From Frizzy Hair To Fabulous

July 7th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

From Frizzy Hair to Fabulous What gives hair that frizzy look? The part of your hair that you see—the shaft—consists of three layers. The outer layer is called the cuticle. It’s transparent, and under magnification looks like tiny overlapping fish scales. When the scales lie flat, hair looks healthy, normal, shiny. When the scales don’t lie flat, you get “frizzy hair,” and your hair loses its shine, takes on that dull, lifeless look.

It’s not just a matter of looks. The function of hair’s outer cuticle layer is to protect the soft middle layer, the cortex. When the cuticle’s scales get ruffled…no protection!  This may lead to split ends over time, a condition called trichoptilosis.

Some ends can actually split into several pieces, even break off easily. Neglect them a while longer, and those split ends will migrate up the length of your hair shaft toward the roots, damaging the entire hair length, leaving you with just one option—cutting all that damaged hair off!

Why does hair get frizzy? There are several causes. Here are the major ones: Read the rest of this entry »

Do Not Eat at Night, But Do Feed Your Skin

July 4th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Skin's repair timeIn my book Quantum Eating I present abundant scientific research on how not eating in the late afternoon or later will give you ideal weight, youthful energy and put a powerful break on the aging process. Not eating at night gives our digestive system a chance to rest, letting our whole body use the available energy for regeneration, damage repair, and cleanup in all its nooks and crannies. But there’s one organ I encourage you to feed at night—your skin. Read the rest of this entry »

Luscious Lashes

June 26th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

EyelashesHealthy eyelashes, seemingly insignificant parts of our features at first glance, are normally short durable hairs that grow on the edges of both upper and lower lids. Eyelashes are there to keep your eyeballs healthy by protecting them from dangerous, foreign substances and causing you to blink when necessary.

Not only that, but if you are also taking care of the skin around your eye area, long luxurious lashes can transform a pretty pair of eyes into stunning peepers. Read the rest of this entry »

Reversing the Irreversible Documentary

June 17th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Reversing the IrreversibleVictoria Boutenko’s name is familiar to most of those living the raw food lifestyle. We all know Victoria for having launched the “green smoothie revolution.” Her efforts first propelled her family to new levels of health. Then her research, books, seminars and retreats began a worldwide movement that’s brought greater health, directly or indirectly, to literally millions. Every raw foods aficionado, from the beginner to the most advanced, owes a debt of gratitude to Victoria Boutenko.

Victoria’s daughter, Valya, is a talented artist and filmmaker. Valya released a documentary film—Reversing the Irreversible—in which she interviews over 30 people offering stories of radical health improvement and triumph over disease, thanks to Victoria Boutenko’s methods. Beyond informative, it’s genuinely inspiring stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

Plants that Clean the Air

June 13th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

HouseplantsDid you know there is a simple, cost effective way to ‘clean’ your home, and it comes in a 6-inch pot of dirt? Did you figure out what it is? – Houseplants.

Sick Building Syndrome

A 2 year study in the late 1980’s, launched by NASA revealed that common everyday houseplants are highly effective at helping to combat the so called ‘sick building syndrome.’ Originally, these scientists were looking for ways to purify the air in orbiting space stations, but the study proved to have more far reaching ramifications.

They tested a couple dozen common houseplant varieties and found many to be so efficient at capturing and removing pollutants from the air that some plants will be sent aboard future space stations as part of the ‘biological life support system’. The top three pollutants that the scientists tested for were Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene because of their ubiquity in today’s office buildings and homes. Read the rest of this entry »

Hydrochloric Acid: Improve Your Digestion

May 6th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Stomach AcidIt’s possible you might be eating a healthy raw food diet and still be having absorption issues if you’re not producing enough Hydrochloric Acid.

What is Hydrochloric Acid?

Chemically speaking, hydrochloric acid is hydrogen chloride (HCl) in a water solution. It’s found naturally in our own gastric acid.

If your hydrochloric acid levels are up to par, you’ll experience good digestion and good nutrient absorption, and you’ll be protected from harmful pathogens and parasites. But if your HCL levels are low, you may show such symptoms as fatigue, hair loss, impaired digestion, candida, gastritis, slow healing and vitamin B12 deficiency and a host of other maladies. That’s how much HCL effects your health. Read the rest of this entry »

Transitional Raw Food Recipes (April 2012)

April 8th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Delicious Hearty Stuffed AvocadosNo matter where you live, April should be bringing you a new batch of delicious raw fruits and vegetables to enjoy on your raw food journey. Around here, we will be feasting on juices, salads and creative raw dishes featuring papaya, watercress, strawberries, limes, arugula, beets, spinach and parsley. The possibilities are endless, but here are a few recipes to whet your appetite.

Hearty Stuffed Avocados (by Kelli Haines) 

It’s great for an Easter celebration feast.

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Constipation…a ‘Fast’ Remedy

April 1st, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Fasting as a solution to ConstipationFor good health, you need a bowel movement at least once a day. Twice is better. Medically oriented websites note that merely not having a bowel movement on a particular day doesn’t mean you’re constipated per se. As a raw-foodist of fifteen years’ experience, I’ll say this: Unless you’re fasting, not having a bowel movement daily is constipation.

Regular evacuation of your bowels is essential for being healthy, for maintaining ideal weight (or getting down to it), and for having clear, youthful skin. For more on that, read my article: The Straight Poop. Read the rest of this entry »

Parasite Treatment

March 22nd, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Giardia parasiteThe very word parasite strikes horror in the heart of any determined health seeker, bringing a shudder at the thought of your body entertaining these beasties. And how, exactly, do you go about dealing with this issue?

What are parasites?

Parasites are organisms which live upon a host. But we’re not talking about what’s called a symbiotic relationship, in which a living thing lives off the host and provides a benefit in return. This is rarely the case with parasites.

It is estimated that currently in the West at least one out of every six people has parasites of some sort. Parasites are so prevalent that it’s surprising the subject is not more openly addressed in North American culture, as it is in other countries. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Nail Polish Toxic for Your Body?

March 15th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Healthy NailsRecently I watched the movie My Sister’s Keeper. The story focuses on two teenage girls, one of which, Kate, has leukemia. She’s in a hospital, where we see her aunt at her bedside painting the girl’s nails with a bright nail polish to cheer her up. The scene proclaims defiantly a girl’s gotta be a girl, deathbed notwithstanding. I squirmed: The doctor’s standing right there not objecting to this procedure.

It’s not that I have no sympathy with the urge to wear nail polish. I’m a girl, too. I used to wear that stuff. No more. Read the rest of this entry »

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