When it comes to maintaining the health of your skin, vitamin C plays a critical role. Also known as ascorbic acid, this vitamin is essential for the growth and repair of tissues all over the body! Its healing properties contribute to clearer skin and a brighter complexion. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which combats free radicals that can cause skin dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
As you probably already know-dietary sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits and vegetables like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tomatoes, bell peppers, cauliflower, spinach and many more.
What you might not know- vitamin C enhances the absorption of non-heme iron, the kind from plant-based sources. Iron is often a nutrient of concern for the vegan diet so it is beneficial to combine iron-rich plant foods with a source of vitamin C.
With this in mind, be sure to spice up your black beans with a fresh tomato salsa or add some fresh berries to your spinach salad for dinner. And don’t forget to reap the benefits topically, my choice: the traces of lemon peel in MMT’s Lavender Lemon Bar Soap and Juniper Lemon Salt Scrub!
This is a new segment of our blog written by Amber Pelletier. Amber is a student of nutrition at Keene State College and the sister of Tara (one of our co-founders). She will be guest blogging for MMT sharing some of her knowledge on essential vitamins and minerals and how we can access them in our skincare and diet.
It's been 75 years since President Roosevelt enacted the executive order which allowed the U.S. military to exclude any and all persons from an area after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Although no single racial or ethnic group was mentioned in the order, hundreds of thousands of Japanese-Americans were forced out of their homes and moved into camps.
I recently interviewed my grandfather about what life was like as a Japanese-American post World War II. I hoped to gain insight into a part of my heritage which I’ll never experience first hand but am saddened by. It's impossible not to see parallels being drawn between the recent travel ban and past U.S. anti-Asian policies. I can't help but feel anxiety for how the current administration seems to be playing to the fears of a bigoted populism and what can be done to counter it.
Not just your potato’s best friend, this fresh and woody herb promotes hair growth and stimulates blood circulation. The fragrant oils in the rosemary leaf also dissolve excess and clogging sebum in hair follicles to balance oil production without over-drying. Make your own herbal tea hair rinse with fresh rosemary or apply hair oil with the essential oil.