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…)

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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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…)

Collagen II

What is Collagen and It’s Importance in Joint Health?
Collagen is a protein that makes up about 25% of the protein found in the human body.1, 2, 3, 4 There are 14 different types of collagen and collagen II is the most predominant.2, 3, 4 It’s important to the structural integrity of connective tissue located throughout the body especially bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. If collagen production declines or if it should become defective, this would result in weakened connective tissue contributing to weakened bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments, all important structural components critical to healthy joint function. An example of how important collagen II is to the health of the joint, we find that collagen makes up about 50% to 60% of the dry weight of articular cartilage with collagen II consisting of about 90% to 98% of the total tissue collagen.5, 6 Maintaining the health and production of collagen II will result in stronger and more resilient connective tissue. In turn, the bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments will be healthy and resilient as well. (more…)

3 Natural Ways to Moisturize Dry Skin

Did you know that dry skin is seen more in people with light skin, blue eyes and fair hair?

Darker-skinned people and men have thicker, oilier skin than light-skinned people do. This is because skin pigments and oils help prevent the skin from drying out as frequently.

However, if genetics didn’t provide your body with these natural moisturizers, then your diet can help combat your dry skin problem.

Try to include foods in your diet regimen that contain…

  • Vitamin A—This vitamin can be found in liver and fish liver oils such as cod liver and can often heal the cracked skin of the feet.
  • Vitamin E—Nicknamed the “vanity vitamin” because it helps keep the skin moist and youthful, this vitamin can be found in vegetable oils and wheat germ.
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) —An omega-3 fatty acid, EPA is found in oily fish or fish oil such as cod liver, herring, mackerel, salmon and sardine, and can help reduce the symptoms of dry, itchy or flaky skin.

These oils find their way into the epidermis by way of sebaceous glands in the dermis and help it to remain supple and not dry out as quickly.

 

About the author

Michael Cutler, M.D. is a board-certified family physician with 18 years experience specializing in chronic degenerative diseases, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

 

A graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif., he serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems.

 

Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and the Founder and Editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter—a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients and is Medical Advisor for True Health™—America’s #1 source for doctor-formulated nutrients that heal. For more information visit www.truehealth.com.