Menopause, Health & Wellbeing Product Review 2015

By Aimee Blakemore – Stratum C Brand Manager Stratum C Menopause Skin Care has recently been partnering with other organisations to find the best solutions for menopause management and we have had the opportunity to test some fabulous products that … Continue reading

Best foods for your skin during menopause – from the Stratum C Menopause Skin Care Blog

We have put together a handy guide to the foods that will help to give your skin a nutritious boost and keep you glowing and healthy throughout Autumn and Winter. Continue reading

Making the ‘bittersweet’ sugar sacrifice for your skin

We all know that sugar is bad for us, but did you know that it also damages our collagen leading to accelerated ageing of the skin? Firstly, let’s not get Glucose and Fructose confused. Glucose is a sugar that is … Continue reading

Hyaluronic Acid: What is it? How can it help during menopause?

Hyaluronic Acid is known by many names – Hyaluron, Hyaluronan, ‘HA’ and Sodium Hyaluronate. It’s reputation for being ‘the anti-ageing miracle ingredient’ in recent years has made it a must have for beauty buff’s and skin care companies alike. It … Continue reading

Fruit and Veg… and it’s many miracle uses!

We are always keen to learn of the latest superfood’s and ways in which to get the most out of our daily diet. A recent scientific study at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is currently undertaking an experiment to see if a smoothie per day compares to regular water intake and if we are under utilising many fruits and vegetables that are available to us.

The experiment will see subjects monitored for their diet over a period of 6 weeks, half of which will drink purified mineral water and the other half will drink smoothies that contain ‘carotenoid’, as it was found that people that ate more fruit and vegetables were more likely to have a more ‘golden colour’ to their skin, which is considered healthier and therefore more attractive. We look forward to seeing the results from the smoothie experiment to see if science can give us the best advice for how to apply our diet to our skin care regime.

Another useful food that has been talked about a lot recently is the Cucumber. The cucumber is a well known anti-inflammatory aid that is often pictured covering women’s eyes during various beauty treatments. It is also around 95% water and so has excellent hydrating properties. What is not so well known are the other extraordinary uses for this wonderful fruit (it is a fruit, we checked) that include some of the following:

– If you rub a slice on a mirror, it prevents the mirror becoming foggy.

– Phytochemicals in cucumber can help bad breath.

– Cucumbers are the perfect pick me up or hangover cure as they contain plenty of sugars, B Vitamins and water to help replenish lost nutrients in your body.

– Cucumbers have been claimed to help prevent certain types of cancer, help diabetes, relieves arthritis, improves joint health and can lower cholesterol, amongst other claims. All in all, a good food to eat as part of your ‘5 a day’.

Other great fruit and veg for your skin include sweet potatoes, pumpkin, kale, papaya, spinach, blueberries, carrots, strawberries, kiwi, orange, blackcurrants, broccoli and tomatoes. These all contain anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and/or betacarotene, which help to improve skin tone and maintain healthy skin development.

If you are planning to start the year with a new, healthier diet then it may be worth adding a few of the above to your shopping list!

Fruit and veg facts:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/eat-your-way-fabulous-skin

Cucumber Facts:

http://www.naturalnews.com/036769_cucumbers_health_benefits_rehydration.html

Smoothie Article Reference:

A smoothie way to improve skin appearance

By Andrew McDougall+, 07-Jan-2014

A group of university students have taken to a specially designed smoothie diet in an attempt to see if it will help improve skin appearance.

http://www.cosmeticsdesign-europe.com/Formulation-Science/A-smoothie-way-to-improve-skin-appearance

Your Winter diet can be tasty AND healthy… here’s how…

DarkChocolateChristmas is often a time of pure gluttony. We splendour in all the wonderful luxury foods that surround us in the supermarkets and shops and cannot resist an opportunity to tantalise our tastebuds with the latest christmas themed ‘fad’ dessert that may be making its’ way around the pages of social media and ‘trending’ lists in the current magazines.

But Christmas time doesn’t have to mean that we stuff our faces, maintaining the excuse that we will diet in January, nor do we have to starve ourselves for a few weeks to make up for the black hole we fall into for the weeks over mid-to-end December, taking every sweet option going “because it’s Christmas”. If you take a step back and take a good look at the extra lines that are added to the shelves this time of year, where the superstores can cash in on the over eating, festive fuelled frenzy of the general public, you will see that there is actually a wide range of super food that can be formed into a structured and healthy diet at this time of year, and you won’t have to feel guilty about a thing!

Winter recipes are often filled with hearty vegetables and carbs to help us stay warm and because they are often in vast supply due to the autumn harvesting country wide. But instead of eating at random and simply indulging, we should take advantage of all the amazing nutrients these foods have to offer, which range from kale to dark chocolate, and plan our winter diet according to our needs, preventing the call for extreme January dieting, which can often be unhealthy and non-commital – I know, I have tried.

When we talk about setting our January ‘New Year’s resolutions’, we make assumptions that we will have the motivation and time to utilise or proposed lifestyle, when really the key may be to start getting in the swing of things now and gradually integrate a healthy diet into your lifestyle. Christmas time is a great time to do this, as we often like to try new recipes and most of us will always budget extra for filling our fridge at this time of year – not to mention that there are plenty of super foods on offer across markets and supermarkets alike!

Here is a list of super foods that are less than 40 calories each, which are all full of either vitamins, anti-oxidants, both or are packed with nutrients, that can all make up the healthiest diet, but not deprive you of a traditional holiday diet.

The list includes:

Arugula (like rocket leaves), Asparagus, Broccoli, Sprouts, Cabbage, Lettuce, Beetroot, Cauliflower, Coffee, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Courgette, Spinach, Lemon, Lime, Kale, Garlic, Onion, Radishes, Fennel, Celery, Berries, Carrots, Avocado, Salmon, Mackerel, Brown Rice, Pears, Grapes, Red wine (in sensible quantities), Legumes, Lentils, Pearl Barley, Bananas, Eggs, Nuts and Seeds especially almonds and sunflower seeds which are packed with skin goodness, Chick peas, Pine Nuts, Oranges, Dark Chocolate, Feta or Goats Cheese, Chicken and Turkey (prepared in the correct way and not fried!), Tofu, Sweet Potatoes, Artichoke, Oat Milk, Cottage Cheese (a great source of protein!) and a selection of healthy teas such as white tea, black tea, green tea, nettle tea or burdock tea, which can help cleanse your body and help with digestion.

I know what you’re thinking… “thanks for writing my shopping list!” …well, you’re welcome. All of these foods could have you fighting fit and as you can see, most are almost always included in many Christmas themed dishes – including the favourite and traditional roast, which is a great opportunity to pack in some tasty veg!

Obviously to make you’re diet work, like in any healthy lifestyle, you will also have to try and keep up with at least 20 mins heart pumping exercise a day. If you’re looking to improve your skin, some professionals recommend that you avoid certain dairy products, saturated fats and red meat as it is thought that the fats can often cause break outs and have been known to worsen acne, and are generally not the best foods to eat if you are trying to maintain a healthy weight.

More advice on these tips can be found on our Lifestyle tips page and you can also visit the links below to read more about the best super foods for your skin, and for your new found healthy lifestyle. Healthy Holidays = Happy Holidays!

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20640804,00.html

http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/features/health-fitness/2011/02/top-20-skin-clearing-foods

Middle aged? Go Mediterranean… the diet that prolongs your life.

mediterranean-mapWell, that may not be completely true… but it seems to be a current fad that we have seen a lot of people talking about – even scientists and health professionals. It seems that if we learn a thing or two from those that live nearer to the equator, we may just add a few years of fighting fit onto our lifeline.

The mediterranean diet is commonly undertaken in the countries to the south of Europe, near the mediterranean, obviously. The diet consists of meals rich in colourful vegetables, not too much meat, and plenty of oily foods that are great for your skin. What you didn’t know was that eating all manner of wholegrains and natural fatty acids (such as those found in avocado) can prevent you from getting all sorts of nasty diseases, and as the cereal adverts keep telling us, they are also good for your heart.

According to a study carried out by the University of Bordeaux and the Harvard School of Public Health, the women in the surveys that were more healthy tended to eat more fish, fruit and vegetables and consumed less red meat and alcohol. The study was carried out on over 10,000 women and shows that when you are mindful of what you eat, it can benefit you in more ways than you thought possible. It can even help you prevent Alzheimer’s.

Our Lifestyle tips page contains lots of helpful pointers to help improve the quality of your skin, and food is a big contender in the skin care arena. You should always drink plenty of water and try to avoid consuming too much dairy, alcohol and red meat as these can all cause blemishes and ageing of the skin. Also try to avoid smoking as this will definitely age you, not to mention all the other dreadful things it can cause!

We have put together a few links to some tasty mediterranean recipes for you to try, so that you can incorporate a bit more colour into your diet, and hopefully add a few more years onto a healthy life. Enjoy!

Recipe Links:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/mediterranean

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_mediterranean_recipes

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/feb/27/ten-great-mediterranean-recipes

 

To see the original article from the Daily Express, visit the link below:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/health/441183/Go-on-a-Mediterranean-diet-in-middle-age-for-a-healthy-long-life

Superstition or fact? The truth behind some well known old wives tales surrounding certain foods

carrots1Have you ever wondered how much truth is in the tales that our parents and grandparents told us to encourage us to eat our dinner? Have you ever seen the results from eating more carrots to improve your night vision, or had nightmares as a result of eating cheese before bed time? Well, now all has been revealed by an article posted recently in the Daily Mirror, as they investigated the truth behind our age old sayings.

It is often shared amongst families, that eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but how effective is it really? According to a doctor interviewed by the Mirror, apples actually are an effective staple in your daily diet as they contain high levels of vitamin C which promotes lots of health benefits, and also the apple skin can help lower cholesterol. Vitamin C is great for your skin and when consumed as part of a healthy lifestyle, alongside the use of collagen producing creams like Stratum C, it can help your skin to look at its best.

Another of the facts separated from the fiction that I found most intriguing, was that freezing vegetables does not make them lose any of their nutrients. According to the article, the nutrients in fruit and vegetables are only lost through over cooking or natural ageing of the item itself, but if frozen when fresh, the food will keep all the good stuff, ready for you to cook up a nice healthy supper full of wholesome winter veg, at your convenience and not because you ‘have to use it all up before it goes off’.

Have a look at the original article and see how many of the ‘pearls of wisdom’ you have assumed to be true, just as we all did when Granny told us to ‘eat our greens’ to grow big and strong, or ‘finish our chicken soup’ when we were poorly.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/top-old-fashioned-health-pearls-wisdom-2684709