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Bella Fiore Organics
I'm a naturopathic student and licensed esthetician passionate about natural health and organic skin care.
Interests: Natural health, travel, music, cooking, yoga...
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In continuing with this blog series, below you will find information on what I consider safe sunprotection. Safe Sun Protection: Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide: These “mineral filters,” tend to rate well in EWG’s guide, because they block harmful UV radiation without penetrating healthy skin. Unlike other common sunscreen chemicals, zinc and titanium are not allergenic, do not break down in sunlight and do not disrupt the body’s natural hormones. Dr. Mercola recommends discarding any products with the following ingredients: Para amino benzoic acid Octyl salicyclate Avobenzone Oxybenzone Cinoxate Padimate O Dioxybenzone Phenylbenzimidazole Homosalate Sulisobenzon Menthyl anthranilate Trolamine salicyclate Octocrylene... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at Bella Blog
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It's the time of year to enjoy the summer sun! Choosing a safe sunscreen be quite confusing these days. When evaluating a product, I have clients look at both the active sun protective ingredients, plus the inactive ingredients that list the potentially harmful synthetic fillers and preservatives. I will share this information over a series of blog entries. Let's start with the basics: First, what's the difference between UVA vs UVB rays? UVA Rays: UVA rays are harmful to the skin. They are responsible for skin cancers including malignant melanoma. Remember these rays as Aging rays since they cause wrinkles... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2011 at Bella Blog
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From the 14-Day Herbal Cleansing by Laurel Vukovic, The Spring Tonic Soup is a perfect compliment to any cleanse you choose to do with the changing season. Choose fresh, organic, local ingredients in preparing this soup. Ingredients: 1 leek, sliced into thin crescents 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1/2 cup carrots, sliced into 1/4-inch half moons 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 5 cups vegetable stock or water 1 cup asparagus, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces 2 tbsp light miso, or to taste 1/4 cup parsley, finely minced... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at Bella Blog
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This past weekend, I actually had some down time and thought what better way to spend that time than to create my own Home Spa Detox experience. It doesn't take much to find that inner Zen that we all yearn for during the chaos of our busy lives. The following our some tips on how to create a relaxing and detoxifying experience in the comfort of your own home. I began my home detox day with a green drink, combining 1 scoop of Amazing grass in almond milk before heading to the gym. Wheat grass is a great binder, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Bella Blog
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Ever stare into the mirror and see that your eyes cannot hide how tired you are feeling? Many people inquire on how to lighten dark circles, de-puff their under eye area, and combat crow's feet. I have a few tricks to do just this. In Chinese Medicine, the under eye area corresponds to the kidney, liver, and stomach region. Dark circles usually signify the kidneys are overexerted and the body is has having difficulty eliminating. In addition, an individual may have low "digestive fire" compromising their ability to digest and absorb their food. Internally, I recommend adequate hydration. The formula... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at Bella Blog
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October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I felt compelled to post this email that was forwarded to me. It highlights how diet, chemical exposures, and stress have play a role in preventing cancer. These are recommendations, remember each person's health has to be approached individually. The suggestions add to the many reasons to choose natural, organic personal care products! Also, here's an interesting link about Breast Cancer Screening from Dr. Mercola. AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY ('TRY', BEING THE KEY WORD) TO ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2010 at Bella Blog
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Next time you reach for your favorite perfume, know that you may be spritzing yourself with a mix of chemicals that are hidden behind the ingredient listing fragrance. Under pressure, the fragrance industry has begun to disclose the 3,163 ingredients that could potentially be making up each scent. Allergens, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors are among these compounds. Avoid products that contain fragrance, and choose trusted brands that use essentials oils for fragrance. You can read the full report by the Environmental Working Group and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics below: Environmental Working Group's Not So Sexy Report Not So Sexy Report by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2010 at Bella Blog
The Perfect Combination Green Tea Starter Kit + Antioxidant Face Cream+ Sun Bloc SPF 30+ Juice Plus Hyperpigmentation, or age spots, results from unprotected sun exposure. Melasma is another form of hyperpigmentation caused by hormonal influences from pregnancy, birth control pills, or hormone replacement therapy. Hyperpigmentation due to sun overexposure is the focus of this article. Essentially, these dark spots are due to increased melanin production in the skin. Melanin is responsible for both our skin's color as well as our skin's natural defense against the sun. When we don't have adequate sun protection on, melanin tries to protect us... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at Bella Blog
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Healthy nutrition translates into clear radiant skin. Having just graduated from Bastyr University, I realize the tremendous impact of diet and lifestyle on our health. Unfortunately, many people today struggle with getting enough fruits and vegetables into their daily diet. Many healthcare providers recommend taking a daily multivitamin to ensure people are getting adequate nutrition. However, multivitamins can differ in their absorption, quality of ingredients, and typically do not have the many supportive nutrients found in whole foods to help our body assimilate vitamins and minerals. That's why I'm very excited to now offer Juice Plus. Juice Plus is whole... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at Bella Blog
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The Environmental Working Group recently came out with their 2010 Sunscreen Guide. According to their research, avoid sunscreens containing: Oxybenzone Retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A) Added insect repellant Sprays or Powders SPF over 50 plus Product ingredients to look for include: Zinc Titanium Dioxide Creams Broad spectrum protection (UVA and UVB) SPF 30 plus for beach and pool Check out the full report. Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Bella Blog
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Dry skin brushing is not only healthy for your skin, but for your entire body. The skin is a vital organ of detoxification and has been called the "third kidney" for its important role in water regulation. Every square inch contains hundreds of pores that help excrete toxins from the skin. It is a commonly recommended therapy in Naturopathic medicine due to its numerous health benefits: Stimulates lymphatic drainage making it a great way to detoxify your body on a regular basis. Enhances blood circulation by increasing venous flow. Tonifies muscles and nerves of the skin having an overall relaxation... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at Bella Blog
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Spring is a great time for cleansing! The extra daylight hours bring forth a vibrant renewal of energy allowing us to shed what we've acquired over the winter months. It's a great time to do Spring cleaning of our own bodies so that we can enjoy the energy of this season. Cleansing typically involves eating an organic whole foods diet, and taking a break from the things that have been keeping us going such as caffeine, alcohol, and/or sugar. In addition, cleansing focuses on supporting our primary organs of elimination which include our: liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, and skin. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2010 at Bella Blog
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Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s outermost surface. An individual sheds approximately 5 billion skin cells per day. Desquamation is a natural process where new skin cells migrate from the basal layer up to the stratum corneum of the epidermis where they are shed off. The new skin cells are plump and round; however, as they approach the skin’s surface they become flatter and die off accumulating keratin, a protein that forms a protective layer. The process of desquamation can take as little as 12-19 days in teenagers and up to 60-90 days as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at Bella Blog
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Indulge your senses and get luxuriously smooth skin with this gentle exfoliating scrub. Inspired by my recent trip to Hawaii when I picked up a local Kona coffee cacoa sugar scrub. You can recreate this scrub in your own home. Coffee stimulates circulation, while chocolate is full of antioxidants, and sugar exfoliates. Use in the shower and follow with a moisturizing body lotion or oil. Chocolate Coffee Sugar Scrub 2 cups ground organic coffee 1/2 cup brown sugar 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tbsp honey 1/4 cup almond oil Mix ingredients together. You can adjust ratios to make the scrub... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2010 at Bella Blog
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I realize it is the middle of winter and many of us aren't thinking about sunscreen... However, I was fortunate enough to go to Maui and Oahu last week and was faced with the dilemma of which natural sunscreen to use to protect my Seattle skin. I had carried with me Burt's Bees Chemical Free Sunscreen. Although I was thoroughly impressed with the ingredients, I was disappointed by it's texture and application. It was hard to apply and flaked off my skin. Frustrated, I almost succumbed to using my boyfriend's Banana Boat, but luckily I ran into a stand that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2010 at Bella Blog
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Inflammation is a natural protective mechanism activated by the immune system to combat an injury to tissue or infection that includes signs of heat, redness, pain, and swelling. Today, it is well known that chronic inflammation is related to chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer…and even acne. With acne, there is low-grade inflammation in the pilosebaceous unit, which includes the hair follicle and sebum producing glands of the skin. In addition, free radical damage to the pilosebaceous gland contributes to the inflammation. One approach to decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress caused by free radicals is to eat... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2010 at Bella Blog
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On a recent trip to NYC, I was able to stop in Pratima Spa located in Soho. This spa has been on my list of places to check out since reading Absolute Beauty by Pratima Raichur. This book embodies the Ayurvedic approach to health and beauty. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that literally translates to the “science of life.” Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient system of healing from India dating back more than 3000 years. In this system of medicine, remedies are prescribed according to your individual dosha. There are 3 doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, which represent the five... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2010 at Bella Blog
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A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 29th birthday and had the luxury of a day free from class and any obligations. In the spirit of reflecting on another year, I decided to create a wellness day for myself. I met my good friend Alexis and my runny buddy, Coop, for coffee and a walk around the neighborhood. We didn’t let the rain stop us, I have enjoyed many early morning walks with Alexis as we catch up and set intentions in motion for things we are working on. Next, I found myself at yoga class at the new 8... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2009 at Bella Blog
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As I am sipping on my matcha green tea latte at my neighborhood coffee shop, I am excited to share with you the many benefits of green tea for your skin. Asian cultures have enjoyed the health benefits of green tea for millennium, but now you can experience these benefits in your skin care regime with Leaf People's New Antioxidant Green Tea Serum. Green tea contains tannins and catechins that are astringent, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-cancer. Green tea's potent antioxidant properties can reduce the harmful effects from free radicals and inflammation caused by the UV radiation produced by the sun.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2009 at Bella Blog
As you may already know, I am studying to become a naturopathic doctor. I frequently read a naturopathic online discussion group, where the doctors were discussing the possible connection between their patients' anti-aging face creams and abnormal hormonal panels. This of course is all anecdotal, but one doctor commented that her client was using a topical anti-aging face cream and had extremely high testosterone level. She asked her to stop using the cream, retested her client, and found her levels returned to normal. A similar situation occurred that affected another client's estradiol levels. Obviously, many other factors could be playing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2009 at Bella Blog
When talking with my good friend, Alexis, the other day about our projects, she commented about connecting with people on our blogs by revealing our own story. She does this quite well in her blog for her Pay Kindness Forward Project: www.tag.typepad.com. It made me reflect on what inspired me to write a blog, and if I had even conveyed that to my audience. Despite the busy schedule I maintain as a Naturopathic medical student, I have felt compelled to create my business, Bella Fiore Organics, as a venue to educate women and offer effective natural skin care products. My... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2009 at Bella Blog
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During my European Spa trip in September, I was constantly reminded about the healing power of water. At the Toskana Therme in Bad, Sulza Germany, we learned many Kneipp treatments. Kneipp is known as the father of hydrotherapy, a priest and naturopath, he cured himself in the eighteenth century from Tuberculosis by immersing himself in the icy Danube RIver. These treatments boosted his immune system and lead him to be a firm believer in hydrotherapy. One Kneipp treatment is called Face effusion, which is basically splashing the face with cold water. Although this sounds daunting, it is quite refreshing. Cold... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2009 at Bella Blog
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