powerful stuff.  Its no wonder why these designer juice companies are quickly adding rose water drinks to their lineup.  Please, don’t reach for your facial toning spray and consume it.  That stuff is not meant to be taken internally.  Instead, you should seek out food grade rose water and there’s a bunch on the market.

Here’s a little snippet from a couple happy customers who experienced wonderful skin benefits as a result of her faithful consumption of rose water.

“…over the last several months I’ve been drinking h2rose religiously and have noticed my skin is much softer, I no longer have to use lotion like before and the quality of my skin all around is significantly better.”

I finished 12 bottles of All Beauty Water in exactly 12 days because I wanted to see if I would have instant results. I must say I am truly amazed at how beautiful my skin looks and feels. I stuck to the same skin care regimen wash routine so the only thing I can attribute my new glowing skin to is All Beauty Water. It is truly a miracle in a bottle and an added bonus is it tastes great. My skin looks healthy, refreshed and it is blemish free. I will make this a part of my daily skin care regimen.

I got into drinking rose water this past winter.  I brewed about a half gallon at a time but didn’t get to drink it consistently because my husband acquired a taste for rosewater and would consume most of it.  But, thanks to the gentle reminder from Justine Skye ‘s Instastory and learning about the powerful antioxidant affects online, I’m ready to jump back on the rosewater bandwagon.

I stumbled on a random piece of information the other day that lead to hours of research on the internal effects of hydration/dehydration.  I’ve talked a ton about drinking water on this site. But it was mainly geared towards the external beauty benefits.

We all know that if we don’t get enough water that our skin could be affected.  But many of us aren’t aware of the impact it could have on our weight.  I mean, sure, some individuals experience positive weight benefits when they switch from drinking soda to water, but I’m not talking about that.

There’s another type of impact that water intake can have on your weight and eating habits that you should know about.
As we all know, the human body is made up of mostly water.  Much of that water isn’t found in our blood but it consists of fluids located in between our countless number of cells.  In a healthy individual, the fluid travels in and out of the cell bringing with it essential, life-giving nutrients.

Water levels in the body fluctuate depending on various factors.  We lose water through normal daily functions like urination, sweating and even breathing.  In any given day, we are losing water just by being alive.

Our body counts on us to replenish that water through 2 main ways:
1. Drinking
2. Eating

Ideally, we drink at least half our body weight of water in ounces a day to keep hydrated.  But, sometimes life happens and we don’t drink nearly enough.  I know this happens to me all the time. I’ll feel bad for dropping the ball then promise to do better next time.

But, here’s the thing, when you’re not drinking water, your body is STILL thirsty (internally) and needs to get access to water.  So does what it needs to do by implementing plan B.  What’s plan B?  Hunger.  Most of the food we eat has water some content.  It’s nowhere as much as when you drink water, but it works.  Once your food is digested, the body extracts water from it for use by our organs and cells.

Plan B isn’t so bad if you eat lots of fruits & veggies.  They are high water content foods and do an ok job as a source of hydration. But if you eat typical foods that aren’t mostly water, your body has to extract whatever little bit of water it can.  When it needs more water, it asks for more food.  Here you are, taking in all of these extra calories just so your body can scrounge for a little bit of water.  This, my friends, could be a root cause to those extra pounds we’ve put on.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s yet another mechanism related to water drinking that causes us to gain weight.  Sometimes, when I’m working for extended hours, I suddenly feel the need to eat something sweet.  I need the sugar in my system.  Once I’ve satisfied my urges, with high calorie sweets, I feel normal again.  What my body was looking for was access to glycogen which is stored up energy (carbs) in the muscle.

Typically, it’s the liver’s job to release stored glyogen when needed.  But, when we’re dehydrated, the liver struggles to do it’s job.  And, of course, our body is self-preserving so it launches Plan B–sugar cravings.  That gives it quick access to the fuel it needs.  If we’re trying to manage our weight, tapping into stored glycogen is actually a good thing.  But, not drinking enough water will screw with your normal body functions.  So next time, you have a craving for something sweet, try water first.

Lastly, when your underhydrated, your serotonin levels are impacted. Seratonin has a direct correlation with you feeling full after a meal.  When our seratonin is low, the brain activates our sugar cravings so insulin levels rise (which raises our seratonin).  It’s a viscious, ugly cycle and our poor waistline is caught in the middle.

If these arguments aren’t enough to help you get back on track with your water intake, I don’t know what will.  Not only are there external beauty benefits, adequate water levels could help keep us leaner. As I did my research, I stumbled on another “water fact” directly related to anti-aging.  I’m still gathering data but I look forward to sharing the information with you in the near future.  But for now, experiment with keeping yourself hydrated and see what difference it makes in your healthy weight journey.