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Get your youthful glow back by adding these proven skin savers to your daily routine
skin looking healthy well into your golden years:
1. Minimize sugar-intake for fewer wrinkles
If you’re looking to smooth out your skin and prevent the signs of aging, you need to break off your relationship with sugar. Wrinkling and accelerated aging occurs with high insulin and sugar intake because of an increase in abnormal attachment of sugar molecules to the collagen (a process called glycation) and an increase in free radical stress.
Bottom line: If you’re spending half your paycheque on expensive creams and potions, you may not see the benefits if sugar is wreaking havoc on your skin. Instead opt for skin-friendly ways to sweeten your dishes or smoothies such as adding cinnamon, unsweetened cocoa powder or stevia. It can take up to three weeks for your taste buds to adapt to a diet without sugar so patience is key. If you find your cravings are high during this time, add 200-600 mcg (micrograms) of chromium with breakfast and/or dinner.
2. Love your olive oil and eat your veggies
One interesting study looked at the relationship between food and wrinkling, particularly how food can affect skin damage. Researchers found that participants with a higher intake of vegetables, olive oil, monounsaturated fat and legumes had less skin wrinkling than their counterparts who consumed milk/milk products, butter, margarine and sugar products.
A similar study showed that topping your dishes with olive oil, and sticking to a diet high in fish and colourful fruits and veggies (which is like SPF on a plate) can go a long way towards preventing skin cancer. One group was provided a drink high in antioxidants, while the other enjoyed beverages such as sodas. Those who hydrated with the antioxidant-rich drink had fifty percent fewer oxidation products in their blood at the end of the two-week period, which included five to six hours of exposure to the sun daily.
Bottom line: Enjoy at least one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil daily, and be sure to add a little colour to your plate with a wide assortment of seasonal veggies.
3. Fatty fish for fewer wrinkles
Fresh, wild salmon is high in essential fatty acids and natural anti-inflammatory compounds which help to keep our skin smooth and supple. Fish oil has been found to be effective in reducing wrinkle formation and thinning of the skin by boosting collagen and elastin levels.
Bottom line: In addition to incorporating fatty fish (think salmon, mackerel, trout) twice a week, I recommend taking 3 capsules (or 1 teaspoon) of a high quality fish oil with meals twice daily for reduced inflammation, weight loss and healthy, glowing skin.
4. Beautify your skin with berries
Anything that reduces oxidative stress in the body can also help you turn back the clock and reduce your risk of various diseases. Strawberries have been proven to help with just that by improving the antioxidant capacity of blood. A group of volunteers ate half a kilo of strawberries every day for two weeks to demonstrate that eating this fruit improves the antioxidant capacity of blood. Each day, the scientists fed 12 healthy volunteers 500 grams of strawberries throughout the day. They took blood samples from them after four, eight, 12, 16 and 30 days.
Bottom line: The results show that regular consumption of this fruit can improve the antioxidant capacity of blood plasma and also the resistance of red blood cells to oxidative stress which can impact both how you look and feel. Add half a cup of berries to your smoothies or as a side dish 1-2 times a day. Citrus fruits and red apples (with the peel on) are also high in antioxidants.
5. Kick up your salad with kale
Chances are you’ve heard of kale by now – maybe you’ve even had homemade kale chips (if you haven’t, you’re in for a delight). Kale contains high amounts of antioxidants that are necessary for skin healthy essentials like iron, lutein and vitamin A. As a bonus, one cup of kale has only 36 calories and a whopping 5 grams of fibre.
Bottom line: To make kale chips simply add a touch of sea salt and olive oil to a bowl of freshly washed, chopped and dried kale. Place on a baking sheet and put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until the kale is crisp but not burnt. Enjoy 1-2 cups per day (either fresh or baked) for maximum results.
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Natasha Turner, N.D. is a naturopathic doctor, Chatelaine magazine columnist, and author of the bestselling books The Hormone Diet and The Supercharged Hormone Diet. Her newest release, The Carb Sensitivity Program, is now available across Canada.
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Monday, 27 August 2012
Just like pimples, cold sores always seem to crop up whenever it's least convenient - when you're on vacation, before a big date or on the eve of an important work function. These painful fluid-filled blisters usually appear on the lips, chin, cheeks or nostrils or inside the mouth on the gums or the roof of the mouth.
Cold sore causes Cold sores around the mouth are caused by type 1 of a contagious virus called herpes simplex. Herpes simplex type 2 causes sores on the genitals, called genital herpes. Cold sores are contagious — often passed along through kissing, or sharing utensils, towels or other personal items. Engaging in oral sex with someone who has cold sores can lead to genital herpes. Sores usually appear within a week of exposure to the virus. After the initial exposure, the virus lies dormant in the body and may trigger another cold sore as a result of stress, menstruation, fatigue or sun exposure.
Cold sore symptoms A painful blister forms, breaks and oozes. A yellow crust then forms and sloughs off, revealing pinkish skin that heals without scarring. Tingling may indicate that a cold sore is forming. The blisters usually last 10 to 14 days.
Cold sore diagnosis/tests If you're frequently getting cold sores (six or more times annually) or you notice your eyes are hurting when you develop them, pay a visit to your family doctor, who will discuss your medical history, including if you have any conditions that may be weakening your immune system, such as pregnancy.
Cold sore treatment There is no cure for cold sores; typically the blisters clear up without treatment. Topical treatments, such as lidocaine, may provide pain relief. Oral antiviral medications may shorten the duration of a cold sore and prevent recurrences.
Cold sore prevention It may be possible to guard against cold sores and avoid spreading them to other people and other parts of your own body. Use sun block if you’re going to be spending prolonged time in the sun. Avoid your triggers, for example, not getting enough sleep, being overly stressed or excessive sun exposure. If you have a cold sore, do not kiss or have skin-to-skin contact with other people, which can spread the virus; and avoid sharing lipsticks, utensils or other items. Wash your hands frequently and do not touch your eyes or genitals which may be especially susceptible to the herpes virus.
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Friday, 24 August 2012
Acne vulgaris (cystic acne or simply acne) is a common human skin disease, characterized by areas of skin with seborrhea (scaly red skin), comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), papules (pinheads), pustules, (pimples), nodules (large papules) and possibly scarring.the back.
Severe acne is inflammatory, but acne can also manifest in noninflammatory forms. See your skin care specialist for proper treatment.