Bad Ass Broccoli

 

BROCCOLI

 

Broccoli is a green vegetable, catalogued by experts as a superfood. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean and it has been described as the vegetable of higher nutritional value per weight unit of any edible product. It is almost the perfect food, having many uses, benefits, and versatility when it comes to its consumption. It has anti-cancer properties, is a good source of minerals, has almost no fat and is a rich source of many antioxidants.

WHY EAT BROCCOLI?

Broccoli is so rich that it is difficult to summarize all its benefits, but one of the highlight traits of this rich vegetable is being the best source of a chemical called ‘sulforaphane’, a compound that prevents free radicals from breaking down in our body, slowing down the cellular ageing process.

 

THE BROCCOLI BROADCAST

 

BROCCOLI CAN HELP PREVENT CANCER

Broccoli may prove to be a natural wonder drug for many types of cancer, in particular, the ones located in the internal organs. That being said, it is particularly beneficial for breast cancer and uterine cancer, since it also removes extra oestrogen from the body.

This is due to the presence of strong anti-carcinogenic compounds like glucoraphanin, diindolylmethane, beta-carotene, selenium and other nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E, zinc, potassium and certain amino acids, which are also good anti-cancer agents.

BROCCOLI CAN HELP YOU TO DETOX

The presence of vitamin-C, sulphur and certain amino acids make broccoli one of the greatest detoxifiers. It removes free radicals and toxins like uric acid from the body, thereby purifying the blood and keeping away problems related to toxins such as boils, itches, rashes, gout, arthritis, rheumatism, and kidney stones.

BROCCOLI CAN HEP YOUR SKIN

The credit for keeping our skin glowing and young goes to antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin-C, as well as vitamin B complex, vitamin E , vitamin A & K, omega 3 fatty acids , amino acids and folate present in the broccoli. They all take very good care of our skin, hair, and nails and leave them glowing, healthy, and radiant. Furthermore, glucoraphanin, one of the phytonutrients found in significant amounts in broccoli, has been connected with reversing the negative effects of sun exposure, so we can turn back the clock on our skin by eating plenty of this beneficial vegetable!

BROCCOLI CAN HELP SOOTHE YOUR TUMMY

Broccoli is very rich in fibre, the primary dietary ingredient that can relieve constipation – which is the root of almost all stomach disorders. The magnesium and the vitamins present in the broccoli cure acidity, facilitate proper digestion and aid in the absorption of nutrients.

Tummy’s are soothed by aiding inflammation.

BROCCOLI CAN KEEP YOUR HEART STRONG

Apart from the antioxidants mentioned above, broccoli has a very high fibre content, along with significant levels of beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids, and other vitamins. They all reduce bad cholesterol and keep the heart functioning properly by regulating blood pressure. When we steam broccoli, studies have shown that the fibre components combine better with bile, making it much easier and efficient to excrete. Reducing bile has a strong impact on cholesterol levels, thereby helping our heart health. Furthermore, the potassium found in broccoli is a vasodilator that can boost blood flow and oxygenation of essential organs by relaxing tension and stress of veins and blood vessels.

BROCCOLI CAN HELP YOU SEE BETTER

Zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, vitamin A, phosphorus and other vitamins such as B complex, vitamin C and E found in broccoli are very good for ocular health. These substances protect eyes against macular degeneration and cataracts, while also repairing the damage from by radiation.

BROCCOLI CAN HELP WITH BIG STRONG BONES!

Being very rich in calcium and other nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus, eating broccoli can be very beneficial, particularly for children, old people, and lactating mothers. That’s because these are the people most prone to osteoporosis, weakening of bones and teeth, and calcium deficiency. Since broccoli is so rich and full of nutrients, it can become essential for a pregnant women’s nutritional needs. Furthermore, the folate content in broccoli helps to ensures that there are no birth defects, such as neural tube defects, which are a major problem for pregnant mothers who suffer from folic acid deficiency.

BROCCOLI CAN KEEP YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE LOW

An important mineral, chromium, found abundantly in broccoli, regulates the proper functioning of insulin and blood sugar levels, thereby regulating blood pressure as well. The vitamins, which make all our systems function properly and are found in abundance in broccoli, along with fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, help to regulate blood pressure even more.

BROCCOLI CAN HELP ANAEMIA

Anaemia is directly related to a lack of iron and certain proteins. Broccoli is rich in both of these and hence forms an excellent remedy against anaemia. When we eat Broccoli, our blood travels powerfully through our body, spreading oxygen and nutrients to keep our systems functioning at a high level. Copper is also found in broccoli, which is another mineral that, along with iron, is essential for the production of red blood cells.

 

 

HOW TO GET MORE BROCCOLI INTO YOUR DIET

 

Select the small and compact clusters of broccoli as these contain the most concentrated form of nutritional benefits. Choose bright green-purple and form stems – and reject offerings with open flowers or are soft and turning yellow.

Steam or boil broccoli, alone of with other veg. Start by rinsing rather submerging to clean to avoid losing nutrients.

The stem is packed full of goodness, peel this too and include in your meals for extra nutrients.

Cooking broccoli – as with any vegetable – can create a loss of nutrients. Utilise the stem or boil water to form the base of soups or for cooking pasta or rice.

Although broccoli clearly has a wealth of health benefits associated with it, there is always room for caution. For some people, contact with broccoli can cause an allergic rash, as some of the powerful compounds in the vegetable can be irritating to the skin. Other than that, eating broccoli in moderation can be an aid for several diseases and medical conditions that are usually treated with traditional medicine.

 

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GRAPEFRUIT AND KIWI SMOOTHIE

This smoothie is a rich source of folate, vitamin B1 – B6 and K, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It’s a great breakfast alternative!

Ingredients: 

  • Juice from one large red grapefruit, (or 1 whole, peeled and deseeded)
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
  • 100ml of filtered water

 

Directions:

  1. Add the grapefruit juice and water to a blender.
  2. Add the bananas and kiwi and blend.
  3. Add spinach and blend.
  4. Add flax seeds (if you do not have a powerful blender, grind flax seeds prior to adding in a pestle and mortar or with a coffee grinder).

 

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Its all about the avocados

AVOCADO

 

This little green fruit is loved by many!  Avocados are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. It is the fruit of a tree native to South Central Mexico, which is not sweet, but distinctly and subtly flavoured, with a smooth texture.

Its consumption has spread in the last decades; people eat it either due to its taste or to its healing and beautifying properties.

WHY EAT AVOCADO?

Avocado is one of the richest foods in the world.  It is vastly recognised and used internally and externally as an anti-ageing food and supplement due to its high amounts of good fats and vitamins.

This tasty fruit has also a fairly high percentage of folic acid (23%).  Folic acid is a vitamin found in green leafy vegetables and their role is to restore overall health.

A typical serving of avocado is rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K, with good content of vitamin C, vitamin E, and potassium.  Avocados also contain phytosterols and carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin.

Avocados have diverse good fatty acids.  About 75% of an avocado’s energy comes from fat, most of which (67% of total fat) is monounsaturated fat as oleic acid.  Other predominant fats include palmitic acid and linoleic acid.  The saturated fat content amounts to 14% of the total fat. It is a rich source of oleic and palmitoleic acid

 

THE AVOCADO ANALYSIS

 

AVOCADOS HELP YOU SEE!

Thanks to a carotenoid called lutein, avocado absorbs ultraviolet rays from the sun.  Avoiding these can help to protect the retina.  The acids on the pulp also protect the eyes from degeneration and cataracts.

 

AVOCADOS MAKE YOU FEEL GREAT!

Avocado fruit contains the benefits of Vitamin E: When you consume this vitamin regularly, our body is fully equipped to fight disease.   In addition, Vitamin E also revitalises the skin making it soft and supple thanks to its antioxidant properties.

 

AVOCADOS ARE FULL OF NUTRIENTS

Eating avocado guarantees an improvement in the absorption of certain nutrients.  Carotenoids in other fruits and vegetables are absorbed more efficiently when we eat avocado.  Some research has shown that a person who eats avocado increases five times the nutrient absorption compared to one that does not.

 

AVOCADOS HELP TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL

The avocado is high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to keep cholesterol levels low.  Avocados contain monounsaturated fat (healthy fat), which reduces LDL cholesterol which is harmful to the body.  Numerous studies have shown that eating avocado can improve heart disease risk factors.

 

AVOCADOS HELP TO KEEP US SAFE

Again, avocado is a high-fat food.  The majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid.  This is a monounsaturated fatty acid that is also the major component in olive oil and believed to be responsible for some of its beneficial effects such as protecting us from cancer and tumours.  Oleic acid has been linked to reduced inflammation and been shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.  The fats in avocado are also pretty resistant to heat-induced oxidation, making avocado oil a healthy and safe choice for cooking.

 

AVOCADOS HEAL US

Fibre is an indigestible plant matter that can contribute to reducing blood sugar spikes and is strongly linked to a lower risk of many digestive diseases.  Avocados tend to be high in fibre, which can have various important benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.

 

AVOCADOS HELP US SHINE

This perhaps is one of the most popular of the avocado’s benefits.  It repairs dull, dry hair, due to the large number of vitamins and fat you consume from eating it.  Avocado oil is also used on the skin to repair sun exposure related damage, and signs of aging.

 

EAT MORE AVOCADO…

A deliciously full of flavour fruit, the avocado is a very versatile food product that can be consumed in many different ways.

Although costly to produce, nutrient-rich avocado oil has diverse uses for salads or cooking and in cosmetics and soap products.

It is used in both savoury and sweet dishes, though in many countries not for both.  The avocado is popular in vegetarian cuisine as a substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads because of its high fat content.

Generally, avocado is served raw and can be sliced, cubed or smashed.  Avocado face masks and skin treatments are also very popular.

Helping your makeup last the distance

 

As women we like to present ourselves in a certain way, so we take the time to apply our daily war paint, whether it be a full face or just a slick of mascara, that little something helps us brave the world and our Chrsitmas parties with a touch more confidence, but we often notice towards the end of the night, we may not be looking as perfect as we did a few hours previously.

There’s no escaping Facebook, Snapchat and instagram now with cameras on every phone – so looking good and staying looking good is key to ensure picture perfect tags this Christmas!

  • Keeping make up on all night starts with the skin. Make sure skin is well exfoliated a few times a week to slough off dead cells which are prone to flaking. If applying makeup onto dead flaky skin it will naturally be shedding more throughout the night, taking your make up with it.
  • Skin also needs to be well moisturised to make sure skin isn’t thirsty but avoid super rich creamy moisturisers during the day as these will force foundation to slide off the skin.
  • It is easy with our hectice ‘get ready’ schedules  to not take the time to allow our water, serums, moisturisers, foundations etc to sink in, but leaving the appropriate amount of time in-between each product will give a firmer base for  makeup
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  • Trial a primer and see if it works for you. Sometimes primers can be excellent in helping the makeup stick to your face but sometimes if using the right products, it might be a wasted effort. So visit some counters and ask to trial a primer to see if it works for you and your makeup.
  • Keep foundation thin, add more layers if you need to, but start with less so you can be as thin as possible while still gaining the coverage you require.
  • Setting powder over the top of foundation can make a real difference. This is also a better product to re apply half way through the night if you need to, to keep your matte look, than a liquid or cream foundation.
  • Make sure all previous mascara is thoroughly removed from the lashes before reapplying a new layer. Build up can be bad for the lashes causing them to break.
  • Avoid touching your face throughout the night. This is something we all do more than what we notice, but with every touch removes more product.

Enjoy your parties ladies! xxx

Stella dot trunk show

Stella & Dot Trunk Show – Here’s What Happened

We love all things sparkly here at Forever Gorgeous.   That’s why we were so excited to be hosting our first Stella & Dot trunk show and open night right here at the spa.

There was a wonderful selection of jewellery and accessories on display, as well as personal styling and – of course – some bubbles to help things along!

You can see what happened in the short video below –

If you’d like to host your own trunk show with your friends – and earn some FREE jewellery in the process – just drop an email to info@forevergorgeous.co.uk and we’ll send you some information.

It’s a lot of fun! 🙂

You can also see the whole range at www.fashionmaverick.co.uk

How To Slow Down The Ageing Process

When those pesky lines appear around our eyes, it can make us feel a ‘little sensitive’ to say the least.

There are some of us that embrace the laughter lines and grow old gracefully, and there are others (like us) that dig our heels in and refuse to give in!
There are some incredible products and facials available nowadays that can do wonders for skin – but, its so important that we understand what’s causing our skin to change, and the steps we can take daily to prevent stop aging in its tracks!
SUNCREAM
OK, we all know this – its nothing new.  But do you know why suncream is so important?
Its been reported that the sun is responsible for 80% of premature aging in skin – and if that statistic doesn’t make you slap on the SPF, then nothing will!
There are 3 types of UV rays emitted by the sun – all that cause different concerns for us .

UVA is responsible for premature aging and skin cancer

UVB is also a culprit for premature aging and skin cancer but is the ray responsible for burning us

UVC is kept out by our ozone layer – but is the most harmful of the 3.

Using a good quality SPF can work wonders in protecting us from damage, burning and aging.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR HANDS
It’s super easy to forget our hands – but cream up guys, as our hands can be the biggest giveaway when it comes to aging!
Our hands go through so much everyday and need some TLC to keep them hydrated and firm!
Massage some good quality hand cream in every night so skin can rest and rejuvenate through the night.
SLEEPING IN MAKEUP
We’ve all done it…. stumbling up to bed (after a long day or maybe a little too much wine) and we skip the night routine to fall into bed.
Makeup on or not, our skin picks up all sorts of toxins and pollutants through the day.  Night time is when our skin repairs the damage from the day.  And if it’s covered in makeup or that day’s exhaust fumes, it can’t breathe properly and do what it needs to do.
Cleansing and toning nightly remove all the yukky stuff that blocks pores, leaving our skin ready to breathe and renew.
STICK WITH YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
Ever bought a new miracle product, and trashed it after 4 weeks because you didn’t look ten years younger?  Well, you might want to use it for a bit longer.
It takes 30 days for our skin to renew its self and 4 months for collagen and elastin to renew.  It takes time for the products to work their magic, but be consistent with them and you’ll see a great difference.
GET YOUR SLEEP
Did you know that missing out on valuable sleeping time can actually age your skin?

When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic.

Sleep loss also causes the body to release too little human growth hormone. When we’re young, human growth hormone promotes growth. As we age, it helps increase muscle mass, thicken skin, and strengthen bones.

 

DRINK LOTS OF WATER 

Staying hydrated promotes skin circulation at its base. A good rehydration can make us feel more awake, slimmer, healthier and look younger. health organisations recommend 8 glasses per day.

Advent Calendar Launch Day 2015!

Wow!  What a day yesterday was!

We just wanted to extend our thanks to everyone who came to support our advent calendar launch open day.   We had well over 150 ladies (and a few men!) come through our doors to enjoy some fizz, some incredible cupcakes from The Cake Agency and of course to choose their amazing Christmas gift vouchers (some for themselves and some for others no doubt!).

Remember you can still register for our festive offers which are being released every day from 1st December to 24th December.  24 days, 24 offers, each for only 24 hours!

You can register for a daily offer straight to your inbox here.

For those who missed it, here is a short video we shot.  Enjoy!

Facials And So Much More For Problem Skin

Over the years a facial has become one of the most popular and diverse of treatments.

There are scrubs, peels, masques, relaxing treatments, stimulating treatments, electrical treatments, snail facials, gold facials and laser facials.

The list is endless, something to suit every budget and an absolute minefield of choices for what is best for our skin; so how do we choose what facial is for us?

Facials are for men as well as women!

Facials are for men as well as women!

The best thing if you have no idea where to start would be talking to a skin specialist at somewhere such as Forever Gorgeous.

Discussing with a professional can slowly start to narrow the process down and advise you on what treatments will have the greatest effect on your particular issues.  For example some people have excellent tone in their facial muscles but lots of fine lines have appeared so for them a microdermabrasion would be most suitable compared to dropping jowls and facial muscles but very few wrinkles which would be better suited to a non-surgical facelift to help target and tone the muscles.

For acne scarred skin and deep very inset wrinkles something stronger like a skin peel would be most beneficial as this is re building the skin, slowly working the scars or lines up and away from the skin.  Of course a combination of all treatments would the ideal scenario to keep the skin at its absolute pinnacle of youth, however we know this isn’t realistic for busy lives and empty purses.

So as a rough guide, (skin is so unique and individual it is hard to say exactly) below are the best treatments and how often you could be having these treatments to help sort the problem as quickly as possible.

Elemis facials have been listed the majority of times as they have some very advanced systems that can be incorporated into their facials to target every problem, visit here for more information on how these very special products can help you.

Fine lines – twice a month

Microdermabrasion, Elemis facial

Prevention – once a month

Elemis facial, microdermabrasion, non-surgical facelift

Spots – twice a month until reduced problem, then maintenance as needed

Elemis facial, Regima skin peel

Acne – Once to twice a month depending on therapist’s advice and severity

Regima Skin peel

Jowls – Once a week

Non-surgical facelift, Elemis facial

Crows feet – Twice a month

Non-surgical face lift, Elemis facial,  Microdermabrasion

Nothing beats chatting to the experts ahead of any treatment or course of treatments.  We take your skin very seriously so get in touch today for an informal chat on 01202 294774.

Grab Your Other Half For A Couples Spa Day

There was once a time where spas and beauty treatments were mostly reserved for women and girly days.

There has been a shift recently where it is deemed more acceptable for men to enjoy a spa day just as much as the girls; indulging in a massage, sorting their skin out and even the occasional wax.  Thus, the couples spa day was born.

One of the best things about this shift is that couples can now enjoy a relaxing day out together, and couples rooms are a great way of indulging in this special treat together. Not everywhere has access to a room this size but there are a few special rooms to be found, including a beautiful one right here at Forever Gorgeous.

Our double suite

Our double suite

This space allows couples and of course friends, parents and siblings to enjoy a treatment together, of course it is a good idea to agree on whether you will be chatting or relaxing, as this can be the only minor discrepancy between couples sharing a room!

Packages start from just £99 and our famous ‘Time for Two’ package includes:

Access to our facilities
Dressing gown and slippers
Access to our Luxury lounge (teas and coffees, magazines and day beds)*

A choice of one 55 minute treatment each from the following list –

Coconut Cream Body Glow & Massage (55mins)

Luxury Facial (55 mins)

Full Body Massage (55 mins)
Pure Fiji Island Hydrating Wrap (55 mins)

Strawberries and Cream experience – a light and delicious all over scrub, wrap and massage (55 mins)
Chocolate Wrapper – a chocolate inspired body experience with scrub, wrap and massage (55 mins)
Luxury Manicure (50 mins)
Luxury Pedicure (50 mins)

So why not book a treat for you and your man today, even if he doesn’t say it, we know he’ll love it.

Looking For A Dorset Spa Day?

Maybe you’re organising a hen day, a Mother’s Day surprise or even a corporate unwinding session, a Dorset spa day could be just the ticket.

Nestled in the South West of England, rests a county which many of you reading this will know pretty well.

Dorset, where the sights of the Jurassic coast leave you breathless by the sea, where hours can be wiled away on one of the many beautiful beaches and where many groups of stag and hen dos will descend upon.

No matter if you're a group of 2 or 20 you'll be well looked after at Forever Gorgeous

No matter if you’re a group of 2 or 20 you’ll be well looked after at Forever Gorgeous

 

Dorset – and Bournemouth in particular – have a lot of reasons to visit and a mountain of hotels to accommodate the streams of people. But apart from the great outdoors, a particular things we now love to do on holiday is get some pampering, and the influx of spas and salons confirms this story.

It is no longer about sloping off on your own however and indulging in an hour or two alone, but very much a group activity with some spas offering group packages and discounts to provide guests with an ultimate package in relaxing together.

Forever Gorgeous offers a very wide selection of group days, ranging from couples day for two all the way up to groups of 20.

With the most popular of days being –

  • £99 per person:
  • 1 x luxury 55 minute treatment
  • use of the pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi
  • use of a huge and incredibly tranquil area for everyone to relax in together in their robes and slippers whilst reading magazines

What more could a group of girls ask for?

To see our full list of Dorset spa day packages, just click here

Unwind as your troubles simply float away...

Unwind as your troubles simply float away…

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