Category Archives: NUTRITION

Nov 15
2019

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Copper Water for Health and Beauty!

IMG_7170-2Everyone deserves clean, healthy, water. We need it to keep our bodies healthy and functioning optimally. Ideally, we need to drink at least 1/2 our body weight of water in ounces every day.  That being said, I try to keep a water bottle with me at all times. I try to avoid plastic bottled water at all costs for a multitude of reasons; health, taste, environmental, and expense. The bottled water industry is ridiculously profitable for companies- many of them are actually plastic companies who make the bottles themselves, and then fill them on the spot with filtered tap- they fill them while the bottles are still warm, thus leaching plastic into the water from the start. When you buy the packaged plastic water bottles, you have no idea how they were prepared, bottled, shipped and stored. The evidence shows that there are plastic particles in these plastic bottled waters.  If you have a durable water bottle you can always be prepared with your own drinking vessel and find filtered or decent tap water. I try my best to not contribute to the plastic water bottle industry and sharing my passion about this is really important to me. I love to buy water bottles as gifts for friends and family. I try to get everyone to transition to a healthier and more sustainable way to consume our most precious and needed resource.

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There are many types of water bottles available. I love a durable water bottle, and especially need one for road trips and travel.  I have been drinking from my new copper water bottle every day.  I love the color- like a fresh penny and the exquisite hammered texture of the bottle not only makes it looks gorgeous, but also makes it easy to grasp and harder for me to drop. It fits right in my car’s cup holders and doesn’t leak even if I throw it in my tote or backpack…Yay.  It’s shiny and bright and the rosy-gold color is eye catching. Yes, it’s pretty as a penny but the bennies don’t stop there …oh no, it’s got some serious body alkalizing benefits. This water bottle is 100% food-safe copper with absolutely no toxic materials used. They are handmade in an old school, artisan fashion- they really are beautiful. The hammered copper is actually more than just aesthetics, it is so the water reaches more surface area for the copper to be absorbed into the water. It is recommended that you let the water absorb for 6-8 hours before drinking- this will give you the maximum benefit. There are actually many water bottles that claim to be copper- but be careful since most are just plated and may contain toxic materials.

I have studied and practiced Ayurvedic health and skin beautifying methods and modalities for years. I use only alkaline water, nutrient rich water in my skincare treatments at Facials by Pearl.  Drinking water stored in copper vessels has amazing health benefits and is widely recommended by health experts. Water stored in a copper vessel is also known as “Tamara Jal” in Ayurvedic medicine- Tamara=Copper and Jal=Water. It’s also commonly known as copper infused water or copper charged water.  In Ayurvedic medicine, it is said to help to balance all three doshas, i.e. vata, kappa and pitta. In Ayurveda they recommend drinking lukewarm or room temp water- I also notice this when I travel in Europe – they never serve ice-cold water. This is a healthier way to consume water as ice water can destroy digestive enzymes and very cold water can also constrict blood and lymph vessels- very vital for many reasons.  In Ayurveda they say this is bad for your “agni”  or digestive fire. In nutrition school we learned disease (dis-ease in the body) starts in the digestive system- The digestive system is how we assimilate nutrients and discard toxins- so vital for health and well being.  Copper is a very powerful anti-oxidant, fights free radicals, helps skin heal, anti-microbial element that also improves immunity, supports good health, eliminates toxins and supports healthy brain function. It’s very interesting to note that copper has been proven to induce the growth of the myelin sheath which makes our brain work more efficiently. Our bodies do not manufacture copper- so we need to get it from an outside source. Why not get it from naturally alkalizing the water you drink?

I could go on about the benefits of drinking healthy alkaline water- I do believe it is the fountain of youth as dehydration is detrimental for all of our organs and body processes. Your body will age faster if it’s not properly hydrated. Who wouldn’t want to stay hydrated and naturally alkalize your water with your own authentic, artisan pure copper bottle?

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Cheers! To your health!

You can have 15% off your very own Copper Bottle with code GLAMOLOGIE15 This is valid Nov 15th thru the 29th!

Check out https://www.copperh2o.com to learn more about all things copper and this wonderful family owned company who also donates 15% of their profits to non-profits to support healthy drinking water in developing countries.

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Jan 21
2019

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Cooking With Joni Sare….

Happy New Year!! I have been so busy working and opening up a new skincare clinic- which I’m so excited about, and will share more soon. I haven’t done a lot of blogging lately :( and I miss it!  I have so much to share with you and lots to catch up on. Let’s start with my current food related obsession- It’s cooking, learning, and eating with Chef Joni Sare.

Here is Chef Joni!

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One of my passions has always been cooking- ahem…. more specifically eating, but I also love the creative process of combining new flavors, especially international cuisine!!  I call Joni the skinny chef you CAN trust. She specializes in Thai, French, Italian, Paella and more and she even has an Instant Pot class- for the busiest home chefs, which we have a lot of in busy Silicon Valley.

Leading Sangria instruction is one of my specialties with Joni,  and has earned me the nickname #sangriagirl. Did you know National Sangria day is December 20th? It’s also my birthday, which is fitting since I LOVE Sangria!  It’s like a health elixir the way Joni teaches it – I mean we add high antioxidant organic herbs. Trust me, this is the best way to spend an afternoon or evening, if you want to have a great team-building event with your workmates, girls night in with yummy food, couples bonding, etc. You can learn how to make Sangria with your own herb-infused simple syrups – I mean how healthy are you?!?!  and how to really fruit it up, to match any cuisine.  If you’re a serious culinary student, you  may even improve your knife skills- her tearless onion technique is life changing. Joni has taught me how to expertly dice a red bell pepper with no mess or waste and now I share this new skill with guests in my Ragu sauce, which you will enjoy with homemade pasta,  you make yourself in Joni’s Italian class..  You will learn to chiffonade, macerate, and my personal favorite deglaze. You will walk away with satiated taste-buds, healthy, tasty cooking tips, and last but not least a great memory.

Here is Jon’s website for more information.

 

www.jonisare.com

 

Hope to see you in the kitchen!!

 

Warning!! Taking a class with Joni may cause a sudden obsessive urge to purchase a crinkle cutter

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Jul 15
2016

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How to hydrate your skin Pre and Post Air Travel with the Right Foods

It’s officially high summer and people are taking to the skies for vacation and business travel. You know the drill. You’re given a bag of salty pretzels or peanuts, the drink cart makes a couple of rounds and before you know it it’s wheels down. You’re regretting not drinking more water during the flight and your skin feels tight and dry. However, drinking water on a longer flight is a double-edged sword, if you don’t your entire epidermis dries up; if you do your lower body can retain the liquid. So how can you fly without the ankle swell or the skin dehydration?

 

Here are some tips from Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, an anti-aging and stem cell expert and long time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team, tells us how to fight the dryness with foods.

 

  1. Watermelon

“Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods there are,” says Dr. Calapai “Its a great alternative to plane snacks which have large amounts of sodium, which in turn make you more dehydrated.” Pack big thick slices in a large plastic baggie and take them in your handbag, they won’t be taken away at TSA and will help you avoid the salty peanuts.

 

  1. Cucumbers

“Cucumbers are about 96 percent water,” says Calapai “They also contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are high in Vitamin B6 which helps in the production of serotonin which is the brain chemical that controls mood.” You can slice them or cube them and also bring them along in a baggie or small container. Try making small cucumber-watermelon bites, they are pretty delicious!

 

  1. Strawberries

When the airplane cookies come around say no thanks and reach for some strawberries instead! “Strawberries have the highest water content of any berry, 92 percent to be exact,” shares Calapai “You can enjoy the tart-sweet flavor without consuming too much sugar.”

 

  1. All in one salad

If you’re the type that needs an actual meal to feel satisfied bring along a salad. Add tomatoes, juicy chicken, plenty of lettuce and goat cheese. Lettuce is 96 percent water and tomatoes are 94 percent water. Go easy on the salt when seasoning your chicken and grill it or steam it instead of frying it to retain moisture. Make up for flavor and texture with some goat cheese! All the ingredients stay good at room temperature most of the day and there’s no heating required when it’s time for lunch/dinner.

 

  1. Coconut Water

Ok so you can’t totally avoid drinking liquids! “Coconut water is low in calories and high in naturally occurring hydration replenishing electrolytes, which regular water does not contain. It’s a better option than sports drinks which have artificial flavors and more calories,” advises Dr. Calapai. After you’re past security grab a bottle of coconut water from any of the airport mini-marts.

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed as 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 TysonMickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham’s, Donal Logue; he was a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net 

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Oct 19
2015

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GemWater with VitaJuwel

My fascination with rocks and crystals began in my rural Georgia backyard. As a young child, it served as a vast and magical land where Native American tribes had once lived. I loved spending many summer afternoons digging into the earth and if I was lucky finding very old carved crystal arrowheads. My best friend, Lisa and I spent school recess time “looking for rocks”. We would find and compare our rocks, clean and treasure them. There was magic in those rocks!

I’ve discovered a new a way to blend my passion for gemstones and crystals with the healthy habit of staying hydrated! I recently attended a Reiki training with the renowned, Linda Bertaut, to bring another level of healing to my facial clients.  She prepared “GemStone Mojitos” for our class. I’ve never been one to turn down a mojito, believe me and although these had no alcohol, they most definitely were full of creativity, vitality and life and the colorful glass pitcher was intoxicatingly beautiful to behold on the dining room table.  She expertly combined fresh sliced fruits, mint and of course big beautiful gemstones – this delicious elixir made me thirsty for more….

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I had the pleasure to meet with Jan Eisen, of VitaJuwel recently. He graciously invited me to his U.S. headquarters to do a GemWater tasting. VitaJuwel has been in the U.S. a couple of years and is a family owned and created company that makes handcrafted, elegant and the most insanely gorgeous gemstone water vials and accoutrements you will ever find – they are serious about their artisan-craft and have the patents to prove it.

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Jan and I did a tasting with several different gemstone blends and I noticed the subtle way the gemstone infused waters tasted different – softer, smoother, and even sweeter depending on the blend. Jan is so full of knowledge and passion for this subject, that I could have talked to him for hours and we did. He educated me on the ancient tradition of vitalizing water with the usage of gems. In ancient times Greek doctors cured ailments with gemstones and minerals. German scientists have proven that water becomes more alkaline and the oxygen content increases with VitaJuwel gem vials. The regular drinking water reaches a quality level otherwise only found in natural spring water when the gemstone vials are used. VitaJuwel only uses fairly-traded, conflict-free gems and lead-free Bohemian glass designed by glass artists in the European Union. VitaJuwel makes making gem water a snap and very efficient. Jan’s family creates all of their products and they are tested on their friends around the globe. They have combined their passion and creativity with true German ingenuity.

Water is the essence of life and arguably you might even say the fountain of youth. We are made of 65% water and it’s essential for life. Dr. Masaru Emoto, who sadly recently passed away, was the Scientist and author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Hidden Messages in Water”. Dr. Emoto’s research not only revealed that water has memory but that it can be improved by external influences such as gems. In microscopic photos you can see how the water crystals are positively influenced by the gems. This revolutionary research is what inspired VitaJuwel to create the gem vials. This amazing doctor and scientist also partnered with VitaJuwel to create a set of 3 exclusive gem vials – “EmotoCrystals” which are now available to the public and a portion of sales goes to Dr. Emoto’s foundation “Emoto Peace Project”. I’m very honored to have the Carnelian – Halite salt vial! Carnelian was called the “Stone of Life” in ancient Egypt and Halite “Salt of Kings. There are several different vials and you can even customize your own.

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Numerous spa owners use the gem water blends as an essential part of their beauty treatments as they know SPA (Sanus Per Aquam) means “Health through water” You can find VitaJuwel at many exclusive and high-end resort and day spas throughout the world.

There’s even a VitaJuwel Vino product that sommeliers are using to rediscover the ancient tradition of using amethysts which makes for a smoother wine. I’m hooked on this one and enjoy the looks and questions I get when I take this to my local wine bars.

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Saving the environment one “Via” at a time. VitaJuwel has recently created a new portable water bottle called the Via. This lead-free glass bottle has two openings with an exchangeable “gem pod” where the gems are enclosed. It’s suitable for cold and hot liquids (love this for my tea!) and available in 17 different blends. Did you know that 1,500 plastic bottles are used per second in the U.S.?  80% of them are not recycled and they are made of petroleum. I would rather go thirsty than drink from a petroleum based plastic water for the simple fact that I don’t like the taste and you don’t know if that bottle may have been in the sun or a hot truck as it was shipped and what chemicals have made their way into the water as they leach from the heated plastic.  Using a refillable glass bottle like the Via is a great way to make a small contribution to save the environment, not to mention your health and look good doing it! Jewelry for your water! Who would have thought?!?!!?

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There is so much more to VitaJuwel than I can share in this space.  If you want to learn more and see their vast array of artisanal creations please go to www.vitajuwel.com 

For a limited time (until Oct 31, 2015) you can get 7% off your order and free shipping by mentioning “VitaPearl”

 

 

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Jul 08
2015

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Drink Your Way to Healthy Skin with Collagen Supplementation!

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Here’s a bit of bad news, after age 25, collagen levels in the body start to decline at a rate of  1 to 1.5% a year.  The good news is you can help keep your skin plump and increase your collagen and even hyaluronic acid levels with the right supplements. I’ve been hearing the buzz about these types of supplements for a while. Collagen supplementation is extremely popular and mainstream in Asian countries – where they’re serious about their beauty regimens and skincare. We all witnessed and indulged in the BB/CC cream frenzy that started in Asia and this will be huge here as well.

I’m a business consultant for a skincare/medical spa distributor and this is a brand I represent to my medical accounts.  I had advanced training on the formulations and technology of this company, which was founded by a scientist and formulated with a doctor. Since I saw so many success stories, I had to try this for myself. I started taking the supplement about a month ago and I’m excited to see the changes to my hair, skin, nails and even a nagging injury to my ankle I got on a hiking trail a couple of months ago.  Collagen supplementation is also very good for the connective tissue in the body since it’s comprised of collagen.  It’s important to note, these types of supplements don’t deliver instant results – so I’m being patient (and consistent!)  and just know from the clinical studies and the glowing reviews of those around me that this works. It makes sense to me as an Esthetician and Nutritionist since everything we ingest- good or bad- effects our skin’s integrity and health.  The right internal supplements can be just as important as your topical treatments, and will definitely be a welcome addition to a comprehensive approach to taking care of your skin.

The product I’m using is called Advanced Connective Tissue Formula, by Collagen MD. What I really like about this is that it’s a pharmaceutical grade hydrolyzed collagen type I and III.  It’s also sugar free, doesn’t have a taste, and it’s free of sugar, soy, dairy, preservatives and gluten.  Some high-end spas are using this formula to make their own signature elixir for their clients to indulge in on their visits. I have been mixing up a drink in the morning with coconut water, and any type of fresh organic berries I have on hand. When I’m in a big hurry I just add a couple scoops of the powder to my water bottle – shake it up and drink it right away. It’s also a great way to boost your water intake as well. What’s important to note is that you don’t want to take the supplement with a protein since it has to be the sole source of protein at the time you ingest it for it to assimilate properly. For the first two weeks I would only put 1 scoop in my drink and after a couple of weeks I increased it to the recommended 2 scoops. There is a very small percentage of the population (4%) that are sensitive to taking collagen supplements so it’s very unlikely you would have any issues especially since Collagen MD is free of extra ingredients you don’t need.

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This supplement also contains Vitamin C, which is needed by the body to produce collagen. It also contains one of my favorite skincare ingredients which is also naturally occurring in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid, also known as, “Nature’s Moisturizer”. Hyaluronic acid is a glycosaminoglycan that gives our skin a supple, hydrated appearance, and provides the body with lubrication.  It also contains folic acid, biotin and B12 – necessary for skin health and collagen synthesis.  What’s also important to me to note, is that this is a very “clean” supplement.  I always read labels and make sure the supplements I’m taking don’t contain fillers, sugar and preservatives. Collagen MD is manufactured in the U.S. and has quality ingredients without any cheap filler ingredients you don’t want.

If you would like more information you can check out the website here:

www.collagenmdprofessional.com

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