While not a replacement for sunscreen, tomatoes have been proven to improve skin’s natural SPF. A study in the UK showed that subjects who ate 5 tablespoons of tomato paste and almost a tablespoon of olive oil a day, for 12 weeks, had 33% more protection from sunburn compared to those who just ate olive oil.
Do we need an excuse to eat dark chocolate? In order to reap the full benefits, make sure you pick a bar with a high cocoa flavanols (plant compounds with antioxidant properties). These antioxidants are what will hydrate your skin and improve circulation. Try a 1-ounce portion to see the results for yourself.
A published study in the Journal of Nutrition, revealed that people who drank a beverage containing green tea polyphenols daily for 12 weeks had smoother more elastic skin. The antioxidant, EGCG, boosts blood flow and oxygen to the skin, delivering nutrients to keep a healthy complexion.
UV light (from the sun or tanning beds) creates free radicals that are harmful to your skin. Kale is one of the best sources of 2 nutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, that absorb and neutralize the free radicals. It’s also packed with vitamin C and A which are known for their skin-firming properties.
Skin that is hydrated gives the appearance of plump, less wrinkled skin. Drinking water can help curb your cravings for sugary sweets or juices which in turn can spike your blood sugar levels. When blood levels are spiked, sugars tend to attach to proteins in collagen and produce compounds that cause your skin to sag and wrinkle.
If you’re not a fan of almond milk you can pick another non-dairy alternative. The key here is NON-DAIRY. Dairy products are highly inflammatory which can make acne, wrinkles and rashes worse. Next time you make a cup of coffee or pour yourself a bowl of cereal, reach for the soy, coconut or almond milk.
These little cuties pack on the vitamin C. As previously mentioned, vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis, keeping skin taught and smooths fine lines. 1 medium kiwi packs nearly 120% of your daily needs. You’ll be on your way to less dryness and reduced appearance of wrinkles in no time.
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Are you looking for a natural glow? Fill up with carrots. A UK study found that people who had a higher amount of carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables (sweet potatoes, dried apricots and carrots) gave them a healthier looking complexion.
Yellow Bell Pepper
This is a carotenoid-containing vegetable, like the carrot, but it’s also rich with antioxidants that fight free radicals. In fact, a study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate more green and yellow veggies had the least amount of wrinkles, especially crow’s feet.
These are the best source of dietary zinc. Why is zinc important? It has an important role when it comes to the growth and function of skin cells. More research is needed but some studies link low levels of zinc to acne prone skin. Just 6 oysters and you’re well above your daily dose of zinc.
It is significant that acne (vulgaris) attacks the face, back, chest, at the age of puberty, when iron consumption is highest especially in strong types of people. Acne can indicate an excess of iron in the body. In this case, an iron diet is contraindicated.
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Athelet's Foot Hygiene (Tinea pedis). Atheltet's foot is chracterized by an itchy, scaly, odorous rash between toes, Cracks, irritation, redness, and bacterial infections. Hot weather and footwear that does not allow the feet to breathe are two predisposing factors. The following hygiene practices are important:
-Clean repeatedly around toenails and fingernails, as the minute fungal mycelium often lodges under the nails and causes repeated infections
-Keep the feet dry, especially between the toes.
-Wear open-toed shoes or sandals when you have to wear any foot wear on at all. Avoid vinyl uppers and athletic shoes with rubber soles. Cotton socks are better than synthetics.
-Wash your feet and soak them in a vinegar-water solution (2-4) tablespoon per pint). Herbal vinegars would be best
According to Dr. Joel M. Kremer, MD, head of the division of rheumatology at the Albany Medical College, says that it may take three to four months for benefits to occur. He says, "It appears that fish oil provides an alternative building block for molecules that participate in the inflammatory process. The end products formed from fish oil have beneficial effects on dampening inflammation and perhaps some elements of the immune response associated with disease. Fish oil may also affect the way cells in the body signal each other.
Age spots are flat brown spots that can appear anywhere on the body as it ages. They are also called LIVER SPOTS. Most age spots appear on the face, neck, and hands. These brown spots are harmless, but they can be a sign of a more serious underlying problems. They are the result of a buildup of wastes knows as liposfuscin accumulation, a by-product of free radical damage in skin cells. These spots are actually signs that the cells are full of the type of accumulated wastes that slowly destroy the body's cells, including brain and liver cells. They are a surface sign of free radical intoxication of the body that may affect many internal structures as well, including the heart muscle and retina. Factors leading to the formation of age spots include poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, poor liver function, the ingestion of oxidized oils over a period of time, and above all, excessive sun exposure. To prevent the formation of liposuscin, there are a number of important nutrients you should take. Decrease consumption of alcohol is recommended.
Cleanse-Use products that are pH balanced 4.5-5.5. Bar soaps are alkaline and usually contain detergent which is hard on the skin and strips it of its protective barrier. Cleansers usually are in liquid form. Lather up the soap and wash your entire face, neck and around the ears.
Tone-For men with dry skin Rose water is good. For men with oily or combination skin, Witch Hazel. If using a razor, cleanse, shave and then tone.
Moisturize-Moisturize with lotion, cram or essential oil blend specific to your skin type.
Read Labels-Avoid products that contain synthetic perfumes, coloring, and/or mineral oils. They are unnecessary ingredients and can be irritating to the skin, clog pores and cause allergic reactions
Facial Scrub-Use once or twice a week to exfoliate dead skin cells. If you're not seeing an aesthetician every 6-8 weeks, dead skin can make the skin look lifeless, clog the pores which will lead to blackheads, make the skin feel dry and prevents nutrients from penetrating the nourishing the epidermis.
Scrub should be used especially on the nose, the cheeks, the temples, and the forehead.
Drink lots of Fluids-Drink lots of pure water daily. It takes weeks or months f or skin to balance
PSORIASIS-About 7 million Americans and thousands of other cases are affected and diagnosed each year with Psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease and most likely to appear as patches of skin on the scalp, ears, legs, knees, arms, elbows and the back. Patches of skin normally appear as red to brown in color and covered with silvery white scales. Toes and fingernails will often develop ridges and will lose their luster.
What Causes Psoriasis?
-Heredity is linked to a rapid growth of cells in the skin's outer later causing the epidermis to never mature. Excessive numbers of skin cells are produced in a very short time.
-Viral or bacterial infection
-overuse of drugs or alcohol
-Use of NSI
The underlying cause of the condition is unknown. One study states that it may be a result from a faulty utilization of fat. The buildup of toxins in an unhealthy colon also has been linked to the development of psoriasis. A Holistic Approach to Psoriasis consist of analyzing a person's physical, emotional, mental and spiritual nature.
Holistic Recommendations: Our Approach
1. Nutrition customized for the individual
4. Treatments to reduce swelling and reducing redness
5. Detoxing with natural ingredients
6. Supplements to protect the liver and keeping the blood clean.
To start your personalized regimen, please call our office to make the appointment.
Lycopene For Prostate Cancer
Lycopene is a red carotenoid present in tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, guavas, and rose hips. It is a strong antioxidant for preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer particularly prostate cancer. It also helps with male fertility. Be sure to ask your doctor before taking any supplements. Avoid grapefruit if you are taking any medication. Avoid rose hips if you have allergy to rose.