Linoleic acids and Gamma Linolenic Acids (GLAs)

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Studies have found that consumption of linoleic acids (an essential fatty acid) and vitamin C decrease drying and wrinkling of the skin.  Linoleic acid plays a key role here because once ingested, linoleic acid turns into gamma linolenic acid also known as GLA. Through a series of steps, GLA is eventually converted to prostaglandin 1, which has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and is also effective in regulating water loss and protecting the skin from damage. You can also supplement with evening primrose oil or borage oil, both contain high amounts of GLA.  Watch my video with the wonderful Kristen Ma to learn more about evening primrose oil here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-ClA89C-K0.

Walnuts contain both linoleic acid and omega 3 fatty acids.  This is excellent because in our western diets we tend to have a higher amount of omega 6 fatty acids compared to omega 3 and this can cause an imbalance.  Additionally, some of the major sources of omega 6 fatty acids in the western diet come from corn, wheat and soy bean oil.  These have been heavily modified and now cause digestive and health problems for many individuals.

A handful of walnuts make a great snack, or can be added on top of a salad or are great additions when baking healthy treats.

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Product Review : SINFULLY WHOLESOME

Today I would like to tell you all about a wonderful new company, Sinfully Wholesome.  They make 100% wild crafted, organic soaps and oils that are truely AMAZING. Additionally, they distribute “soap nuts” which are used in place of laundry detergent and surprisingly do an excellent job cleaning clothes!! All Sinfully Wholesome products are ECO CERT and USDA Organic approved and the company strives to be environmentally and socially responsible.

As many of you that read my blog may know, typical soaps and detergents contain lots of harmful chemicals that are carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting, and harsh on the entire body.  Therefore, I always choose soaps, detergents and skin care products that are 100% natural without any of the nasty chemicals. I am truely impressed by the Sinfully Wholesome product line as everything they make is 100% pure but also so effective and nourishing.  Additionally, they take pride in sourcing the best available ingredients in an ethical and thoughtful manner.

Firstly, all the products come in gorgeous packaging made from Lokta Paper.  Even better, the making of this paper is helping to generate an income for the woman of Nepal.  Here is a short video explaining: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOFq-7xg-4g.

Luxurious Sinfully Wholesome Argan Soap

Luxurious Sinfully Wholesome Argan Soap.

All Sinfully Wholesome soaps come in a very large bar and have a soft beautiful natural smell of the essential oil or plant they are made from.  The Argan Soap is one of my favorites, traditionally used for dry skin, acne, psoriasis among other many things it left my skin feeling nourished and radiant!  That being said the Soliiphilia Soap is SO LUXURIOUS and heavenly.  Soliphilia also has anti-aging properties and produces a wonderful, rich lather. Laurel oils are in both the Soliphilia Soap and the Aleppo soap. Laurel has a high level of antioxidants (great for keeping your skin looking young) but also has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties which is excellent for helping to treat acne, dermatitis or possibly tinea infections (common fungal skin infections). Additionally, Sinfully Wholesome makes a castile soap which is also lovely:)

SAM_2589The Nepelese Soap Nuts are something that are new to me, and I LOVE them.  So simple, you put 4-5 nuts (about the size of a walnut) in a small bag provided with the product.  Toss this in your wash and Volia! Clean clothes without any chemicals or harmful fragrances.  Even better. after you use the soap nuts for a few washes, you can put them in a spray bottle with water and use for household cleaning.  As the nuts are good for a few washes I have yet to try this but I am excited to experiment with this!SAM_2590

Here is a 10 minute video on soap nuts, and how they make their way to the kind people at Sinfully Wholesome: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150780741121650&set=vb.174784579204496&type=3&theater

The Sinfully Wholesome team also distributes wonderful, organic, pure Moroccan argan oil.  SAM_2593

Available in small glass bottles or this easy to roll on glass tube- that I LOVE.  I have been keeping it in my purse and using it around my eyes. However, you can use it in your hail and on your nails.  Argan oil is naturally rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, carotenoids, ferulic acid, sterols, polyphenols, vitamin E and squalene. These elements help to reduce inflammation, promote healing and regenerate damaged and aging skin.  Additionally, the ferulic acid is known to an anti microbial which is an added bonus!

Overall I am SO impressed by Sinfully Wholesome and am very happy to tell you all about them!  For further information and ordering here is their website: http://sinfullywholesome.com/wildcrafted_skin_care_products.html.

Acne and Diet

Acne is the most common of all skin problems, affecting 79%-95% of the adolescent population in North America (1). The two main types of acne are open comedones- dilated follicles that contain a black plug (black heads) and closed comedones- follicular papules that do not contain inflammatory changes (white heads). Although there is some controversy whether or not diet is linked to acne, many studies suggest there is a strong association between diet and skin health.

The composition of the acne diet should include: 45% protein, 35% carbohydrate and 20% fat. This diet has shown to help balance the hormones involved in acne production. Avoiding trans-fatty acids and foods containing iodine (seaweed and iodized table salt) has also shown to be beneficial for acne suffers.

Including foods containing high amounts of vitamin A, B and C can be helpful. Vitamin A has been shown to reduce the amount of fatty substances in the skin that block pores and cause black heads (2). Vitamin B helps reduce the impact of stress on the nervous system, in turn helping to decrease the hormonal effect of stress on the skin and Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, beneficial for many skin conditions. Yellow fruits and vegetables are high in Vitamin A, meats and whole grains contain vitamin B and,foods high in Vitamin C include citrus fruits, rosehips and many other fruits and vegetables.

Food sensitivities have also been known to cause acne. If you are a long term sufferer from skin problems then you may want to consider having an IgG/IgE test done by your Naturopath which can help identify individual foods that may be causing your particular skin problem!

And lastly, diets high in sugar have been linked to acne so avoiding sugar may help reduce flare ups.

1.Murray, M and Pizzorno J. “Acne Vulgaris and Acne Conglobata” in : The Textbook of Natural Medicine 3rd Ed. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2006: St. Louis, Missouri.

2. Lee, Helen. The Tao of Beauty. Broadway Books, 1999: New York, NY.