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Spiezia Organics Facial Ritual

A five step guide to feeling fabulous!

Follow these five simple steps to achieve beautiful healthy skin the natural way. These 100% organic products, made only from natural ingredients are a joy to use and will last for ages – a little of each product goes a long way.

STEP 1 – FACIAL CLEANSER

Spiezia facial cleanser Gently massage a pea size amount in circular movements onto the face. Start around the mouth and jaw line and work up over the forehead to the scalp line. Leave to absorb into the skin for 2-3 minutes. This is a good time to put the kettle on and have an organic tea!

STEP 2 – FLORAL SKIN TONER

Spiezia Floral Skin Toner Shake the bottle to blend the essential oils and floral waters. Apply toner to some cotton wool and gently remove the facial cleanser using upward sweeping motions. Alternatively, apply to a damp muslin flannel and press over the face for a revitalising effect.

STEP 3 – ROSE & VANILLA FACE OIL

Spiezia Rose & Vanilla Face Oil For a lighter treatment. Pour a very small amount of oil into your hand and allow to warm. Clasp the fingers together under the chin and draw the fingers outwards to the angle of the jaw bone. Stroke up the face towards the forehead to apply. Then, using a series of light circular movements with the finger tips, gently massage into the skin, beginning at the base of the neck and finishing at the forehead. Allow the oil to completely absorb into the skin before applying make-up.

STEP 4 – INTENSIVE MOISTURISER

Spiezia Intensive Moisturiser For a deeper, hydrating treatment. Take a pea sized amount and warm between the fingers. Clasp the fingers together under the chin and draw the fingers outwards to the angle of the jaw bone. Stroke up the face towards the forehead. Then, using a series of light circular movements with the finger tips, gently massage into the skin, beginning at the base of the neck and finishing at the forehead. Allow the moisturiser to completely soak into the skin before applying make-up.

STEP 5 – WEEKLY – ROSE & CHAMOMILE GENTLE FACE SCRUB

Spiezia Rose & Chamomile Face Scrub Apply a small amount to the fingertips and, working from the neck up, slowly circle the fingertips all over the face to encourage gentle exfoliation for a minute or two. Softly brush the residue away with finger tips or gently remove with a warm damp cloth.

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UK Falls Short on Vitamin Intake

It is 100 years since the discovery of vitamins by Polish scientist Casimir Funk. A century later, are we managing to meet our recommended intake of these vital nutrients? A study published last month in the British Journal of Nutrition suggests that we are not (1).

The study, a review of national dietary surveys, has highlighted shortfalls in the Western diet, with adults in the UK likely to be deficient in critical nutrients such as Vitamins D and E.

The researchers reviewed the diets of adults in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA, and compared them with national recommendations. Data was taken from the more recent national dietary intake surveys from each country as a basis for the analysis.

Of the countries studies, the Netherlands appeared healthiest, with fewer significant vitamin shortfalls compared with the rest of Europe and the US. Data from the UK and the USA showed similar patterns and levels of deficiencies, perhaps reflecting similar dietary habits and lifestyles.

Data from the UK included dietary information for both men and women between the ages of 19 and 49 years old. The results showed that more than 75% of men and women in the UK are deficient in Vitamins D and E, Furthermore, between 50-75% of UK adults are deficient in Vitamin A. Up to 50% of UK women were also found to fall short of the recommended dietary intake of certain B Vitamins such as folic acid and riboflavin.

Fruit Bowl
Fruit can help to maintain your vitamin levels.

The researchers concede that “a gap exists between vitamin intakes and requirements for a significant proportion of the population, even though diverse foods are available.” Increases in the consumption of fast food with low nutritional value probably accounts for this ‘gap’. A diet based on nutrient-dense, organic, whole foods is the best way to meet your nutritional requirements. A healthy diet should also be free from added sugar, refined grains and alcohol which ‘rob’ the body of nutrients.

Dr Manfred Eggersdorfer, DSM Senior Vice-President for Nutrition and Science Advocacy, and one of the study’s authors, concludes that action is needed to ensure that we are getting the vitamins we need for optimal health.  “This research highlights that 100 years after the discovery [of vitamins], there are still major gaps that urgently need closing – to improve people’s long term health and to drive down healthcare costs.”

Failing to meet the recommended levels of vitamins can leave individuals vulnerable to a host of chronic, diet-related diseases. In the UK in particular,  the recent study shows that many are failing to obtain adequate levels of Vitamins A, C and E in our diets. As these vitamins are major antioxidant nutrients, then, this could mean that a large number of the UK population are vulnerable to oxidative damage which is linked to the progression of a huge range of conditions from accelerated ageing and inflammation to cataracts, hypertension and diabetes.

Changing lifestyles mean that, even with the best of intentions, we do not always have the time or opportunity to ensure that we are getting all the nutrients we need from our diet. Processed convenience foods are all too readily available. Furthermore, unavoidable factors such as stress and pollution increase our nutrient needs. Small dietary changes can help to redress the balance. Regular consumption of oily fish, eggs and brightly coloured vegetables will help deliver a balanced of Vitamin A and its precursor beta-carotene, while regular snacks of fresh fruit and raw nuts and seeds will provide Vitamins C and E. For those in need of additional support, a good quality multi-vitamin or antioxidant supplement will help close the gap between vitamin intakes and recommendations.

Written by Nadia Mason, BSc MBANT NTCC CNHC

References

1. Troesch et al (2012) Dietary surveys indicate vitamin intakes below recommendations are common in representative Western countries. Brit J Nutr 108:4, pp. 692-698.

2. Image courtesy of  lynnc

 

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Organic September: Viridian tell us why Organic is the way forward

If you have been out of the loop the last few weeks you may not have noticed that September just happens to be Organic Month by the Soil Association, the industry’s month long celebration to celebrate all things organic.  This year we have a whole month to celebrate as National Organic Fortnight has been replaced and has now become Organic September.  The message is to promote organic and encourage shoppers to discover their own favourite organic products – and there are lots to choose from.  This week in the bodykind blog Cheryl Thallon, founder & managing director of Viridian Nutrition has kindly provided us with her thoughts about the importance of the organic certificiation.

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Cheryl Thallon on Organic September

“This September we once again celebrate Organic Month and while you are choosing your chemical-free fruit and veg, have a think about your daily supplements.

With more than 70 percent of the British population now taking a daily vitamin, mineral, herb or other supplement, it is no surprise that the more discerning are starting to dig a bit deeper into the company behind their daily vitamins.

The health of the planet and the health of the individual are inextricably linked.  Clearly living on a sick planet will make us all sick too.  Take care of yourself with good quality food supplements, a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle; and help to take care of the planet by supporting sustainable agriculture.  Organic farming methods are gentler on the environment and wildlife, reducing chemical pollution.

At Viridian Nutrition we have a three-fold commitment to our customers, Purity, Environment and Charity.  Caring for the integrity of the ingredients from the seed to the recycling bank and for the health and wellbeing of our customers not only by the formulations, but also through green business practices and by supporting charitable community projects.

What’s so special about Soil Association certification?

The Soil Association believes it is vital that organic standards are kept high and enforced effectively.  It has led the way in the development of high organic standards.  These not only meet the legal minimum requirements but are often higher, particularly in farm animal welfare.  The Soil Association can do this because it is an independent charity and is not motivated by profit.

Clearly not all vitamins and minerals can be grown organically, if you want therapeutic levels of these nutrients they are generally not extracted from fruits and vegetables but are produced in a laboratory. Not to say that this is unethical, simply put, the only organic multivitamin is one that offers a low potency blend of superfood powders – fine for stopping deficiency symptoms, but not for therapeutic use.

Viridian Nutrition is committed to organic ingredients and 40% of our range is Soil Association certified, creating one of the largest ranges of certified organic supplements available.  The Viridian organic range includes herbs, herbal tinctures, food blends, nutritional oils and balms – all certified organic by the Soil Association.   Other key products include the Organic Weight Management Plan, Organic Elderberry Throat Spray, Organic Ultimate Beauty Oil, Organic Soul Food Greens, Organic Equinox Elixir, Organic Chickweed Balm and Organic Mineral Complex.”

Written By Cheryl Thallon, Viridian Nutrition

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