DFW Beauty Trends: ZERO Waste Beauty

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What is Zero Waste Beauty?

Zero waste means that we aim to send nothing to a landfill. This lofty goal may sound impossible to achieve, but is worth serious consideration when you realise that the average person in the United States throws away their body weight in rubbish every month. Experts predict that global solid waste generation will exceed 11 million tonnes per day by 2100. The drive towards zero waste beauty is a necessary requirement to help prevent pollution.

How does it work in skincare? Simple - we must start by reducing the products we use, reusing as much as we can, sending little to be recycled and composting wherever possible.

If you want to buy from a zero waste beauty brand, what should you be looking for? Let’s go through the life cycle of a beauty product and unpick its journey from cradle to grave so that we can build up a clearer picture.

Start at the Source: Cosmetic Ingredients

The challenge of achieving zero waste starts right at the beginning, as soon as the ingredients for our skincare formulations are plucked, harvested, pressed or even synthesised in the lab.

Any responsible zero waste beauty brand should know exactly where their skincare ingredients originate and how waste is managed throughout this process.

It’s not enough for a brand to buy ingredients from a retailer and hope for the best, they’ll need to understand their supply chain and know exactly how the ingredients for their formulations were farmed or produced. They should also proudly give you this information on their website.

Buy Smaller Bottles of Skincare

Next, let’s look at the formulation itself. Organic skincare products have a shorter shelf life so can spoil quicker than mainstream synthetic formulations. If your formulations aren’t used up in time, you have to throw them away or risk using contaminated creams and lotions.

A zero waste formulator should consider how much lotion will be used by their customer, how long it will take to use it up and what type of packaging will be used.

They should then create smaller lotions, scrubs and cleansers which you can use up in a reasonable time before they go bad. That way when we buy our bottle of face cream, it is more likely that we will use all of it during its shelf life.

Choose Responsible Beauty Packaging

We’ve all bought skincare products before that come in elaborate tubes, bottles and boxes. Let’s face it: the packaging is part of the experience of buying lovely creams and lotions. Would it be possible to do away with all beauty packaging?

Maia Robert Singletary of Astrida Naturals, a US-based clean beauty brand, thinks that zero waste packaging might be feasible for brands that rethink the formulations they sell:

“I think it can be possible for some brands but it depends on your products. Products that are all oil based or solid format like soap bars, dry face masks and solid perfumes can be packaged in biodegradable containers, but I don’t think products that contain water can truly be 100% zero waste.”

In other words, beauty brands might need to radically rethink their formulation and packaging choices if they want to move into zero waste beauty. As consumers, we also need to rethink our skincare choices to accommodate less packaging. Instead of buying a lotion, would you instead be prepared to buy a solid lotion bar which doesn’t need a bottle or jar?

A zero waste beauty brand should also challenge each and every one of their packaging choices to see if they can think smarter. Can packaging be recycled? Has it already been recycled? Can they use a returns system, perhaps as part of a customer reward scheme?

Go Zero Waste in all Areas of the Business

The concept of zero waste goes way beyond skincare packaging - it’s part of a wider philosophy on how a skincare brand manages the environmental footprint of its business.

A zero waste beauty brand should run their entire operation to zero waste principles - that means their formulation lab, their manufacturing processes, their administration, their shipping warehouses, everything.

If you want to buy from a truly zero waste beauty brand, look at the credentials on their website: do they talk about their carbon footprint, their environmental impact and how they manage their company’s waste management processes?

Heather Urquhart from Huna Natural Apothecary agrees: “We can use wind or solar energy, carbon offsets for CO2 emissions, go digital with record-keeping, recycle, reuse, and reduce waste in virtually every area of the business. It is difficult to achieve but zero waste can be possible for a beauty brand.”

Do you think it’s possible for a skincare brand to achieve zero waste? Leave us a comment below and tell us your views.

DFW Beauty News: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

After much anticipation, Rihanna's makeup line, Fenty Beauty, launched worldwide on Sept. 8 at Harvey Nichols and Sephora. Luckily, the singer didn't want to keep the makeup obsessees and lip-gloss aficionados waiting for too long, so she and Sephora took to Instagram Friday afternoon to tease the campaign.

Fenty Beauty, the highly anticipated (to put it extremely mildly) makeup collection from Rihanna, is finally upon us. The 91-SKU product line — which is touted as the most inclusive beauty range ever, with a noteworthy 40 shades of foundation alone — officially launched  midnight PST on Thursday. If ever there was a time to truly freak out over makeup, this is it. In addition to the aforementioned 40 foundation shades, there's also lip gloss, brushes, blotting papers, primer, contour sticks, mattifying powder, a sponge and a whole host of glimmery, glittery, mesmerizing highlighters that will help you physically manifest Rihanna's concept of shining bright like a diamond. And everything is housed in blush pink packaging that would make any millennial Instagirl swoon. 

Rihanna, who is perfect, challenged Fenty Beauty's parent company Kendo (which is owned by LVMH) to not only make the product range groundbreakingly inclusive for every skin tone, but also to make the products available around the world simultaneously. The products launched in 17 different countries at once and will be available in Sephora stores, on Sephora.com and at FentyBeauty.com.


DFW Beauty News: Vitaliv Infusion Therapies is Open at The Shops at Park Lane

The Shops at Park Lane continues to expand its curated mix of experiential retail with the addition of VITALIV Infusion Therapies, its newest health and fitness focused tenant. Located across from Bowl & Barrel and DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, the 2,464-square-foot store is the first location for the brand.

VITALIV specializes in injectable nutrient infusion therapies designed to naturally recover, cleanse, fortify, rebalance, and restore the body.  Studies have shown that injectable nutrient therapy works faster with sustained improvement, and causes considerably fewer side effects than conventional therapies.  

VITALIV’s team of pharmacists and physicians have formulated and developed a wide range of therapies to be the safest and most efficient possible.  Injections are mixed in-house the day of treatment inside a sterile double hood.  Different combinations of nutrients can be administered to improve athletic performance, eliminate hangovers, effectively combat viral and bacterial illness such as the common cold and the flu, increase energy and endurance, alleviate seasonal allergies, provide vital nutrients during pregnancy, reduce the symptoms of asthma, alleviate migraines and cluster headaches, and have shown signs of reducing the risk of cancer and cardiac diseases.

VITALIV is open Monday - Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-8pm, and Sunday 9am-5pm. For a complete list of services, visit www.vitalivtherapies.com and follow @vitalivtherapies on Facebook and Instagram.


The Shops at Park Lane, operated by Northwood Retail, is a 33.5-acre mixed-use development that includes 550 luxury residential units, 500,000-square-feet of upscale office space, and 550,000-square-feet of unique retail, restaurants and entertainment.  Located at the most-shopped intersection in Dallas, The Shops at Park Lane attracts an affluent mix of smart shoppers by pairing stylish shopping with the best in designer-value, boutique fitness, distinctive dining, and entertainment offerings, all in a modern, urban environment. For more information, visit www.shopsatparklane.com.

DFW Beauty Pick: Nude Rose Highlight - 4 Color Highlighter Palette

Nude Rose Highlight - 4 Color Highlighter Palette

Nude Rose Highlight - 4 Color Highlighter Palette

PRICE: $11.99

Create a super-flattering luminous look with our Nude Rose 4 Color Highlighter Palette, a versatile quartet of shimmering shades -- icy pink, rose gold, pearl and pink pearl -- that adds a gorgeous glow and enhances your features. Simply apply the velvety, opalescent powder and blend well to illuminate cheekbones, brow bones, above your cupid's bow and center of bottom lip, along the bridge and center of the nose, to brighten inner corners of eyes -- anywhere light would naturally hit your face. The palette comes in a slim, mirrored metallic case that tucks easily into your handbag.

DFW Beauty Chat: Is This Mic On?

The Hustle. Team No Sleep. Social Media. Grinding. All apart of the busy lives of entrepreneurs. Often times, we forget about ourselves when we're trying to pour everything we have into our business(s). Sometimes, we have to slow down and focus on what’s important; our health, beauty and well-being.

Below are the self-care routines of 7 local diverse Dallas creatives/entrepreneurs.

Have a read DFW Beauties, and be sure to slow down and treat yo' self!


Cara D's of MillennialLov3

I don't like to call it a routine, because I switch it up often!  So, self care for me is a strategy, and depending on what I need that week, it may include a few different tricks.  Nonetheless, here are 5 things that I do most consistently for self care:

  • Reading. Generally, I make time in my week to read at least a 3-4 hours.  Whether its self-help books or autobiographies (my favorite!), I squeeze time in for leisure reading to take my mind off the demands of the week.
  • BUBBLE BATHS!!!!!!!  Ok, its probably not that serious but I L O V E bubble baths.  Give me a glass of red wine and some candles, and I've created my own spa oasis.  And the best part?  Its totally free and relaxes your spirit.  I sleep better those nights, allowing me to start the next day refreshed and ready to go.
  • Writing. Yes, I write ALL day for my job and the podcast, but I also love writing in my journal and writing short stories and poems. It's almost like an escape from the real world.  
  • Sleeping in.  Please don't ask me to do anything on Saturday mornings because Saturdays are my sleep in days. I usually don't leave the bed until noon, giving my body some extra oomph to start my Saturday strong! 
  • Catching up with family & friends. Although I have amazing friends in Dallas, most of my tenured friends and all of my family live out of state.  Making time each week to talk or Facetime them centers me and helps me to remember just how AMAZING my circle is. It definitely helps me to keep going and going and going to make them proud!

Eryn Shields of Style Sew Me

Self-care is the key to my sanity! While I don't indulge in spa treatments and such as often as I'd like, I found that my self-care goes beyond luxurious treats.

I take care of my physical health by exercising 3 times per week, drinking lots of water, and limiting meat and dairy in my diet. I find this combination helps me sleep better, wake up in a state of clarity, keep my skin youthful, and feel less weighed down and groggy throughout the day.

I take care of my emotional health by engaging with and nurturing relationships around me that are positive, loving, and encouraging. Even with my hectic schedule, my husband and daughter are priority number 1. They are my center and I am intentional about not being so wrapped up in business that I miss moments with them.

I also exercise my power of saying no. I am very clear on my goals and say no to things that don't fit on the path to my dreams. Limiting distractions helps keep me clear, focused, purposeful, and intentional.

Kian Hervey of 40 Magazine

Most of what I do for Forty Magazine, like editing, writing, and designing content, is tied to a computer screen. When I need to recharge, I have to step away from the computer screen and completely unplug. I grab brunch with friends, get a manicure or pedicure, or binge watch a new TV series, anything to take my mind off the many duties associated with being an entrepreneur. Self care is important for any young professional trying to build their dream career.

Ki Ki J of Get N Tha Game Podcast

My self-care routine consists of being physically active, whether it be the gym, a Zumba class or walking around the metroplex I always try my best to be active.  I also get some me-time in while getting my nails or hair done, taking a drive or doing a little retail therapy, being an only child, I LOVE my me-time. And finally I spend time with my family, they keep me grounded and when I'm with my family I'm focused on them and being present, in my opinion there is nothing better than those moments.

Kristin McIntyre of The Fad Firm

My self- care routine is pretty simple, nothing too complex or fancy with the exception of 1 item.

  • Every morning I exfoliate using Neutrogena's Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub. I freak out when I get pimples so I try to be proactive, the more I age the more my skin easily scars.
  • After exfoliation I apply Lanoline Manuka Honey Skin Renew Firming Creme to smooth out my problem areas. My double chin is getting out of control, I highly recommend this product as I've seen good results thus far.
  • I have a combination skin type, so during the summer months I apply Peter Thomas Roth's Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel to my t-zone area. This is a true gem, I don't wear makeup unless an occasion calls for it and this product creates the illusion that I'm wearing light coverage on my face from day to night.
  • At night, after my shower I give myself a facial using Peter Thomas Roth's 24k Gold Mask. My skin is absolutely radiant after every use, like it's better than real gold but not the Ferrero Rocher's wrapped in gold foil.
  • In the morning before work, I apply Olay Quench Summer Luminous Minerals Body Lotion and before bed I apply Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula. This combination keeps my body smooth and soft even during the winter season.  
  • Drink water, it's cheaper than all of the above. I suck at it, but I'm trying to do better, it tastes more appealing after eating a chocolate (refer to number 4).

Brittany Giles of Fit X Brit

  • I start each day listening to my favorite gospel mix on spotify so that I can pray, meditate, recite my daily mantras and affirmations  before the noise from the rest of the day tries to take ove
  • I write 5 things that I am grateful for daily so that I can attempt to shift my focus at the end of the day away from the things that may have now went right and focus on the things that did.
  • So, while I am all about staying on the grind - and wishing there were more than 24 hours in the day - my sleep is something I am no longer willing to compromise. Not only can lack of sleep affect you externally but it can also affect your overall health too.
  • TAKE TIME FOR MYSELF. It’s really easy to continue to pour so much into other people and forget about yourself in the process. So, stop it - ok?

Laci McKinney

My self care routine changes based on my need.

  • Exercise. I try to exercise 4 days a week doing camp gladiator, TRX or yoga. All depends on what my body needs.  Sometimes I make it happen with my busy schedule.
  • Healthy eating. I try to follow the rule of thumb to make the majority of your meals healthy even though I may give in from time to time.
  • I am a big advocate for removing makeup before bed. I wash daily with PURPOSE soap and moisturizing is a must, I use a moisturizer by the PURPOSE brand.  
  • Drinking water.I don’t seem to care for juices and soda anymore. The majority of my meals are washed down with H2O. I also love Kombucha (Probiotic).
  • Mental/ emotional health is a big deal to me, especially with a busy schedule from working 9 to 5 and running my business The People’s Voice PR Agency. To balance the busy schedule I make time for my 2 boys (baseball is the game!), networking and hanging with friends.

Laci McKinney is the founder of The People’s Voice PR Agency, as an uber networking and a passion for seeing everyone around her shine; she has brought together Cara D, Eryn Shields, KiKi J, Brittany Giles, and Kristin McIntyre along with a host of other creatives/entrepreneurs together to celebrate their unique voices with the “Is This Mic On Campaign” which kicks off August 2017.

The “Is This Mic On Campaign” is the anniversary campaign of The People’s Voice PR Agency and is celebrating the creatives/entrepreneurs behind the brands. “IS THIS MIC ON” Campaign is the push/driving force behind assisting entrepreneurs/creatives with taking ownership of their voices and letting the world know why it is important.

To keep up with The People’s Voice PR Agency, visit www.thepeoplesvoicepr.com, Instagram @thepeoplesvoicepr and Facebook The People’s Voice PR Agency.

DFW Beauty Pick: Senna Moisture Drop Gel Primer


Senna Moisture Drop Gel Primer

Price: $39.99

Boost your skin’s moisture while creating a perfect canvas for foundation. The lightweight gel formula glides on and instantly releases encapsulated water droplets onto skin for a sensational burst of refreshing hydration. Absorbs quickly and provides a protective moisture barrier that helps to prevent dehydration, plumps the skin, fills in lines and pores and primes skin for long makeup wear. Natural botanicals tighten pores while Argan Oil makes skin soft and supple and skin appears dewy and radiant.

DFW Beauty Guide: Summer Essentials

Summer is a time to enjoy the warm weather, flaunt your bod and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. However, the hot season means natural elements that can hinder anyone’s well-being, making it imperative your medicine cabinet is stocked with the most essential, over-the-counter, at-home first aid products and medications.

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine has shared seven medicine cabinet must-haves for the summer!

1.    Moisturizing Sunscreen – This goes without saying. A moisturizing sunscreen is an absolute must! Sunscreen acts as a basic sun protector, assists with premature aging, helps with evening skin tones, all while making sure you stay moisturized.

2.    Aloe Vera Gel - With the sun rays in full force, it can be difficult to protect your skin from the heat. Aloe Vera Gel has great preventative properties also working as a skin rejuvenation, healing and soothing product. Aloe Vera Gel is a summer essential tool in skin-health and can used to relieve burned skin, remove sunspots, and moisturize dry skin

3.    Calamine Lotion - The summer brings mosquitos along with other pestering insects, leaving you vulnerable to bug bites and itchy rashes. Calamine Lotion is an oldie but goodie. This soothing cream is great to calm any itching that you may endure.

4.    Neosporin – Most people are more active during the summer season, partaking in outdoor activities like hiking, camping and beaching. Neosporin helps in treating and preventing infection due to minor cuts, scrapes, and burns you may get from your summer lifestyle.

5.    Band-Aids – Besides the most common use of Band-Aids, such as treating minor cuts and scrapes, Band-Aids can also be a great summer hack and important to prevent blisters, friction and wounds from sandals and other exposed footwear.

6.    Benadryl – Summer allergies are no joke! Pollen and insects can do a lot harm. Benadryl treats sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, hives, skin rash, itching, and other allergy symptoms that summer brings.

7.    Multivitamins – Some people may not know it, but summer is a great time to boost your body’s defense system. Multivitamins are important to provide the nutriment your body will crave in the summer.

DFW Beauty Guide: Welcome to Dallas Industrious

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Elegant design paired with best-in-class hospitality

Our attention to detail sets us apart. Finally, an office you’ll love walking into and sharing with others.

A vibrant professional community

Surround your team with others working just as hard as you are. Meet inspiring peers from all sectors, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

If you're looking for a place to grow your business be sure to look up Industrious, and ask for Jessica! See below for more stunning pics DFW Beauties!

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DFW Beauty Guide: Anti-Inflammatory Foods Can Transform Your Health

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When we look at the diseases that plague our society — arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — we see that long-term lifestyle changes are needed. What might not be as obvious is the common denominator tied to all of them and more: inflammation is at the root of most diseases.

By addressing the inflammation with anti-inflammatory foods, not only can the symptoms of these diseases be alleviated, but we could even see them cured.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods Can Transform Your Health

Inflammation as a bodily function is not necessarily a bad thing. When the body is injured or ill, the lymphatic (immune) system springs into action, bringing the immune system’s army of white blood cells to the area of concern via increased blood flow.

With the increased attention to the area, there might also be swelling, redness, heat, and pain or discomfort. You’ve probably seen this immune response in action, as a cut or scrape becomes hot and puffy around the wound while the extra blood runs. Inflammation, in a healthy body, is the normal and effective response that facilitates healing.

Sadly, we know this isn’t the whole story.

When the immune system overreaches and begins attacking healthy body tissues, we’re met with an autoimmune disorder like leaky gut and inflammation in otherwise healthy areas of the body. This is also the case for arthritis and fibromyalgia symptoms, as well as celiac and irritable bowel disease (IBD). For diseases that aren’t autoimmune, inflammation can still play a part as the body continuously tries to heal the tissues in a given area. Asthma creates inflamed airways; inflammation related to diabetes affects insulin resistance; and so on.

Despite the connection between inflammation and prevalent diseases, as well as the connection between diet and inflammation that we’ll explore, diet isn’t always analyzed in response to inflammation. In a 2014 study on diet and IBD, 33 percent of the patients in the study opted against the proposed anti-inflammatory diet. All of the patients who participated and consumed anti-inflammatory foods found enough relief that they were able to discontinue at least one of their medications. Still, the study notes that physicians typically offer “if it hurts, don’t do it” advice instead of clear dietary guidelines. (1)

Certainly, there is more we can do to promote anti-inflammatory lifestyle changes.

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Standard American diets (appropriately called SAD) are never touted as exemplary, but when talking about inflammation, it becomes vitally important to rethink our typical diets. As a report from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases reported:

While today’s modern diet may provide beneficial protection from micro- and macronutrient deficiencies, our over abundance of calories and the macronutrients that compose our diet may all lead to increased inflammation, reduced control of infection, increased rates of cancer, and increased risk for allergic and auto-inflammatory disease. (2)

To move toward an anti-inflammatory diet and anti-inflammatory foods, we primarily move away from the abundance of overly processed, unbalanced diets of the West and toward the ancient eating patterns of the Mediterranean. (3) A Mediterranean diet comprises plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, little to no red meat, certainly no chemicals or meat additives, and an abundance of omega-3 foods.

As we look into the anti-inflammatory components of certain foods and herbs, we can see how this kind of diet is linked with lowered inflammation. Among the many compounds found in fresh produce, a few general categories stand out as beneficial when attacking inflammation and inflammatory diseases at their source.

There’s little doubt that the pursuit of a healing diet begins with a menu high in vegetables, fruits, wild meats and sprouted seeds rich with omega-3 benefits. The evidence is clear that such anti-inflammatory foods can regulate the immune system and impact the way inflammation affects our bodies and our lives. (4)

Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Small, gradual changes are typically more sustainable, easier for the body to adapt to and can make you less likely to go back to your old ways. So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.

By adding in the anti-inflammatory foods that fight inflammation and restore health at a cellular level, you can begin to repair the body without any drastic changes. Once you find foods that heal your body and satisfy your palate, you can remove the inflammation-causing offenders without feeling deprived. Let’s take a look at 15 of the best anti-inflammatory foods you can add to your diet.

1. Green Leafy Vegetables

The produce drawer is the first spot in your refrigerator or pantry to fill when fighting inflammation. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants that restore cellular health, as well as anti-inflammatory flavonoids. If you struggle to consume added portions of green leafy vegetables, try this delicious anti-inflammatory juice that incorporates greens alongside some of the strongest anti-inflammatory foods in the list.

Swiss chard nutrition, for example, is extremely high in the antioxidants vitamin A and C, as well as vitamin K, which can protect your brain against oxidative stress caused by free radical damage. Eating chard can also protect you against the common vitamin K deficiency.

2. Bok Choy

Also known as Chinese cabbage, bok choy is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins and minerals. In fact, recent studies show that there are over 70 antioxidant phenolic substances in bok choy. These include something called hydroxycinnamic acids, which are robust antioxidants that scavenge free radicals. (5) A versatile vegetable, bok choy can be made in many dishes outside of Chinese cuisine, so make it one of your go-to anti-inflammatory foods.

3. Celery

In recent pharmacological studies, benefits of celery include both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities that help improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as prevent heart disease. Celery seeds — which can be found either in whole seed form, extract form or ground-up — have impressive health benefits on their own, as they help to lower inflammation and to fight bacterial infections. It’s an excellent source of potassium, as well as antioxidants and vitamins.

Also, balance is the key to a healthy body free of inflammation. A good example of mineral balance tied to inflammation is the proper mix of sodium foods and potassium-rich foods. Sodium brings in fluid and nutrients, while potassium flushes toxins. We know that processed foods are high in sodium, but our SAD diets aren’t as rich in potassium. Without this pairing, toxins can build up in the body, once again inviting inflammation. One of the benefits of celery is that it’s an excellent source of potassium, as well as antioxidants and vitamins.

4. Beets

A marker of a food chock-full of antioxidants is its deep color, and beets are a prime example! The umbrella category of antioxidants includes a great deal of substances. In general, they fight to repair the cell damage caused by inflammation. In the case of beets, the antioxidant betalain gives them their signature color and is an excellent anti-inflammatory. (6) When added to the diet, beet benefits include repairing cells and adding high levels of inflammation-fighting potassium and magnesium.

Beets also contain quite a bit of magnesium, and a magnesium deficiency is strongly linked with inflammatory conditions. (7) Calcium, while a vital nutrient, is not processed well within the body without magnesium. When calcium builds up in the body, it becomes unwanted — this unpleasant buildup, such as calcified kidney stones, then invites inflammation. But when a balanced diet is consumed, with anti-inflammatory foods rich in calcium as well as magnesium, the body better processes what’s consumed.

5. Broccoli

The poster vegetable for healthy eating, it’s no secret that broccoli is a valuable addition to any diet. For an anti-inflammatory diet, it’s invaluable. Broccoli is high in both potassium and magnesium, and its antioxidants are particularly potent anti-inflammatory substances in their own right. (8)

Broccoli is an antioxidant powerhouse, with key vitamins, flavonoids and carotenoids. These work together to lower oxidative stress in the body and help battle both chronic inflammation and the risk of developing cancer. (9)

6. Blueberries

One antioxidant in particular stands out as an especially strong anti-inflammatory, and that’s quercetin. Found in citrus, olive oil and dark-colored berries, quercetin is a flavonoid (a beneficial substance or phytonutrient that’s prevalent in fresh foods) that fights inflammation and even cancer. (10) The presence of quercetin is one of the health benefits of blueberries.

In a study seeking treatment for IBD, an extract from the noni fruit was used to affect the gut flora and colon damage done by inflammatory diseases. Of the effects the extract had, quercetin created the prominent anti-inflammatory actions.

Another study found that consuming more blueberries slowed cognitive decline and improved memory and motor function. The scientists in this study believed these results were due to the antioxidants in blueberries protective the body from oxidative stress and reducing inflammation.

7. Pineapple

Usually, when it’s packaged in supplement form, quercetin is often paired with bromelain, a digestive enzyme that’s one of the benefits of pineapple. After being used for years as part of an anti-inflammatory foods protocol, bromelain is observed to have immune-modulating abilities — that is, it helps regulate the immune response that so often creates unwanted and unnecessary inflammation. (11)

Pineapple also helps improve heart health because of the effects of powerful bromelain. which can fight blood clotting and is nature’s answer to those taking an aspirin a day to lower the risk of heart attack. Bromelain has been shown to stop blood platelets from sticking together or building up along the walls of blood vessels – both known causes of heart attacks or strokes.

The benefits of pineapple are due to its high supply of vitamin C, vitamin B1, potassium and manganese, in addition to other special antioxidants that help prevent disease formation. Pineapple is filled with phytonutrients that work as well as many medicines do to reduce symptoms of some of the most common illnesses and conditions we see today. 

8. Salmon

Salmon is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, and considered one of the best omega-3 foods. Omega-3s are some of the most potent anti-inflammatory substances, showing consistent relief of inflammation and reduction of the need for anti-inflammatory medications. (12)

Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. (13)

The source of fish and meat among anti-inflammatory foods is a vital component. One of the dangers of farmed fish is it doesn’t have the same nutrients as wild-caught salmon.

9. Bone broth

Bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and others. They contain chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. (14)

When my patients suffer from leaky gut syndrome, I ask them to consume a lot of bone broth it contains collagen and the amino acids proline and glycine that can help heal leaky gut and the damaged cell walls of the inflamed gut.

10. Walnuts

When following a diet without a lot of meats, nuts and seeds can make up the difference for protein and omega-3s. Add omega-3-rich walnuts to green leafy salads drizzled with olive oil for a satisfying anti-inflammatory meal, or grab a handful for an on-the-go snack.

Phytonutrients can help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular problems and type 2 diabetes. And some phytonutrients in walnuts are hard to find in any other foods. (15)

11. Coconut oil

So much can be written about the way herbs and oils work together to form anti-inflammatory partnerships. Lipids (fats) and spices create strong anti-inflammatory compounds, especially coconut oil and the components of turmeric (see #15). (16) In a study in India, the high levels of antioxidants present in virgin coconut oil reduced inflammation and healed arthritis more effectively than leading medications. (17

Also, oxidative stress and free radicals are the two biggest culprits of osteoporosis. Since coconut oil benefits include fighting such free radicals with its high levels of antioxidants, it’s a leading natural treatment for osteoporosis.

Coconut oil uses include topical preparations as well as culinary — and as a heat-stable oil, it’s excellent for sautéing anti-inflammatory vegetables.

12. Chia seeds

Fatty acids found in nature are more balanced than the fats we typically consume in our typical diets. Chia seeds benefits, for example, offer both omega-3 and omega-6, which should be consumed in balance with one another. (18

Chia are an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory powerhouse, containing essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, mucin, strontium, vitamins A, B, E, and D, and minerals including sulphur, iron, iodine,  magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine.

Chia seeds’ ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure make it extremely beneficial to consume for heart health. (19) Also, by reversing oxidative stress, someone is less likely to develop atherosclerosis when they’re regularly consuming chia seeds.

13. Flaxseeds

An excellent source of omega-3s and phytonutrients, flaxseeds benefits include being packed with  antioxidants. Lignans are unique fiber-related polyphenols that provide us with antioxidant benefits for anti-aging, hormone balance and cellular health. Polyphenols support the growth of probiotics in the gut and may also help eliminate yeast and candida in the body.

Before you use them alongside your other new anti-inflammatory foods, consider grinding them in a coffee grinder to ensure the digestive tract has easy access to their many benefits. (20)

14. Turmeric

Turmeric’s primary compound, curcumin, is its active anti-inflammatory component. Documented for its affects against inflammation in numerous circumstances, turmeric health benefits prove invaluable in an anti-inflammatory diet. (21)

The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds. It found that aspirin (Bayer, etc.) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) are least potent, while curcumin is among the most potent anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative agents in the world. (22)

Due to its high anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is highly effective at helping people manage rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A recent study out of Japan evaluated its relationship with interleukin (IL)-6, the inflammatory cytokine known to be involved in the RA process, and discovered that curcumin “significantly reduced” these inflammatory markers. (23)

15. Ginger

Used fresh, dried, or in supplement form and extracts, ginger is another immune modulator that helps reduce inflammation caused by overactive immune responses.

Ayurvedic medicine has praised ginger’s ability to boost the immune system before recorded history. It believes that because ginger is so effective at warming the body, it can help break down the accumulation of toxins in your organs. It’s also known to cleanse the lymphatic system, our body’s sewage system.

In fact, ginger health benefits may even include treating inflammation in allergic and asthmatic disorders. (24)

Inflammatory Foods to Avoid

With anti-inflammatory foods filling the diet, you naturally begin to eliminate pro-inflammatory foods and substances — they’re not as satisfying as a diet rich in whole foods.

A prime suspect is the duo of saturated and trans fatty acids. Found in processed foods, these fats cause inflammation and increase risk factors for obesity, diabetes and heart conditions. (25) The same foods are also likely to be higher in omega-6 fatty acids, which are necessary but only to an extent.

In excess and without the balance of omega-3s, omega-6 fats actually create inflammation in the body. Sadly, the University of Maryland Medical Center reports, “The typical American diet tends to contain 14–25 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids.” (26)

Simple, refined sugars and carbohydrates are more inflammation-causing culprits. Limiting refined grains is an important factor in an anti-inflammatory diet. (27) Whole grains should replace the refined carbohydrates, as truly whole grains are important sources of nutrition. (28) Sourcing these grains as fermented sourdough allows the nutrients to be broken down and better available to the body. (29)

Finally, establishing a regular routine of physical activity can help prevent systemic inflammation from building up or returning. (30) An active life fueled by fresh, whole anti-inflammatory foods and unrestricted by processed, toxic compounds can set you on the path toward freedom from inflammation.

ASK Lulu: What is a Jade Roller?

DFW Beauty Guide - Jade Roller

What is jade rolling?

It revs up circulation, de-puffs the eye area, and improves skin elasticity—and since it promotes lymphatic drainage, it’s detoxifying.

How to practice jade rolling

Put your roller in the freezer a few hours before you want to use it (or keep it in there next to your smoothie ingredients until you’re ready to use it).

Step 1
Cleanse your facial thoroughly.

Step 2

Step 3
Apply serum, moisturizer, or a mask 

Step 4
Roll! Either start at the chest or the forehead, using outward and upward motions doing about three up-and-out passes per area. After just a few strokes on your face, neck and decolletage, you’ll see that your skin is brighter and your fine lines are, literally, rolled out.

Keep at it for about two minutes.

If you applied a mask and it starts to get sticky (this is good—it means the product is being pushed down into your skin), spray a little mist on your face to get things moving again.

If you applied a clear serum or moisturizer, this is where you’ll see your face start to flush. This is also good—it means you’re increasing the circulation to your face and helping with cell rebuilding, collagen boosting, and lymphatic drainage.

Step 5
Wipe your face clean. Then add serum or moisturizer.

Just roll it DFW Beauties!