6 Foods That Can Help Save Your Skin From Sun Damage


Just as an unhealthy diet can have a negative effect on your skin and health, a healthy diet high in antioxidant-rich foods can help protect your body, even from the sun. Since antioxidants help reduce inflammation and free radicals, loading your diet with them will go a long way against sunburn and skin damage as a result of UV rays. We connected with Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine for his list of foods that help prevent sun damage.

To be clear, Dr. Calapai is not saying you should completely replace using daily use of sunscreen with food, but what you eat can offer additional protection for your skin. So if you’re looking for some ingestible sun protection, add these six sun-friendly foods to your next shopping list.

1. Berries & stone fruits
Strawberries, blueberries and cherries contain high levels of vitamin C, which can reduce free radical damage caused by exposure to UV radiation. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production, important for skin’s youthful appearance. As a bonus, cherries contain melatonin, which protects skin from UV radiation and repairs sunburn damage.

2. Leafy greens
If it’s green and it’s got leaves, chances are it’s good for sun protection. According to one study, spinach, kale and swiss chard can reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 50%. Broccoli is also a good choice: it’s full of sulphoraphane, an antioxidant that helps your cells protect themselves against UV radiation.

Fresh herbs like parsley, basil, sage and rosemary are also packed with free radical-fighting, skin-protecting antioxidants. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to cruciferous vegetables.

3. Red & orange produce
The antioxidant lycopene has been shown to protect the skin against sunburn and is at least twice as effective an antioxidant as betacarotene when it comes to blocking UV light. It also helps rid the body of free radicals. Chow down on tomatoes, papaya, guava, red bell peppers and pink grapefruit. Watermelon is an especially good choice: it contains 40% more lycopene than tomatoes.

4. Micro-algae
Spirulna has been dubbed “the next great superfood,” and for good reason. This micro-algea, along with chlorella, contains the antioxidant astaxanthin, which has been shown to protect the skin and eyes against UV radiation. It also fights free radicals and inflammation to prevent sun damage by preventing UV-induced cell damage.

If micro-algea isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you can find this powerful antioxidant in shrimp and salmon.

5. Chocolate
As long as it’s dark chocolate you’re eating, you’ll be ingesting plenty of flavanoids, which can improve your skin’s ability protect against sunburns and other UV-induced issues.

Research found that people who ate about one ounce of high-percentage dark chocolate every day for three months could withstand twice the amount of UVB rays before their skin started to turn red, compared to those who didn’t.

6. Green & black tea
The myriad health benefits of tea are well known, but it’s nice to know that the cups you’re drinking can also help protect against sun damage. Green and black teas are packed with polyphenols that can help stop cancer development by limiting the blood supply to the cancerous area. Green tea can even help prevent non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair.

About the Doctor:
Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

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March 21, 2017 – 6:32 PM - | Posted in beauty, health | 1 Comment »

Weddings: Iron Out The Details Early As Possible


Getting Everything Just Right
Before we get too deep into the best ways to ensure your wedding is as successful as it needs to be, you should take a step back and remember that perfection is impossible to achieve realistically. There are always going to be things in life that don’t go the way you want them, and the only thing you can really control is how you react.

But that being said, there are things you can do to curtail the insanity that defines whether or not things go your way.

With weddings, one of the wisest courses of action is to get as many of the details you must figure out, figured out. Do this as soon as you possibly can. Try not to develop some OCD complex about it, but if the wedding’s in a year, you should be thinking and systematically planning well in advance.

If you feel like you need help focusing, do some research on the smart drug market. Better than caffeine, Noopept helps to improve concentration and has many positive reviews.

According to many authorities, it’s never too early to book wedding vendors. You want your catering figured out months in advance. You want transportation secured, the venue, the officiant, the pictures, the photography, the flowers, the dresses, the invitations, and seating taken care of. The same type of scheduling and timetracking you might do for your job will be useful in planning your wedding.

Because before that big day, you’re definitely going to have a lot going on in your mind, and the least amount of stress you can bring into the situation, the better. It should be a happy day, and for most it is. But if you’re so concerned about the individual trees in your wedding’s forest, you’ll miss how grand and beautiful the whole thing is.

So anticipate your emotional state, and for it. Then help those in the wedding do the same, like your bridesmaids. They’re going to need dresses, and if you think you can just figure this step of the arrangement out a few weeks in advance, you’re likely mistaken. The bridesmaids alone could take a month to figure out!

The Bridesmaids Dresses
When it comes to bridesmaids’ dresses, getting the right combination of comfortableness, style, and appearance can be difficult. Azazie dresses from Azazie.com understand this reality, pointing out that: “…you want your bridesmaids to feel comfortable and love the dress as well.” The more emotionally secure they are, the more secure you’ll be.

Granted, it’s not their day, it’s yours. But it doesn’t matter whose day it is if one of your closest circle of friends has that “black hole” quality known to suck the life out of a room. Especially when you consider the cost that will likely be involved in your wedding, you want as many controllable aspects of the ceremony to be determined beforehand as possible

In 2015, the average cost of a wedding rose to $32,000+. That’s more than many young couples make on an individual basis every year. Thankfully marriage tends to solidify the finances between two people, but that doesn’t mean such a $32k chunk won’t have an effect somewhere. If you are footing the bill, you and your future husband will feel it.

If your parents have a stake, or your mother-in-law, you can likewise expect they’ll have some way of communicating their spending to you. Thankfully, there are situations where a dowry may be awarded. Shoot, some couples are financially stable when they choose to tie the knot! Not everyone. So at an event of this import and expense, you want to plan as well as you can.

Weddings are an important part of anyone’s life, but they’re also an important component of society. At a core level, marriage unites individuals in a common bond which provides a basis for economic expansion and growth, while simultaneously improving the character of those in matrimony over time, and even bringing new life into the world.

Author Bio:

Kevin Bennett
Title: SEO Marketeer

Kevin is an SEO marketeer with Towering SEO and Youth Noise NJ who designs value-rich content aimed at increasing clientele for expanding businesses. Networking, building partnerships, and providing quality products with shareable value make this possible. He’s an author (Amphibian and The Thief and the Sacrifice to his credit) whose professional writing follows business trends in technology, marketing, SEO application, and much more.

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March 21, 2017 – 6:00 PM - | Posted in daily life | No Comments »

4 Things Everyone Should Know Before Moving to San Francisco


Many of us have moved because from getting a promotion, changing careers, or maybe it’s just you wanted to have a fresh start. What better place to move than, but to San Francisco as has a beautiful climate, friendly locals, and we all have seen it’s a growing tech-hub thanks to the New Yorker.

However, like many cities, there are just things wish you could know before you actually moved to the city. These hints help you transition into the city faster without, so you don’t look like a newbie and stick out like a sore thumb.

Today, we will be going over four things everyone should know before they move to San Francisco.

Neighborhoods have Stereotypes

People here in San Francisco take neighborhoods seriously, and when you’re first looking for apartments in San Francisco then you should have an idea of what an area represents.

It’s a good idea to come of the San Francisco and check out the area first to get a feel to where you might like to fit in or not to move too. You might find out that a lot of young hip professionals are living in the Mission verses having a majority of families that are living in Noe Valley.

Cost of Living and Rent is Sky High

If you haven’t done so already, you may have noticed that the overall cost of living here in San Francisco is really high. On a national average, prices jump quite a bit, and it’s important to realize that your new salary might not be as high as you would like it to be.
When you start researching apartments in San Francisco, you might start realizing that the prices are extremely high, far beyond what you know that after punching the employee time clock .

It’s not uncommon to see a studio apartment that rents at $2,000 a month. In instances like this, you might be better off looking at apartments for rent in Oakland CA as this is only about a 19-mile track across the bridge.

The same thing might be true if you had to end up living in Los Angeles and wanted to avoid the high prices. In this case you would be much better off seeking out luxury apartments in Glendale CA for a much more affordable price.

You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you are a person who likes to get out of the house and have fun, then San Francisco is the right town for you. It is absolutely insane how many things there is to do in this city. From festivals, concerts, to random cultural events you will always find something to do.

Some of the best ways to find the newest events that come up is to visit either UpOutSF, or the Thrillist. When you go to these websites, it’s easy to meet other people to go with you as this is also a great way to meet new friends.

Divisadero Marks the Fog

San Francisco is known for an abundance of wonderful things, and one of the most notable is the fog. The Divisadero is a street that runs North-South across the city that slices it in half.
If you happen to live on the west of Divisadero, you won’t see the sun set less often than if you lived to the east of Divisadero. The point here is that once the sun has taken care of the sun from the morning, the evening fog starts rolling in.

Conclusion

When you come to think about why you are moving to San Francisco it’s nice to be as informed as possible, so you’re not left in the dark. With these four tips, it should help make your transition to San Francisco a successful one.

Author Bio:
Carl Aamodt
Title: Super-Connector
Carl is a super-connector with Towering SEO and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. He frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses his efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

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March 16, 2017 – 2:52 PM - | Posted in daily life, travel | No Comments »

The 4-Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook *Giveaway*


Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans are currently living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, and most people don’t even know it! I’m included in that number as a type 2 diabetic, but am a firm believer that I will reverse that and regain my life! With numbers like that, I’m sure you know of at least 1 person that has this condition. Unfortunately it’s a condition that runs in my family, as well as my husbands, so that means we’re very in tune and looking at teaching our girls about fitness and healthy eating.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has released a new updated Second Edition of Nancy S. Hughes’s cookbook “Simple, Quick and Delicious Recipes Using Just Four Ingredients or Less!” This super easy cookbook includes over 160 recipes that range from beverages to breakfast, dinner to desserts and all of the recipes meet the ADA’s nutritional standards.

Not only will you find great recipes, but there’s also a sidebar to each that has exchanges for people tracking their food intake. There’s also tips and extra info for each recipe, and a listing about kitchen tools.

Everyone can use this cookbook, although it’s geared towards those with diabetes, the recipes are healthy, and a quick prep for those with busy lives. Anyone can use this book and take advantage of the yummy recipes inside.

There’s a few different recipes I can’t wait to try like the Panko Ranch Chicken Strips and Extra Easy Meatballs. Check out one of my favorite recipes from the book below for a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside the book.

FRUIT-SCOOP MUFFIN COBBLER
Serves 8 – Serving Size about 2/3 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Ingredients
1 pound frozen sliced peaches, partially thawed
12 ounces frozen raspberries, partially thawed
1 (7-ounce) package blueberry muffin mix (such as Martha White)
3 tablespoons canola oil

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.2. Place the peaches and raspberries in a 13-inch by 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
2. Sprinkle the dry muffin mix evenly over all, drizzle the oil over all and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes or until golden.

COOK’S TIP: This makes a great dessert, but it also makes a great breakfast side to chicken or turkey sausage or Canadian bacon.

EXCHANGES / CHOICES
1 1/2 Fruit 1/2 Starch 1 Fat
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 60 Total Fat 6.0 g Saturated Fat 0.7 g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 0 mg Sodium 120 mg Potassium 180 mg Total Carbohydrate 26 g Dietary Fiber 4 g Sugars 15 g Protein 2 g Phosphorus 80 mg

Recipe ©2016 by the American Diabetes Association, Inc.® To order this book, please call 1-800-232-6733 or order online at Amazon.com or ShopDiabetes.org.

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March 15, 2017 – 4:08 PM - | Posted in recipes, Reviews | 40 Comments »

Ziggy Marley’s Jerk Chicken


One of my favorite types of food is caribbean food. Give me some roti, some curry goat, ox tails, jerk chicken and i’m in heaven! When I was sent the recipe for jerk chicken made by the one and only ziggy marley I had to check it out and of course share. I haven’t made it yet, but ohhhh it’s coming!

Jerk Chicken (serves 6)

Ingredients

– 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
– 2 Scotch bonnet peppers, seeds removed*
– 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
– 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
– 1 teaspoon allspice
– 1 teaspoon nutmeg
– 4 garlic cloves
– 1½ teaspoons thyme, dried
– 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
– ½ cup scallions, chopped
– 1 tablespoon coconut oil
– 1 lemon, sliced into 4 to 6 pieces

Directions

1. Set aside chicken and lemon slices.
2. Using food processor, blend remaining ingredients into a paste.
3. Rub paste all over chicken.
4. Grill chicken over medium or medium-high heat for 5 to 6 minutes on each side, or until thoroughly cooked.
5 Serve with lemon slices.

* Caution: These are very hot. For milder rub, also remove pith and ribs.

Nutrients per serving: 388 calories, 39g protein, 2g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 24g fat, 122mg cholesterol, 908mg sodium

You can find the entire article and recipe on AARP.org as well you can purchase Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook on Amazon.com.

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March 14, 2017 – 7:24 PM - | Posted in recipes | No Comments »
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