Simple strategies to boost and maintain your pH levels

The human internal ecosystem is stabilized by several different buffering systems that keep the body functioning at a high level for as long as possible. One of these buffering systems is pH. Our blood stream should be slightly alkaline at 7.365 pH at all times for the body to be healthy. Maintaining pH balance through proper diet and lifestyle is one of the most critical tools to optimizing your health. There are certain strategies that can be used to boost your pH all day and night without expensive supplements.

The body has an incredible homodynamic control system built around maintaining pH levels. These innate buffering systems include getting rid of excess acid or base by products through the lungs, skin, saliva, & urine. The most common problem with pH balancing is keeping up with the excess metabolic acids. Acids are produced from a lack of oxygen, poor diet, environmental toxins, cellular inflammation and metabolic waste products. (more…)

Is There a Safe Solution for Acne During Pregnancy?

My road to finding perfect skin has been a bumpy one.  Red, swollen, and bumpy.  At age 13, I got it – as in I had it, hated it, but understood it.  It was puberty, after all, and I was already frizzy-haired, overweight, and six inches taller than all of the boys in my class.

What was one more self-esteem crusher?  But now, at age 34, as spots of grey freckle my roots, I am having trouble reconciling with the spots of red freckling the slowly decreasing smooth space between my budding wrinkles.  How am I still breaking out?!

Sure, there are a million quick fixes, and I have tried them ALL to varying success.  So why am I complaining?  Well, number one:  They are just that.  Quick fixes.  And number two:  Things started to get tricky about 8 months ago when my husband and I decided that we wanted to start thinking about having a baby.

And since I am COMPLETELY neurotic, I decided that even though we weren’t going to start actually “negotiating” the project for several months, I wanted anything that could hurt that little one OUT of its future, albeit, temporary home.  Very quickly, my acne came back – with a vengeance, super ready to shine after years of being suppressed.

I mean, I kinda had goddess-like skin while on the birth control pill – along with raised cholesterol, blood pressure, yeast infections, and hair loss.  (And I can’t be on THAT when I’m pregnant.  Clearly.)  And antibiotics did the trick temporarily – along with their companion gift of nausea and loose stools.  And so, I thought I would go to some magic “Preparing for Pregnancy” store and purchase a great, safe product to help me with my plight. (more…)

Research shows inflammation causes acne

Acne is a painstakingly frustrating condition. The cure has eluded both sufferers and dermatologists for decades. However latest research on the role of oxidative stress and the antioxidant defense in acne brings new hope for sufferers.

Acne patients are under higher oxidative stress than people with healthy skin, and as a result their antioxidant levels are exhausted. Managing inflammation and correcting antioxidant depletion often brings much needed relief for acne patients. (more…)

Synbiotics Prevent Asthma-Like Symptoms in Patients with Eczema.

Atopic dermatitis is often referred to as “eczema,” which is a general term for several types of inflammation of the skin and is the most common of the many types of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects the skin. It is not contagious; it cannot be passed from one person to another. In atopic dermatitis, the skin becomes extremely itchy. Scratching leads to redness, swelling, cracking, “weeping” clear fluid, and finally, crusting and scaling. In most cases, there are periods of time when the disease is worse (called exacerbations or flares) followed by periods when the skin improves or clears up entirely (called remissions). As some children with atopic dermatitis grow older, their skin disease improves or disappears altogether, although their skin often remains dry and easily irritated. In others, atopic dermatitis continues to be a significant problem in adulthood.

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Vitamin D – A Gene-Regulating Super Nutrient

one study with 2100 female twins showed that having adequate vitamin D extends life by five years

Patients with Parkinson’s were 55% more likely to be low in vitamin D.

Some of the newer colon cancer research finds that vitamin D turns on death signals in colon cancer cells and works synergistically with calcium to help prevent colon cancer cells from spreading.

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