Hello loves! Spring is finally here! The weather is getting nicer, so I feel this is the perfect time to start a new beauty regime! Especially for my skin. I like using different products in different seasons, but they all have something in common: they have to have natural ingredients and be paraben free.
Lately, if they can be eco-friendly that’s a big plus! That’s why I was so happy to give Naturalene by Greeniche a try!
I don’t know about all your other mamas out there, but myself I’m so bad with my night routine! By 8pm I’m usually a zombie walking, and I have to say that I’m guilty of not taking my make up off! I know I know! I’m gross!
That’s why I love their cleansing wipes, as I don’t have to do the whole “watching my face, find a towel, do this and that” thing. It only takes me 5 seconds to remove all the make-up and impurities from my skin!
During the weekends is when I usually take some time to do all the beauty regimes, and it is when I incorporate their face cleanser and cream! Their cleanser is safe, natural and soap-free formulation. My favourite thing about it is that it contains essential oils! Yes! If you have been following me, you know how much I love them! Some of the oils you can find include lemon, lavender, green tea, grape seed oil. aloe vera and the famous jojoba oil.
Their everyday cream is absolutely great too! I like to use this one for my face, hands, lips and as a base before makeup.
This company is Canadian (support local!) from Ontario and it is safe for the whole family, as their products have no fragrance and are hypoallergenic.
I don’t know about you, but this mama will take all the helps she can get to avoid Botox LOL! I definitely recommend everyone to try these amazing local products!
Probiotics are live bacteria or organisms that have beneficial effects on human health – they can come from whole foods that have been fermented – like raw unpasteurized sauerkraut and yoghurt, or taken in a supplemental form.
How do they work?
In the body, beneficial bacteria make up the microbiota. Most bacteria reside in the large intestine, some in the small intestine, and other places like the mouth, respiratory tract, genito-urinary tract, and skin. They provide many very important functions in the body, including:
Improve overall immunity as 70-80% immune system is in the gut and they regulate immune responses
They help suppress excessive inflammation
Help to reduce the allergic response
Help repair leaky gut and related skin issues like eczema as they promote the function of the intestinal inner lining, enhancing its ability to act as a barrier to the entry of potentially dangerous organisms and chemicals
Needed for absorption and manufacturing of nutrients (vitamin K, biotin, folate and vitamin B12)
Digesting and absorbing certain carbohydrates to produce energy
Aid in the elimination of toxins
Keeping bad bacteria under control that can lead to yeast overgrowth (candida)and inflammatory digestive conditions.
Support healthy mood balance, especially important for depression and anxiety
Are they different types?
There are up to 2000 species and 7000 strains of bacteria. The most studied ones for human health are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum – which is why you will see large amounts of these in many probiotic supplements. Many specific strains are being used in different probiotics to target specific health concerns.
Are they good for everyone?
I believe they are so important for not just gut health, but overall health as the proper digestive function is the foundation where we need to start. According to scientists at the University of Toronto, “Probiotics can be recommended for prevention of diseases that are associated with altered intestinal ecology… their use should be considered in patients of all ages.”
Can kids take probiotics?
Yes, I especially recommend probiotics to children who tend to get sick a lot, have allergies, or eczema. The type of probiotics is specific to the child’s age, as infants have different needs as toddlers, and older children.
Should you take them daily, or every other day?
I recommend taking them daily, especially if you have digestive concerns.
Do you lose weight?
One of the foundations for healthy weight loss is reducing digestive inflammation because it can alter your satiety hormones like leptin. There is new research coming out daily on probiotics, and some strains are particularly helpful for weight loss.
Which one would you recommend?
I recommend brands like Genestra, Genuine Health, and Living Alchemy. For specific health concerns, I would recommend reaching out to a qualified health care practitioner, like myself!
Annaliisa Kapp is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who has more than 8 years of experience in the health industry. Her mission is to help you navigate through the confusing world of nutrition and guide you toward your rightful state of health and vitality. She specializes in helping high achievers regain their energy from burning the candle at both ends with therapeutic foods that improve digestion, stress hormones, optimize weight and sleep.
Outside of her successful nutrition practice in beautiful British Columbia, Annaliisa loves spending time with her hubby and two sweet girls Isabella and Annika, yoga, running, hiking, and creating amazingly delicious recipes that impress even the biggest sceptics of healthy eating!