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Grapefruit is a superstar among superfoods. Just one grapefruit packs more than 100 percent of the daily recommended serving of Vitamin C. Additionally, lycopene, the pigment that gives grapefruit its pink color, is linked to protection against heart disease, breast cancer, and prostate cancer, and it's been shown to help lower your "bad" LDL cholesterol. 

So when we heard about the newly launched Grapefruit Active Lifestyle Meal Plan, a meal plan created by nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner with the aim of helping busy, active women get back into their athletic shoes this year, our interest was piqued. We managed to sit down for a few minutes with Jackson Blatner to get more information on why she believes grapefruit might be the key to getting healthy. 

"The idea is that I want to try and be active, I want to try and live this healthy lifestyle, but sometimes you need a pick-me-up," Jackson Blatner says. "When that's the case, that flavor can really get you going." 

When Jackson Blatner was creating the plan, she says her main goal was to ensure that everything was healthy and delicious, but above all, easy for women who are living an active lifestyle. 

"The most important thing about this plan is that you can actually do this one when you're living a crazy, hectic lifestyle," she says. "For example, for breakfast you could just broil half of a Florida grapefruit quickly to bring out some of that natural sweetness, and then top with yogurt and walnuts, and you're ready to go."

The full meal plan is available on the Juicy Scoop Facebook page, but the diet includes three meals per day, along with two snacks, all of which Jackson Blatner says can be customized to fit a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. 

"A typical dinner might be a steak and grapefruit salad with sweet potato croutons," she says. "The grapefruit adds a nice bold flavor to the salad, so that it doesn't feel like a normal boring salad, it feels robust and flavorful." 

While the plan includes a good mix of healthy fats, protein, and carbs, as well as fruits and vegetables, it was designed with fitness-focused women in mind to include no more than 1,600 calories per day. Men and those who consume more or less calories for health or medical reasons may want to opt out of this plan or see their doctor to have it adjusted accordingly.

Further, grapefruit is known to interact with some drugs, such as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs like Lipitor because it blocks enzymes in the intestine that prevent medications from being absorbed in the body. When that enzyme is blocked, the medication can instead be absorbed into the body, which can raise the blood levels of those drugs and cause serious side effects such as high fever, fatigue, and severe muscle pain.

The bottom line: Before you make any drastic changes to your diet, it's important to talk to your doctor about whether it's right for you. 

What do you think? Will you try the new Grapefruit Active Lifestyle Meal Plan? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

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If you are considering using an anti aging skin crème, you may wonder whether these products are as effective as they claim and whether they’re safe for your skin and your overall health. And if you’ve used these products, you’ve no doubt wondered if the crème you use is the best choice, and again, about the safety factor.

But unless you’ve done a lot of research yourself, you may not understand some very basic facts about the skin care industry and how the companies involved make decisions about what goes into their skin care products. While you may have some idea, knowing the truth will help you make a more informed decision.

As you may have guessed, the skin care industry generates billions of dollars annually, and the companies involved, at least the major publicly held corporations, are most interested in maximizing their profits and less interested in producing the best product. That sounds like a mercenary way to do business, but that is the way things work at that level of corporate business. They’re in the business of business more than the business of skin care.

This means that they want to produce their anti aging skin crème as cheaply as possible, advertise it heavily, and sell it for as much as possible. And “as cheaply as possible” means using ingredients that do not necessarily benefit your skin, and could even harm your skin and your health. These ingredients may sound familiar if you’ve read the labels; they include petrochemicals like petrolatum and mineral oil.

The problem with the cost-effective ingredients these companies use in their anti aging skin crème, aside from the fact that they offer no benefit, is that they can cause cancer, on the most severe end of things, and skin irritation, on a lesser scale. In between, they can cause other health problems, including such problems as migraines and other illnesses caused by artificial dyes such as Yellow 5 and Red 40.

Fortunately, there is an alternative. Many people choose an anti aging skin crème from a major cosmetic company because they think the big companies must know what they’re doing. Now that you know the truth, you can make a more informed choice.

That choice would be to choose a product with only natural ingredients. These crèmes are often made by smaller companies, and may cost more than the mass-produced products (though not always), but are more effective, which means you will spend less in the long run, and safer to use, which makes them well worth any additional cost.

Knowing the facts about anti aging skin crème makes it easy to decide which anti aging skin crème will give your skin the best treatment.

Uncle Sam is getting more serious about sunscreens, and that's leading to some important changes that should benefit consumers.

Under new rules the Food and Drug Administration published Tuesday, sunscreens will be tested to prove they filter out both ultraviolet B rays and the more harmful ultraviolet A rays before they can say on the bottles that they protect against skin cancer.

And starting no later than next summer, when the rules officially take effect, if products don't protect against both types of rays, or the sun protection factor, or SPF, is below 15, the sunscreen has to carry a warning: "This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging."

Now, the FDA only requires testing for ultraviolet B rays that cause sunburn, which is what the familiar SPF measure is based on, not the ultraviolet A rays that cause skin cancer.

?For the first time, the FDA has clearly defined the testing required to make a broad-spectrum protection claim in a sunscreen and indicate which type of sunscreen can reduce skin cancer risk,? said Dr. Ronald L. Moy, president of The American Academy of Dermatology Association.

The guidelines, which spent more than 30 years in bureaucratic limbo, are designed to enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens and make them easier to understand and use.

The key takeaway for consumers: Look for an SPF of 15 and above that also says ?broad spectrum,? which will describe a product that does an acceptable job blocking both A and B ultraviolet rays.

?We want consumers to understand that not all sunscreens are created equal,? said Lydia Velazquez, a spokeswoman with the FDA?s Division of Nonprescription Regulation Development, in a statement.

Not everyone does.

Forrest Johnson, a 17-year-old who spends up to eight hours a day in the sun as a lifeguard at the Cocoa Beach Aquatic Center, knows enough to use a high SPF sunscreen. But he hopes the new regulations clear up what can be confusing labeling.
?Sometimes the labels don?t always make sense, with all the numbers and the rankings and what they?re supposed to be guarding against,? Johnson said.

Like Johnson, Michael McCrosson understands the importance of sunscreen.

?We thoroughly put sunscreens on all our kids because, well, we live in Florida,? said the Cape Canaveral resident, who spent a few minutes Tuesday slathering his boys, Augden and Sam, with SPF 50 sunscreen as they prepared for some fun in the sun at the aquatic center.

And he welcomes the clarity the new regulations will bring. ?I?m all for stricter policies when it comes to sunscreen and also solving skin cancer problems,? he said.
If the new labeling and requirements help Johnson, McCrosson and other consumers better understand the sunscreen they buy, the FDA has done well, area physicians said.

?I think anything the FDA does to help clear up confusion consumers have regarding sunscreens is a good thing,? said Dr. Anita Saluja, a Viera dermatologist. ?I agree that both UVA and UVB protection, SPF30 or higher, and reapplication every two hours while outside is important.?

Beyond changing shopping habits ? or at least label reading habits ? the new regulations mean adjustments for manufacturers. Cocoa-based Ocean Potion?s broad spectrum sunscreens already are tested to the new standards and have been for the last two years, said Gary DeAngelo, president of Sun & Skin Care Research Inc., Ocean Potion?s parent company, but the labels will have to be changed.

DeAngelo is thankful for the time the FDA is giving companies to comply.

?We?ll have plenty enough time to use the bottles we have with the old labels and let them run out before you have to make the changes,? he said.

The FDA announced its intent to draft sunscreen rules in 1978 and published them in 1999. The agency then put the plan on indefinite hold until it could address issues concerning both UVA and UVB protection. View the original article here

Veteran actress Dame Judi Dench has asked officials of The European Union (EU) to ban animal testing for cosmetics sold in Europe.

EU is set to introduce legislation in 2013, outlawing the sale of products tested on laboratory animals. But it is reportedly said that the ban could be pushed back by 10 years.

Dench has joined stars including Ricky Gervais, Melanie Chisholm and Sir Paul McCartney's daughter Mary, where they signed a petition drawn up by animal rights campaigners and urged politicians not to delay the move.

"Using animals to test cosmetics is cruel and should be stopped. These days there are other means of testing which do not involve animal suffering. I totally support a sales ban and urge EU politicians to keep their promise to help stop this practice by 2013," quoted the 76-year-old as saying.

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1. Analysis by a trained professional

A university study shows that more than 60 percent of people define their skin types and home care incorrectly. A skin care professional is trained in skin analysis and in providing this information to you correctly.

2. Professional extraction, when needed

Acne and breakouts can be spread, and scarring caused, by picking. A professional is trained to perform this service when needed in the least invasive, though effective manner. The skin is prepped with products that ease the procedure, and then the professional performs the extraction safely, with great results.

3. Deep cleansing of the skin by a professional

Cleansing the skin of dirt, debris and environmental factors can allow your skin to maintain a healthy balance and enhance its ability to fight off disease and aging. It can also enable the skin to better utilize the products that you apply for nourishment, protection and exfoliation.

4. Deeper penetration of products through the benefits of professional facial massage

Professional facial massage techniques warm the skin, thus opening the pores to allow deeper penetration of products.

Warmth resulting from professional facial massage also dilates the vascular system, encouraging it to bring nutrients and moisture to the deeper layers of the skin and to remove toxins produced during normal metabolism. This stimulation also brings a healthy glow to the skin that only a professional facial massage can produce.

5. Professional recommendation

Skin care professionals are trained to recommend appropriate professional services that will meet your treatment needs. The professional can also recommend the correct home care program to enable you to meet your goals for your skin.

6. Professional products

The treatment-level products used by your skin care professional produce enhanced results in your treatment. Also, the professional-level home care product recommended by your skin care specialist will maintain and improve the condition of your skin between services.

You will be educated on the benefits of each treatment, on the benefits of home care products and on how to use them correctly for achieving your skin care goals.

7. Pampering by the professional

Facial professionals can de-stress even the tensest person, leaving him or her relaxed and rejuvenated after the treatment. An added and highly recommended bonus to the facial treatment!View the original article here