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Why Eating Your Water is the Secret to Looking and Feeling Younger

Why Eating Your Water is the Secret to Looking and Feeling Younger

You've heard it time and again—"you are what you eat." But how many times have you thought about the food you eat in relation to how hydrating it is? According to Dr. Murad (famed founder of the eponymous skincare line), the secret to maintaining an inner and outer youthful glow as we age lies in maintaining strong cells that can attract and keep water the way younger cells do (i.e. well-hydrated cells!)

As we age, the body moves toward dryness and coldness. As our cells lose their integrity, we become more vulnerable to the hallmarks aging—oxidative stress, inflammation, and disease.  

The answer, he proposes, is to eat your water. Colorful fruits and vegetables contain 85 to 98 percent water. He calls this The Water Secret. 

But why is water from a fruit or vegetable better than just drinking plain water?

According to Dr. Murad, "The water in fruit and vegetables is structured, meaning it's surrounded by molecules that help it get into cells easily and quickly...Fruits and vegetables are also rich in healing antioxidants your body needs. They also contain trace minerals and B Vitamins that your body uses to metabolize carbohydrates, fat, and protein." 

How can you put this into practice? 

1. Seek out hydrating foods. Juicy fruits and vegetables, like apples, berries, mango, leafy greens, cauliflower, carrots, peppers, and tomatoes. 

2. Favor antioxidant-rich foods (the deeper and brighter the fruit, the more loaded with antioxidants it is!)

3. Enjoy several servings of healthy fats a day, which keep us hydrated, youthful and supple. 

Four Pink Fruits to Eat in Winter

Four Pink Fruits to Eat in Winter

Dull and dry skin, shorter days, increased indoor time—these are just some of the signs it's winter. Add vibrancy and energy to your morning by incorporating one of these pink-infused fruits that are packed with beauty-giving benefits and ideal for offsetting the winter doldrums. 

 

No. 1:  Pomegranates

Pomegranates are a superstar fruit. They are loaded with fiber, Vitamin C, and skin-saving antioxidants. Consumption of pomegranates has also been shown to help reduce inflammation, one of the drivers in many chronic diseases.

 

No. 2: Raspberries

Raspberries are filled with nutrients despite being low in calories. They're high in fiber, Vitamin C, and are contain significant levels of antioxidants. Because of their fiber content, they're unlikely to raise blood sugar levels. They may aid in weight loss and have anti-aging effects, too! Frozen raspberries, picked in peak season, are a great way to consume raspberries in winter. 

 

No. 3: Grapefruit

Grapefruit is another low calorie yet nutritionally dense pink fruit. It's packed with fiber and Vitamin C and may be beneficial to your immune system. Grapefruit is another weight-loss friendly food and is incredibly hydrating. 

 

No. 4: Dragon Fruit

You can find dragon fruit (or pitaya) frozen or freeze dried. It's high in fiber and  contains a significant amount of magnesium. It also contains gut-friendly prebiotics and is antioxidant-packed. 

 

Is Sugar Aging Your Skin? And What to Do

Is Sugar Aging Your Skin? And What to Do

Two of the biggest factors contributing to premature skin aging (wrinkles, sagging, and loss of radiance) are consuming sugar and UV rays. 

Sugar damages your skin through a natural process called glycation. The sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to produce harmful free radicals called advanced glycation end products (appropriately called AGEs). As AGEs accumulate (the more sugar you eat, the more susceptible you are) they damage the proteins around them, giving way to the "sugar sag" effect. 

The proteins in the skin most prone to glycation are the same ones that give your skin that youthful glow, collagen and elastin. When glycation occurs it shows up on your skin as wrinkles, sagging, and dullness.

The presence of AGEs also makes the skin more vulnerable to the aging effects of the sun. 

So, what can we do about it? First and foremost, do your best to avoid the big culprits on a regular basis: white sugar, high fructose corn syrup and simple carbohydrates. Favor whole grains, complex carbohydrates like starchy vegetables, fruit, and natural sweeteners like monkfruit and stevia instead.

And, as a bonus: consume green tea. Green tea has been proven to significantly interfere with the glycation process while also stimulating collagen production. Just one of the many reasons we love superstar ingredient Matcha.

Looking for ways to incorporate more green tea? It's a key ingredient in our Greens Ritual daily powder. (Join the waitlist to get notifications when it's back in stock!) Or, try this Vanilla Matcha Chia Pudding, this Lavendar Matcha Latte, or this Vanilla Matcha Smoothie.

 

 

What "USDA Organic," "Organic," and "Made with Organic Ingredients" Really Mean

What "USDA Organic," "Organic," and "Made with Organic Ingredients" Really Mean

If you haven't been seeking out USDA Organic Certified protein powder or wellness supplements, you're not alone. While the Environmental Working Group (the EWG) ranks both vegetables ("The Dirty Dozen") and beauty products (through their "Skin Deep" database) on their safety and toxicity, there isn't a lot of accountability or education around supplements. Supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) which means they can live in a largely unregulated gray space most of the time.

The simplest way to add a layer of accountability and safety is to find a third-party validated, tested product that abides by Organic standards. But even that can be confusing. Products might be called "Organic" but not be USDA Certified organic, meaning the whole product has not been third-party validated. Or they may say "made with organic ingredients" which means it is not entirely organic, but meets a 70% criteria. 

Here's a simple cheat sheet to help you decode your label. Or, read more about how the USDA Organic label is better for the planet, too.

LABEL WHAT IT MEANS
USDA
ORGANIC
All ingredients and suppliers are third-party verified Organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Contains 95% or more Certified Organic ingredients.
Suppliers must abide by strict USDA Organic farming practices:
—Prohibits use of synthetic substances, fertilizers, pesticides.
—Prohibits use of genetic engineering (non-GMO).
Takes into account ecological balance and sustainability:
—Farmers must use practices that support farm resources.
—Farmers must use practices that conserve biodiversity.
—Farmers must use natural materials that support healthy soil.
—Farmers must use natural materials that support clean water. 
ORGANIC Contains organic ingredients on label.
Not third-party verified.
MADE WITH
ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
Contains 70% certified organic ingredients.
ALL NATURAL 🌷❤️🌈 (Your guess is as good as ours.)