Enzyme Power

As we age, natural exfoliation can take up to 40 days or more, which leads to a buildup of dead skin cells. This means fine lines, uneven skin tone, and in some cases, acne. Incorporating natural fruit enzymes into your skin care regimen is a great way to clean, correct, and polish the skin, as well as deliver nutrition to skin cells. Good-Bye Dead Skin In the late 1800s, papain (found in unripe papaya) was first explored and recognized as an enzyme useful in digesting protein. This makes papaya useful for light exfoliation, as it operates in a way that's similar to digestive enzymes breaking down food in the stomach; it digests dead skin to reveal fresh, healthy cells. Fruit Antioxidants Fruit enzymes also offer antioxidant benefits to the skin. To visualize oxidation, think of an apple that's been cut and left out in the open. It turns brown. Yet, [...]


Secrets of Sleep

We've all heard it before: get your eight hours of sleep and watch your life improve. But the reason we've all heard it is because it's true, and research keeps showing the importance of sleep and its variety of health benefits. The National Sleep Foundation says there is no "magic number" of hours for optimum sleep benefits, but that different age groups, and even different individuals, need different amounts of sleep. General recommendations are 7-8 hours per night for adults, while children often need 10-11 hours. Getting less than what you need has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, heart problems, psychiatric conditions, and more. Here's a quick look at some new findings that reveal the secrets of sleep, and also how to get more of it. - Sleep Suppresses Appetite: Just one night of sleep loss can increase brain activity in the region that contains appetite sensation [...]

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