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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

4 Tips For Keeping Your Face Healthy with Olive Oil

You don’t have to splurge on expensive makeup products.  Discover some healthy olive oil options.

                                                 Healthy Olive Oil for Beauty  

With so many beauty products on the market you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing your face. Some of them though are way too expensive and often contain harmful chemicals and preservatives.
If keeping healthy is one of your New Year’s resolutions, don’t ignore your face. Include natural doable olive oil ways to keep your face healthy this year.

  1.    Olive Oil for Removing make up

Taking off makeup is less fun than putting it on. If you don’t remove all the foundation, mascara, and eyeliner, it’ll clog up your skin causing smudges around your eyes.

Olive oil, similar in structure to the oils used in makeup, removes all makeup without damaging the skin. And, it will even get rid of waterproof mascara.

Simply dab a little olive oil on a cotton ball and apply over your face and eyes. Rub gently until all the makeup is removed. Rinse with lukewarm water to remove any residue.

     2    Olive Oil for Shadows and Dark Rings

We sometimes refer to these as bags under the eyes; stress, hereditary factors, and lack of sleep can cause these dark circles under your eyes. You’ll come across home remedies such as cucumber and tea bags, but did you know you can use a mixture of olive oil and lemon as well?

Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with the juice of half a lemon. Using a cotton ball, apply on the eyes; press lightly on the dark circles for about five minutes, then rinse. Lemon is known for its skin- lightening properties, while olive oil hydrates the skin.

     3     Face mask

We know how important it is to cleanse the face every evening; we do it to remove all the grime and dirt from the day as well as makeup. Every so often, though, we need to go deeper to pull out those impurities lurking beneath the top layer of the skin.

Using a face mask once a week will do this. It will also unclog our pores and get rid of any pimples caused by bacteria. This healthy, nutritious homemade mask does not take long to prepare; your skin will feel rejuvenated after the treatment. And you get to relax for fifteen minutes while it does its magic.

Mash half an avocado with some olive oil and make into a paste. Smooth it onto your face and leave for about fifteen minutes or so, then rinse.
     4     Natural Exfoliant

Our body naturally gets rid of dead skin, but sometimes it hangs on too long, giving us a dull, tired-looking complexion. Exfoliating removes dull, tired, dead cells and rejuvenates the skin. Use this natural scrub twice a week to help keep your complexion clear and healthy.

Make a paste with 2 teaspoons of sea salt and 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
With the tips of your fingers, rub the mixture on your face, neck, and body using circular movements paying special attention to the T zone area of your face

What you must remember though that if you want the best results then use the best olive oil.  Scrutinize the label and make sure you’re buying extra virgin olive oil, the best guarantee that you are getting the real thing.

Want more tips and tricks?

Check out Chapter 3 of 7 Wonders of Olive Oil.

Photos: Pixabay

Monday, December 17, 2018

Why 25 International Olive Oil Specialists Reunited in Cordoba Spain

Beauty, they say starts from the inside. It’s the same for olive trees.

If producers want delicious, tasty olives and olive oil, healthy products that will satisfy their most demanding customers they need to tend to their trees in the best possible way. That’s why the 25 spots open to olive and olive oil professionals attracted experts from all over the globe. They wanted to further their knowledge on olive cultivation in Spain, the world’s leading producer of table olives and olive oil by following a course offered by IFAPA, the Andalusian Institutefor Research and Training in Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and EcologicalProductionInstituto de investigación y formación agraría y Pesquera )

The intense four-week advanced course attracted international olive experts from various countries such as Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Uruguay, Italy France, and Spain, all wanting to glean more knowledge on olive cultivation.

International olive and olive oil professionals at IFAPA training session --  December 2018

French olive oil expert and co-author of 7 Wonders of Olive Oil, Cécile Le Galliard met all the requirements stipulated by IFAPA.  Cécile was enthusiastic about the Advanced Course of Specialization in Olive culture she followed.

Here’s what the olive oil consultant said:

Besides the diverse theoretical and practical course material and the five field visits, the course allowed us to exchange information with professionals with varying job functions within the olive oil industry. Sharing information with 40 different professors was equally motivating – this exchange of experience and knowledge will provide us with a good working base for further development.”

Course Content and Program 

The 150-hour course conducted in Spanish included the following topics:

  •         The Olive tree as a plant. Its annual cycle and olive growing in different countries
  •         Botany and morphology (Flowering, fruiting, and ripening)
  •          Genetic improvement programs and obtaining new varieties
  •          Methods of propagation and certification of the plant
  •         The culture medium. Climate, ground.
  •          Design of the plantation and its execution
  •          Techniques and types of pruning.
  •          Systems of soil management

The training sessions set up by IFAPA is good news for everyone: beneficial, not only for professionals but also for consumers seeking more information into tractability and questioning the quality of their olive oil products.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Sadly Diabetes 2 is Increasing

A renowned British diabetes specialist noticed that during the war—when food shortages lead to the removal of white flour, white sugar, and excessive meat protein and fats from the typical British diet—the death rate from diabetes decreased by 50%.

 If the scientist were still alive, he would be surprised at the healthy eating trend today, the number of food blogs advocating clean, healthy eating, all challenging the way we choose and prepare our meals.

And yet diabetes is on the increase.

Type 2 diabetes can be managed successfully, however; we need only to choose the right food and exercise more. We have become much more sedentary these days, spending more time in front of the television. We sit at work. We rely solely on the car to take us places. Many of these factors make us obese, and obesity is one of the reasons we suffer from diabetes. 

Obesity becomes even more of a problem if we have difficulty controlling our blood sugar levels. 

Type 2 diabetes has become a worldwide lifestyle disease, which starts when our bodies do not produce enough insulin. It also happens when the cells of our bodies become insensitive to insulin, a condition called “insulin resistance.” Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta cells of the pancreas, the key which unlocks the cells in our bodies to allow glucose in.
Insulin is produced and released when the body needs it; if insulin cannot penetrate into all of the cells in our bodies, then the glucose (blood sugar) gets too high. In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas cannot make insulin, the glucose stays in the blood, and sufferers have to take insulin injections, whereas in type 2, the pancreas produces insulin but it cannot reach the cells.

What’s vital to understand is that insulin controls the amount of blood sugar gaining access to our cells; it instructs the body’s cells to absorb blood sugar for energy or storage. With type 2 diabetes, our blood glucose levels are high and our insulin sensitivity is decreased. This means that the excess sugar stays in the bloodstream, waiting for insulin activity to kick in so it can get to the cells to provide the energy we so need.

In 7 WONDERS OF OLIVE OIL the authors look at how extra virgin olive oil can help in diabetes.

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