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.

http://www.worldhealth.net/news/fermented-milk-boosts-skin-health/

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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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…)

17 Reasons Why You Need a Mango Every Day

Mangoes may very well be the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean you skin, and make the perfect snack. Here are 17 healthy reasons why you should be eating a mango every day.


Nutrition chart
One cup of mangoes (225 gms contain) contains the following percentages that apply to daily value.
105 calories
76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
25 percent vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)
11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
9 percent healthy probiotic fibre
9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
4 percent magnesium

1. Fights cancer (more…)

Top foods for great-looking skin

There are all sorts of personal care products on the market today that claim to hide wrinkles, clear up blemishes, and add a healthy glow to your skin. But many of these products fail to address the root causes of bad-looking skin, which for many people are nutritional in nature. Here are 10 foods you can begin incorporating into your diet today to help naturally improve the appearance of your skin:

1) Avocados. Naturally rich in healthy fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients, avocados can help significantly improve the appearance of skin when eaten as part of a healthy diet. Avocados are particularly rich in biotin, a coenzyme nutrient that is known to help make hair thicker and stronger, and skin more lustrous and vibrant. Biotin is also found in high amounts in liver and pastured eggs. (more…)

10 Reasons Why Store Deodorant STINKS!

If you are eating a wholesome, healthy diet and are still using underarm deodorant from the store, it’s time to wake up and smell the roses.

Store deodorant is loaded with chemicals and toxins that easily penetrate the skin, getting into the blood supply.

It’s even worse if these products are applied soon after shaving.  Tiny nicks in the skin provide an even easier route for chemicals to penetrate the skin barrier directly into the bloodstream.

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Look In the Mirror: What Does Your Face Tell You About Your Health?

Mirror, mirror on the wall who’s the healthiest of them all? If you know where to look, your external appearance may be a window to your internal health. Your face not only gives you nonverbal signals about your well-being from unconscious facial expressions, but the state of your skin reveals a great deal about what’s going on inside, both physically and emotionally. Some facial diagnosticians can even diagnose incipient illnesses, such as the early stages of cancer.


Few can doubt the stunning beauty of actress Olivia Wilde, however beauty may really be only skin deep. Our physical appearance may tell us a lot about internal health and beauty. (more…)

Antioxidants are Key to Ageless Beauty

People acquire many experiences as they age, and although the hard-earned wisdom that accumulates through the years is something to be treasured, time can eventually take its toll on one’s outward appearance. In an attempt to turn back the hands of time, some consumers have turned to drastic measures, such as injecting chemicals into their skin or opting for invasive surgery.

However, the cliché that “true beauty lies within” may contain a kernel of literal truth. If you want to look and feel beautiful, you must be mindful of what goes into your body as much (if not moreso) than what goes on it.

Damage Wrought by Free Radicals (more…)

Safe and effective natural remedies for acne

Instead of opting for potentially harmful mainstream acne medications, try safe and effective natural remedies for acne problems. You may find your acne and associated problems such as redness and light scarring completely gone or greatly improved in as little as two weeks or less.

Natural Acne Remedies

Lemon juice, tea-tree oil and aqueous cream

Before going to bed, bathe or shower and shampoo. Next, apply lemon juice over your face (this will itch for a minute or two).

Rub in a small amount of pure tea-tree oil. Then, apply a thick layer of aqueous cream to your face and leave on overnight, lying on your back if you must. Or, after about half an hour or so, rub the cream in.

Help this and other remedies along by eating three kiwifruit and about 3/4 cup of raw carrots daily.

Oatmeal, vinegar, raspberries, egg, sea salt

Pour some oatmeal into a small bowl. Mash up some raspberries and mix them with about a teaspoon of sea salt and the oatmeal. Add about two tablespoons of vinegar and one egg and mix with a spoon until it makes a pasty mix. Wash your face with an exfoliating scrub (such as apricot scrub) or exfoliate with a loofah. Steam your face and then apply the mixture thickly. Leave on for about 30 minutes or until the mixture is somewhat dry and starts to crumble off. Rinse with cold water.

Honey and cinnamon

Take three tablespoons of honey and one tablespoon of cinnamon and make a paste. Put it on the affected area and apply it in circles. Leave it on while you sleep and wash it off in the morning

Lemon juice, H2O2, willow bark, aloe, echinacea and goldenseal

Mix in a bowl or container some lemon juice, a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, willow bark powder, echinacea and goldenseal. Mix together and use this solution as an astringent. Apply w/ cotton balls or tissue and leave it on your face to dry. Once it dries, put aloe vera on your skin. Do this twice daily after first washing your face.

Fresh basil leaves

Take a small handful of fresh basil leaves (available at most grocery stores). Let the leaves simmer in two cups of water for about 15 minutes and then put the mixture in the refrigerator to chill. Apply the mixture to troubled areas or your entire face with a cotton ball. Gets rid of acne and also helps with any existing scarring.

Egg white

Dab a little egg white on pimples and leave it on overnight or sometimes apply it all over your face or affected area. You’ll likely notice results the next morning. Pimples/zits are reduced or gone, and your skin feels great.

Apple cider vinegar

Soak a cotton ball in cider vinegar and add salt to the cotton ball. Apply to infected area and hold there for as long as you can. This should instantly reduce the swelling. Works well for large cystic acne as well.

Other natural acne remedies include:

* Topical and oral colloidal silver.

* Orange peel pounded well with water.

* Turmeric facial mask.

* Cucumber leaves or grated pieces.

* Cucumber and water mixed in a blender

* Rubbing the acne with a fresh cut clove of garlic.

* Clove based face mask or a paste of fenugreek (methi) leaves.

* Zinc supplements or a multi-vitamin with zinc.

Note: A healthy diet and lifestyle, including stress management are also essential.

For related articles, see:

“Natural Fruits, Foods and Remedies Give Smoother, Younger Skin”
http://www.naturalnews.com/028720_skin_nutrition.htm

“Use Nature to Safely and Effectively Lessen and Eliminate Old Scars”
http://www.naturalnews.com/029902_scars_removal.html

Sources included:

http://www.tbyil.com/Acne.htm
http://www.everydayhealth.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinc_deficiency

About the author:
Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including “Cancer’s Natural Enemy” and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year. He is also a contributing author for the worldwide advocacy group “S.A N.E.Vax. Inc” which endeavors to uncover the truth about HPV vaccine dangers.

Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 2500 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs – Featuring Luella May forum, where he also serves as the local moderator for the Cancer Alternatives forum. Mr. Isaacs serves as a consultant to the “Utopia Silver Supplement Companyand he and his partner Luella May recently began hosting The Best Years in Life Radio Show for Rumor Mill News on the Micro Effect Radio Network.