Careful choices of food and dietary supplements ensure that your body has the building blocks it needs to produce the strong membranes that are the prime marker of younger, healthier, high-functioning, water-rich cells. For example, a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in cold water fish, provides the body with healthy lipids that are one of the fundamental components of water-tight cell membranes. When cells can hold the water they need to function, they can support all systems in the body.
Exercise does more than help you lose weight; it actually hydrates your cells. Exercise provides chemical and mechanical stimulation that has a positive impact on the cellular health and function of every system in the body including the digestive, circulatory, lymph, endocrine, excretory and nervous systems. Plus, being physically active helps us shift to a higher ratio of muscle to fat, which improves overall hydration since muscle cells hold more healthy water than fat cells.
Cellulite is an unaesthetic skin condition that many women have to struggle with. These unwanted fat deposits under the skin tissue appear as an amalgam of small bumps or “orange peel”, especially on the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and arms. While cellulite is basically the appearance of the fat layer under the skin, it is actually caused by the structural conformation of the connective tissue that is supposed to hold the fat layers in place. In most cases, cellulite usually appears on body areas where the circulation is decreased. Factors like reduced physical activity, sedentary lifestyles, heredity, nutritional deficiencies and poor skincare can all contribute to the formation of cellulite. The reason why only women seem to have it while most men don’t is because men’s skin in the same areas is thicker while their upper fat cell layer is thinner and has a different anatomy.
To combat cellulite, a comprehensive approach to treating the causes and the symptoms is best. Here are a few things you can do: Read the rest of this entry »
Getting all of the nutrients you need for good health can be difficult. With the decreased quality of today’s foods and an increase in more convenient (and highly processed) choices, it’s easy to lose out on the most important nutrients you need.
By knowing what foods provide the best sources for optimum nutrition, you’ll be able to get a consistent intake for your needs.
The most important nutrients that many are lacking include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
The following are 5 ways to ensure that you get your necessary servings of these valuable nutrients:
1. The Sweet Potato
One of the best sources of Vitamin A is the sweet potato. Read the rest of this entry »
Cayenne pepper is one of the healthiest foods available, a versatile ingredient and, in addition, a highly recommended spice in weight loss nutrition and diet. Known to be a fat buster, cayenne pepper’s key ingredient capsaicin increases metabolism and activates the fat-burning mechanisms of the body.
But does Cayenne work in topical skincare as well? Research and independent studies on various cellulite products prove it may actually work! Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone suffering from eczema doesn’t need to turn to harmful chemicals straight away.
The worst thing about eczema is the impact it has on your self-worth. Just because you’re suffering from it it doesn’t mean there aren’t ways you can make it better. Let’s look at a few options you have and you can test a few of them out for yourself.Cut dairy out of your diet
Did you know the human body can’t process dairy effectively? Most people won’t notice any difference and at the other end of the scale you have people who are lactose intolerant. Pasteurized dairy might have a negative effect on your eczema so you should cut it out for a while. I don’t want you to think dairy is something to avoid forever, but it’s worth giving up for a month to see what happens.
Replace acid producing foods
When you buy meat from the supermarket you don’t know what you’re actually paying for. Most animals are fed on tons of dreadful grains and it affects the quality of their meat. You should test out grass-fed meat for a while to see if it makes any difference. It might cost you a little more money, but if it helps your eczema I’m sure it’s a price you’ll be willing to pay. Read the rest of this entry »
The look of your skin can often impact self-esteem and quality of life and it can be down-right stressful for some. In our beauty age, women resort to makeup – this amazing cover-up that can temporarily create the impression of perfect skin. But what is underneath remains important as it needs constant attention and care. Having healthy skin, even if it’s not “perfect”, is crucial for overall well-being and body health.
Surely, having a skincare regimen and moisturizing is essential. But how you treat your skin from the inside is even more important. Nutrition, sleep and overall well-being are fundamental for healthy skin.
Enter stress. It is probably the most underestimated source for many health problems, and implicitly, the quality of your skin. Stress damages your skin from the inside. With the release of stress hormones in your blood, significant changes in body’s organs and therefore on your skin can occur. Immediate signs are increased sebum production, inflammation and weakening of your immune functions. Read the rest of this entry »
‘You are what you eat’ is a concept widely spread in every culture nowadays. The importance of nutrition in attaining a healthy body and beauty has gained recognition and lots of followers. A balanced diet based on all three food classes, the consistent intake of necessary nutrients, and proper hydration are guaranteed to help you achieve beauty in health – because a healthy body IS beautiful. Read the rest of this entry »
By Howard Murad, M.D.
Scientists and researchers have come a long way in their efforts to understand the properties and benefits of supplements in skin care. The use of vitamins and other nutrients to hydrate, normalize, protect, heal, condition and beautify the skin appears to be the wave of both the present and the future. Clearly, the internal use of vitamins is one of the most powerful weapons in the ongoing quest for younger, healthier, more attractive-looking skin.
I’ve been recommending dietary supplementation to my patients since I began my practice in 1972. While completing my Dermatology residency, I worked as a pharmacist and have always believed that nutritional supplements benefit the skin, and promote overall body health. I’ve devoted years of research in the fields of nutrition and skin health. Why?… you may ask, is a pharmacist and dermatologist recommending vitamins and supplements to his patients? Why devote so much energy and time to nutrition when the clients have acne, wrinkles and sun damage? Read the rest of this entry »
• Also known as Lipoic Acid or ALA
• It is a fatty acid produced by our body cells
• Used as dietary supplement as it helps with glucose conversion into energy
• It is an important element for skin, it can improve the quality and looks of the skin Read the rest of this entry »
It should be no surprise that a healthy diet can help us achieve great looking skin. Skin is the body’s most extended organ and it needs some equally extended care. Fruits, vegetables and the much vital water are guarantees for a healthy skin, not only a healthy body. Unhealthy foods, toxins and poor nutrients will quickly show effects on your skin as well; most skin problems are consequences of an internal nutritional deficiency.