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Janine Tait, New Zealand’s leading dermo-nutritionist, talks about the Bestow Beauty Powder and what this unique product offers our skin. – put this in a block at the top with my photo?

Bestow Beauty Powder was developed when I realised that our skin, hair and nails are the last parts of the bodies to receive nutrients from our diet. This means they are the most likely to be struggling under the pressure of having to deal with nutritional deficiencies.

This is a concern when you consider the skin is the fastest reproducing organ in our body. The epidermis of the skin replaces itself approximately every 27 days, creating a huge demand for nutritional building blocks. Ensuring your skin is well nourished is the key to having beautiful skin.

The Bestow Beauty Powder was developed to help feed the cells in the deepest layers of our skin. This can’t be done topically with skincare products so must be done from within through the diet.

Bestow Beauty Powder contains 8 different superfoods. This is a key point because you often see similar products with huge lists of ingredients. It looks impressive but you have to ask yourself how much of each ingredient you are going to get in a spoonful? Is a tiny amount going to have any benefit?  So it was important to me that I choose a handful of ingredients I was passionate about and ensure you get enough of each one to make a difference.

So what does Bestow Beauty Powder contain? Well, greens of course! Spirulina, wheatgrass, and alfalfa are all high in chlorophyll, which gives them their green colour. Chlorophyll encourages skin healing and is also protective of our skin. Greens also contain antioxidants which help neutralise damaging free radicals and key skin-vitamins like vitamin C and pro-vitamin A. Of course, it is always great to get another serving of greens in your diet and a smoothie containing the Bestow Beauty Powder is a great way of getting another dose in your day.

Kelp is one of my favourite ingredients in the Bestow Beauty Powder.  Seaweeds provide you with amazing phytonutrients (plant nutrients) that are unique and unavailable from land-based plants. They are also rich in minerals which are important for the structure of the skin. Not only this but the minerals they contain that are bonded in such a way to make them more easily absorbed by our bodies than the minerals found in land-based plants. 

Also included is pumpkin seed powder to provide natural zinc. Zinc is a key nutrient for skin health, healing and collagen production. In fact, without zinc, you won’t be able to produce any collagen, your anti-wrinkle fibre.

Blackcurrant powder has been added for the protective antioxidants and anthocyanins it contains.  Anthocyanins are a special type of antioxidant that helps stabilise your collagen fibres, making them stronger and more resilient. You may also be interested to know that blackcurrants have an exceptionally high level of antioxidant activity, much more than most other fruits.

The other thing I love about the Bestow Beauty Powder is that, like all of the other Bestow products, it doesn’t contain a whole lot of sweetener and flavours. It is really important to me that I don’t give with one hand and take away with the other.  What I mean by that is when you get a hit of goodness with this green powder, you don’t want to be undermining your skin’s health with a whole lot of sugar. The collagen fibres in your skin are very easily damaged by sugar. They become glycated and matted, losing their elasticity. For this reason, Bestow Beauty Powder doesn’t contain any sweetener.  However, compared to many green powders it has a very delicate flavour making it easy to add to smoothies. To top everything off it is dairy and gluten-free as well as being suitable for vegans.

By feeding your deepest skin cells with a good dose of nutrients, this product is aimed at making your skin look more vibrant and healthy. The most common feedback from our Bestow Beauty Powder fans is that it makes their skin look fresh and alive!

  • August 24, 2020

I was recently asked how much EPA and DHA are found in the Bestow Beauty Oils.

For those of you who are not familiar with these terms, EPA and DHA are part of the omega 3 fatty acid family. They are the last two fatty acids that our bodies make from omega 3 fats and are renowned for their anti-inflammatory and brain supporting benefits.

EPA and DHA can only be made by animals and this is why it is common to take a supplement like fish oil. Because Bestow Beauty Oils are plant-based, they cannot contain these fats. But don’t worry, your body can make them from the other omega 3 fats found in these oils. This is especially true in the case of the Bestow Beauty Plus Oil which is so easy for our bodies to use.

 

You may be interested to know that although EFA and DHA have health benefits they are not oils that support our skin health. Two separate studies found that taking fish oil was not enough to repair skin in which barrier function was compromised. This means fish oil will not improve the health and beauty of your skin despite all the hype you may have heard.

 

The Bestow Beauty Oils do contain the fats for skin health. That was a non-negotiable when we were developing them as you can well imagine.

 

So if you would like to make it easier for your body to make these essential fats, take the Bestow Beauty Plus Oil. If you would like to get them directly from your diet, then continue taking your fish oil capsules, or even better, eat oily fish. Research shows that eating oily fish is guaranteed to deliver you all the health benefits of EPA and DHA. The jury is still out as to whether you get the same benefits from taking fish oil capsules.

 

But the bottom line is you still need to take your Bestow Beauty Oils to get the fats you need for skin health. They are a rich source of the fats needed to improve skin hydration, barrier function and help prevent your skin’s oils blocking in your pores. 

  • August 6, 2020

Do the Bestow Beauty Oils contain Omega 9?

Yes, but we don’t advertise this fact because we believe it is misleading. It makes you think that omega 9 is far more important to our health than it actually is. Our bodies can easily make Omega 9 from other fats in your diet. It is not an essential fatty acid, it is simply a fatty acid. The only two essential fatty acids are Omega 3 and Omega 6. These two fats are not able to be manufactured by your body and must be supplemented.

How much of the EFA’s do I get when I take a tablespoon of either Bestow Beauty Oils or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil?

Each of the Bestow Beauty Oils provides a minimum of 5,000mg of Omega 6 and 5,000mg of Omega 3 per tablespoon. This give you a total of 10,000mg of quality EFA’s. I think the word ‘quality’ is important here because statistics show that we get plenty of omega 6 fats from our modern diet because of our high intake of processed food. But given that both of these fats are incredibly easily damaged by any form of processing, I do not consider that we have a diet high in quality fats. The Bestow Beauty Oils provide a ready source of those quality oils.

10,000mg is also a good-sized dose of EFA’s. It would take a lot of capsules to equal that quantity. In addition, being in liquid form it is much more easily absorbed by your body than capsules. This is mainly due to the fact that  you can add it to food making it much easier to digest. In fact, one study showed that when oils rich in EFAs are whizzed up in a blender to make a simple smoothie, they were 100% better absorbed. Bestow Beauty Oils are such an efficient way to get a good dose of your EFAs!

What is the difference between the Bestow Beauty Oil and the Bestow Beauty Plus Oil?

The difference is all in the combination of fatty acids that these two oils contain. You see omega 3 and omega 6 are not single fats but families of fats. Suppling the primary or parent fat of each family should enable the body to manufacture the rest of the fats. Buts ometimes the first step in the conversion process is difficult for your body especially if you have nutritional deficiencies, have been unwell or are under stress. The Bestow Beauty Plus Oil addresses this problem by supplying both the primary and the secondary fats in the omega 3 and 6 families. This makes it so much easier for our bodies to produce all the important fats in these families by skirting around any potential problems. The Bestow Beauty Oil on the other hand, simply provides the primary fat in each family.

So the main difference between the two oils is the fact that the Bestow Beauty Plus Oil is far easier for the body to process than the Bestow Beauty Oil because it provides both the primary and secondary fats in the EFA families.

  • July 30, 2020

If you want to enjoy clear, healthy skin it is extremely important to have regular bowel movements. This is because the bowel is responsible for eliminating toxins and waste hormones. If you don’t ‘go’ at least once a day, toxins can end up being eliminated through the skin, causing irritation and sometimes breakouts. In addition, waste hormones often end up being recycled, making hormonal imbalances worse. This can have a direct and negative impact on skin conditions.

+ Begin Gently
7 Natural Techniques to Get You Going

Chronic constipation can be difficult to address, but there are good habits and techniques you can introduce to support healthy bowel function.

Try the following techniques BEFORE you increase fibre in your diet. Once you get the bowel moving, increase your intake of daily fibre in the form of vegetables, fruit and leafy greens.

  1. Drink more water

Dehydration is one of the most common causes of constipation. We need at least eight glasses of water a day. Fun fact: sparkling water has shown to be more effective than tap water at relieving constipation.

  1. Exercise regularly

Brisk walking is the best option and can help to stimulate movement in the bowel. Results can vary from person to person, but it is worth a try to see if this helps to get things moving. Of course, there are many positive health benefits to be gained from regular exercise, so keep it up either way!

  1. Eat Prunes

Prunes contain sorbitol, which has a natural laxative effect.  Have a small handful of prunes each day until your bowels move more easily. It is best to avoid this technique if you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

  1. Relax

We have two nervous system phases, fight and flight or rest and digest. One or the other of these phases can operate at one time, but not both.  Because our digestive system can only work when we are in the calmer, rest and digest nervous system phase, avoid jumping out of bed and racing around in the morning. If your mornings are busy, try waking a little earlier so you can have a more peaceful start to the day. This can help immensely to promote healthy bowel function.

  1. Make Time to Go

Have you ever noticed that you have rushed out the door and forgotten to give your body the chance to ‘go’? Sometimes it is easy to ignore the subtle signs that your body is ready to eliminate. Simply making time to go and sit on the toilet can help hugely, especially if you do it at a similar time each day. Our bodies love routine!

  1. Use a ‘Stool Stool’

This is one of the handiest tools for promoting elimination. Toilet design does not support the bowel’s natural function well at all. In fact, the traditional sitting pose causes a ligament in our pelvis to put a kink in our bowel. This makes it much more difficult to have a bowel movement. Simply resting your feet on a low stool changes the angle of our hips sufficiently to create a more natural shape. This straightens out the bowel and making it easier to go with less strain.

  1. Tummy Massage

Mild constipation can sometimes be relieved by gently massaging the lower abdomen. As long as the bowel isn’t irritated, this can be done up to three times a day. Combine one drop of peppermint or two drops of fennel oil with a warmed plant oil like jojoba or sweet almond. Gently work the oil into the skin. Start with small circles around the navel in a clockwise direction and gradually increase the size of the motions. If you are massaging children, use the plant oil only. Essential oils can be too strong for children.

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+ Dietary Support

Take Bestow Gut Love + Powder Daily
Once you have got your bowel moving a little more easily, begin taking Bestow Gut Love +powder every day. This fibre and nutrient-rich powder promotes bowel health, encourages regular elimination and provides a world-class probiotic to support a healthy gut microbiome.

How to Use: Begin with one teaspoon of Bestow Gut Love + powder daily, slowly increasing to one tablespoon over a period of two to four weeks. This gives the bowel time to adjust to the increase in fibre. If you take too much too quickly, you may experience bloating or constipation. Remember to increase fluid intake as you increase your fibre. Smoothies are an ideal way to take Bestow Gut Love + powder, or it can be mixed into coconut yoghurt, nut milk or water. 

Increase Intake of Insoluble Fibre
Foods rich in insoluble fibre include carrots, broccoli, green peas, beetroot, corn, green beans and leafy greens such as spinach or kale. Slowly increase your intake of these foods each day to encourage elimination.

  • July 21, 2020

In 1990, the United States Government announced the launch of an exciting new research initiative, The Human Genome Project.  This project involved scientists from all over the world and focused on mapping the sequence of genes that make up the DNA we inherit from our parents.

It was hoped that learning more about our genes might help explain why some people are more prone to certain diseases, and this in turn could lead to potential improvements in our health and the way we prevent and treat disease.

It was estimated that humans could have as many as 100,000 different genes, which would account for the vast differences in human health and behavior.

By 2003, the project was complete and two surprising facts emerged.

  1. Humans have less than 25,000 genes, only a quarter of the number originally estimated.
  2. Everyones genes, no matter where they come from in the world, are 99.9% identical!

There is only a teeny tiny difference between your genes, my genes and the genes of someone born in the Amazonian jungle. This DNA similarity suggests that the genes we inherit have only a small part to play in explaining the vast diversity of health outcomes globally.

Put simply, The Human Genome project didn’t offer the health-changing insights the scientific and medical community had hoped it would.   However, a side benefit of the project was that as technology developed, the cost of gene mapping dropped considerably.

Originally, it cost thousands of dollars just to map one gene. However, thanks to technological advances, the cost to map a gene has dropped to a mere ten cents!

Around the same time, gut-health was becoming the focus of a lot of new medical and scientific research, as evidence came to light that showed what a significant role the gut played in health and wellbeing.

 

The Human Microbiome Project

Gut microbes are incredibly tricky to study.  Many of them live in dark, little out-of-the-way spaces in the upper reaches of the intestine, which make them nigh impossible to access.

The good news is, that while we can’t easily get to them, they eventually come to us. Microbes are constantly dying and being replaced. The microbes that die are shed from the gut and eliminated through bowel motions.

Did you know that your poop is made up of approximately 25% gut microbes?  Now, there’s a fun fact to share at your next dinner party!

As the knowledge gained from the Human Genome Project intersected with the growing body of research on gut health, it was discovered that scientists could inexpensively identify the various microbes in the gut by sequencing their unique genes found in human faeces.  

And thus, the Human Microbiome Project was born, another international collaboration of scientists with the collective goal of improving our health and wellbeing.

 

New Discoveries

So far, some surprising facts have emerged from this work. Scientists have discovered that collectively, gut microbes have a total of 3.3 million different genes.  This is a 150 times the mere 25,000 genes that make up a human person. Our gut micro-biome is much more complex than our entire body is!

Secondly, it was discovered that your microbiome is totally unique, just like your fingerprint.  Even identical twins have a different microbial makeup. Essentially it was found that humans vary much more in the number of genes they carry in their gut, than they do from the genes inherited from their parents.

 

Now at this point you may be thinking “but those are bacterial and fungal genes – how does that that benefit me?” Well, that brings me to the next piece of the puzzle. 

Humans and Microbes Work Together

It wasn’t that long ago that humans were thought to be totally self-sufficient organisms, capable of producing all of the chemical substances needed for life as long as they consumed enough food and water. We now know this isn’t true. We actually rely on the microbes in our gut for our survival.

We’ve discovered that our microbes do a huge amount of life-supporting work on our behalf.  They help to regulate our immune systems, break down less digestible food, produce essential vitamins and neurotransmitters and protect us from pathogens.  One third of all the small molecules in our blood are actually made by the microbes in our gut. These beneficial bacteria and fungi are so important for our survival that scientists are starting to think that humans are in fact ‘social organisms’, reliant on having a variety of microbes working within their gut for optimal health.

Because our microbes have more genes than us, they can perform many healthy functions that we simply cannot do on our own.

Think of a gene as a software programme or app.  If I have one app on my phone and you have 150 on yours, which phone do you think will be able to perform more functions?  The good microbes in our gut basically have more ‘apps’ than us and therefore they can do so much more than we can alone. They use these apps to promote our health and survival and, in the process, ensure their survival too. 

We can see this inter-dependence in action when we consider a helpful little bacterium, called Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron. This microbe is a champion carbohydrate muncher! Humans lack most of the genes required to make the enzymes needed to break down really complex carbohydrates. Luckily for us, this bug has genes that code for more than 260 enzymes capable of digesting plant matter. This microbe allows us to extract the nutrients from certain fruit and vegetables that we would normally struggle to digest.  

This is just one tiny example of what microbes are capable of doing one our behalf. It illuminates why it is now thought that our individual fates, health outcomes and perhaps even our behaviour, may have much more to do with variation in genes found in our microbiome, than those within our bodies.

Help Your Microbiome to Help You

 

This is very empowering knowledge. Our microbiome is so much easier to influence than our genes.  Your genes are something that you inherit, your microbiome is something you can control.  The research is showing that your health is dependent on the health and diversity of your microbiome. The more good microbes we have, the happier and healthier we are.  But if our gut is populated by bad microbes this can have a very detrimental effect on both our physical and mental health. So the upshot is, to maximise the health benefits from our microbiome we need to ensure that it stays balanced and healthy.

You can populate and feed your good microbes by eating a diet rich in fibre from wholefoods, fruit and vegetables, consuming fermented foods like kombucha and yoghurt, taking probiotics and drinking enough water. Avoiding alcohol, sugar, refined carbohydrates, packaged and processed goods will help weed out the bad bacteria. It has been shown that within only five days of changing your diet, your microbiome will also change! 

Never before has there been such compelling evidence that to a large extent our health really does lie in our own hands. Changing your diet is one of the fastest and easiest way to improve our gut health, and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

 – Janine Tait, Bestow Founder

  • July 8, 2020