Biotin

7281530508_ded054db16_qBiotin also known as Vitamin B7, is a water-soluble vitamin that is included in the vitamin B complex group and comprises essential nutrients for metabolic functions, nervous, digestive and cardiovascular health functions.
It is a nutrient that helps maintain a youthful and attractive skin and it plays an important role in maintaining the health of our hair, nails and skin. Biotin Vitamin B7 is usually added to beauty products for hair and skin, though it is not well absorbed by the skin and should really be taken internally to unleash its full potential.
It can be found in foods like organ meats, avocado, eggs, cauliflower, legumes, mushrooms, berries, and fish.
Biotin Deficiency
Biotin (vitamin B7) deficiency does not occur in areas where people  consume enough calories and a healthy diet in general.
Biotin acts as a co-enzyme in the body and is needed for the metabolism of fatty acids, amino acids and glucose. This means that when we eat foods that are sources of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, biotin, vitamin B7 must be present, these macro-nutrients energy bodies must be converted and used to perform physical activities and good psychological function.
Reasons why people who consume healthy food do not suffer from Vitamin B7 deficiency are:
  • many common foods provide biotin
  • our intestinal digestive bacteria have the ability to create some vitamin B7 biotin on their own.
  • recommended daily requirements are relatively low
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Biotin is not stored in the body, therefore it being built up in the body is not possible, which means levels considered to be toxic are very rare. However, you must consume small amounts of vitamin B7 almost daily to keep your body’s supply high enough. Biotin is water-soluble, that is it travels in the bloodstream and any excess or unused quantities present in the body are eliminated through urine.
Biotin deficiency occurs when there is
  • long-term use of certain anti-seizure medications
  • excessive antibiotic use
  • Digestive tract problems such as celiac disease, leaky gut syndrome or Chrons disease
When Biotin deficiency is apparent, visible signs are notable.
  • dry irritated skin
  • brittle hair or hair loss
  • lack or energy or chronic fatigue
  • digestive and intestinal tract issues
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nerve damage
  • mood changes
  • cramps
  • tingling in the limbs
  • cognitive impairments
Recommended Uses:
It is suggested that the following be the daily dosage of Vitamin B7:
  • 5 micrograms daily for infants
  • 6–8 micrograms daily for infants ages 7 months–3 years
  • 12–20 micrograms daily for children ages 4–13
  • 25 micrograms for adolescents
  • 30 micrograms for male and female adults over 19
  • 30 milligrams for pregnant women and 35 milligrams for women who are breastfeeding
Biotin (Vitamin B7) Supplements
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Vitamin B7 supplements usually include a full spectrum of B vitamins, including vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin B2 riboflavin and vitamin B3 niacin. Vitamin B supplements support metabolism functions, brain activity, nerve functions and the general daily functions of the body.
Taking B vitamin supplements together is generally the most efficient way of getting the most of these.
When consuming Vitamin B vitamin supplements, be aware not all supplements are produced equally. High quality products do not contain any additives, so keep in mind to purchase the superior quality vitamin that contains real food sources.
Food Sources of Biotin (Vitamin B7)
Vitamin B7 biotin comes in eight forms, but only one is vital to our body, and that is D-Biotin which has the full potential of vitamin capabilities.
Here are some of the 9 best food sources of biotin
  • Blueberries — 1 cup
  • Cauliflower — 1 cup
  • Buckwheat Bread — 1 slice
  • Liver  — 3 ounces
  • Eggs— 1 whole
  • Yeast — 1 tablespoon
  • Wild Caught Salmon or Trout — 3 ounces
  • Organic Cheese — 1 oz
  • Avocado — 1 whole
  • Also, berries, mushrooms and other types of fish are also good sources of biotin.
Vitamin B7 is found in the yolk of the egg and not in egg whites. Research shows that  not only do people miss out on B vitamins when they eat egg whites and discard the yolk, but that egg whites is capable to  lessening the effects of B vitamins and possibly even creating a vitamin B7 deficiency.

 

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SKIN BLEMISHES – Protect Your Skin From The Atmosphere

In case you are wondering what they are, skin blemishes are marks or areas of discoloration on the skin. They can appear on your body in a range of colors and shapes. There are many different types of blemishes that are caused by very different factors, and the worst part about it all, is that skin blemishes can affect any person.

Skin blemishes include acnes, pigmentation marks, birth marks and scars to name a few.

 

  1. Acne

This is a disorder resulting from the action of hormones and other substances on the skin’s oil glands. They are commonly referred to as pimples and anyone can get acnes, but they are more common among adolescents.

  1. Pigmentation Marks:

They are dark coffee colored patches on the skin that appears as you grow older they are mostly referred to as Age Spots or Melasma.  They usually affect women in their late 40′. It can occur during child bearing years, using birth control pills, being out in the sun all day and hormonal imbalances. Melasma mostly affect Hispanics, Asian, Olive or dark skin persons. Methods in preventing this condition are wearing a sunscreen with 30 SPF, applying hydroquinone fading creams in 4%. This condition appears on jawline, nose bridge and forehead. It appears in the form of patchy discoloration, brown, reddish, grey  or blue-grey spots

  1. Birth Marks

These are marks that are present on the skin of most babies at childbirth and they develop these birth marks before being born or after birth.

  1. Scars

They are usually formed after injuries and is a natural part of the healing process and this is as a result of too much collagen build up. In some instances, scars do not completely go away.
Controlling Skin Blemishes

  1. The best way to usually prevent them from ever appearing on your skin can be done through various ways; using natural antiseptics such as tea-tree oil, aloe vera, witch hazel, apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice to name a few. They can be very helpful in preventing bacteria from spreading. You can also consume UMF 10 (unique Manuka Factor) which is pure New Zealand honey manufactured in its original state. You should take a spoonful every-day in the morning.

 

Lemons are among the natural things one can use to acquire a clearer skin, since lemon juice works as an excellent skin-lightening remedy to reduce dark spots and hyper-pigmentation due to its bleaching effect.

  1. Avoid foods that are high in refined carbohydrates such as white bread and also limit your consumption of animal fats.
  2. You can wash your face daily with a mild cleanser that is good for solving skin problems and avoid using scrubs that are too harsh on your skin, as this can aggravate the blemishes.
  3. Washing your face daily with the mild cleanser is also good for solving your skin problems like too much of oil, dryness, blackheads and white heads. Avoid using harsh scrubs as they worsen acne.
  4. Use of calamine lotion on the skin blemishes can play a major role in absorbing excess oil from your skin and thus can result into the removal of skin blemishes.
  5. It is recommended for one to use antibacterial agent benzoyl peroxide for spots, it is an over-the-counter treatment and is often found in cleansers and treatment creams. You can increase the effectiveness of benzoyl peroxide by using salicylic acid based product on top.

Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. By doing this you will stay hydrated, flushing out all toxins from your body. Water contains essential minerals to heal your system, therefore stay hydrated. In addition to water, herbal teas should be added because most herbal teas  are beneficial and provides  Avoid processed foods as they usually contain more salts, sugars and fats than we need in our bodies. Thus whenever you go shopping always go to the fresh groceries section; this section tend to be way healthier. Eat a salad every day and also, fruits and vegetables they will go a long way in giving you a smooth glowing skin.

 

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About Wild Cape

Bill Savage got his first hive at 12 years of age and 40 years of his passion for beekeeping and the natural environment is undiminished.

Bill and his team of 10 specialist Beekeepers place their hives in the Manuka forests of the Wild East Cape region to gather the honey prized for its natural properties. Bill selects Manuka Forests that produce honey high in the UMF factor and places his hives in these isolated valleys far from the cities and highways.

Once the bees have stored the honey we gently blow them off the boxes of honeycombs and transport these boxes to our base in Gisborne. Operating under strict quality management systems we spin the honey frames to remove the honey so that we can return the combs to the beehives to fill with honey again. This honey is then tested using the UMF grading system to select the finest Manuka honey.

Finally, with great care, we put these quality honeys into jars bearing the Wild Cape Label. All Wild Cape Manuka Honey carries the UMF quality mark.

About the Region

 

The East Cape Region is the Eastern most tip of New Zealand. First populated by the Maori people who settled there for the warm dry climate, beautiful beaches and abundant seafood.

Geographically isolated by the Raukumara Ranges to the West and the Wharerata Ranges to the south the East Cape region has remained sparsely populated and unspoilt. Gisborne is the administrative centre and the only city located in the region. Large areas of land have been allowed to revert to native Manuka trees that we collect our honey from.

Wild Cape Honey owns Ahititi Forest a huge 1150Ha of manuka forest in the centre of the East Cape region. Ahititi forest is managed using environmentally sustainable practices to produce high UMF Manuka Honey while promoting the steeper portions to return to indigenous forest.

Each region produces a Manuka Honey with unique attributes. Our region produces high UMF honey but with a delicious mild flavor and light in color.

About UMF

 

The Manuka Tree is native to the scrublands of New Zealand. In the summer of each year, it flowers prolifically and bees love the richly scented flowers and collect the nectar to make this very special Manuka honey.

Wild Cape Manuka honey is 100% pure honey (containing no artificial ingredients) and all our honey is sourced from Bill Savages hives that he places in the Manuka forests of the Wild East Cape region.

Not all manuka honey contain the UMF factor and those that do contain varying levels. The UMF quality mark was created by the UMF Honey Association to measure these properties. This is the only association that carries out regular in-market audits of its licensees to ensure the honey meets their strict criteria. The UMF grading system appraises naturally occurring markers found only in Manuka honey and based on these markers gives the honey a rating. This is your assurance that UMF Manuka is genuine as only high purity Manuka honey will pass this test. The UMF honey association has a worldwide network of accredited laboratories that regularly audit UMF branded product to assure customers that it meets the UMF standard.

The East Cape region produces a Manuka Honey high in the UMF factor. Savage Horticulture, owner of Wild Cape Honey is proud to be a UMF Honey Association licensee, Registration Number 1075. All Wild Cape manuka honey carries this UMF quality mark.

     
The Manuka Tree is native to the scrublands of New Zealand. Savage Horticulture, owner of Wild Cape Honey is proud to be a UMF Honey Association licensee Wild Cape Manuka honey is 100% pure honey containing no artificial ingredients

 

Vitamins – The Elixir of Life

 

We all know that vitamins are important to our metabolic functions but many of us might not be aware of the irreplaceable role they play in our health and wellness. These vitamins, without which our body cannot continue its normal course of function  are termed as essential vitamins.
This article touches on the essential vitamins that are required for a healthy functioning body, the health benefits caused by each of them and the sources from which those vitamins could be got.
Vitamin A:

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Health Benefit: 1.

Promotes healthy eyes & good eye sight

  1. General body growth & development
  2. Helps gain healthy teeth & skin
  3. Aids in mucous membrane development which in turn helps increase immunity

Source: Found in abundance in carrots. Also found in other foods like sweet potato, water melon, musk melon, turnip, winter squash & spinach. The absorption of vitamin A happens readily in an accelerated manner if the carrot is raw or semi-cooked.
Vitamin B: (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 & B12)

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Health Benefit:

  1. Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) aids to maintain proper nerve transmissions throughout the body
  2. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) & vitamin B3 (Niacin) help in energy production by breaking down proteins, carbs and fat in the food3.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) helps maintain the nervous system

  1. Improves immune function
  2. Aids in absorption of iron by the body
    Source: Found in huge amounts in potatoes, chilli peppers, lentils, beans, yeast, molasses and meat. A bowl of whole grain cereal can supply the required B complex vitamins that are required for the day.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) is heavily found in sunflower seeds. It is also found in black beans, lentils and yellowfin tuna.

The best source of Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is the liver of cattle (sheep, goat or cow). The second best source is cow’s milk. Two large glasses of cow’s milk can take care of the B2 requirement for the day.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) is found mainly in turkey breast, chicken breast and tuna. One more reason, to munch on that chicken and grab another tuna sandwich.
Vitamin C:

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Health Benefit:

  1. Boosts immune system
  2. Strengthens blood vessels
  3. Gives elasticity to skin and avoids formation of wrinkles
  4. Acts as an anti-oxidant in the body
  5. Aids in absorption of iron by the body
  6. Maintain the connective tissues in the cartilage and tendons

Source: Vitamin C is found in abundance in citrus fruits like oranges, lemons etc. It is also found in broccoli. A small bowl of broccoli or an orange should take care of the vitamin C requirement for the day.
Vitamin D:

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Health Benefit:

  1. Aids in Calcium absorption by the bones
  2. Plays an important role in proper functioning of muscles

Source: Vitamin D is found in small quantities in milk and sea food, but, it is found in traces and we cannot meet the daily requirement for the body from these foods. However, the good news is that our skin has the ability to produce vitamin D by itself provided we expose it to the sun.
Hence, this vitamin is also known as the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’. Exposure to early morning sun rays is the best way to allow our body to produce vitamin D while still not getting burnt by the sun.
Vitamin E:

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Health Benefit:

  1. Plays a key role in repairing worn out or damaged tissues in the body
  2. Acts as an anti-oxidant
  3. Helps regulate the flow of blood throughout the body
  4. Boosts immune system

Source: A handful of almonds a day should be enough to take care of the vitamin E requirements of the day. Vitamin E is also found in olives, spinach and papaya fruit.
In addition to these, sunflower seeds contain vitamin E in large quantities. It can also be found in ripe tomatoes.
Vitamin K:

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Health Benefit:

  1. Aids in the clotting of blood after injury

Source: Kale is rich in vitamin K. It is also present in spinach, Brussels sprouts, lettuce and broccoli. For best results it is advisable to consume these either raw or semi-cooked rather than fully cooking them.
People who are not used to a whole food habit, resort to vitamin supplements to meet the daily requirement of these essential vitamins. While it is not harmful to take vitamin supplements, it is essential that we do not overdose on any of the vitamins as consuming over and above the requirement has a lot of ill effects on the body metabolism.
Care needs to be exercised while calculating the amount of supplements that are to be consumed. It is safer to consult a certified nutritionist/physician before consuming supplements.

Vitamin C

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  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect cells from the damage caused by harmful freeradicals.
  • Vitamin C supports collagen production for healthier, firmer skin.
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LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE AS YOU AGE

Looking for something to give mom for Mother’s Day, then you can check out this book Living a Healthy Life Style as You Age  on http://www.amazon.com

 

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Living a Healthy Life

How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle as You Age

Are you trying to figure out how to live a healthy lifestyle?

Are you worried about your health as you start to age?

Are you looking to make sustainable and healthy changes in your life?

This this book is for you!

You’ll learn how to take care of your skin, the importance of stress management and how to utilize it, the importance of sleep and how to achieve it, the importance of exercise and how to implement it, and so much more. You’ll even get a look and understanding about supplements that can help you with everything from wrinkles Living a healthy life isn’t easy, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Of course, that’s where this book comes in. you’ll learn how to live a healthy life, especially as you age. This book will cover everything from learning how to listen to your body when it’s trying to warn you that something isn’t right in your health all the way to sustainable habits that you can integrate into your life so that you stay healthy throughout your life, to boosting your immune system. This book will teach you everything you need to know to start implementing a healthier lifestyle for a happier, healthier you.

 

Ways to Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle at Work

Sometimes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle at work can be challenging, especially if you are sitting at a desk for most of the day. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways to help keep you on track with your healthy lifestyle even during the work day. With just a few simple changes, you will be well on your way to an effective and healthy work-life balance.

Get Enough Sleep

This is much more important than people realize. Getting enough sleep sets the tone for your entire day. Try to get between 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. This allows you to recharge your body and settle your mind. To get more restful sleep, start your bedtime routine at least an hour before you want to go to bed. Dim lights, turn off the tv, put your cellphone down, wash your face, and brush your teeth.

Try reading a book instead of scrolling through your phone before you settle down to sleep. The blue light on your cellphone actually diminishes the naturally occurring melatonin in your brain, making it harder to fall asleep. By reading a book, you allow that melatonin to generate thus helping you have a deeper and more restful sleep.
Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand

When you aalmonds-1768792_640re at work, maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult. Keep some healthy snacks handy like nuts, peanut butter, whole wheat bread, fruits, and veggies. This way, when the 3 pm hunger pangs strike, you will have healthy options to reach for instead of the lunchroom chips or cookies.

Sticking to your diet at work can also help you maintain a healthier diet overall. If you are consistent with what you eat at work and at home, you are more likely to see the positive results of your healthy diet.

Keep a Fitness Regime

15054051072_3a00854cda_zStaying fit and healthy is a good way to make sure you perform your best at work. If you can, try to start your day by going to the gym. By getting up early and kicking your day off with activity, you wake up your body and your mind and feel more alert all day. You also tend to be more productive at work when you keep a morning fitness routine.

If you aren’t a morning person, going to the gym after work or during your lunch hour are both good options. By taking this time for yourself, you allow your mind to relax and getting your body moving mid-day or after sitting all day can mean significantly positive results for your health.

Work Environment

woman-690036_640Make the space you work at work for you. You should take steps to make your work environment as comfortable as possible for you. If your desk chair has been causing back pain, ask building maintenance if they can find you a new one. If you are staring at your computer all day, consider getting up once an hour to look out a window to allow your eyes to rest.

Add personal details to your work environment that make you happy. Whether that’s headphones to let you listen to music or a little plant to add some greenery. Making your workspace yours can have an incredibly positive impact on your work day.

Build Relationships with Peers

workplace-1245776_640If you have positive relationships with your coworkers, going to work will be more enjoyable. By taking time to build relationships with your peers, not only can you strengthen work relationships, you can also build personal connections. Building personal connections with people both in and out of your age group at work can help make the work day pass quicker and make it a more positive experience.

When you start building these relationships, you create a community at work for yourself. This tends to make teams more productive, allow them to work better, and make the work produced of higher quality.

With these tips, you are well on your way to maintaining a healthy lifestyle at work.