Lost Loves and Discarded Dreams

How many of you have tattoos?  Birthmarks?  Skin discolorations?  Aging skin?  Sun damage?  Scarring?  And would you like for this to just disappear . . . ???  Maybe you would just like to disappear stealthily into the foliage???

I may have an answer for you or someone you love with my new skin care and/or custom blended foundation system.   I can either cover or minimize these conditions with makeup that is all mineral based and highly pigmented so that I can get a lot more coverage with a lighter weight foundation.  I can put you on  a skin care regimen that works to rebuild the collagen layer to reduce wrinkling.  And, my friends, this isn’t just for people over 50.

My favorite story is about a teenager I worked with.  She is black and has a condition that causes the pigment in her skin to disappear.  In splotches.  On her face.  On her body.  Anywhere.   Teenagers, especially girls, just want to look normal, to blend in like everyone else – and she can.

Whether you need some good makeup for every day or for a special need,  I have been trained by the best in the industry to help.  I can’t bring back the lost loves or discarded dreams – but, I can cover the tattoo. 

Ann Marie Byars, Balanced Lives Resources – Unique Beauty, Health and Wellness Solutions! 


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The Importance of B-12 and B Vitamins in General

Are you tired? Can’t think clearly? Feeling depressed or have anxiety? Feeling forgetful or having trouble concentrating? Have restless legs? Migraines? Adding B-12 to your supplement regimine may help with these symptoms and save your heart, too.

It is estimated that 46 million Americans are B-12 deficient.  One can have joint pain, symptoms like fibromyalgia, dementia, alzheimers, chronic fatigue – all due to a B-12 deficiency.  Vegetarians are especially at risk because B-12 is only found in organ meats, liver, beef, pork, eggs, whole milk, cheese, whole wheat bread and fish, with small amounts derived from the fermented soy products miso and tempeh, and peanuts.

The ability to absorb B-vitamins naturally decreases with age, and various indicators of cognitive impairment are associated with reduced B-vitamin levels. The elderly often suffer from a reduction in the sense of taste, and thus appetite, and may use acid reducing medicines that increase the change of B12 deficiency. According to Robert M. Russell of the U.S. RDA’s Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts University, vitamin B12 is probably the single most important nutrient adversely affected by aging. Vitamin B12 is an incredibly difficult nutrient to assimilate and digest as well as one of the most important vitamins for a broad range of bodily functions, including optimal functioning of the nervous system, normal DNA and RNA synthesis, optimal energy production and healthy blood integrity.

Many Americans lack B vitamins in general and these work synergistically together; therefore, I like to take B-complex to get the range of Bs.  B vitamins are water soluble and so you have to keep taking them every day.  B vitamins are important for the following:

  • Promoting normal red blood cell formation
  • Decreasing stress and improving mood
  • Maintaining healthy levels of serotonin
  • Increasing energy
  • Deficiencies in folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 or biotin may result in feeling fatigued
  • Metabolizing proteins, fats and carbohydrates
  • Vegetarians
  • Proper functioning of the nervous system, bone marrow and intestinal tract (B-vitamin deficiencies appear in these tissues first)
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Healthy levels of homocysteine and supports normal endothelial function
  • Normalcognitive performance
  • Vitamin B12 and folic acid facilitate steps required for cell division
  • Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and biotin participate in different aspects of energy production
  • Vitamin B5 is involved in the Krebs cycle of energy production and is needed to make the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. B5 is also essential in producing, transporting and releasing energy from fats
  • Vitamin B6 is essential for amino acid metabolism
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Preparing for the Flu Season

There are several simple and common sense things that one can do to prepare for the winter season:
– Wash your hands frequently, especially after being in public places;
– Refrain from touching your eyes, nose or mouth to minimize the spread of germs;
– Drink hot tea – germs that are in your mouth cannot live in your stomach.

Remember the value of boosting your immune system. Vitamin C is still an excellent supplement, much has been said about elderberry especially in combination with zinc, and vitamin D (which is also good for calcium absorption, especially in combination with vitamin K2).

People taking warfarin should talk with their doctor before taking vitamin K2. K2 promotes blood clotting which warfarin reduces.

Vitamin K2 was found to reduce the aggressiveness of cancer cells in a Japanese study. (Am J Clin Nutr 08;87:985-992)(J Bone Mineral Metab 00;18:216-222)

Vitamin K2 helps to distribute calcium properly throughout the body. It can help to prevent calcium from leaving the bones, as well as to stop the deposits of calcium in the arteries. Thus, vitamin K2 can support the body to minimize the risks of osteoporosis and heart disease.

One should continue to get plenty of rest, drink at least eight glasses of water daily, and eat a good, balanced with plenty of green leafy vegetables.

There is lots of new research out there; but, sometimes what your Mama told you is still the best prevention.

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