Stress and Your Inflamed Skin

Stress & Your Inflamed Skin

It would certainly seem true that when you’re stressed, your skin shows it by the development of a large pimple in a most undesirable location (read Does Stress Cause Acne?), a new patch of eczema springing up, and the flaring up of your rosacea, right?

Scientific research has yet to confirm – until now. [Read more…]

Healthier Hearts Come from Being Optimistic

Good news for everyone who sees the cup as half full – your heart is healthier than those who see it as half empty! A new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign published in Health Behavior and Policy Review which looked at the relationship between optimism and cardiovascular health found there to be a positive correlation. A correlation of as much as  double the chance of being heart healthy than their pessimistic friends.

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3418-entrepreneurs-healthier.html

Healthy Heart – Healthy You!

[Read more…]

Does Stess Cause Acne?

Does stress cause acne?

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Pimples from Stress

It always seems to happen right when you have that big event, an exam , or you are worrying about something – a pimple or pimples appear. Even in my 50’s I just had two pop up on my chin right before and during a very hectic work week.

It certainly seems to go hand in hand, doesn’t it? Remember in the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” on the wedding day the bride woke up with a big pimple. She put coverup on it, and then her groom told her later he had developed one, but it went away when he sprayed Windex on it!

From WebMD:

Lisa A. Garner, MD, FAAD, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, (says that) “When you already have acne and you get into a stressful situation, that seems to be when your acne really flares up.”” [Read more…]

Reducing Diabetes Risk as We Age

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Muscle Strengthening with Weights

As we age, we slowly begin to lose muscle mass, and our skin shows the pull of gravity. I remember one day, somewhere around the time when I hit 40, I caught a glimpse in the mirror and all of sudden, stunned, I remember thinking to myself “when did all this sagging start?”

Well, it just happens. It will happen. To everyone. But if you start doing Yoga, exercise regularly, and add a little weight training, you can keep your body stronger, prevent your muscle mass from a rapid decline, and reduce your risk of diabetes.

Research studies (Grontved A et al.PLoS Med. 2014;11(1):e1001587) show:
“...that regular aerobic physical activity, such as walking and running, provides protection against type 2 diabetes.”

They questioned whether this same effect could be shown from muscle training [Read more…]

Anti-Aging Formula

Dr. David B. SamadiEvery Sunday I wake up early so I don’t miss Sunday House Call on Fox News, where two excellent physicians, Dr. David Samadi, and Dr. Marc Seigel,  share health and wellness tips, discuss medical topics and always provide advice for living a longer, healthier life.

Here is the Samadi Anti-aging formula (for a longer life – taken from his Facebook Page):

If inflammation is the reason why we age, then reducing inflammation should prolong our life. I will stand behind this formula and I promise you it will help you clear all the free radicals: [Read more…]

Tips for a Fabulous Figure

Dieting, weight loss plans, increasing exercise, going to the gym and working with a trainer all get you headed in the right direction towards a fabulous figure. Here are a few additional tips that are really important to get the success you desire.

In Science Daily’s “Top Four Reasons Diets Fail”, Jessica Bartfield,MD, internal medicine who specializes in nutrition and weight management at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care says “Losing weight is one of the top resolutions made every year, yet only 20 percent of people achieve successful weight-loss and maintenance.”

Dr. Bartfield breaks down the four most common things we do that prevent us from having the beautiful figure we desire:

1. Thinking that what we are eating contains less calories than it really does. I’m guilty of this one for sure! Salad dressings, certain fruits and vegetables, an extra handful of nuts, all healthy foods, but not going to help with my looking fabulous plan. She gives great tips for keeping it real.

2. Thinking we worked off more than we actually have. Walking a little more, or taking the stairs at work can help decrease the number of calories we take in, but truth be told, not as much as we would like to think. AND just  because you take the stairs a couple of times a day does not entitle you to that bag of peanut m & m’s!! So, rewarding ourselves for moving a little more is not a good idea.

3. Not keeping your blood sugar steady all day long. You know the saying about eating a solid breakfast to start the day right. I will confess my stomach just doesn’t wake up until about 10 am. A cup of coffee or two helps to get the juices flowing, but no growling until much later, and then I munch on a protein bar. Dr. Bartfield encourages us to eat a healthy snack or meal every 3 – 4 hours.

4. We don’t get enough sleep. A good night’s sleep keeps all of our “juices flowing in the right direction”, meaning that our natural hormones and everything and substances that break down what we eat will be sufficiently produced and working optimally.

This is just a quick overview in simple terms, but I highly encourage you to click on over and read the whole article – it’s also short and to the point and will help you when you are working so hard towards the most fabulous you!

Tips to Prevent Chronic Inflammation

Ever had a paper cut?  Ouch!  So tiny, yet so red and painful!  That redness and pain is a result of acute inflammation.   A simple little cut in our skin causes our body’s immune system to activate a variety of cecut finger by TheTruthAbout...lls that destroy bacteria, form blood clots, and renew the skin so that our wound heals with a tiny little scar.PA280032 by Calpurnius

Acute inflammation has a special short-term purpose of healing our bodies from injury, infection,  and allergies.  Once the situation is under control, the inflammatory response shuts down. Chronic inflammation occurs when our body doesn’t  recognize when the “fire is out”, and there are still “smouldering embers” somewhere inside.

Let me put it another way.  We’re sitting on the 50 yard line, watching our home team football game, and we have the ball.  The opponent is our cross town rival  and we begin to run the ball.  The defense pushes back, effectively, but doesn’t stop when the play is done!  Then, our opponent’s bench Battle for the Ball by Mark Griffithclears as they all join in, aggressively continuing to tackle us.  Unbelievably, these guys start going into the stands, taking out the spectators!  People of all ages are getting hurt, the trainers and medics can’t take care of the injured quickly enough, and our team can’t shut them down!

Silly example, I know, but you get the idea!  As our body’s immune system continues fighting the infection, injury or allergy, even after things have calmed down, damage is done to tissues and organs that were otherwise perfectly healthy.  Chronic inflammation consists of acute inflammation that just keeps going, having far-reaching effects.  If  left uncontrolled over time, it can lead to degenerative conditions and diseases.

Here are some lifestyle changes that we can implement right now to vastly reduce the inflammation already existing in our bodies and prevent it in the future.

  • mediterranean salad by SabincheDIET Diets high in sugar and saturated fats promote inflammation.  A great way to change it up is by increasing our intake of monosaturated fats like cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, adding Omega 3 (we use Flax Seed oil at our house), and eating whole grains, rainbow-colored fruits and vegetables, and dark chocolate (80% if you can). Look for probiotics in Kefir, live active cultured yogurts, or even a probiotic tablet is good.
  • MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT Prevents chronic inflammatory diseases.  Don’t forget to EXERCISE!! Even as little as a brisk walk for half an hour a day will make a huge difference in your overall health and bone strength!
  • STOP SMOKING! “nuff said!”
  • GET PLENTY OF REST Solid, uninterrupted, restful sleep restores, replenishes and rejuvenates our body’s cells and tissues.  If you can, a good 7 – 10 hours a night is the goal.
  • Mr.Sleep Puff Bear *Kumanoko* by Seattle RollREDUCE STRESS Yes, you can!!  Try some yoga, meditation, deep breathing, listening to calming sounds, visualization and relaxation techniques, and saying “no” more often to over commitment.
  • SUPPLEMENTS When you eat on the fly, you can’t always be assured of getting all the nutrients your body needs! When it comes to antioxidant supplements, I can only recommend one product line, because IT WORKS and has the widest variety of high antioxidant fruits and vegetables available!  Lifeoxylin Elixir lets you drink your colors!  Diets high in antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables provide a wide array of health benefits; in addition to protecting our cells from oxidative stress, antioxidants are known to strengthen our immune systems, reduce cancer risk, prevent macular degeneration, and protect against heart disease. What colors do you get from Lifeoxylin Elixir? Concord Grape, Blueberry, Purple Carrot, Acai, Noni, Blackberry, Mangosteen, Beet, Escobillo, Goji Berry, Pomegranate, Apple, Cranberry, Strawberry, Mango, Quebracho Extract, Yellow Carrot, Pineapple, Pear, Aloe Vera, Polypodium, Broccoli, Olive Leaf Extract, Spinach, PLUS…RESVERATROL, CO Q 10, and ATP (energy!)
  • Colorful by stukinhaSKIN CARE Celloxylin Skin Care System is jam-packed with Free Radical fighting ingredients such as Resveratrol, Caffeine, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, and Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract to name just a few. Skin is the largest organ in our body, and what we put on our skin goes directly into our bloodstream. It is wonderful that there is now a way to put these great antioxidants right on our skin, so we can get the oxidative stress/free radical fighters working internally and externally, all day long, every day.

So, please, while you can, take care of yourself from the inside out and even aging can be beautiful!!

References:

“Fighting Free Radicals”  http://www.aprioribeauty.com/FIC/candace/back_office/did_you_know

“Is Chronic Inflammation the Key to Unlocking the Mysteries of Cancer?” http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=chronic-inflammation-cancer

“What is Chronic Inflammation?” http://www.womentowomen.com/inflammation/whatischronicinflammation.aspx

“Two Faces of Inflammation”, Victoria J. Drake, Ph.D., Linus Pauling Institute http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/ss07/inflammation.html

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