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Top 5 Skin Benefits of Pumpkins & Winter Squash

Squash nutrients for facePumpkin and other winter squash have many benefits for your skin and improving your complexion.

Here’s 5 great reasons why pumpkin is such a great superfood for improving your skin’s tone and appearance.

1. Antioxidant Carotenoids

Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids found in the bright orange pulp of pumpkins can help defend your skin cells against oxidative damage.

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A Homemade Pumpkin Face Scrub with Honey & Cinnamon for Better Skin

Face scrub with pumpkin rindPumpkin face treatments and masks are popular but here’s a simpler way to use pumpkin skin as a natural facial that is quick and effective.

You’ll need 3 ingredients for this pumpkin skin scrub treatment:

1. Pumpkin peel from a steamed pumpkin (butternut or a similar squash can also be used for this).

I keep the pumpkin rinds, with most of the pulp removed, from the process described in how to cook pumpkin in a sealed container in the fridge.

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An Avocado Superfood Omelette Recipe

Avocado omeletHere’s a great tasting avocado and shiitake mushroom omelette recipe, packed with nutrition for an extremely healthy breakfast to start your day with.

Avocado is full of beneficial nutrients and shiitakes are one of the healthiest mushrooms around with an amazing flavor.

Eggs are packed with easily digested protein, vitamin A, choline, folate, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and zinc.

They also fill you up really well and give you a much steadier, more consistent and longer lasting energy than sugary cereals or toast first thing in the morning.

There’s a lot of superfoods in this healthy avocado omelette and you might not have all of them, or want to exclude some based on personal taste.

That’s fine. I think of this as my ultimate superfood omelette recipe with everything, but feel free to experiment and make it your own.

Ingredients

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What is Amla Powder and Why is it So Good for You?

Indian Gooseberry Nutritional PropertiesAmla, botanically known as Amilica Embillicus, is a small tree native to the Indian subcontinent that produces plum sized yellow fruit with some amazing benefits for our health.

If you’ve ever read anything about amla powder before you’ve probably heard it’s one of the world’s best sources of vitamin C.

Actually, that may not be the case. The real reasons amla is so good for you appear to be far more exotic and interesting. Continue Reading…

Best 8 Benefits of Indian Gooseberries According to Research Studies

Amla effects and propertiesThe Indian gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica) is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine.

Also known as amla, amalaki, emblic myrobalan, aonla, dhatriphala, yu gan zi and amla berry, it has many uses as a potent natural remedy for a variety of illnesses.

Ahead are some of the most valuable amla properties for improving your health and wellness, with scientific studies and research to support the claims.

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Papaya Salsa Recipe

Salad with PapayaHere are two of my favorite papaya recipes to add a tropical touch to your meals – papaya salsa and a papaya salad recipe.

They are both great to have with a meat dish as the papaya enzymes will really improve its digestion.

Papaya Salsa Recipe

This is a very simple and healthy papaya salsa recipe with a sweet yet tangy taste. You could have it as a side serving or directly on top of grass-fed beef, organic chicken, fresh fish or even grilled mushrooms.

Ingredients needed:

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Avocado Face Mask for Better Skin

Avocado skin treatmentHere’s a quick and simple avocado skin mask you can make up at home and be applying a couple of minutes.

Most people will quickly see a real improvement in their skin’s texture and appearance when they use this avocado mask regularly.

How to Make an Avocado Face Mask

There are only two ingredients in this facial mask – a little avocado and a touch of raw honey, preferably manuka honey, which itself has some amazing skin benefits.

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Avocado Oil for Psoriasis — A Topical Treatment

Psoriasis OilPsoriasis is a recurring, non-contagious skin disease with symptoms that include patches of rough, dry and scaly skin surrounded by a red, inflamed border. The areas affected often become cracked and painful with severe itching.

Psoriasis outbreaks can occur in various places on the body and over 6 million people in the USA are believed to be sufferers.

Avocado Oil Psoriasis Benefits

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How to Use Avocado Oil for Eczema

Treating Eczema NaturallyEczema is a skin condition that leads to irritated and inflamed skin, often with severe itching, blisters and red rashes on the areas affected.

Eczema is particularly difficult to live with when it appears on the face. Other common areas for outbreaks include knee and elbow creases, wrists and ankles, chest, back, neck and scalp.

While scientists aren’t certain of the exact causes of eczema, it’s believed to be the combined effect of various dietary and environmental triggers, along with a genetic susceptibility leading to problems with normal skin barrier function.

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Avocado Oil Skin Benefits

Avocado Oil as a Facial MoisturizerCold pressed avocado oil is highly beneficial for your skin when used as a natural moisturizer.

Ahead is a look at why an increasing number of people are finding avocado oil much more effective for moisturizing their face than those petrochemical-based face creams.

Why Avocado Oil is Good for Your Skin

Avocado oil skin benefits include very high levels of healthy monounsaturated fats, phytosterols and antioxidants like vitamin E. All of these nutrients can help better your skin tone over time when added to your diet regularly.

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Avocado Oil Nutrients & Benefits

Avocado Oil Nutrients & BenefitsAvocado oil benefits your health in 3 main ways — because of its superior fatty acid profile, high in monounsaturated fats; through its phytosterols, particularly the good levels of  beta-sitosterol; and with its strong antioxidant content.

Ahead is a look at these 3 main health benefits of avocado oil and how it affects your body when you use it regularly, particularly as a replacement for harmful polyunsaturated cooking oils.

1. Avocado Oil’s Fatty Acid Profile

Avocado oil has a fatty acid profile weighted heavily towards monounsaturated fats. Typically, testing shows approximately 76% of the fat in avocado oil is monounsaturated, in the form of oleic and palmitoleic fatty acids.

The remainder is around 12% linoleic and alpha linolenic acids fatty acids (polyunsaturated and omega-3) and 12% palmitic and stearic saturated fats. Research studies suggest that monounsaturated fats are some of the healthiest to have in our diet.

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Pumpkin Seed Oil for Hair Loss and Prostate Health

Pumpkin oil prostate treatmentExcessive levels of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a common cause of both hair loss and prostate problems for men.

Pumpkin seed oil contains many beneficial health nutrients and two in particular that are believed to provide protection against DHT damage.

Here’s how taking pumpkin seed oil regularly can help maintain healthy hair and prevent male prostate enlargement.

How DHT Causes Hair Loss and Prostate Problems

If you’re a man, regularly producing too much dihydrotestosterone in your body can cause hair loss and eventually male pattern baldness.

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