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5 Plant-Based Protein Sources You’ll Love

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Whether you’re exploring veganism, a carnivore or just plain curious about plant-based protein options, the bottom line is this: getting more of your protein from plant-based sources is more beneficial to your health.

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Got plant protein?

Many people associate animal-based foods as the primary source of complete protein, but did you know plant-based foods like legumes, grains and vegetables are a more practical way to get all the amino acids your body needs on a daily basis?

Believe it or not, it’s totally possible to build an athletic physique on a plant-based diet.

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Friends, not food.

In addition to being cruelty-free and more nutritious, many plant-based foods contain dietary fiber and provide an alkalizing effect on the body.

Animal-based foods, on the other hand, are void of fiber and contain inflammatory properties like lipopolysaccharides (LPS), LDL cholesterol and antibiotics.

Eating meat products essentially contributes to acidosis in the body, and there’s plenty of scientific evidence linking chronic inflammation with nearly every disease known to mankind.


It’s in your best interest to eat a variety of plant-based foods each day to lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. Luckily there are a handful of delicious, meatless ways to help you meet your dietary needs…

1. Soybeans

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1 cup of cooked soybeans = 17 grams of protein

Soybeans originate from East Asia and are widely grown throughout the U.S. for commercial use in unfermented soy products like tofu, edamame and soy milk , as well as fermented products like tempeh, miso and tamari.

As a plant-based source of complete protein, soy-based foods are used as a meat substitute in many meat-tasting vegan products, including Native Food Cafe‘s Chicken Strips, which are non GMO and to die for!

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Tempeh with leafy greens, yes please!

Whole soybeans also have iron, calcium and anti-cancer phytochemical compounds, so why does soy have such a bad rap?

For one, soy contains phytoestrogens and there’s a large misconception about how the estrogen-like compounds can affect the body.

Despite what you may have heard, phytoestrogens won’t cause men to grow man-boobs, nor do they increase the risk of breast cancer or thyroid dysfunction in women.

In fact, these naturally occurring plant hormones can actually bring benefits to the body and lower the risk of breast cancer, as Dr. Berg points out in the video below:

Not all soy-based products are created equally, however. There’s of course soy in its traditional forms which have been a part of the Asian diet for centuries, and then there’s genetically modified soy.

According to the USDA,  94% of soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified, so choose  your soy-based foods wisely. Like with any other plant-based food, you’ll want to make sure it’s non GMO and certified organic.

And to reap the most health benefits, go for whole soy products like edamame and/or minimally processed tofu to reap all the nutritional value soybeans have to offer.

 

2. Garbonzo beans (chick peas)

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1 cup of cooked chick peas = 15 grams of protein

The beloved chickpea originates from the Middle East and is found in a variety of healthy diets, including gluten-free and  Mediterranean.

Just 1 cup of cooked chickpeas gives you 15 grams of protein and 12.5 grams of fiber; that’s half of the Daily Value (DV) for dietary fiber in a serving!

Beyond containing both soluble and insoluble fiber, chickpeas are loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals including  manganese (supports healthy bones, thyroid and cognitive functions) and folate (improves fertility in men & women, promotes liver health and anti-aging).

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Gently sautéed in some olive oil, garlic and broccoli.

A recent study revealed that a deficiency in folate during pregnancy can be attributed to an increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Research also shows this B vitamin can lower the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood, so for optimal health consider making chickpeas an integral part of your diet year-round.

You can easily find them sold in the canned or dried bean section of your local supermarket. Dried chickpeas should be placed in a bowl and soaked overnight in cold water before cooking; canned chickpeas come precooked and just need to be rinsed.

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Chana masala via @ed_gorria

I  love the slightly nutty taste and cooked potato-like texture of chickpeas, so I don’t mind eating them whole and drizzled in olive oil or soybean oil.

They also go great in salads and in a variety of amazing ethnic dishes including my all-time fave Indian dish, chana masala. And then we have the classic Middle Eastern dip, hummus.

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Salad with beet hummus in a buckwheat cup

Hummus is definitely a must-have item in the fridge at all times, and luckily it’s super quick and easy to make at home, too!

All you need is 1 can of chick peas, some garlic cloves, 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1/4 cup tahini, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a food processor to mix it all up!

For some hummus-making inspiration, check out this beet hummus and jalapeno-cilantro hummus recipe.

Hummus works great as a veggie dip, sandwich spread, salad mixer, etc. The only limit is your imagination!

3. Buckwheat groats (kasha)

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1 cup of cooked kasha = 6 grams of protein

Buckwheat isn’t a wheat or grain; it’s actually the grain-like seed of a Herbaceous plant that’s loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Like quinoa, buckwheat is a pseudocereal rich in complex carbohydrates and protein. And like chickpeas, it’s gluten-free and a source of folic acid.

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Kasha is a source of iron, magnesium and zinc.

“Kasha” refers to roasted buckwheat groats that are cooked in water or milk. Fit for any diet, a  1-cup serving provides about 20 grams of carbs, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.

I  like to cook kasha with 2 cups of water to 1 cup of roasted groats, adding sautéed shallots, mushrooms, turmeric, worcestershire sauce and soy sauce for flavor.

Tip: Make sure you pre-soak the groats before cooking, and be careful not to overcook it; you want it to be slightly ‘al dente’ and not mushy.

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Soba noodles with tofu.

Studies reveal this feel-good-food can help you lose weight, prevent disease and manage symptoms of Type II diabetes.

It’s no wonder the Russians regard kasha as one of their soul foods!

There’s also buckwheat flour which is used to make Japanese soba noodles and all kinds of gluten-free breads and pancake mixes.

Buckwheat panakes ♡

Buckwheat pancakes may not be the sexiest looking pancakes around, but they’re gluten-free and pair nicely with blueberries, bananas & cinnamon, peanut butter or almond butter.

As an acquired taste, you may grow to love its earthy flavor and light & airy texture. Check out this Blueberry Buckwheat Pancake recipe for some gluten-free pancake inspiration.

The bottom line about buckwheat: while it’s not the highest source of plant protein compared to soybeans and chickpeas, kasha is a nutritious & energizing dish that will make you feel amazing and ready to hit the gym hard! It can be boiled, steamed, fried and served as an alternative to rice or potatoes.

4. Ezekiel Bread

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Avocado on Ezekiel sprouted whole grain toast = 5 grams of protein.

As a sprouted whole grain loaf, Ezekiel bread provides more protein and dietary fiber then any other bread you’ll find at the supermarket.

It’s exclusively made with 6 organic whole grains & legumes including  sprouted soybeans, lentils, barley and spelt.

Just one piece of toast provides 4.8 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

ezekiel bread breakfastAnother impressive feature about Ezekiel bread: it contains no sugar, preservatives or artificial ingredients!

It’s also a low glycemic food and therefore a great option for those on a diabetic or pre-diabetic diet.

According to Food For Life, this high-quality bread has a glycemic index equal to 36, compared to white bread at 70, and 100% whole grain at 62.

While it may be a flourless bread, it’s not to say Ezekiel bread is gluten-free. Nevertheless, it’s an excellent plant-based protein option with fiber and 18 amino acids, including 9 of the essentials.

 

5. Spirulina

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1 tbsp spirulina = 4 grams of protein

Spirulina is a protein-rich cyanobacteria that grows naturally in tropical and sub-tropical alkaline lakes.

As one of Earth’s oldest living organisms and most nutrient-dense foods, spirulina has long been used for its amazing health benefits.

 

With a net protein utilization rate of 50-61%, spirulina is comparable to eggs when it comes to the amount of protein found per gram, although 2 grams (1 teaspoon) per day is considered a relatively standard dose.

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Smoothie breakfast bowl using spirulina.

Besides the fact that it has all 9 essential and 10 non-essential amino acids, spirulina also contains high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), beta-carotene, phosphoruschlorophyll, phycocyanin, iron and calcium, just to name a few!

Needless to say, this “blue-green algae” can help you maintain a healthy immune system while providing exceptional support to the liver, kidneys and heart.

Spirulina also helps to improve the body’s digestive system and apparently can work as an appetite suppressor, so this is a must-have in the diet if you’re trying to lose weight or want to maintain a slim & healthy physique.

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Green smoothie using Hawaiin Spirulina.

You’ll literally feel a near instantaneous boost to your energy after consuming spirulina, which contains age-defying antioxidants, detoxifies the body and oxygenates the blood.

I enjoy it in powdered form from Nutrex Hawaii, the makers of Hawaiin Spirulina. It goes great in smoothies, and I always feel like a million bucks after consuming it.

Once harvested, this superfood is commercially available in tablet, capsule or powdered form.

To date, there are over 2,596 peer-reviewed scientific articles evaluating the health benefits of spirulina, and evidence shows this superfood can help to restore and revitalize your health.

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Blue Ocean Bowl via Pearth Organic Kitchen using blue spirulina.

It’s a natural detoxifier that will help cleanse your body of toxins and impurities, reduce inflammation, and improve your endurance.

Try it in lieu of coffee first thing in the morning, and let me know how you feel. The health benefits of taking spirulina on a daily basis can be profound!

 

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Alexis Ren Diet and Workout Regimen

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No matter what your idealized body goals are, there’s no denying Alexis Ren has one of the most epic beach bods out there. And while youth and genetics play a role with the 21-year old model’s killer physique, Ren reveals she works hard to stay fit and toned through diet, exercise and yoga.

Alexis Ren Diet 

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“My diet consists of no bread, no fast food, no red meat, and I try to stay off sugar (besides from fruit) as much as I can. And no alcohol. I eat everything besides that! Mostly everything I eat is organic, raw good food.”

The pressure to stay thin is real for Alexis Ren who admitted to Cosmopolitan magazine she suffered from an eating disorder for several years, but now says she’s healthier, stronger and happier than ever.

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Obsessed with @haleiwabowls

Under the guidance of  health & wellness coach Maggie Tanielian, Ren managed to overcome her food guilt issues and regain a healthy mindset when it comes to her daily eating habits.

Her gluten-free diet consists of a lot of organic, plant-based foods, especially smoothies and acai bowls.

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alexis-ren-diet-lunchAs a raw food enthusiast, Ren loves to eat fruit but tries to limit her daily intake of it to the mornings only.

According to nutrition experts, the morning is the best time to eat fruit considering our body undergoes a detoxification cycle between the hours of 4am-12pm.

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Not only do hydrating ‘live foods’ like fruit provide a cleansing effect to aid the detox cycle, the morning is also when our glucose tolerance is at its peak. High-carb fruits like grapefruit, apples, bananas and pineapple will easily get broken down and provide an energizing boost.

Try complimenting a light morning meal with a nutritious fruit smoothie to kick to start your AM … you will feel the difference!

Rise and shine with a nutritious and energizing fruit smoothie

alexis-ren-pancakesAnother Alexis Ren staple for breakfast? Pancakes! Gluten-free, of course.

Who knew the IG model also happens to be handy in the kitchen! Check out this video she posted on her YouTube channel where she makes her own unique, healthy version of Chocolate Pancakes:

Gluten-Free Chocolate Pancakes by Chef Alexis

So what does Ren typically eat for lunch? Lean protein & vegetables.

alexis-ren-healthy-dietProtein is key when it comes to building and maintaining muscle, and the best time to consume it is right after a workout.

Ren lives an active lifestyle, so her daily protein intake would be slightly above that of the general health guidelines. An easy guideline to follow: aim to make 25% to 30% of your plate protein.

Kale salad with chicken, hummus with carrots and veggie burgers are some of her classic go-tos. Although Ren isn’t a vegetarian, she generally prefers to get her protein from plant-based sources like oatmeal, raw trail mix, almond butter, chia seeds, chickpeas and quinoa.

alexis-ren-acai-bowlShe also prefers to eat six smaller portioned meals throughout the day instead of the standard three-meal-a-day rule, always getting her snack on between meals.

Rice crackers, nuts, protein bars (Perfect Bars are her fave) and kale chips are some of the guilt-free snacks she enjoys.

 

Alexis Ren’s Fave Healthy Snacks

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In the evening Ren likes to keep things simple, although she admits to being a picky eater when it comes to how food gets prepared at restaurants.

She doesn’t eat red meat, so a chicken or fish dish with a side of steamed veggies is fair game. That or a hearty salad with a protein-packed grain like quinoa.

The bottom line: Ren manages to keep her body fat low through diet, and she avoids eating after 7pm. According to numerous dietitians, this will help you keep a slimmer waistline.  And who doesn’t want a waistline like Alexis Ren!?!

Alexis Ren WOrkout

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“I love to show off my body, and I feel like I earned it, because I work out every day. I’m really healthy, and that’s one of the things I pride myself on.”

Even though Alexis Ren has a busy schedule and spends most of her time away from home, staying healthy and fit is always a number one priority in her life.

alexis-ren-gymThere’s no excuses for the classically trained ballerina-turned-model who rises at 7am and averages a minimum of 1½ hours at the gym per day, followed by a yoga or pilates class.

When in NYC she can be spotted working out at Dogpound, or if she’s at home in LA she’ll train with her wellness coach / fitness trainer, Maggie Tanielian.

alexis-ren-gym-ratBeyond doing fat-burning aerobic exercises and resistance training at the gym, Ren likes to stay active and also enjoys dancing, hiking, skateboarding, boxing and taking self-defense classes.

Not to mention she was hardcore into ballet for over 10 years before her modeling career took off.

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“It’s really not as hard as it seems. Even in the moment, just going for a walk, learning a new sport of some kind, it doesn’t have to be a situation where you’re going to work out to punish yourself. It’s not a punishment; it’s changing your mindset about what a workout is. It’s you saying thank you to your body,saying thank you for being this vehicle that your brain can walk around in.”

So what are some of Alexis Ren’s signature workout moves? We all want to know how she gets that amazingly toned physique.

alexis-ren-stretchThe good news is that you can achieve a tight & toned beach body if you stay disciplined and work hard at it like she does! You don’t even need to have a personal fitness trainer or gym membership to workout like Alexis Ren.

As shown from Ren’s fitness posts below, many of her workout moves can be done from the comfort of your home if you have the right training tools…

When in NYC… @dogpound_nyc

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Every home needs a set of barbells and/or dumbbells

Stay balanced like Alexis Ren on a bosu ball

Working my booty using a TRX with @maggietanielian 💪🏼

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Ezekiel Bread: A Sprouted Whole Grain Loaf of Biblical Proportions

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So what’s the big deal about Ezekiel bread? You may have heard it mentioned on a segment of Dr. Oz, or maybe you’ve seen it in the frozen section at your local health food store.

It’s basically the healthiest commercial-made bread in the market, and it was inspired by a biblical verse, Ezekiel 4:9:

“But as for you, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet and spelt, put them in one vessel and make them into bread for yourself…”

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Sprouted cereal grains.

Ezekiel bread is a type of sprouted grain bread made from 6 different whole grains and legumes that are beneficial for health.

Sprouted grains contain more protein, vitamins and minerals compared to breads made from refined flours since the grains were free to germinate and release vital nutrients.

In fact, this kosher bread of biblical proportions contains all 9 essential amino acids and scores low on the Glycemic Index.

ezekiel-bread-breakfastEzekiel Bread is a step up from your typical whole wheat loaf in that it’s made with organic whole grains and contains no sugar, preservatives or artificial ingredients.

It’s also comprised of 4 different cereal grains (wheat, millet, barley, spelt) and two types of legumes (soybeans, lentils).

This is in stark contrast to most commercial-made breads that primarily consist of refined wheat, sugar and preservatives. And while Ezekiel bread isn’t gluten-free, sprouted grains make protein (gluten from wheat) more easily digestible.

The bottom line about Ezekiel Bread

If you’re like Oprah and refuse to give up bread from your diet, Ezekiel bread is a much healthier alternative to other commercial-made breads.

As a sprouted whole grain loaf it has less gluten and fat, no added sugar or preservatives, and it’s higher in protein and fiber. The ingredients speak for themselves:

INGREDIENTS:
Organic Sprouted Wheat, Filtered Water, Organic Sprouted Barley, Organic Sprouted Millet, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Lentils, Organic Sprouted Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Spelt, Fresh Yeast, Organic Wheat Gluten, Sea Salt.
Can’t find Ezekiel bread at your local supermarket?


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Sea Buckthorn Health & Beauty Benefits

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Otherwise known as Seaberry or Sandthorn, Sea Buckthorn is a flowering plant native to the Himalayas, northern Asia and Europe. It’s been used in Asian and European herbal medicine for centuries, and fairly extensively around the world amongst traditional herbalists as a cancer treatment.

Move over, açaí. Here comes the sea buckthorn berry!

sea-buckthorn-productsI recently came to learn of this resilient plant through my mother who came upon it while on a trip to Mongolia. Apparently the juice from sea buckthorn berries is considered a national beverage there and in northern China.

In fact, sea buckthorn berries have long been used throughout Asia and Europe for making jam, preserves, compote, beer and wine. Even the leaves of the plant can be used to yield a nutritional, earthy flavored tea.

But what makes sea buckthorn so incredibly special?

The fruit of the sea buckthorn plant – in particular the oil from the seeds and berry pulp – is arguably one of the world’s top superfoods. Coined by Dr. Oz in 2010 as the “miracle berry,” your health & wellness is bound to benefit by adding these tiny but powerful berries into your diet.

Sea Buckthorn Berries – Quick Nutritional Facts

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  • They are exceptionally rich in Vitamin C at 114 to 1,500 mg per 100 g (about fifteen times more potent than oranges).
  • They are the richest plant-based source of the rare Omega-7 fatty acid, in addition to containing Omega-3, 6 and 9.
  • They contain three times more Vitamin A than carrots.
  • They are the third highest source of Vitamin E on the planet.

sea-buckthorn-berriesWith the myriad of medicinal properties including amino acids, antioxidants and over 190 other bioactive nutrients, it’s no wonder sea buckthorn has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions including skin and liver issues and even cancer.

sea-buckthorn-pegasusIn Germany, where herbal healing is more mainstream than it is in the United States, some physicians prescribe a laxative tea containing 1/2 teaspoons each of buckthorn, fennel seed and chamomile flowers.

The known power of this miracle berry even dates back as far as ancient Greece, where legend has it the mythological winged horse Pegasus ate sea buckthorn berries to gain the power to fly!

And interestingly, Soviet Russians used the berries as a preventative and protective measure against radiation poisoning.

"Sea Buckthorn has shown some anti-tumor action. It deserves more research." 

James A. Duke, Ph.D., retired botanist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Medicinal and Therapeutic Potential of Sea Buckthorn

A study published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research showed promising results when sea buckthorn extract (RH-3) was added to a culture of human cancer cells. RH-3 was shown to act as an antioxidant, preventing cellular and mitochondrial free radical generation.

That being said, Sea Buckthorn has the ability to limit the toxicity of chemotherapy and may be able to help heal the body following cytotoxic treatment.

Sea buckthorn berries are also showing promise in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

sea-buckthorn-heart-healthAccording to a double-blind clinical trial conducted in China, 128 patients with ischemic heart disease were given 10 mg of sea buckthorn three times daily for 6 weeks. The patients ultimately showed a decrease in cholesterol levels and improved cardiac function.

In fact, formulas that use sea buckthorn berries have already been developed in China for treating coronary heart disease and restoring cardiac function.

"Sea buckthorn has been scientifically analyzed and many of its traditional uses have been established using several biochemical and pharmacological studies. Various pharmacological activities such as cytoprotective, anti-stress, immunomodulatory, hepatoprotective, radioprotective, anti-atherogenic, anti-tumor, anti-microbial and tissue regeneration have been reported."

Journal of Ethnopharmacology 138 (2011) 268-278
Sea Buckthorn Oil for Skin Care

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With its exceptional vitamin C & E content, antioxidants and omega rich oils, sea buckthorn berries are gaining momentum in the cosmetics industry for their anti-aging properties.

If used topically, the bio-defense mechanisms of Sea Buckthorn Oil can help nourish, hydrate, repair, tighten and brighten the skin.


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Rice Water For Healthier Hair & Radiant Skin

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Rice water for your hair and skin is a beauty secret Asian women have known for centuries, and something I recently discovered after years of cooking rice and unknowingly wasting the precious liquid down the drain.

rice-water-hair-growthThat’s right ladies, rice water can be used topically to achieve healthier hair and radiant skin! Talk about a revelation for your all-natural beauty regimen.

Simply soak rice in water for approximately 30 minutes, or boil it as you normally would (minus butter or salt) until the water becomes a cloudy liquid.

I personally recommend using Lotus Foods’ Jade Pearl Rice because it’s organic and rich in chlorophyll, an additional health & beauty benefit.

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rice-water-hair-skin-treatmentAs for whether it’s better to boil or not boil the rice, go with boil since it draws out more of the starches from the rice. The more starchy the water, the better.

Save it in a jar or glass container and voila, you have an all-natural beautifying treatment for your hair and skin!

Rice Water Benefits for Your Hair

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Rice water is incredibly beneficial for your hair and can be used to promote hair growth.

In fact, the use of rice water in hair care is an ancient practice dating as far back as the Heian Period (794 to 1185) to when Taoism, Buddhism and other Chinese influences were at their peak.

rice-water-ancient-hair-careAccording to research from the Journal of Cosmetic Chemists, the court ladies of the Heian Period were known to have long and shiny hair that reached to the floor, and they were said to have combed their hair daily using Yu-Su-Ru, aka rice water.

There’s also the Yao women of Huangluo, an ancient Chinese village that is world-renown for women with grey-less, Rapunzel-like hair. Their secret? You guessed it, the water they cooked their rice in.

So what makes rice water so great for hair?

rice-water-skinFor one it contains inositol, a carb that helps to reduce surface friction and strengthen the elasticity of hair. Inositol apparently stays in the hair even after being rinsed off, so it provides a shield of protection from hair damage.

It also contains a bunch of vitamins, minerals and amino acids like ferulic acid. Researchers at Duke University found that blending ferulic acid with vitamin E & C produces a synergistic effect that renders vitamin E & C more powerful.

The study also found it to be particularly effective at preventing Ultraviolet damage to the hair, while other studies have revealed that exposure to UV light actually increases the antioxidant activity of ferulic acid. It’s a win-win!

In every possible way, rice water is amazing for your hair. It strengthens and softens hair, reduces flakes and can  be used as a treatment for damaged hair. Simply pour it on your head and let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

Rice Water Benefits for Your Skin

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Who knew that rice water is also a safe and inexpensive solution for skin problems!  It can be used to prevent and heal acne and eczema, and even reduce dark spots.

It’s no wonder why Korean women use it as a facial cleanser, and why you’ll find it advertised in various k-beauty products for its nourishing and moisturizing effects.

Aside from acting as an astringent to reduce ugly pores and redness, rice water is high in PABA and allantoin antioxidants, so it’s got anti-inflammatory and skin-protecting properties.

You’ll literally feel the benefits of the starch components working on your face upon application, and with regular use it can improve your skin tone and give it a porcelain-like glow.

The bottom line: rice water is a k-beauty secret for your skin that will help you maintain a more youthful, radiant complexion. Simply damp a cotton ball in rice water, gently apply it to your face, then let it air dry. It’s that simple!

Using Fermented Rice Water is Optimal

The effects of rice water are further enhanced if you let it ferment. Fermented rice water is simply rice water that has been sitting for 24 hours, until it turns slightly sour.


 


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Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins: Yea or Nay?

Sugar Bear Hair vitamins are all the rage on Instagram these days thanks to celebrity endorsements by the Khardashians, but do these best-selling hair vitamins actually work to improve hair growth?

Thick and lustrous hair is on every woman and man’s wish list, so the notion that healthier hair can be achieved simply by eating these “DELICIOUS” gummy bears, well that’s certainly an intriguing prospect worth exploring…

Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.” -Ivana Trump

From a marketing standpoint Sugar Bear Hair vitamins has it down pat, but the bottom line is this: results are based on lifestyle factors and what your own hair can achieve.

sugarbear-hair-vitamins-stressHeredity, diet and overall health are key factors when it comes to your hair game. If you’re dealing with emotional stress, hormonal imbalances or have an iron deficiency, this will contribute to hair loss and dampen the efficacy of any hair vitamin.

Not to say that Sugar Bear Hair is a total scam and doesn’t work; it can be used to help stimulate hair growth.

sugarbear-hair-vitamins-kylie-jennerLet’s just put it this way: if you’re hoping to achieve Khardashian-like hair after taking Sugar Bear Hair vitamins, you’re bound to be disappointed. Those ladies have their Armenian roots to thank for their thick manes, not Sugar Bear Hair.

Like with other hair growth vitamins, results for Sugar Bear Hair vary by person. For some people it works great, for others it doesn’t:

"Still waiting for results. It's been 4 months and nothing, 
 very disappointed."  
                   - Amazon Customer
"I broke out like crazy after taking these vitamins..." 
                   - Amazon Customer
"These vitamins worked great. My hair grew and became 
stronger and I saw a difference in my nails as well!"
                   -Amazon Customer

Are you using Sugar Bear Hair vitamins? Let me know how that’s going for you in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Sugar Bear Hair vs Other Hair Vitamins

Beyond Sugar Bear Hair, there are a variety of other hair growth supplements to choose from. I’ve personally used both Fountain’s Hair Molecule formula and Hairfinity capsules, with notable results.

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Fountain’s Hair Molecule is a liquid complex comprised of Silicon, Biotin and Hyaluronic Acid. They use Xylitol (sugar alcohol) as their sweetener, so it’s pleasant enough to drink straight. Goes great in smoothies, too.

hair-vitamins-hairfinity-candilocksHairfinity is a hair supplement available in capsule form, and more recently as a chewable with the release of their Candilocks Chewable Hair Vitamins. It’s comprised of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that have been clinically proven to promote hair growth:

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Their exclusive “Capilsana complex” is a proprietary blend of Hydrolyzed CollagenMethylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and Silica, all of which serve as building blocks for the protein that provide hair with strength and elasticity. 

I definitely noticed Hairfinity makes my hair thicker and shinier after a month of taking 2x capsules per day. And because I’ve had success with this product, I’m not exactly jumping to try Sugar Bear Hair… 

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Sorry, but being more “fun to eat” and “smelling delicious” aren’t exactly selling points for me; I care more about results. They also use FD&C Blue 1  to achieve that artificial blue color, which is a turn-off to a health-conscious consumer like myself.

And according to independent testing conducted by Labdoor, Sugar Bear Hair vitamins contain relatively high levels of lead, as compared to other lab-tested hair supplements.

For example if you were to take  just one extra gummy bear above the recommended serving size (2 per day), you will have exceeded California Proposition 65’s safe limit for lead. Yikes!

Sugar Bear Hair Ingredients

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Besides the fact that these hair vitamins are loaded with sugar to make it taste “DELICIOUS,” there isn’t much distinction between Sugar Bear Hair and Hairfinity with respect to its vitamin and mineral content.

sugar-bear-hair-vitamins-healthy-hairThe key ingredient found in both Sugar Bear Hair and Hairfinity? Biotin, known to improve the keratin infrastructure that makes up hair, skin and nails.

Biotin promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness by increasing the elasticity of the hair’s cortex to prevent breakage. Sugar Bear Hair contains 5,000 mcg of Biotin, whereas Hairfinity has 2,500 mcg.

So if you’re already taking a multi-vitamin which on average costs around $18 bucks for 90 capsules, you might as well complement that with a 5,000 mcg Biotin supplement to achieve the same effects as you would with buying Sugar Bear Hair vitamins.


With Sugar Bear Hair you’ll pay at least $30 for a 1-month supply (60 gummy bears) and a whopping $90 for a 3-month supply!  
You don’t need to be good at math to realize that’s a rip off considering you can buy 3-months worth of multi-vitamins and biotin supplements for much less. 

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Other important ingredients for healthy hair growth: protein and iron, both of which aren’t included in Sugar Bear Hair and Hairfinity products. Protein serves as the building block of hair, and iron is responsible for carrying oxygen to your roots.

With that said, make sure you’re getting the daily recommended amount of protein & iron for healthy hair growth by including eggs, nuts, tofu, oily fish, beans, peas and lentils in your diet.

All these factors will definitely have a positive impact on your hair growth, including rinsing your hair with rice water.

An important note of caution: if you’re already taking a multi-vitamin, I don’t recommend taking a hair vitamin supplement simultaneously. There’s such thing as taking too much vitamins, especially with the B vitamins. And ironically enough, too much vitamin A can cause hair loss! So be careful.



 

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