Category: Health and Wellness


Vitamins are a great way to achieve perfect skin and optimum health. Aside from their beauty benefits, vitamins can help you to look younger and even assist with weight loss, disease prevention, the prevention of premature aging, and the list goes on. Vitamins can be obtained either by taking a daily multi-vitamin or through natural food sources. Though still controversial and highly debated, many claim vitamin supplements have shown harmful side effects. Gaining your daily intake of vitamins through food sources and a healthy balanced diet is usually agreed upon as the most effective way to get the vitamins that your body needs to be healthy. I’ve compiled a list of vitamins and their various beauty benefits for you below:

  • Vitamin A: Commonly known in skin care as Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate, Vitamin A is considered somewhat of a miracle vitamin. Not only does vitamin A help reverse and prevent free radical damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, age/sun spots, scarring and discoloration, vitamin A is also a great acne fighter. Ever heard of Retin-A? Guess what’s it main active ingredient is? You guessed it, vitamin A. Other great benefits of using vitamin A are that is fights dandruff, dry skin, assists with cell turnover (healing, collagen production, metabolism of cells), strengthen hair and nails, give natural shine and gloss to hair, and help to fight or prevent various skin conditions and illnesses. Some like to take a vitamin A supplement, but great food sources for vitamin A are Carrots, Tomatoes, Spinach, Milk, Fish Liver Oils (Cod Liver Oil- available in tablets or liquid form), Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruits and various Leafy Green Vegetables.
  • B Vitamins: There are many different B vitamins in this group from B1 all the way up to B12 and then some. These various B vitamins can do specific things from assisting with hair growth or preventing hair loss, conditioning you hair, skin and nails, acne, evening skin tones out, and improving circulation in the skin and body which can assist with weight loss or prevent weight gain by increasing or maintaining a fast metabolism. Aside from that, B vitamins keep your skin moisturized, prevent and treat various skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, maintain healthy bones to prevent osteoporosis, prevent anemia, smooth skin texture, protect from free radicals, thickens and hydrates hair and nails, and assists with the healing process of skin due to cuts, acne, dryness or other skin conditions. B Vitamins are gained from a variety of sources including Leafy Green Vegetables, Whole Grains (Breads, Cereals, etc.), Beans, Wheat Germ, and various Nuts. B Vitamins may also be obtained by taking a vitamin B complex supplement.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the more well known vitamins, especially for anti-aging uses. Vitamin C assists with protection not only from free radical damage, but also is a potent vitamin that helps to tighten and firm skin, correct skin discoloration, heal scarring, fight acne, and increase cell turnover to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is gained by eating any and all Citrus Fruits including Lemons and Oranges, various Leafy Green Vegetables, Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, and more. Vitamin C may also be obtained by taking a supplement.
  • Vitamin D: A powerful antioxidant (free radical protector), Vitamin D offers a variety of benefits including making sure you have strong pearly white teeth and strong bones and nails. Other benefits include fighting off various forms of cancer, depression, and even diabetes. Vitamin D is a bit more complicated in terms of getting your daily doses. The main source of vitamin D is through soaking up sunlight for 30 minutes a day without sun protection. I know what you’re thinking, Aren’t we supposed to be preventing sun protection??! Well, yes and no. Your body needs sunlight at least 15 minutes a day in order to synthesize the formation of vitamin D in your body. Ever notice you get the blues when you’re out of the sun for too long or notice you feel better under the sun? That’s because your body actually physically needs it! Not only that, but it prevents depression and makes us feel happier. Other easier sources of vitamin D include Milk, Egg Yolks, Fortified Cereals and various Fish including Mackerel, Sardines, Salmon and Tuna.
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is also a more well known vitamin for its health and beauty benefits. Known and used in many skin care formulations as a potent antioxidant and skin moisturizer, vitamin E soothes, heals and exfoliates skin. Vitamin E provides good moisture to hair and nails while strengthening them to prevent breakage. It can also be effective in treating acne, discoloration, dry skin, and preventing fine lines and wrinkles and skin cancer. Vitamin E can even minimize the damage caused from smoking. Derived from a variety of sources, vitamin E can be obtained from the consumption of Olive Oil, Various Nuts including Almonds and Peanuts, Spinach, Broccoli, Edamame or Soybeans, Kiwis, Mangoes and Tomatoes. Vitamin E can also be applied topically in a liquid form or through the consumption of a supplement.
  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K assists with improving skin elasticity, prevent and treat hyperpigmentation/discoloration in the skin due to age spots and healing dark circles due to broken capillaries (little bumps under eyes), and improving fine lines and wrinkles. It has been linked to the prevention of various diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Bulimia, and Osteoporosis. Vitamin K can be obtained by consuming various Leafy Green Vegetables such as Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, and Swiss Chard. It may also be found in Cabbage, Avocadoes, Kiwis, Romaine Lettuce, Soybeans and Strawberries. It may also be obtained by taking a supplement.

There are also other vitamins and nutrients that may be of benefit to your health and beauty efforts. Most of these may be obtained through food sources, but if you choose to take a daily supplement(s), please consult your physician before doing so in order to ensure your daily amount is correct and safe for your body.

Good luck with all your health and beauty efforts!

Feel free to comment with any questions or concerns; I will answer them to the best of my ability.

 

Yeah Yeah…I know what you’re going to say: Where the HECK have YOU BEEN? Not blogging for WEEKS!?! Okay, I won’t pretend like you all even noticed I was gone or maybe someone would comment once in awhile to remind me I’m not speaking to myself in type format… 😦

Anyway, for my own satisfaction, I’ll write on to document my life in the hopes that future fame and fortune will reach me and someone will have the furious need to research my life and find this. Yep.

In 2011, I plan on beginning a series of Vlogs (Youtube Videos) for a variety of things.

#1. To review, discuss and complain or something of that origin about beauty. Basically the same as here in speak format rather than type. Anything beauty related and I’ll pose a comment, whether you like it or not. 😛

#2. Monologues. Yeah, I’m an actor, but I’m out of practice and therefore plan on filming myself doing monologues. I shall force you to witness the progress, again, whether you like it or not. Feel free to click the X in the right hand corner…NO WAIT! My list isn’t finished!>:-/

#3. Shorties. Short films will be uploaded for your viewing pleasure, not necessarily on my youtube channel, but I’ll be sure to mention them in a video and link you. For more information to this end, visit Kumiko Productions.

#4. Singing. Yep I shall sing to you all the songs that I like and you can like, laugh or…whatever. It’s kind of for my own practicing purposes and kind of to get over my own stage-y fright.

#5. Movie Reviews & Good Music. This is reserved for all the great films I’ve seen lately, what I thought and yeah. And also great music, I’ll recommend to you for whichever and yep.

#6. Dieting, Fitness, Health, etc. If you have seen my other blog, NewbMartialArtist, you’ll know my bf teaches martial arts (Amer. Kenpo) and that he had begun to instruct me in American Kenpo. We stopped for awhile due to a few things, but will begin again very soon. Follow me on NewbMartialArtist Blog for more on this.

Well that’s about it for now. More later. Thank you for reading! :]

I am very enthusiastic about healthy living and eating a variety of whole foods as well as exercising regularly to feel, look & experience life in the most fulfilling ways. Because of this, I am constantly on the hunt for the latest shop or farmer’s market where I might find the most delicious and affordable selections of fruits & vegetables.

I live in Riverside, CA, which is a pretty interesting place to be for healthy living and the arts. I recently discovered this small health organics grocery store called Goodwin’s Organics and thought I would check it out. Upon my visit, I found this place to be a complete scam. While I love health food and organic grocery options as much as the next health food connoisseur, I really found this place to be a complete rip-off. For people who simply seek a place to shop that offers healthy food options, I find that there is no need or reason why they should have to shop at places such as Goodwin’s Organics only to be over charged for ridiculously overpriced items, offered a slim and sad selection of fruits and vegetables that do not look one appealing in the least and lastly, a small cafeteria style restaurant with overpriced food that any person could, not only cook to taste and be more appealing, but could also make themselves and save money.

Riverside offers a wide variety of options when it comes to healthy living that has nothing to do with shopping at any of these chain health grocery stores that are appealing at first look, but not a good long term option.

Here are a few options to consider INSTEAD of Shopping at your local over priced health/organics grocery:

 

 

Sun Organic Farm is a great option as you can buy online, by phone or fax or even by mail if you wish to do so. They have a wide variety of items, all organic, but the low part about this one is that they don’t carry any produce or meats so you can only purchase dried foods here.

Farm Fresh To You is a pretty convenient option for those who want to go the natural organic route, but have little time to shop or hand pick everything or those who really do not want to cook. Farm Fresh To You has package deal options that you can choose from such as Mixed Veggies Only, Mixed Fruits Only, Fruits & Veggies Mix, and even variants of these for those who want only produce that requires little to no cooking. They even offer healthy snack packs. This farm is family owned and ran, but the downside is that they may only deliver to the southern California area.

 

Shop Organic is closer to shopping at a normal organic grocery store chain than any of these, but I like that they sell a wide variety of items. From personal care products to dried and preserved foods to vegan, gluten-free, raw and kosher foods, Shop Organic has some cool options that are worth checking out.

 

Diamond Organics is a great option for organics. They have a little something of EVERYTHING. The items they have available include produce, meat, dairy, spirits (alcohol) and other various dried, preserved and canned items. They also have a wide variety of meal options available for purchase that include dishes from cultures around the world. They also offer overnight home delivery nationwide.

Lastly, Local Harvest is a great option that helps you either Shop Online if you wish to or locate a family owned farm closest to you. They have family farms across the USA in their directory that are located by plugging in your zip code.

If you like Asian skincare products, weight loss products etc. You will LOVE SASA ! The majority of their products are Asian brands, but they even carry Lancome and Dior items, among other USA and UK based companies. It is by far the best AND most affordable site I have seen. The company is based in Hong Kong, but they ship internationally at pretty decent rates. They have many different language options as well as currency conversion options. PLUS you can shop by price in each category you are interested in browsing. You can shop by price from lowest price -highest price OR from highest price-lowest price, which means anyone with any budget can shop with SASA. I found a whole set of shampoo, hair treatment and body wash for $2.20 on the site! I was so amazed. Granted they were small sizes, but they lasted for a pretty long time considering their small sizes (2-4 weeks).

PLUS they have tons of reviews on there of their products. Not to mention, they have a translate options for the ones that are made by women who live in China or other Asian countries. This is really helpful since the majority of product reviews are in Chinese and I don’t fully speak the language yet. Available on the site are a variety of skincare products including lotions, whitening lotions, toners, face masks, body lotion, skin firming items, slimming products for your body, your legs, even your face! I am always looking for new sites with good prices since I have to maintain a certain budget each month and this site has beat every site out there so far!

Check out SASA products here.

Natural Japanese Beauty is my latest great find. Recently, while browsing the web in search of japanese skin care, I found this great site. I think this site actually retails straight from Japan. Not only do they have really fantastic products, they have reasonable price ranges so there’s something for everyone! They also offer interesting articles on the history of each product and why it’s beneficial for you. This includes the benefits of rice bran, camellia oil and green tea as well as the use of silkworm cocoons (don’t knock it til you try it!) to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, leaving the skin SUPER SOFT!
Contrast to True Renu, this site takes a more traditional, less modern look at skin care maintenance while still focusing on the #1 thing: looking your best and maintaining healthy glowing skin. After starting to use all of these products, my favorites are the rice bran powder wash from True Renu, HABA’s G Lotion Toner and White Knight Creme, and the silkworm cocoons and ALL of the whitening products from Natural Japanese Beauty. My favorite thing about these products is that they are all natural. I don’t need a chemistry dictionary to know what I’m putting on my skin because it’s right there for me to see in the simplest of terms for the ingredients that include rice bran, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, and seaweed.
They even offer recipes on the site for Home Remedies! My favorite of these is the Ginger Tea. The Ginger Tea offers relief for “Colds, Flu, Arthritis and General Health.” I don’t usually have any of these issues, but I love the tea simply because it tastes really good. Also, I LOVE ginger. It’s refreshing and I’ll eat it by the plate like a salad. Talk about refreshing. I also used it recently to help my boyfriend’s mom get rid of vertigo. It WORKED! She couldn’t believe it because her vertigo was gone in just FIVE DAYS. She loves the tea so much, I make it for her almost daily if not weekly.

Benefits of Ginger: Click Here to get the recipes!

Aside from all these great benefits of this site, they also offer traditional clay make up just like Geishas use! They sell a variety of different color tones so that you can mix them and create a tone that most closely matches your EXACT skin color. For someone like me, who is obsessed with everything Geisha, this make up really is great. I’m always looking for more natural make up alternatives to the drugstore make up and the absurdly expensive designer cosmetics.

Check it out here!

Thanks for reading my blogs and good luck!