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Magnesium helps with collagen?
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Responsible for balancing over 300+ biochemical reactions throughout the entire body, Magnesium is crucial for your wellbeing.
These ions are essential for bodily functions including regulating blood pressure, the nervous system and muscles. No matter if you struggle with cramps, restless legs, migraines, fatigue or anxiety, magnesium can
help! What you may not realise however, is that magnesium also plays an essential role in making collagen connective tissue in the body. Amazing!
What does collagen do for our body?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, making up 25% to 35% of our whole body protein content. It's the main component in connective tissue and respon
sible for plump, firm, smooth skin! This highly durable glue-like substance strengthens blood vessels and gives skin its elasticity. As we age however, these collagen levels in deplete by around 1% per year.
How can magnesium help build connective tissue?
Magnesium plays a crucial role in many cellular functions including DNA transcription and protein synthesis. It's also important in building connective tissue as collagen production relies on the presence of magnesium and associated enzymes. In a study by Paris Descartes University, tests were conducted on the effectiveness of both ascorbic acid and magnesium in stimulating the production of collagen. After nine days of culture, results showed that magnesium ascorbyl 2 phosphate was just as effective as ascorbic acid in stimulating collagen.
How does magnesium play a role in elasticity?
In the body, elastin is responsible for adding flexibility to tissue cells. This allows our skin to bounce back to normal and our blood vessels to flex as needed. Magnesium is important as it plays a role in the growth of both elastin and cartilage to prevent swelling and degradation of tissue!
"As we age these collagen levels deplete by around 1% per year."
By Irene Falcone
Magnesium products I'm using...
Elektra Magnesium Cream
Applying Elektra Magnesium Cream is a wonderful way to increase your daily magnesium intake and improve collagen production! Created with a breakthrough formulation, these creams are the first (and only!) in the world to combine the benefits of natural oils and butters with 15% magnesium chloride hexahydrate.
Caim & Able Magnesium Body Scrub - Coffee & Clementine
The Caim & Able Magnesium Body Scrubs work to buff away any dry, dead skin while delivering transdermal magnesium. Coffee & Clementine combines the benefits of coffee and pure essential oils.
Amazing Oils Roll-On Organic Magnesium Gel
Simply roll the Amazing Oils Roll-On Organic Magnesium Gel and you'll feel instantly refreshed. This handy dose of magnesium can be applied directly to the skin to assist with insomnia, headaches or lower back pain.
Elektra Magnesium Food Grade Bath flakes
These food grade flakes are a wonderful way to absorb the benefits of magnesium daily. These flakes come from naturally evaporated salt water, 3,200m above sea level in the Tibetan Plateau and contain over 16% elemental magnesium. Ideal for the whole family, add to your evening bath or a foot bath.
Not only providing effective sun protection, this sweet mint lip balm with SPF 15 also hydrates and protects lips from other forms of environmental damage, thanks to the softening properties of Beeswax, Shea butter and Coconut oil!
Perfect for cooling off in the middle of a hot summer day, this refreshing toner hydrates and replenishes your skin's natural moisture!
"Aloe juice and rose water soothe flushed cheeks for a midsummer pick-me-up!
This soothing and cooling gel is perfect for treating insect bites and minor sunburns, even on the most sensitive skins. Soothing aloe vera heals minor wounds, so you can say goodbye to those pesky insect bite marks!
This nourishing super serum protects your hair from damage caused by harmful UV rays as well as chlorine and dryness from spending too much time in the pool! Containing a blend of rich vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, this serum replenishes and restores hair for natural gloss and shine.
Now that the sun's out and the warm weather has arrived, it's more important than ever to
During the Summer months we are much more likely to become dehydrated as we lose hydration through sweat. Even though sweating is a natural process to cool the body down, if we don't replenish this lost fluid we can easily become dehydrated. While many assume that it's only necessary to drink water when thirsty, it's important to stay hydrated throughout the day to ensure your body can function at its best. To beat the heat this Summer, you may also consider reducing your daily caffeine and alcohol intake. These really draw the moisture out of you… especially on hot days!
Why do our bodies need to stay hydrated?
Did you know that approximately 60% of our body is made from water? This vital compound plays a role in regulating body temperature, removing toxins through perspiration and regulating bowel movements. Not only this, drinking enough water can naturally relieve fatigue and headaches, prevent cramps and improve the quality of your skin. It also supports proteins, enzymes and cells found in the body, allowing you to function at your best.
Water helps to dispel toxins!
In order to sweat and dispel toxins from your system, your body needs an adequate water intake. Both the intestines and liver need water to flush out waste from the body. Dehydration may cause constipation and prevent this food from moving through the intestinal tract.
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"It's estimated that 75% of Australians are chronically dehydrated! This means you may be dehydrated without even realising it."
The Beauty Chef Hydration Inner Beauty Boost
To improve your hydration and gut health, there's nothing like The Beauty Chef Hydration Inner Beauty Boost! Infused with Coconut, this bio-fermented and probiotic rich supplement helps you to radiate from the inside out. All you need to add is 15 ml of Hydration in a glass of water to experience all of the benefits. Once combined with water, this powerhouse supplement activates to improve your gut health, circulation and oxygenation of blood. It's also ideal for anyone concerned with dry, dull skin, free radical damage or fine lines!
Using the five stage benefits of The Beauty Chef's Flora Culture, this liquid is filled with fermented ingredients and a variety of natural probiotic strains essential for good gut health. The hero ingredients in this inner beauty boost include probiotics for thriving skin and bio-fermented coconut water filled with electrolytes and antioxidants. Hydration also includes vitamin rich bio-fermented aloe vera to naturally hydrate the skin and act as a powerful anti-inflammatory. Bio-fermented lemon myrtle is used as a powerful antimicrobial to remedy digestive issues and naturally strengthen the skin. The perfect summertime supplement!
Water regulates your digestion!
Did you know that digestion starts with saliva? The enzymes found in saliva are responsible for breaking down foods and liquid and dissolving essential nutrients. When you are properly hydrated, water can effectively break down fiber, allowing for healthy digestive functioning!
Water protects your tissue and joints!
When your eyes, mouth or nose becomes dry, water works to keep these tissues moist. Water is also responsible for protecting the spinal cord, lubricating joints and hydrating our blood, brains and bones.
How can you tell if you're dehydrated?
It's estimated that 75% of Australians are chronically dehydrated! This means you may be dehydrated without even realising it. Some of the first signs of dehydration include muscle fatigue, dizziness, headaches and cramping. You may also start to feel nauseous, an increased heart rate and decreased performance level. Chronic dehydration is much more serious and may lead to kidney stones or your organs being affected. You may also experience cholesterol problems, constipation, muscle, liver and joint damage. Infants, children and athletes are particularly prone to dehydration. Children and infants are more vulnerable to water depletion as their bodies require more water than adults. It's so important to keep hydrated!
Which products can help keep you hydrated this Summer?
Handy Tip – Happy Coal, binchotan charcoal is naturally alkalising is also effective at removing any unpleasant tastes from your regular tap water!
When you're constantly on the go, it's so important to make sure you always have a water bottle on hand. To keep your water cold all day, Swell bottles are ideal! Made with the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel, these high performing bottles can keep your beverages hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours! Perfect for long days in the office or taking to the gym, Swell bottles provide effective insulation to ensure there's no condensation left on the exterior. The mouth is also specifically designed for drip free sipping and adding ice cubes on a hot day! With so many gorgeous designs to choose from, the only problem will be choosing your favourite.
Waters Co BMP 1100 11L Bench Top Alkaline Water Filter
With studies outlining the potential dangers of tap water, water filters are the best option to ensure you're keeping safe and hydrated. The Waters Co BMP 1100 11L Bench Top Alkaline Water Filter is ideal for use in an office or at home. Featuring hand-blown glass and a chrome tap outlet, this filter reduces the dirt, rust, sediment and chemicals from your tap water. It also removes any heavy metals, bacteria or chemical residue. Without the need for electricity or tap connection, you'll have fresh, cool water all day long.
Waters Co Ace 1.5L Alkaline Water Filter
The Waters Co Ace. 1.5L Alkaline Water Filter is an easily transportable water filter that fits right inside the fridge. This handy jug removes 99% of fluoride, leaving pure, clean and alkaline engergised water with a pH level of 7.5-8.5. The multi-stage cartridges contain hard working minerals including activated silver ionised carbon to re-mineralise and ionises ordinary tap water. Any nasty chemicals, heavy metals, bacteria or odours will be removed. This economical water filter has a 1.5L capacity and includes a filter that lasts up to 2 years. It's the perfect house welcoming gift!
Sweet Leaf Water Drops
Finding it hard to drink water all day? Add these sugar free sweet drops to your water to turn it into a delicious drink.
• 3 limes, zest finely grated & juiced
(approximately 1/ 2 cup (125 ml) juice
• 4 cm knob ginger, peeled & finely grated
• 3/4 cup (180 ml) water
• 2 1/4 cups (560 ml) coconut water
• 1/3 cup (80 ml) HYDRATION Inner Beauty Boost
• 3/4 cup (180 ml) coconut cream
• 1/3 cup (30 g) coconut flakes, lightly toasted
• Edible flowers, to decorate (optional)
Combine the lime zest, ginger and water in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until reduced by half. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly.
Strain the infused ginger and lime water through a sieve lined with muslin cloth into a medium bowl. Gather up the edges to form a bundle and squeeze to extract all of the liquid and flavour.
Add the lime juice, coconut water and HYDRATION Inner Beauty Boost and stir to combine.
Pour into a small shallow tray.
Freeze for 1–2 hours, until frozen around the edges. Remove from the freezer and mix in the frozen edges. Return to the freezer.
Remove the mixture from the freezer every 30 minutes or so and mix it up. Once all of the liquid begins to freeze use a fork to drag and scrape the mixture and break it up into small ice crystals. Repeat this over 3 hours, or until mixture is fully frozen into delicate ice crystals.
To serve, scoop into serving glasses or bowls. Drizzle with coconut cream and scatter with toasted coconut and/or edible flowers to garnish.
Lime, ginger & coconut granita
TIP: Granita can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
"Created by Happy Skincare, this paste destroys odour causing bacteria for long lasting protection. This paste is great for on the go as it's so fast absorbing and made with a non-greasy formula. While it still contains Sodium Bicarbonate, the formula is gentle and can often be worn by those with sensitive skin."
"If you're a fan of refreshing peppermint scents, this paste deodorant from Salt & Glow is a winner. Formulated with nourishing ingredients including Shea Butter and Vitamin E, this deodorant soothes sensitive skin while neutralising odour. This paste is designed to absorb wetness and keep the skin soft and hydrated."
"For those who prefer fragrance free, this Schmidt's paste deodorant is perfect for sensitive underarms. Made with natural ingredients including Shea Butter and Cocoa Seed Butter, this deodorant will keep you fresh and confident."
"With a zingy lemon and lime scent, the Juice Detox Deodorant Paste from Skin Juice allows your body to naturally eliminate toxins while keeping you fresh and dry. This antibacterial paste is non irritating, vegan and keeps odour at bay."
"A must have product for any natural beauty lover! The Axilla Deodorant Paste from Black Chicken Remedies uses the benefits of Arrowroot, Sodium Bicarbonate and Coconut Oil to neutralise odour and absorb moisture. Suitable for both men and women, this paste has an uplifting scent of Peppermint, Lime, Clove and Lavender."
As the weather heats up, we are all thinking more about how effective our deodorant is. Just because our deodorant needs to work harder this time of year, it does not mean you need to turn to the harsh chemical based options.
Mainstream deodorants can contain harmful ingredients that prevent our body's natural detoxification process. Natural deodorants can work just as well without the nasties. Weather you prefer the convenience of a spray, the feel of a roll on or the effectiveness of a paste, this guide is designed to help you find the best option for you.
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In recent years, natural paste deodorants have become more popular than ever. Great for travelling, these pastes allow you to choose exactly how much product you want use at any given time. No wastage!
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More of a stick deodorant fan? These picks are convenient to use and offer a variety of fragrances to suit every taste. Sticks are the perfect pick for those who like the consistency of a paste in a handy applicator.
"Would you rather let your perfume do the talking? The Noosa Basics Deodorant Cream Stick - Unscented is fragrance free and keeps you feeling fresh. It's a fuss free deodorant cream that is 100% effective at neutralising odour! This product is suitable for both men and women."
"This innovative deodorant stick from Earths Purities is made from Bentonite Clay and Diatomaceous Earth. These two powerhouse ingredients carry negative ionic charges to magnetically pull toxins and impurities from the body. This deodorant is packaged in a handy tube made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper!"
"This fresh, citrusy scent is ideal for both men and women. Made with hard working ingredients including Arrowroot Powder and Coconut Oil, this stick deodorant from Schmidt's helps to achieve all-day moisture protection."
"The Agent Nateur Nº4 has a gorgeous sensual scent of rose and sandalwood. Blended with coconut oil, beeswax, sunflower butter and avacado butter, this deodorant nourishes your skin."
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There's nothing like a classic roll on to keep you fresh and dry throughout the day. At Nourished Life, we have roll on deodorants to suit everyone's taste. Whether you're looking for something fresh, fragrant or for your teenage children, we have you covered!
"This luxurious and romantic scented deodorant from Fresca features pure Bulgarian Rose Oil. This natural ingredient is said to have the ability to bring happiness, harmony, opportunity and patience to those who wear it!"
"If you're looking for a fuss free deodorant, the Lavera Fresh 24 Hour Roll On Deodorant is the one for you! This fresh scented deodorant combines the benefits of Lemongrass, Peppermint and Sage to neutralise odour. It's delicate on underarms and gets the job done!"
"The Harmoni's Kiss Organic Deodorant is ideal for young girls or teens as its soothing and hard working. This deodorant works effectively to keep your underarms dry, fresh and free from bacterial build up."
"This long lasting formula from Earths Purities absorbs moisture and neutralises odour, while providing antibacterial protection. It has a fresh, citrusy scent formulated from Rose Geranium, Mandarin and Vanilla essential oils."
"Featuring the delicate fragrance of pure Vanilla and Grapefruit, this antibacterial deodorant from Vanessa Megan is simple and effective. It contains the ingredient Witch Hazel which has astringent properties which shrink the pores under the arm, keeping you protected all day!"
"This multipurpose deodorant from Weleda can be used as both a deodorant and a body spray. Made from organic Rose leaf extract, this feminine fragrance is perfect for spritzing throughout the day."
"Housed in a handy glass bottle, this spray deodorant from Lavera features the uplifting fragrance of Organic Lime and Organic Verbena. It's a great choice for anyone that love a citrusy fresh scent to keep fresh all day long."
"Endorsed by athletes, this Mukti Botanique Deodorant uses antibacterial botanicals to absorb moisture and eliminate bacteria. This is a fantastic unisex option that works hard to keep you fresh when working out!"
"The Divine by Therese Kerr Deodorant is fast absorbing and absorbs moisture without blocking the sweat glands. It has a fresh, luxurious scent made from Ylang Ylang and Lavender which smell just like you're wearing a fragrance!"
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When you're always on the go, spray deodorants are a lifesaver! Drying instantly, spray deodorants are ideal for topping up throughout the day. Keep one in your bag and you'll be fresh all day long.
This lightweight tanning mousse creates a beautiful bronzed glow in just one hour! Non-drying and skin smoothing, this self-tan helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite and is suitable for use on both face and body!
1. Swell Bottle
You'd be crazy to go out in the heat without an ice tea, cold juice or chilled water in your Swell Bottle! These gorgeous, original bottles keep your drinks cool for up to 24 hours, and come in beautiful colours and summery designs.
This texturising sea salt spray is a summer hair must-have; the ultimate product for creating beachy waves and tousled locks, like you've just come straight from the beach! With the added hydration of aloe vera and argan oil, it won't dry out your hair!
This delicious tropical coconut scented moisturiser is fast absorbing and provides lasting hydration. With antioxidant rich Acai, Cocoa and Avocado, your skin will be left deeply nourished and lightly coconut scented.
This wonderful facial sunscreen is suitable for all skin types. It has a beautiful light-weight, non greasy feel with a physical barrier to protect our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. It is also packed with skin-loving superfood ingredients including Kiwi Fruit, Avocado, Kakadu Plum and Green tea.
3. Butter London 8-Free Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer
"Available in many gorgeous summer colours, the Butter London 8-Free Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer contains a unique formula giving a high shine gel look that is chip resistant and promotes stronger, healthier nails."
1. 100% Pure Nail Polish
The 100% Pure 10-Free Nail Polishes are wonderful stocking fillers for friends and family. These nail polishes are formulated without nasty ingredients and come in very flattering shades; choose from subtle nudes, feminine pinks, or seductive reds.
"This best selling makeup palette is flattering on all skin tones. It contains beautiful fruit pigmented pressed powders to highlight the skin and blush the cheeks as well as 3 eye shadows to create the perfect naked makeup-look. "
"The Blisume Jasmine & Lime Candle and matching Hand Wash make a gorgeous gift for family and friends. The combination blend of 100% natural ingredients creates an aroma which is uplifting, and just a little bit seductive."
"The iconic LaVanila Perfume in Pure Vanilla is a light and luscious fragrance which settles beautifully on everyone. The scent is blended with essential oils and botanicals including Madagascan Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Goji Powder and Kakadu Plum."
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"Pete Evans' 'Going Paleo' encourages a life packed with nutrition. As a father himself, Pete Evans reveals his secrets to get out of the kitchen quicker, spend less money on food, and spend more time with loved ones."
"The Black Chicken Remedies Beard Oil is ideal for any man sporting a beard. This oil helps to condition the hair and keep the skin moisturised with Jojoba, Camelia Tea, Vitamin E, Grapeseed and Cedarwood. (Remember, a soft beard means less pash-rash!)"
3. BOODY Men's from $8.95
"The range of BOODY men's eco socks and underwear offer unrivalled softness with odour-minimising bamboo. Bamboo is sourced sustainably and offers anti-pilling, anti-fungal, and hypoallergenic properties."
4. Sanctum Certified Organic Men's range from $12.95
"Sanctum's range of men's certified Organic grooming products address the needs of male skin. Each product is blended with natural essential oils and skin nourishing ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil."
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