Rejuvenation Water is naturally flavored Derbyshire spring water enriched with amino acids.
Are you searching for healthier alternatives for traditional soft drinks? Than you should definitely try them out! They are available in three refreshing flavors; Apple & Mint, Ginger & Lime and Spanish Orange. My favorite taste is “Apple & mint”! I love the unique flavor. Ginger lovers will looove the “Ginger & lime” taste!
It addition, Rejuvenation Water is not sweet at all. It only contains 2 grams amount of natural sugar from the fruit juices. Naturally sweetened with the finest Stevia, the leaf extract.
What Are Amino Acids? Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and the L-Glutamine within Rejuvenation Water is the most abundant amino acid in the human body. Each 500ml serving contains 5g of L-Glutamine. I love to workout and I used to take L-Glutamine to build and maintain my muscle mass. Proteins promote health at a cellular level, making up the structure of all cells and tissues in the human body.
Therefore, drinking Rejuvenation Water:
Fuels the immune system
Builds a natural support to stress, depression and anxiety
Aids digestion and the body’s absorption of proteins.
The weather is finally improving in Belgium and I was searching for organic ecocert – certified sunscreens! I found the French brand Lovea at Holland & Barrett (before De Tuinen) in Maastricht.
Why I love Lovea’s organic ecocert products?
Natural (Ecocert/Cosmebio certified)
Mineral sunscreens, PABA & Paraben free
Safety formulas, complying with European standards
Very high UVA – UVB protection
Moisturizing properties (Monoï of Tahiti)
Water resistant, non greasy
Why 30+ SPFs?
In general, dermatologists suggest products with SPFs no lower than 30 and no higher than 50. In addition to an SPF of 30+, your sunscreen should include some combination of the following UVA-blocking ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule, and oxybenzone. Sunscreens with both UVA and UVB protection may be labeled multi spectrum, broad spectrum, or UVA/UVB protection.
Why organic ECOCERT products?
Founded in France in 1991 ECOCERT is one of the largest organic certification organisations in the world, carrying out inspections in over 80 countries. In relation to natural and organic cosmetics ECOCERT defines criteria for a natural and/or organic standard that guarantees respect for the environment throughout the production line, through respect for the consumer and the promotion of natural substances. ECOCERT is one of the most recognised organic certification bodies in the world and one of the most respected.
Clean Cuisine posted an interesting article about “The Organic Sunscreen Myth” and mentioned Lovea.
Scary Sunscreen Ingredients:
OMC (octyl methoxycinnamate)
Micronized and Nano Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide
Neal’s Yard Remedies is an ethical organic health and beauty shop in London. It’s one of Britain’s best-loved beauty brands and I haven’t seen the brand in any other country yet. They won lots of health and beauty rewards (Natural Health Magazine Beauty Awards 2016, veggie award, winner CEW Beauty Award 2015 etc.) and I fell in love with the brand when I noticed the organically produced ingredients in the products.
In general, you see a lot of “organic” or “100% natural” on products’ packaging. However, when you look at the ingredients, they still contain some toxic ingredients (I always try to search for eco-certified brands). Therefore, a few months ago I created the following “instaguide” for my instagram followers:
They can make a screenshot and save it on their phone to always have it handy when they go shopping for non-toxic beauty and personal care products.
Now back to Neal’s Yard Remedies. In their Convent Garden’s store (their first shop opened in 1981), I mentioned I’m blogging about organic toxic-free products and they were really friendly and explained all the interesting products and the story behind the brand. For my skin issue (expression lines and combined skin) I got some samples that I will try out and review soon. They also mentioned that I have to drink lots of water and gave me brochures about herbal remedies. Aaaand I could NOT leave the store without buying their organic certified “Vitamin E and avocado night cream” and lengthening mascara. I will also post a review about them soon! 🙂
I recently moved to my new home in Belgium and didn’t have much time to spend on my blog. But I’m finally settled and found time to share my experience of my organic journey in London a few weeks ago.
As mentioned earlier in one of my posts, I lived in London for two years. I see it, after Belgium and NYC, as my 3rd home. London is super close to Belgium (approx. 2 hours from Brussels and via Eurostar). As a result, I go there often to combine business with pleasure hehe.
Wild Food Café Covent Garden
A few weeks ago, I had lunch at one of my favorite places in beautiful Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden: Wild Food Café. WFC is a raw and wholefood veggie café. Every time I go there, I have the feeling I’m in exotic Cuba! If you go there, you know what I mean! 🙂 The food is really fresh and from local independent suppliers and organic producers!
If you love raw, vegan and nutrient-packed food you should definitely try out Wild Food Café!
Next week I will write about the health and skincare shop: Neal’s Yard Remedies. One of Britain’s best-loved beauty brands!
The Dragon Fruit (also called “pitaya”) is the fruit of the cactus genus Hylocereus. I believe it is an extremely beautiful fruit. It has its origins in Mexico, South America, and Central America. According to organicfacts.net, New World settlers probably brought it to Southeast Asian nations like Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, where it remains an important part of the dietary fruit intake.
When you open the fruit, the texture is like a kiwi, and the meat is filled with small black seeds which must be chewed if they are to be digested. The leaves of dragon fruit can be steeped for a very healthy form of tea. The rough outer skin has little nutritional value and is rarely eaten.
Rich in antioxidants
Contain vitamin C (equivalent to 10% of the daily value)
Polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids
B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism
There are no health risks associated with dragon fruits, and studies have even shown that pregnant women and breast-feeding women are safe to eat dragon fruits without any worry of risks.
Check out DailyBurn for some healthy and creative dragon fruit recipes!
When I see green tea I think right away about an energy boost and weight loss; and when I was a student I often took supplements with ginseng for improving concentration, thinking ability and memory. However, green tea and ginseng have much more health benefits.
I recently discovered the amazing health benefits of hemp seeds!
Hemp seeds are produced from the hemp plant,Cannabis sativa L. While hemp is commonly confused with marijuana, as it belongs to the same family, the two plants are quite different. Most notably is the level of THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Hemp contains less than 1% of the psychoactive drug while marijuana contains up to 20% or more.
I love the organic hulled raw seeds of Vitanza HQ. A couple of spoonfuls of the hemp seeds packs a serious amount of essential nutrients! They have a pleasantly nutty taste, like a cross between a sunflower seed and a pine nut. I often sprinkle the seeds into salads, smoothies, yoghurt, cereal or oats!!! Very yummy & healthy!!
Health benefits of raw hemp seeds:
Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA in the perfect balance
More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food
Rich in Vitamin E
Can be eaten by those unable to tolerate nuts, gluten, lactose or sugar
For those using nail polish and remover often, it’s worth knowing that chemicals in nail polish can be harmful if you’re regularly exposed to them. The two most common chemicals are formaldehyde and toluene. Formaldehyde is used as a hardener in nail polish and toluene is used to help nail polish glide on more smoothly. Especially when you are pregnant it is recommended to use nail polish that’s free from both chemicals.
In addition, if you are exposed to large doses of acetone over long periods of time, there’s a small possibility that this could lead to developmental problems and birth defects. Many beauty bloggers mention the US organic brand Karma Naturals. This soybean based oil contains propylene carbonate, soybean oil methyl exter, and tocopheryl acetate as ingredients- no acetone whatsoever!
Yesterday, I went shopping in Antwerp to find organic nail polish removers. No organic brand that sparked my interest but at Parfuma I noticed the “Purifying Polish Remover” from KOH Cosmetics with no acetone (however this means another chemical namely ethylacetate which is less drying and healthier for cuticles!) with vitamin E, almond oil and castor oil.
Furthermore, I noticed KOH’s “Calcium Nail Whitener”. I love the small fashionable black box that comes along. After applying, I noticed a healthy-looking pink nail bed! Love it!!!
I love the brand and wondering whether there are other organic healthier alternatives? Let me know!! 🙂
It’s finally March and winter is almost over! This year spring begins March 20th!
As you all know, colds and flus are most common in the winter or rainy seasons. And to boost my immune system, I often drink freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning.
Health benefits of freshly pressed orange juice:
Ability to boost immune system function
Reduces signs of aging
Protects against cancer
Boosts cellular repair and metabolism
Detoxifies the body
Improves blood pressure
Lowers cholesterol levels
The skin & pulp in oranges have considerable health benefits!
Can vitamin C cure colds? The answer is NO. According to MedlinePlus, despite the popular belief that vitamin C can cure the common cold, research about this claim is conflicting. Large doses of vitamin C may help reduce how long a cold lasts, but they do not appear to protect against getting a cold.
Natural cold and flu remedies In addition to orange juice, I drink plenty of water; warm water with lemon juice and honey (is known to be antimicrobial and helps the immune system fight infection; teas (clears the nasal passages); soups and I add lots of RAW garlic (powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial, antiviral and antibiotic properties) and onion to my food (no kissing :P). Medical professionals also recommend that you should spend about 10 to 15 minutes in a steam shower, up to three times per day.
Fresh orange juice during pregnancy? According to babycenter.com, most unpasteurized juice is not safe, because your immune system is suppressed when you’re pregnant. You should drink only pasteurized juice products unless the fruit is freshly washed and squeezed immediately before you drink it (as fresh orange juice often is).
If fruit juice is not pasteurized during pregnancy, e.g. if you buy it freshly pressed, that means it has not been heated enough to kill the bacteria in the juice. This can be harmful to the baby or mom.
Not only is orange juice high in vitamin C and folic acid, it’s also a good source of potassium, which has been shown to help lower high blood pressure, a particular danger during pregnancy.
If you have seen the Golden Globes 2016, you have probably noticed Rachel McAdams’ glowing skin:
According to Birchbox and Rachel McAdams’ make-up artist (her sister!) Kayleen McAdams, to get her flawless complexion, McAdams used the following skincare products by REN:
Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask
Instant Brightening Beauty Shot
Instant Firming Beauty Shot
Global Protection Day Cream
I definitely want to try out the above products, as I’m very happy with the brand. Moreover, a few weeks ago I tried REN’s anti-ageing products for the first time.
KEEP YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL™ FIRM AND LIFT EYE CREAM
When buying eye creams, I always try to find natural/organic products which absorb into the skin easily, and are gentle on sensitive skin. Creams that are too oily or thick can ruin my eye makeup. I like the creamy texture of this product. It absorbs nicely and goes well under makeup (concealer looks natural after applying). People do complain about the packaging, as they can’t see when it’s time to buy a new product. However, creams must be packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable (no jars!). Therefore, if you really like the product, it is always good to have another one in stock.
Bio Extracts and Results:
Hexapeptide-11 from Yeast Fermentation increases firmness and reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Native Peptides from Wheat fill in wrinkles, lift and reduce the appearance of expression lines and deep wrinkles
Hydroxyproline from Aminoacids Lipovector plumps the skin
Alpha-Linoleic Acid from Arctic Lingonberry Seed oil lightens skin colour and increases moisture level
Ceramide from Carthame Oil captures water and strengthens skin’s surface
BIO RETINOID™ ANTI-AGEING CREAM
I have a “sensitive combination” skin. Therefore, I always try to find natural/organic creams that contain the right ingredients for my concerns and are not too oily. Because this REN product doesn’t have an SPF, I use it as a night cream. I like the luxurious, silky texture of the cream and I noticed that my skin is much smoother and clearer. It is a natural, non-irritating retinoid product. I will definitely keep using it.
Bio Extracts and Results:
Retinoid Analogue from Brazilian Organic White Beggar’s-Tick Flower, boosts collagen and dramatically reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Galactan from Red Algae, repairs cells and protects DNA which prevents premature ageing
Oleuropein from Olive Leaf. An anti-oxidant that detoxifies and boosts radiance
Phycocolloids from Porphyridium Cruentum Microalga, instantly lift and firm skin
Hyaluronic Acid from Yeast, replenishes and plumps skin
I can’t wait to try out REN’s “Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot” and the other above mentioned products!
Stay tuned for my next post, where I will review my favourite “organic winter” teas :)!