Monthly Archives: September 2013

Benefits of the Sea

Algae and seaweed have more concentrated nutrition than any vegetables grown on land and thus have benefits ranging from possessing power to preventing disease to imparting beauty and health.  Mainly used in diets from Asian culture, edible seaweed comes in about over 20 types and within those types some are found to have more calcium than cheese, more iron than beef, and more protein than eggs. With a usual rich source of micronutrients, seaweed traditionally holds healing properties that are said to include everything from lowering cholesterol, detoxifying heavy metals, reducing water retention, and aiding in weight loss. To make the most of what seaweed can offer, here are three good reasons why and how to eat your sea veggies!

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1. Wakame: Beat Bloating

Most known as the goods floating in miso soup, wakame looks like slippery spinach. As a diuretic (helps reduce the amount of water in the body) wakame prevents bloating and is packed with osteoporosis-preventing calcium and magnesium. The wakame benefits don’t end here – this seaweed is also high in important trace minerals and is one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin B12.

How to Indulge: Try it in miso soup. Or soak the wakame for a few minutes to reconstitute, then chop, and turn into a salad. I recommend pairing it with cucumbers and rice vinegar.

2. Nori: Super Skin

Best known as the outer wrap of sushi rolls, nori is a great snack for skin health. Just one sheet of nori has the same amount of omega-3s as two whole avocados. The omega-3s help create a natural oil barrier on your skin, which helps to reduce acne and dry skin, particularly helpful during the dry, heated winter months.

How to indulge: Make your own simple sushi by covering an open sheet of nori with brown or white rice. Then add shredded veggies, thinly sliced avocado, and any other raw vegetable that strikes your palette. Roll it all up and dip in sesame oil and ginger sauce.

3. Kombu: Mega Metabolism

Kombu is valuable for its high content of iodine, which is needed to produce two important thyroid hormones that control the metabolism. Many people are thyroid deficient and the iodine in kombu can help such scarcity. In addition, there is a pigment in kombu called fucoxanthin, which may boost production of a protein involved in fat metabolism.

How to Indulge: Try simmering chopped kombu in your soups until soft – or use it to make a Japanese version of chicken broth called dashi. To make this, cook 4 cups of water over low heat, and then add 8 inches of kombu that has been cut in half. Simmer over low heat and then strain the stock. Add dried shiitake mushrooms for an extra boost of flavor!

 

 

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Catching the ZzZz

According to an exclusive Women’s Health survey, nearly 80 percent of women have trouble sleeping at least a few times a month while 23 percent have issues almost every night. What’s worse, per the National Sleep Foundation, half of all women regularly wake up feeling unrefreshed, which can strain the body, exhaust the mind, and increase risks for ailments such as diabetes and depression. So how do we sleep better? We are going to take a look at busting some myths and finding out some truths. f19471e774fc34d438d00af8a2ef2b46

Catching up on sleep: While it’s tempting to sleep in on weekends, keeping a regular sleeping schedule seven days a week will help you fall asleep at night.

Working out at night: Exercising regularly does make it easier to fall asleep but be sure to finish working out at least three hours before bedtime—preferably in the afternoon. Exercise raises your body temperature and it takes about six hours to get back to normal temperature and cooler body makes it easier to fall asleep.

Resting for your brain: Generally we tend to think our minds need rest but it’s primarily our body; our brain still is working while we are asleep.

Alcohol: While drinking alcohol does make you tired and put you to sleep, drinking ultimately disrupts and fragments your night’s sleep, which causes waking up in the middle of the night.

Bedroom: To strengthen the association between bed and sleep, try not to add any activities that say otherwise in your bedroom—like watching TV or working on your computer.

Whether it’s breaking a habit or starting one, hopefully some of these truths can provide a better night’s rest for you. Reap the important health, body and mind benefits good sleep can provide by ensuring your nighttime slumber is up to snuff.

Photo by: Irving Penn, found: lacloserie.tumblr.com

I Heart January Labs | September Giveaway

Hey Friends. We are growing and are being reminded that we are nothing without you guys. We hope you will continue to help us grow even more but in the mean time, we want to show you our appreciation. Each month we will have a contest. At the end of the month, we will announce a winner. Simple.

The winner gets:

  • The opportunity to share about January Labs with their friends, of course.
  • Social media recognition
  • And lastly—and also the best part, free January Labs goodies

To enter:

Just follow us on Instagram at JanuaryLabs and hashtag IheartJanuaryLabs and @januarylabs when you post (on any social media outlet) anything that tells us…

your top reason why good healthy skin is a priority to you and why you heart us. Be simple, creative or crafty with what you decide to post…but a hint: honesty is what we’re looking for!

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Dates of entry are from 9/6-9/29, winner announced October 1st.

*Contests will vary, so will the goods! 

Keep your eyes posted as we will be posting some hints on our very first IheartJanuaryLabs contest.

 

 

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