Fermented Milk Boosts Skin Health

Milk that has been fermented using a probiotic dairy starter may benefit the skin of young healthy women.

There has been much interest in the potential for using probiotic bacteria for treating skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, however few studies have investigated their effect upon healthy skin. Hiromi Kimoto-Nira, PhD, of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science (NILGS) in Japan, and colleagues  conducted a randomized double-blind trial to evaluate the effects of fermented milk produced using Lactococcus lactis strain H61 as a starter bacterium (H61-fermented milk) on the general health and various skin properties of young women. Twenty-three healthy young women aged 19-21years received either H61-fermented milk or conventional yogurt for 4-weeks. Blood samples were taken before and at the end of the 4-week period, and skin hydration (inner forearms and cheek) and melanin content, elasticity, and sebum content (cheek only) were measured. Results showed that skin hydration was higher in both groups, and sebum content in the cheek rose significantly in the H61-fermented milk group, but not in the conventional yogurt group. The authors concluded: “As skin lipids contribute to maintaining the skin barrier, H61-fermented milk would provide beneficial effects on skin for young women.”

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Kimoto-Nira H, Nagakura Y, Kodama C, Shimizu T, Okuta M, Sasaki K, Koikawa N, Sakuraba K, Suzuki C, Suzuki Y. Effects of ingesting milk fermented by Lactococcus lactis H61 on skin health in young women: a randomized double-blind study. J Dairy Sci. 2014;97:5898-903.

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Overcoming Adrenal Dysfunction

Fatigue is a common complaint for many people. But did you know that one of the most common causes of fatigue is adrenal dysfunction?

Your adrenal glands—which sit atop your kidneys—release cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine in response to stress. They also release other hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), pregnenolone and progesterone as well as aldosterone, which works with the kidneys to balance sodium and potassium in the body.

Given its prominent role in so many hormone and neurotransmitter functions, it’s little wonder that adrenal dysfunction can wreak havoc with your health.

Your Adrenals at Work

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10 Foods You Must Know About For Skin Health

10 Foods You Must Know About For Skin Health

There are many foods beneficial for our skin, but few match the nutrient capabilities of the following in terms of cleansing, moisturizing, regeneration, antioxidant, UV protection, strengthening and rejuvenation.

1) LEMON

Lemon is a fruit of all seasons and almost always finds place on your kitchen shelf or refrigerator. With its vitamin C content, its juice will keep your skin beautiful. A glass of warm water with a tsp of honey and a dash of lemon juice on an empty stomach every morning is a great skin cleanser. With its astringent properties, it can be used to lighten the skin tone and also diminish acne scars. Rub the inside of a lemon peel on your elbow remove dark spots. Mix lemon and honey and use it as a natural bleach on your skin. This is one of nature’s most potent fruits and thediversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge

2) COCONUT (more…)

Garlic Cures 100% of Warts In Clinical Study

Garlic Cures 100% of Warts In Clincal Study

In the first study of its kind, this common herb was found to have remarkable healing results for common warts and corns.

A clinical study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, titled “Healing effect of garlic extract on warts and corns,” reveals the amazing healing properties of garlic extract in healing common warts and corns.

Warts are caused by the virus human papilloma virus (HPV), and corns by pressure of friction. They are some of the most common conditions found in dermatological practice today.

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Research: A Tsp. of Aloe Daily Reverses Signs of Skin Aging

There is plenty of research that indicates that the unnaturally accelerated aging process associated with modern living and/or natural environmental exposures such as excessive ultraviolet radiation (photo-aging) can be slowed. In fact, over 150 natural substances have been indexed on aging in the GreenMedInfo.com project with demonstrable “anti-aging,” or if you prefer, “longevity-promoting” properties.

Of the 69 natural substances indexed on GreenMedInfo.com of potential value in aging skin, aloe is one of the most compelling substances, and works from the inside out …

In a study published in the journal Annals of Dermatology in 2009, healthy female subjects over the age of 45, and who received 2 different oral doses (low-dose: 1,200 mg/d, high-dose: 3,600 mg/d) of aloe vera gel supplementation for 90 days, saw remarkable results. The researchers measured clinical signs and biochemical changes of aging skin before and after supplementation and found that,

After aloe gel intake, the facial wrinkles improved significantly (p<0.05) in both groups, and facial elasticity improved in the lower-dose group…Aloe gel significantly improves wrinkles and elasticity in photoaged human skin.“”

Keep in mind that 3,600 mg of aloe a day is not what you would call a “megadose,” as it is a little less than a teaspoon. 1,200 mg is only a quarter of a teaspoon, and in fact, according to the study, may actually be superior to the higher dose at improving facial elasticity; less is sometimes more, one can assume.

Also, the amazing thing about aloe is that it has a wide range of potential “side benefits,” with 50 of them viewable on our Aloe Vera Research Page alone.  Some of these include:

Name Cumulative Knowledge Article Count Focus Articles
Gastric Cancer 22 4 focus
Ulcerative Colitis 22 3 focus
Colorectal Cancer 20 2 focus
Lichen Planus 20 2 focus
Oral Lichen Planus 20 2 focus
Cancers: All 12 2 focus
Diabetes Mellitus: Type 2 12 2 focus
Diabetic Ulcer 12 2 focus
Lung Cancer 11 2 focus
Aging Skin 10 1 focus
Cancer Metastasis 10 1 focus
Cervical Dysplasia 10 1 focus
Colitis: Ulcerative 10 1 focus
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 10 1 focus
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 10 1 focus
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 10 1 focus
Pancreatic Cancer 10 1 focus
Psoriasis 10 1 focus
Scabies 10 1 focus
Skin Diseases: Photo-Aging 10 1 focus
Uterine Cervical Dysplasia 10 1 focus
Wrinkles 10 1 focus
Lipid Peroxidation 4 2 focus
Abdominal Adhesions 2 1 focus
Arthritis: Rheumatoid 2 1 focus
Breast Cancer: Metastatic 2 1 focus
Burns 2 1 focus
DNA damage 2 1 focus
Fluoride Toxicity 2 1 focus
Multiple Sclerosis 2 1 focus
Oxidative Stress 2 1 focus
Pesticide Toxicity 2 1 focus
Petroleum Exposure & Toxicity 2 1 focus
Prenatal Chemical Exposures 2 1 focus
Radiation Induced Illness 2 1 focus
Wound Healing 2 1 focus
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) 1 1 focus
Breast Cancer 1 1 focus
Cancer: Breast 1 1 focus
Cervical Cancer 1 1 focus
Chemotherapy-Induced Toxicity: Cisplatin 1 1 focus
Colon Cancer 1 1 focus
Dental Diseases 1 1 focus
Encephalitis: Japanese 1 1 focus
Enterovirus 1 1 focus
Escherichia coli Infections 1 1 focus
Leishmaniasis 1 1 focus
Leukemia 1 1 focus
Leukemia: Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) 1 1 focus
Melanoma 1 1 focus
Nasopharyngeal Cancer 1 1 focus
Skin Cancer 1 1 focus
Skin Cancer: Squamous Cell 1 1 focus
Staphylococcus aureus infection 1 1 focus
Streptococcus pyogenes 1 1 focus
Tongue Cancer 1 1 focus
Tumors 1 1 focus

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5 Foods that Actually Fight Wrinkles

Foods Prevent Wrinkles

A study actually found that watercress can help fade your fine lines and wrinkles.
You know that good food can create good skin. But did you know that some foods can actually help fade fine lines and wrinkles?

If this is your pet peeve, we have some solutions for you. These five hard-hitters actually have some scientific evidence behind their ability to help you look younger.

1. Watercress

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Hand Sanitizer and Antibacterial Soap Ruin Your Immune System

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by Barbara Minton

(Health Secrets)  As far back as 2007, the prestigious Harvard Health Letter reported that regular soap and water is just as effective at cleansing hands of bacteria as antibacterial soap or hand sanitizer, and it does it without devastating your immune system as antibacterial products do. Apparently nobody was listening though, because bottles of hand sanitizer and ads for antibacterial soap are everywhere. But fifteen seconds of hand washing with regular soap and water eliminates 80 percent of bacteria, an amount equivalent to what is eliminated with the use of antibacterial soap or hand sanitizer. (more…)

Herbal Antiseptic Oils Beats Disinfectant for Inhibiting Superbug Infections

Herbal Antiseptic Oils Beats Chemical for Inhibiting Superbug Infections

As the battle against superbugs like MRSA and other hospital-acquired infections rages on, researchers have determined that oils derived from plants outperform the antiseptic chlorhexidine and even ethanol in the inhibition of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The researchers – from Australia’s Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital – tested a number of extracts derived from plants, including Tea Tree oil, Lemongrass oil, and Eucalyptus oil – against several of the most deadly antibiotic-resistant superbugs. These included Klebsiella pneumoniae, MRSA – methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,  VRE – vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and ESBL-producing Escherichia coli. The testing was carried out in a laboratory. (more…)

3 Minerals Your Skin is Craving

3 Minerals your skin is craving and you could very well be deficient in!

The importance of minerals in skincare has been severely overlooked, especially in comparison to the attention vitamins receive. 

Minerals are essentially the “spark plugs” of the body, carrying out important bodily functions through enzyme reactions. They facilitate the transfer of nutrients across cell membranes with important assistance from vitamins.

In addition, they maintain PH balance and proper nerve conduction, contract and relax muscles, provide structural support, and regulate tissue growth. As you can see, minerals are a must to maintaining a healthy functioning body, but also to maintain healthy vibrant skin. (more…)

Garlic – A Natural Treatment For Warts and Corns

Warts are considered non-cancerous skin growths – different strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) cause warts to form on different areas of the body. Warts that form on the fingers are typically called “common” warts, while those that appear on the soles of the feet are called plantar warts.

About 70 precent of warts dissipate on their own within two years without any treatment, though in some cases, more warts can appear as the initial wart shrinks. Warts can spread by direct contact with scratches or cuts in the skin. (more…)