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FOOD FOR THOUGHT—NUTRIENTS FOR BRAIN HEALTH

Your brain is powerful. You can even use it to think about how the brain itself works. Crazy, right? But this power doesn’t make your brain immune to factors that impact the rest of your body. Lifestyle and environment can affect your brain health. Luckily, there are nutrients for brain health shown to support cognitive function.

Lipids

For a long time, dietary fats (lipids) have been connected to brain health. Originally, lipids’ effect on the cardiovascular system was thought to facilitate that connection. But more recent research shows dietary fats have more direct actions on the brain.

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (like DHA from fish oil) normally make up cell membranes throughout your body. And like other saturated fat, they’re fundamental building blocks for your brain cells. That’s part of the reason fish is often called a brain food.

Flavonoids

The antioxidant effects of flavonoids are well-established in a test-tube setting. But these plant compounds—like cocoa, ginkgo, and grape-seed extracts—have more complex actions in the body that is continually being researched.

Some flavonoids show promising results in maintaining healthy brain function. Quercetin—a flavonoid that’s a major component of ginkgo biloba extracts—has been shown to maintain memory and learning abilities in some studies. Further research on the subject is needed.

B Vitamins

Adequate levels of the B vitamin folate are essential for brain function. The proof? Folate deficiency can lead to neurological disorders, like depression and cognitive impairment.

Clinical trial results have deepened the connection between folate and cognitive function. These studies have shown folate supplementation—by itself or in conjunction with other B vitamins (B6 and B12)—to be effective at maintaining healthy cognitive function during aging.

Other Nutrients

There are more nutrients for brain health. Here’s a short list of the other nutrients with researched roles in brain health:

  • Alpha lipoic acid has been shown to maintain memory and cognitive function.
  • Vitamin E, or α-tocopherol, has also been implicated in cognitive performance. Decreasing serum levels of vitamin E were associated with poor memory performance in older individuals.
  • Curcumin is a strong antioxidant that seems to protect the brain from lipid peroxidation and nitric-oxide-based radicals.
  • Several gut hormones or peptides—like leptin, ghrelin, glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP1) and insulin—have been found to support healthy emotional response and cognitive processes.

Energy Production

The brain runs your body. And it takes a lot of energy to literally be the brain of the operation. Healthy macronutrients are necessary to fuel your brain and provide the energy it needs.

The mechanisms involved in the transfer of energy from foods to neurons are likely to be fundamental to the control of brain function. Processes that are associated with the management of energy in neurons can affect brain plasticity.

Far-Reaching Impacts

Lifestyle and diet have long-term effects on your health. That means they are likely underestimated for their importance to public health—especially when it comes to healthy aging. But they’re important to your brain. The gradual and sometimes imperceptible cognitive decline that characterizes normal aging can be influenced by the nutrients you feed your brain through a healthy diet.

These impacts go beyond your life, too. Through epigenetics, you pass on traits to your children and their children. Newer studies back this up. They indicate that these nutritional effects on your brain might even be transmitted over generations by influencing epigenetic events.

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dōTERRA On Guard® Uses and Benefits Essential Oil Spotlight

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doTERRA On Guard Product Description
As one of doTERRA’s most popular blends, doTERRA On Guard essential oil has incredible uses and benefits for both body and home. This protective blend can be taken internally to support respiratory function and the body’s natural antioxidant defenses.* With powerful immune-supporting properties, doTERRA On Guard is well-known for its ability to protect against environmental and seasonal threats.* doTERRA On Guard is an effective non-toxic cleaning agent that can be used to clean skin and household surfaces. doTERRA On Guard can also be diffused to help cleanse and purify the air. This essential oil blend has an energizing aroma that is warm and spicy.


Where to Buy doTERRA On Guard

To buy a bottle of doTERRA On Guard, visit the doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend product page.
What makes doTERRA On Guard oil unique and effective? Not only is doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend a proprietary mix of powerful essential oils, but the essential oils used in the doTERRA On Guard blend are CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®. This means that the oils that make up doTERRA On Guard have been put through the CPTG® protocol. doTERRA puts each batch of essential oils through this protocol to be thoroughly tested and to determine the purity of each essential oil. If the essential oil batch is found pure, then the oils are then sold as single oils or blends, like doTERRA On Guard, so that individuals around the world can experience their benefits.
doTERRA places strong emphasis on producing pure oils because they know that pure oils are strong and effective. When oils are impure or contaminated, like many oils on the market, the essential oils are weakened and are less likely to have a strong effect for specific needs. When individuals purchase products from doTERRA they can feel confident that the products they receive are pure and effective and ready to meet their needs.


doTERRA On Guard Uses and Benefits

  1. Help your body receive the immune and respiratory function support that doTERRA On Guard has to offer by taking it internally.* To obtain these benefits, place two to three drops of doTERRA On Guard essential oil in a Veggie Capsule and ingest, or dilute one drop of doTERRA On Guard oil into four fluid ounces of liquid and drink.* These methods allow the doTERRA On Guard oil to support the immune and respiratory systems quickly.* doTERRA On Guard is an effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support.*
  2. Protect yourself from seasonal and environmental threats by using doTERRA On Guard.* doTERRA On Guard contains essential oils that are known for their positive effects on the immune system and can help protect against adverse environmental and seasonal issues.* When environmental or seasonal threats arise, take doTERRA On Guard oil daily to help safeguard your body and support your immune system.*
  3. doTERRA On Guard can be used to support the body’s natural antioxidant defense.* To obtain these benefits, place one drop of doTERRA On Guard in four fluid ounces of liquid and drink, or put doTERRA On Guard in a Veggie Capsule and ingest.*
  4. Kick off the day with a scrumptious pair of immune boosting pancakes.* Infused with doTERRA On Guard essential oil, the doTERRA On Guard Pancakes essential oil recipe is packed with healthy and delicious ingredients. This recipe gives the traditional pancake a fun twist that both children and adults will love.
  5. doTERRA On Guard essential oil emits a warm, spicy, and woody aroma. Diffusing doTERRA On Guard will fill the air with its sweet scent and provide an energizing and uplifting fragrance. When diffused, doTERRA On Guard essential oil can also cleanse the air. Next time you are expecting company at home, diffuse doTERRA On Guard to help purify the air and create a positive aroma.
  6. doTERRA On Guard contains cleansing and purifying benefits that can be used to clean household surfaces. For a natural and nontoxic cleaner, add a couple drops of doTERRA On Guard essential oil to a spray bottle filled with water and use it as an effective all-purpose surface cleaner. With its unique aroma, doTERRA On Guard offers a fragrant, natural, way to clean.
  7. Have the mid-day munchies? For a tasty and nutritious afternoon snack, slice up an apple and put the slices in water. Add a few drops of doTERRA On Guard essential oil to the water with the apples in it, and let the apples soak. After a couple of minutes, take the apples out of the water and enjoy a healthy, immune-boosting snack that will satisfy your afternoon craving and benefit your body.*
  8. Get creative with doTERRA On Guard essential oil by making DIY Potpourri. This do-it-yourself project is a simple way to add a little bit of decor to your home while leaving your house smelling fresh with spices and herbs enriched with the scents of doTERRA On Guard essential oil. Simply collect your favorite spices and herbs in a dish of your choosing and then add a few drops of doTERRA On Guard for an uplifting and purifying aroma.
  9. Looking for a hand cleanser that doesn’t include harmful or unnatural ingredients? Try making your own natural cleanser by using two ingredients: doTERRA On Guard and doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil. Simply, combine a few drops of doTERRA On Guard essential oil with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil and rub it on your hands and fingers for a natural hand cleanser.
  10. Rub doTERRA On Guard on the bottom of a child’s feet during the school season.
  11. Combine the best of smoothies and fall with this doTERRA On Guard Pumpkin Smoothie essential oil recipe. This delicious beverage is the perfect way to start your morning off right. With the yummy flavor of pumpkin and a couple drops of immune-boosting doTERRA On Guard, this pumpkin smoothie will easily become a breakfast go-to.*
  12. In a class setting, at work, or at home, place three to four drops of doTERRA On Guard essential oil in the diffuser of your choice and diffuse. doTERRA On Guard oil will emit an uplifting scent and will help purify the air. Diffuse doTERRA On Guard especially during the fall and winter months.

doTERRA On Guard Products
doTERRA On Guard is one of doTERRA’s most popular essential oil blends due to its versatility and its ability to defend the immune system.* Over the years, doTERRA has expanded the vision of doTERRA On Guard oil with their doTERRA On Guard product line, which has enabled more at-home and on-the-go uses of the doTERRA On Guard essential oil blend. The following products make up the renowned doTERRA On Guard product line.


doTERRA On Guard® Beadlets
 These small, dissolvable beadlets are filled with the doTERRA On Guard essential oil blend and come in a small vile, making it easy for carrying. doTERRA On Guard Beadlets help freshen breath and support healthy immune and respiratory function wherever and whenever you want.*


doTERRA On Guard®+ Softgels
 Conveniently encapsulating doTERRA On Guard essential oil blend and Melissa, Oregano, and Black Pepper essential oils, doTERRA On Guard+ Softgels are powerful dietary supplements that can be taken internally to support healthy immune and respiratory function as well as the body’s natural antioxidant defenses.* These supplements can also be used to promote healthy circulation.* When seasonal threats are high, doTERRA On Guard+ Softgels can help maintain healthy immune function.*


doTERRA On Guard® Cleaner Concentrate
 This product makes the ideal natural cleaner. Infused with the doTERRA On Guard essential oil blend, it offers a safe, non-toxic alternative to toxic cleaners and provides natural protection against certain environmental factors while helping eliminate odors. This cleaner has an invigorating aroma and can be used to clean hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, or any room that could benefit from its cleansing effects.


doTERRA On Guard® Foaming Hand Wash
 Different from other commercially branded hand washes, doTERRA On Guard Foaming Hand Wash is a gentle cleanser using doTERRA On Guard to clean and soften hands throughout the day without irritating or drying sensitive skin. This hand wash gives off a spicy and citrus scent and is pH balanced to protect the delicate moisture barriers of the skin.


doTERRA On Guard® Laundry Detergent
 This natural-based detergent is free of synthetic fragrances, dyes, and toxins. It contains a combination of doTERRA On Guard essential oil blend and bio-originated enzymes that work together to lift stains and leave clothes smelling, looking, and feeling clean. This laundry detergent is color safe for washable fabrics at all temperatures and can do up to 64 loads.


doTERRA On Guard® Natural Whitening Toothpaste
 Natural and fluoride-free, the doTERRA On Guard toothpaste contains the doTERRA On Guard blend along with other natural ingredients that help clean and whiten teeth while freshening breath. The hydrated silica in the toothpaste is a natural abrasive that helps remove plaque and tooth stains, but is also gentle and does not damage tooth enamel. doTERRA On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste has a fresh, cinnamon and mint flavor.


doTERRA On Guard® Natural Whitening Toothpaste samples
 These samples come in a convenient package with 10 sample size packets of doTERRA  On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste. You can easily share these packets with others so that they, too, can experience the natural benefits of doTERRA’s toothpaste. These samples are also ideal for traveling and can easily be stored in a purse, backpack, suitcase, or briefcase for on-the-go use.


doTERRA On Guard® Protecting Throat Drops
 doTERRA On Guard throat drops offer a convenient way to receive the immune-supporting benefits of the doTERRA On Guard essential oil blend and can aid in strengthening the body’s defenses. Individually wrapped, these drops contain no added artificial flavors and colors and are great for helping soothe dry and scratchy throats.
Key Ingredients
Wild Orange Peel
Clove Bud
Cinnamon Bark
Eucalyptus Leaf
Rosemary Leaf/Flower
Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

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What to Eat for Healthy Skin

Our skin is our first line of defense against the harshness of the world.

Our skin protects us from viruses and bacteria. It keeps us warm when temperatures plummet, and cools us off when the air boils over. Amd shields our organs, nerves, and blood vessels and can even transform simple sunlight into that all important vitamin D.

Keeping your skin healthy is vital to your overall health.

For me, good skin health has always been a little harder to come by. I battled acne as a teenager, I have a fair complexion that burns at the mere mention of the sun, and I live in Utah—home to some of the driest air on the planet.

Now that I’ve hit the middle of my life (*crosses fingers*), I’ve become more mindful of the time I spend in the sun, moisturizer is my new best friend, and I deal with the occasional pimple with a good old-fashioned squeeze.

But I’ve also learned that good skin health works from the inside out, and there are plenty of foods you can eat to help keep your skin healthy and defend against exposure and age.

Coffee

Coffee is a miraculous brew.

Eating for Healthy Skin: Coffee BeanThe drip-drip-drip of my old coffee machine and the waft of rich notes that follow has tugged me out of bed countless times (I love coffee; in fact, this post could easily derail into an ode to coffee). But it’s more than just go-juice; coffee has a heap of healthy perks and that includes benefits to your skin.

A steaming cup of joe contains small amounts of vitamins B2 and B5, as well as trace amounts of calcium and magnesium. But it overflows with antioxidants, and that’s where java can really save your skin.

Antioxidants work to rid the body of age-causing free radicals, and caffeine (yes, caffeine is an antioxidant) has been shown to help slow DNA damage.

Plus, a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reveals a link between drinking coffee and lower rates of melanoma.

Dark ChocolateEating for Healthy Skin: Dark Chocolate

Like coffee, dark chocolate has a slew of properties that are great for your skin.

The flavanols (antioxidants) found in dark chocolate can help protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. Plus, this tasty treat sparks the feel-good areas of your brain, lowering stress and in turn reducing the amount of wrinkle-causing stress hormones.

Dark chocolate also has a less is more quality. Because it’s low in sugar, but sweet enough to satisfy sugar cravings, it can keep your hand out of the cookie jar, which is great because sugar is one of the worst foods for your skin.

Just make sure you stick with 70 percent cocoa or higher. The higher the purity, the more gains for your skin.

Watermelon

Ever heard of lycopene?

Eating for Healthy Skin WatermelonIt’s the antioxidant responsible for giving a lot of fruits and vegetables their red color. It’s kind of a big deal, and watermelon just so happens to be loaded with the stuff.

And beyond its ability to paint the produce town red, lycopene is a windfall for your skin. It promotes the production of collagen (the protein skin is made from) and encourages the growth of new skin cells.

Watermelon’s benefits don’t stop at this powerful antioxidant, either. This summer treat is also loaded down with vitamins C and A. Plus it’s low in calories and sugar.

Pumpkin

Fall is at our doorstep, which means pumpkin everything is too. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin beer, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin. It’s a delicious addition to your morning latte and

Eating for Healthy Skin pumpkinsit’s earned its place up and down the grocery aisles. But tread lightly—most pumpkin-flavored treats are packed with sugar.

Outside of its flavor-enhancing abilities, future jack o’lanterns are also quite healthy and one of the best foods for skin repair.

Pumpkin contains folate (necessary for skin-cell creation), beta-carotene (defends skin cells against oxidative damage), and copper (important for collagen production).

And pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc, essential fatty acids, and magnesium. All of which can help combat wrinkles, and dry skin. Simply roast in the oven and salt to taste for a delicious snack.

The next time you hack and slash a pumpkin for a front porch decoration, be sure to save its innards to make a skin-healthy treat of your own.

Olive Oil

When it comes to eating for a healthy complexion, olive oil is a must.

Eating for Healthy Skin olive oilThis magical elixir is chock full of antioxidants and vitamin E, both of which smash skin-damaging free radicals. But it’s olive oil’s anti-inflammatory properties that really make it an asset to your skin.

Olive oil contains the compound oleocanthal, which can help reduce inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea and acne.

And on top of all of its wholesome traits, olive oil is easy to incorporate into your diet. You can drizzle on salad, brush it on corn on the cobb, use it to stir-fry vegetables, or mix it with Italian seasonings and spices for a delicious bread dip.

Consuming this staple of the Mediterranean diet is one of the best things you can do for your outer layer.

Honorable Mentions

The above mentioned foods are easy go-to’s for upping your skincare game, but they’re certainly not the only ones.

Eating for Healthy Skin EggsEggs are nutritional powerhouses and can do wonders for your skin. This core breakfast food contains the compounds lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which have been shown to help provide protection from ultra-violet rays. Plus, the amino acid proline found in eggs is used for collagen production and can help rebuild skin.

Dark leafy greens, hummus, avocado, and red wine are all loaded with nutrients and are some of the best foods you can eat for a healthy skin glow.

And speaking of collagen, vitamin C is perhaps the most crucial ingredient for making this protein building block. Luckily it can be found in healthy fare such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and strawberries.

There’s a buffet of skin-aiding foods out there. Just use your favorites to put together your own healthy skin diet plan. And the more of these foods you eat, the less room you’ll have for the refined sugar and processed foods that work against your skin.

Throw in a little exercise and quality beauty sleep and your outer armor will shine for a lifetime.