Low Vitamin B12 in the Brain Affects Memory

Vitamin B12 plays a very important role in neurological function, affecting memory and balance when blood levels are low. A new study shows impressively low levels of B12 measured in the brain were related to decreased neurological function and memory impairment in the elderly, as well as those with autism and schizophrenia.

“These are particularly significant findings because the differences we found in brain B12 with aging, autism and schizophrenia are not seen in the blood, which is where B12 levels are usually measured.” said Dr. Richard Deth, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Pharmacy. “The large deficits of brain B12 from individuals with autism and schizophrenia could help explain why patients suffering from these disorders experience neurological and neuropsychiatric symptoms.”

http://healthxwellness.com/nutrition/supplements/vitamin-b12-sources/

Food Sources of Vitamin B12

What foods have the most Vitamin B12?

“…Meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products and wild-caught fish. Leafy green vegetables, beans and peas also provide some B vitamins, but if you eat an all vegetarian or vegan diet, vitamin B12 is one of the nutrients your body is most likely deficient in, as it is naturally present in foods that come from animals, including meat, fish, eggs, milk and milk products.” (From Dr. Mercola – his article is interesting in that he discusses in greater detail the effects of diminished B vitamins and elevated homocysteine for increased Alzheimers and brain shrinkage.) [Read more…]

Waking Up Aging Skin Cells

As we age, our cells get sleepy, slowing down, becoming less efficient at performing their youthful productive processes. When it comes to skin cells, this means less collagen, elastin and more aging skin.

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Aging and Youthful Skin

Much of the focus of treating aging cells has targeted oxidative stress. Overproduction and accumulation of free radicals causes inflammation throughout the body as we age. A new study has shown that the production of free radicals in our youth may be beneficial, but as we age, produces the symptoms of aging seen especially in our skin. [Read more…]

Preventing Oxidative Stress in Your Skin

Just as we can see the effects of seasonal weather to the outside of our home, and prolonged sun exposure to our windshield wipers and dashboard, our skin is being exposed to the same environmental influences called oxidative stress. As the years go by, we can see the effects on our skin as a result.Ned Vizzini - Mitochondria

Let’s take a closer look at what oxidative stress is, what our mitochondria does, and how each relates to the way our cells create energy, in an easy to understand way.

We all eat and breathe, right? When we eat we take in nutrients, and when we breathe we take oxygen into our bodies. These nutrients and oxygen find their way into our cells where they meet up with our cell’s energy factory, the mitochondria.  Here the nutrients and oxygen are transformed into energy and released into the cells to fuel them to do what they are born to do. [Read more…]

How to Fight the 4 Core Influences of Aging

What are the four core influences of aging, how do they affect what we experience physically, and what we see in the mirror as we grow older?

Why does an Internal + External approach to the battle against the visible signs of aging work the best?

Consumers are increasingly seeking “anti-aging” cosmetic products that treat the visible signs of natural and environmental aging, such as wrinkles, lines, sagging, hyperpigmentation and age spots.  The problem is, products that only focus on treating the signs of aging are not proactive or preventative.  This is what sets Apriori Beauty™ apart from the rest – Apriori Beauty sought to take an innovative approach to targeting the causes of aging, not just the symptoms by introducing the Cellular Age Advantage™, a proactive, internal + external approach that utilizes the Nutrient Reservoir™ to address the core causes of cellular aging! [Read more…]

Protect Your Skin Cells With Grape Seed Extract

Grape seed extract is a rich source of antioxidants, including proanthocyanidins. Several studies have demonstrated the health benefits of grape seed extract, which include protection from oxidative stress, cardiovascular health support, and immune system support. It also shows promise as a cancer fighting ingredient.

With so many people developing skin cancer each day, it’s great to hear about natural ingredients that help with prevention. Those colorful fruits and vegetables are loaded with amazing health benefits. [Read more…]

What is Beneficial Beauty?

In today’s market, the demand for anti-aging skin care continues to grow rapidly!   While Baby-Boomers look for new methods to slow aging and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, a younger generation is increasingly seeking out preventative anti-aging strategies to help them look younger longer.  Topically applied products are undeniably an important tool for supporting skin appearance, structure and function – we love to slather cream everywhere it seems!Happy! by iamamylou

While incredible advances in anti-aging technology are making skin care products more and more effective, for many people, fighting the clock is a losing battle.  Why?  No matter how many “Potions and Lotions” we spread on our skin, the single most important – and BASIC – step in maintaining healthy, beautiful skin is taking care of it from the inside out! [Read more…]

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

©2010 Candy Dye

Do You Need a Skin Care Routine?

Are you a soap and water gal?  A bar of soap and a washcloth is all you’ve used for as long as you can remember?

That was me, too!  Every Saturday night, we used a white bar of soap that smelled really, really soapyLovely green soap and dish by sunshinesyrie (not perfumed), scrubbed ourselves all over, hard, with a rough wash cloth, and voila, we were clean enough to wear a dress with white gloves to church the following day!  What I remember the most was how dirty the water was after I got out of the bathtub, and how dry my skin felt for several days after!

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