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  • Jun 8

    Your Skin and You by Bea Kinnear As of 8th June 2011, officials still do not know what is causing the E.Coli outbreak – initially it was thought to be cucumbers, then salad produce, then bean sprouts….But the message is relevant –  Do we need preservatives in skincare? Are 100% All Natural Skin Care Products Really Safe?

    This article has been written by Bea Kinnear Your Skin & You 5th Edition.

    There is currently a massive scare in Europe concerning the contamination of cucumbers by a very virulent bacterium, a variant of Escherichia coli (commonly referred to more simply as E. Coli).

    There is a full report on the BBC web site, but the issue is that there have been over 1,200 confirmed of suspected cases of E. coli in Germany so far, and 18 people have actually died. Cases are also being reported in the UK, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands.

    The bacterium infests the gastrointestinal tract, and can lead to Haemolytic-uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS causes kidney problems and is potentially fatal. More deaths are expected, because many sufferers have already lost kidney function, and more cases are likely before this can be stopped.

    The sickness is not contagious, but may be passed on by an infected person preparing food for others.
    Several countries have already removed cucumbers from the shops, when they have been imported from suspect sources, among them, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and France. Russian officials are even talking about banning ALL vegetable products sourced from Europe!

    So what is the connection between contaminated cucumbers and cosmetics?
    This awful situation in Europe demonstrates the severe problems that can occur when certain bacteria get into the food chain as a result of contamination. Foods that are unpreserved are particularly susceptible, although it is not usually necessary to preserve this type of food, but there are clearly potentially fatal consequences when this happens.

    More and more people are demanding that food be free of preservatives for various reasons and, by a leap of logic, also demand that cosmetics be free of preservatives. Whilst it would not be accurate to suggest that preservatives are totally without risk in either food or cosmetics, there is a massive difference in exposure between the two applications.

    The most common issue with cosmetic preservatives is irritation, but this only occurs in a tiny minority of the population (despite claims to the contrary), and the point of ingredient labelling of cosmetics is to enable those with identified sensitivities to avoid products containing the “rogue” ingredient(s). Sensitisation can be a much worse condition than just irritation but this, fortunately, tends to affect an even smaller minority of the population.

    In the seemingly desperate rush to get away from conventional preservatives, many companies either feel forced to use materials that are much less well-characterised in terms of toxicity and human exposure, or they actively choose to use this tactic as a marketing “advantage”, and broadcast their stance (often by also casting aspersions on conventional preservatives for good measure) in order to attract consumers.

    There are several potential risks involved in failing to preserve a cosmetic properly. These are mostly aesthetic – discoloration, off-odour, visible growth (the black fungus, Aspergillus brasiliensis –often seen in bathrooms – is an excellent example), creams separating out, etc, but there are also health risks involved in applying microbially contaminated products to the skin, especially if the skin is damaged or in poor condition. One bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, can cause permanent blindness if sufficient numbers enter the eye, and this is a common bacterium, although I am not aware of any proven cases of blindness due to use of contaminated cosmetics, but it remains a theoretical possibility.

    So far, there have been no major issues uncovered with these new approaches to preservation but, as this tactic increases in popularity, the chances of contamination of cosmetics causing a real problem to human health increase.

    I would not be so foolish as to claim that there could be problems on the scale that currently exists in Europe with cucumbers, as it is highly unlikely that deaths would ever result from a contaminated cosmetic product, but an increased risk of adverse effects remains, and consumers need to be aware of the risks that some companies are taking with their health – often the very same companies who are claiming that their products MUST be safe, because they are natural!

    In the use of preservatives, the benefits vastly outweigh the tiny risk. Preservation should not be optional, it is essential.
    Bea Kinnear, Author
    Your Skin & You 5th Edition
    Article posted June 6, 2011 Personal Care Truth or Scare

     

  • May 10

    Stay up-to-date with Healthy Aging News Updates.

    I post new information about longevity and nutrition from various sources, so that you can access it all in the one place.

    If you have a good source of reliable information and would like to see it included, please feel free to leave a comment below.

     

  • May 2

    Recently I have had a few queries regarding natural therapy for healthy blood pressure.

    My mother suffered from high blood pressure (hypertension) for many years and then died of a massive heart attack at the age of 71. The blood pressure medication she was on did nothing to prevent heart disease, nor did it cure it.

    High blood pressure can result in a heart attack or stroke, and is called the ‘silent killer’ because there are no symptoms.

    According to Bruce H Lipton PhD author of ‘The Biology of Belief”, ‘genes and DNA do not control our biology; that instead DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our positive and negative thoughts’ and the environment, that impacts on the health of our body’s cells.

    So what can we do?

    First of all, and I am pretty sure that you would have heard it all before,  there are 3 major things that need attention:

    1. Eat a healthy diet which includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Cut out large servings of meat and dairy. Remove processed foods and takeaways from your diet. Reduce salt intake. Drink 8 glasses of water daily. Quit smoking.
    2. Include moderate exercise in your daily life. Find something that you enjoy doing, so that it is not a difficult thing to keep on doing.
    3. Relax! Take deep breaths. Meditate. Read. Listen to music. Whatever calms you down and slows you down. Even if you just start with 10 minutes a day.

    Nutritional SupplementsIf you can’t do those 3 things, then it is pointless taking the following nutritional supplements.
    The nutritional supplements that I suggest are:
    1. optimal quality anti-oxidants, vitamins and multi-minerals
    2. a calcium supplement that also contains magnesium, vitamin D3 and Vitamin K.
    3. a good quality omega-3 fish or flaxseed oil supplement
    4. extra magnesium as required

    How effective are these supplements at reducing blood pressure? Government regulations do not allow me to voice an opinion, so allow me to hand over to my learned friends…

    Here is some educational information that may help you to form your own opinion.
    Dr Gerald Lewis is a cardiologist and GP. He is in the Who’s Who book for his work with blood pressure. Here is what he suggests for high blood pressure. Note that Dr Lewis says “Drugs are the treatment usually recommended by doctors. Today these are very effective and have fewer side effects (thiazide diuretics, beta blockers, calcium blockers, ACE inhibitors, A2 inhibitors), and in many cases are given together in lower doses, which further reduces the side effects” along with recommendations for nutritional supplements. Dr Lewis has also made a very informative video on coronary heart disease.

    The Amazing Nutrient that Lowers Your Blood Pressure – Dr Mercola suggests that vitamin-d levels are linked to arterial stiffness

    Personally, I take 4000iu of Vitamin D3 daily and I am about to go get my blood levels checked for Vitamin D.
    I wrote this blog post last year and you will see that hypertension is listed in the section on disease prevention – Vitamin D does more than just prevent the flu.

    (Natural News) Increasing incidence of high blood pressure continues to be the most significant factor in death from a heart attack and advancing cardiovascular disease. Elevated blood pressure readings cause thickening of the coronary arteries as micro…read more Proper potassium balance essential to healthy blood pressure and reduced heart attack risk

    Discover why eating sugar (and high glycemic foods/drinks) endangers your heart and overall health. This is an eye opening one hour presentation by Dr. David Diamond, Ph.D., of the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences titled: “How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic”  Dr Diamond was diagnosed with heart disease in 2005 – high cholesterol included.  Find out why he is still alive….How Bad Science and Big Business Created the Obesity Epidemic

     

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    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended to support optimum heart health, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.  The nutritional supplements that I promote contain all of the above ingredients at optimal levels.

     

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  • Mar 5

    Your Skin and You by Bea KinnearThe best anti-aging ingredients in skincare post is from Bea Kinnear, a lady who has spent a lot of time researching skincare. Bea is the author of Your Skin & You 5th Edition

    I was watching a favorite T.V. show today, like all shows it seems to me, they advertise yet another skin care product with “amazing” ingredients. Naturally they all sound like they discovered a special ingredient and that no one else has anything which could perform like theirs.

    I decided to go through the best anti-aging skincare ingredients and point out some “amazing” ingredients for you.
    Well I never realized what a tough job that was going to be. Thus I decided to select only a few. Well that didn’t work as you will see because I picked one, then the next one was just as important and excellent so it was hard to decide just which ones I would list.

    The following were chosen because they really do assist in “anti-aging”, smooth beautiful skin as well as healthy skin. Although sunscreen ingredients are the best anti-aging ingredients, I did not list those because you already know that. So, here is my list of the fantastic ingredients that helps towards antiaging when used daily.

    Algae Extracts: These marine plant extracts helps to diminish visible signs of aging. A blend also helps to enhance skin firmness.

    Bearberry Extract: It is a skin brightener and helps to enhance a healthy skin tone and appearance.

    Bisabolo: A natural ingredient that is soothing and has a strong calming effect on skin.

    Shea Butter: A natural moisturizer that actually also has some sunscreen ability. It absorbs quickly, has a softening effect on skin and helps to restore an even tone.

    Calcium PCA: Calcium PCA strengthens our skin’s protective barrier to help guard against the harsh environment.

    Green Tea: Green tea has many benefits but the key ones are the forms of Antioxidants like vitamins C & E. It has amino Acid, that is naturally found in our skin and green tea is also known for its soothing properties.

    Gotu Kola Extract: This extract tightens the skin and increases its elasticity. Its calming agents can speed cell reproduction ( a bonus for the older generation).

    Ceramide 3: This ingredient has been found to reduce roughness, increase water content and protect against irritant-induced dermatitis.

    Irish Moss: Is a rich emollient with hydrating properties. Excellent as a skin softener.

    Cyclomethicone: This has strong moisturization and humectant properties.

    Cyclodextrin: This is what we call an “active” ingredient that acts to help deliver healthful compounds to the cells.

    Decyl Glucoside: This is another blend of some natural ingredients that releases skin surface tension so the foreign substances are easily rinsed away. It is another form of cleansing.

    Disodium EDTA: Metallic ions may remain on our skin from our water, this ingredient is important to neutralize these offending ions.

    Coneflower Extract: This extract is rich in Vitamins A, E, C, iron, iodine and copper. It has strong skin-firming ability and a powerful MMP inhibitor.

    Glucosamine HCL: A derived marine source that firms skin and has calming exfoliating agents.

    Glycine: One of three main amino acids found in collagen. It is a strong moisturizer that can also help stabilize Vitamin C.

    Licorice: Powerful oxidative-stress inhibitor, natural skin brightener and has soothing properties.

    Meadowfoam Oil: Rich in Vitamin C.

    Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: Water-soluble Vitamin C It creates smoother and firmer skin.

    Mallow: Reduces the visible sign of aging. This extract has soothing and nourishing ability.

    Mango Butter: Contains nonessential fatty acids naturally found in the body. It is an excellent lubricator and skin
    moisturizer.

    Olive Leaf Extract: Powerful extract of antioxidants that can help reduce the visible signs of aging while it soothes and moisturizes the skin.

    Panthenol Vitamin B5: Helps to eliminate dry, scaly skin patches and provide fullness to the skin.

    Avocado Oil: Wonderful hydrating oil for dry skin and mature skin.

    Sea Plankton extract: Has calming properties and is considered a cell revitalizer that enhances the skin’s complexion.

    Clary Sage: This extract clarifies, soothes and relaxes the skin.

    Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: Oil-soluble vitamin C. Fights free radical damage, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A skin firming agent. A highly efficacious vitamin C.

    Threonine: A Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) that has antioxidant properties and wound healing.

    Tocopherol: Scientific name for Vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant and deep moisturizer easily absorbed by skin.

    Undecylenoyl Glycine: From Coconut oil this glycine is a major constituent of dermal-structure proteins.

    Urea: Naturally found in skin and is a NMF. It fosters the skin’s absorption of other nourishing ingredients.

    Grape Extract: A proanthocyanidin (strong antioxidant) that is known to improve, brighten, nourish and enhance skin color.

    Yucca Extract: Rich in Vitamins A,B-complex, C, as well as calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and cooper. An
    amazing natural cleanser with a high saponin content.

    Have a Sensé-tional Day!
    Bea Kinnear, Author
    Note: You can find all these ingredients and more in my book Your Skin & You 5th Edition

    All these amazing ingredients and more can be found in one skincare range. If you would like more information regarding this skincare range I can help you. Please go to Contact Helen and leave your request and details.

  • Mar 5

    Your Skin and You by Bea KinnearThe truth about skincare products post is from Bea Kinnear, a lady who has spent a lot of time researching skincare. Bea is the author of Your Skin & You 5th Edition

    The absolute truth is that there are good and bad products in all price categories.

    The amount of money you spend on skin-care products has nothing to do with the quality or uniqueness of the formula. Any irritant-free toner is infinitely better than a toner that contains peppermint, menthol, essential oils, eucalyptus, lemon, or other irritants, no matter how natural-sounding the ingredients are and regardless of the price or claim. Lots of expensive products are little more than water and wax, and some inexpensive products are beautifully formulated. Spending less doesn’t hurt your skin, and spending more doesn’t help it. It’s all about the formulation, not the price.

    Whatever preconceived notion someone might have or media-induced fiction someone might believe about natural ingredients being better for the skin; it’s not true, there is no factual basis or scientific legitimacy for that belief. Just because an ingredient grows out of the ground or is found in nature doesn’t make it automatically good for skin; and the reverse is also true, just because it is synthetic doesn’t make it bad. Consumers should not necessarily assume that an ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ ingredient or product would possess greater inherent safety than another chemically identical version of the same ingredient. In fact, ‘natural’ ingredients may be harder to preserve against microbial contamination and growth than synthetic raw materials.

    People should not interpret even the USDA Organic seal or any organic seal of approval on cosmetics as proof of health benefits or of efficacy.
    (Source: www.ams.usda.gov/nop/FactSheets/Backgrounder.html). The National Organic Program is a marketing program, not a safety program. Steak may be graded prime, but that has no bearing on whether it is safe or nutritious to eat.

    Women have problems with their skin because they often like what isn’t good for them. For example, you may like getting a tan, but that can cause skin cancer and most certainly will cause wrinkles and skin discolorations. You may like smoking cigarettes, but that will cause skin cells to die and will cause the growth of unhealthy, malformed skin cells. You may like that daytime moisturizer you are using, but if it doesn’t contain sunscreen it leaves your skin wide open to sun damage. What it takes to help your skin be at its best and to function normally and really fight wrinkles or acne or any other skin problem is far more complex than just using what you “like.” This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t like what you use, but do take the time to select from among products that are truly healthy and beneficial for skin. Don’t pick a product just from smell or how fancy the package is, they are just marketing tools to get you to buy. It does not qualify the enclosed ingredients any more than price can.
    Have a Sensé-tional Day!
    Bea Kinnear, Author
    Your Skin & You 5th Edition

    Learn more – the best anti-aging skincare ingredients currently available.

  • Oct 17

    Nutritional SupplementsRecently a friend was staying with me and was curious about my supplements. I take a basic “wellness” program plus enhancers. I recommend the basic wellness program to people who are happy with their health and wish to maintain the status quo. For others who wish to prevent certain health issues, then a nutritional supplement program can be tailored taking into account their nutritional requirements and their budget. As we age, I feel that we need extra nutritional support for our long-term health.

    I would like to stress that taking supplements is no substitute for a healthy diet – we must avoid processed foods and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Exercise and getting out into the fresh air and sunshine is important for our good health.

    There are many more toxins and chemicals in our environment now compared to pre World War Two and our bodies require high-quality and optimum nutrition to combat these onslaughts.

    The basic wellness program:
    1. Antioxidants and multi-vitamins – whilst it is important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, we have no way of knowing how much nutrition is available or how fresh the products are that we purchase. Plus we do not know how much free radical damage is occurring in our bodies. So we need to keep our body’s cells ‘oiled’ to prevent the internal ‘rust’.

    2. Multi-minerals – Vitamins and enzymes cannot function without minerals. Minerals are missing from our soils, and thus our food. Minerals must be in a form that is readily absorbed by the body (i.e. bioavailable).

    3. Calcium/magnesium/vitamin D3 – vital for our bone health. Calcium supports strong bones, tissues and teeth, as well as healthy cartilage, joints and muscular activity – keeps you standing tall. All three nutrients work in synergy and keep our bones strong. Calcium and magnesium are also necessary to support healthy blood pressure.

    4. Omega-3 – from fish oil or flaxseed oil. Much research has been done on this nutrient. All cells in our body require omega-3.

    5. Fiber – An added option to the basic wellness program is a Fiber product. Fiber is necessary for our indigestion, and many people with health issues do not get enough fiber in their diet.

    Enhancers I add to my program:

    Glucosamine sulfate/Vitamin C/Manganese/Turmeric
    Both my parents suffered from arthritis. This product is the building block of healthy cartilage. The body does repair damaged cartilage but if the building blocks are not available then joint pain and osteoarthritis may result.
    Grape Seed Extract
    Before I started taking supplements, I used to get 3-4 colds/flu a year plus I suffered from hay fever and sinusitis. Grape Seed Extract helps in relieving the symptoms of colds plus is an excellent source of health-assisting antioxidants. Grape Seed Extract is naturally high in silicon, a mineral essential for healthy, soft, smooth skin. Grape Seed Extract may keep collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid within the skin in good shape by blocking enzymes that might disrupt their chemical structure. Its flavonoids also inhibit allergic reactions that can generate skin problems.
    Phytoestrogens and soy isoflavones
    These provide a natural approach to maintaining health before and after menopause. Phytoestrogens in the diet are believed to be a stabilizing factor throughout hormonal cycles. This stabilization may help to maintain bone mass into the mature years. Always check the source of soy products because many these days are GMO.
    Vitamin C
    Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis. Collagen is essential for strengthening muscles, teeth bones, skin and blood vessels. Human bodies are incapable of manufacturing vitamin C so we must rely on our diet to satisfy our daily requirement.
    Vitamin D3
    Vitamin D3 plays an important role in helping the body absorb calcium and in bone mineralization, supports a robust and healthy immune system, important for the maintenance of muscle strength to prevent body sway and increased risk of falling. Accumulating scientific evidence is proving that Vitamin D provides more health benefits than simply bone health. Deficiency has been associated with increased risk of common cancers, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, and infectious diseases. Evidence is emerging that there is wide spread vitamin D deficiency in the broader population. People are covering up when outside in the sun to prevent skin cancer and many others are their spending days inside, and not getting any sun exposure at all. We need sun exposure for the body to make Vitamin D. Vitamin D is currently heavily researched – for up-to-date information visit the Vitamin D Council. Get your Vitamin D levels tested by your doctor to ensure that you are not deficient (“25 OH Vitamin D” blood test (also known as “25 hydroxy vitamin D”) and you want to be in the 50-80 ng/ml range).

    From time to time, I will take these two extra products to ensure good digestive health:
    Probiotics
    Probiotics help to maintain healthy gut flora. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common diagnosis in gastroenterology. Reduced quality of life caused by IBS affects approximately 20% of adult Westerners. Studies suggest certain probiotics to be beneficial, and provide a promising therapeutic alternative.
    Milk Thistle
    To help support healthy liver function and normal detoxification process

    Both my parents suffered from heart disease. My mother died from a heart attack after many years on blood pressure medication. My mother also suffered from diverticulitis for many years. My father had a triple bypass heart operation and eventually died as a result of prostate cancer. My parents never discovered the benefits of nutritional supplementation. My aim is to stay healthy until the day I die, which is why I am being proactive now.

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

     

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  • Sep 29

    Healthy skinDo you want a temporary skin fix or healthy younger looking skin for life? How much money do people spend on temporary fixes – cosmetics, botox, micro-dermabrasion, fillers and plastic surgery without thinking about providing nutrition for the skin from the inside? There is a now a new word ‘neutracueticals’ to describe taking care of our skin not only from the outside but also from the inside. Neutraceuticals are nutritional supplements that benefit our skin and the longer we take them the healthier and younger looking our skin becomes.

    You may have noticed that more and more companies are providing skincare products that contain herbs, nutrients and anti-oxidants – such as ‘amino peptide complex’, ‘Q10’, ‘feverfew’, ‘retinol’, ‘oatmeal’, ‘soy’, ‘lavendar’, ‘chamomile’, ‘ylang ylang’ as well as genes! The list goes on and on.

    Our skin, being the largest organ in our body does require care. And using products on the outside that are chemical-free and healthy is just as important as what we eat and drink. It goes without saying that our skin thrives on a healthy diet, proper sleep and good clean water. A good quick test to check if you are hydrated enough is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand – it should bounce back quickly when you let go. If not, drink more water.

    Last week I had a BodyTalk appointment with a lovely young practitioner. She asked my age and told me that I look about 10 years younger! I have been supplementing my healthy diet since the year 2000 and I believe it is really making a difference not only to my energy levels but also to my skin.

    Which supplements nourish our skin from the inside and provide us with younger looking skin?

    Calcium with balanced levels of magnesium, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K – helps with cells renewal, lipid barrier protection and antioxidant protection from DNA damage. A deficiency will manifest itself in dryness, itching, premature aging/wrinkling and an increased tendency to develop skin cancers. When there is a calcium deficiency, your body will ‘steal’ calcium from your bones and teeth.

    Antioxidants and grape-seed extract – these have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and anti-acne capabilities. They repair aged skin, reduce wrinkles, reduces free-radical damage, have wound healing properties and contribute to a healthy looking, glowing complexion. They stop us from ‘rusting’ inside.

    Omega-3 (from pure fish oils and flaxseed oils) – these block oxidation of skin oil and reduce acne. Without these essential fatty acids, dryness, skin irritation, whiteheads and blackheads will become regular features on the skin. They sooth inflamed skin and help prevent immature aging. They are essential for dry, sensitive skin.

    Minerals – these act as essential co-factors for vitamins and help catalyze many biological processes. Copper together with Vitamin C and the mineral zinc, helps to develop elastin, the fibers that support skin structure from underneath.

    Co-enzyme Q10 – it is better to be taken as supplement than to place it on our skin. It blocks oxidation of the oils in the skin and helps with the health of our skin therefore there is less chance of acne. It fights free radicals and improves the look of wrinkles. A vital nutrient if you are over 50, in so many ways.

    Ginkgo biloba – helps to increase circulation, prevent capillary fragility, improves tissue irrigation and helps to boost collagen formation and create fibroblast.

    Vitamin C – increases collagen production, (including dermal collagen) which is significant for wrinkle reduction, strengthening the skin’s barrier response, enhances the skin’s repair process and reduces inflammation. Lack of Vitamin C can also affect your nail strength and appearance.

    Glucosamine – not only supports healthy joints but a study (American Academy of Dermatology) has shown that glucosamine could prove an effective treatment to reverse the effects of skin cells damaged by UV exposure.

    Lutein – is not only good for our eyes but also contributes to increased skin hydration, elasticity and skin lipid content (according to a recent human clinical study).

    Phytoestrogens – important for preventing skin aging.

    Saw Palmetto – useful in the treatment of acne. Saw palmetto blocks the action of 5-alpha-reductase, reducing the amount of DHT in the skin and thereby reducing the stimulation of excessive sebum. Oral and tropical antibiotics can reduce the bacteria, which oxidizes skin oil. Antioxidants block the oxidation of skin oil and can reduce acne.

    By looking after your skin from the inside, you may never have to pay for expensive skin treatments. Plus you will have the added bonus of more energy, better sleep and better health.

    Further reading
    Bea Kinnear, has written a very comprehensive book on skin care covering skin types to preservatives, hair types to natural ingredients. It will open your eyes to the sometimes ludicrous claims made by many popular beauty products.
    Your Skin & You, 5th EditionYour Skin and You by Bea Kinnear

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging plus more information about self-preserving skincare, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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  • Sep 12

    Many health problems originate in our gut. How much time do we give to chewing our food properly let alone prepare healthy food in this rushed world we live in? A healthy digestive system is a multi-faceted process; one important part being getting the nutrients from our food to supply our cells needs and another part is elimination.

    The GI tract is the largest part of the immune system because it deals with eliminating toxins and filters fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. The GI tract is sometimes referred to as the ‘second brain’.

    Having optimal health means living pain free and not having to suffer with digestive issues like constipation, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, coughing, phlegm, reflux or bloating.

    From a supplement point of view there are three things that aid the digestion of our food and support the health of our GI tract.

    1. Liver support

    It is so important to keep our livers healthy for without them, we die. Our liver is part of the detoxification process and is vital to keeping our bodies clear of the toxins we accumulate from our food and environment. Milk-thistle is a key ingredient in liver health and works as an antioxidant. Green-tea extract, turmeric and broccoli extract provide further antioxidant protection.

    2. Healthy gut flora

    Probiotics are millions of viable good bacteria that help to maintain healthy gut flora, they have been clinically proven to survive transit through the acidic environment of the stomach and to reach the intestine alive.

    Probiotics Promote Balance: Your gut is host to both beneficial and potentially harmful bacteria. When balanced properly, these bacteria, also known as microflora, aid healthy digestion. Stress, illness, antibiotics and/or medicines, poor diet and hydration, lack of rest, and harmful environmental conditions, however, may endanger the fine balance of the intestinal flora. This imbalance can result in the reduction of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can lead to digestive concerns that may not only be physically uncomfortable but also possibly harmful to your health.

    Not all probiotics are of sufficient quantity of high-quality bacteria strains to survive stomach acidity and enter the intestinal tract alive to be effective. Look out for strains of probiotic bacteria that have been clinically proven to survive transit through the acidic environment of the stomach, and promote a natural balance of beneficial microflora in the gut.

    3. Bowel health
    Prebiotics are made up of multiple sources of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre including Psyllium and Inulin which promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.

    Prebiotics promote good digestive health, and aids in normal bowel regularity, which helps move wastes and toxins out of the colon. Undigested food material and metabolic waste build up in the body due to slow elimination, which may contribute to other health problems.

    Psyllium is a rich source of soluble fibre, and a bulking agent. It has been widely used to promote bowel movement.

    Inulin is a special type of indigestible fibre that serves as a fertilizer to healthy bacteria in the digestive system, which in turn assists in the absorption of nutrients and the breakdown of foods. If undigested food material and metabolic waste build up due to slow elimination, it may contribute to other health problems.

    How much fibre do we need to consume?
    According to the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand (developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Health)…
    • adult women should eat at least 25 grams of fibre daily
    • men should eat at least 30 grams
    • pregnant women over the age of 18 should consume 28 grams of fibre every day
    • New mothers need 27-30 grams each day.

    We still need to consciously eat a healthy diet and to eliminate sugary drinks to avoid putting toxic stress on our body’s cells. By ensuring that our digestive system is in healthy working order, we can then utilize all the nutrients from the food we eat, as well as feel comfortable in the downstairs department. Please feel free to contact me if you need any help choosing products to support a healthy digestive system.

    Please note: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are nonspecific and mimic those of many other more common conditions, including digestive and bladder disorders. A woman with ovarian cancer may be diagnosed with another condition before finally learning she has cancer. Common misdiagnoses include irritable bowel syndrome, stress and depression. Read more…

    The digestive process is described in great detail in Suzanne Somers’ book ‘Breakthrough’ Step 4 “Create a Healthy GI tract”. According to Ms Somers, some of the diseases that start in the gut are arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Macular Degeneration.
    Get your copy of “Breakthrough” now from Amazon.com

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  • Aug 28

    Lizards lie in it, cats nap in it, plants need it to grow. But over 60% of North Americans are not getting enough of it. Vitamin D from the sun is critical to our health. The “cover-up and slap on the sunscreen” messages have worked too well along with young people spending time indoors instead of being outside in the sunshine.

    We are near the end of our 2010 winter season here in New Zealand. My husband is a dentist and we both do not believe in flu vaccines. At the start of  winter I began taking an extra 1000iu Vitamin D3 – total 3000iu daily. My husband just took his normal dose that is contained in the nutritional supplements we both take. My husband got the flu – possibly the H1N1 because I have never seen him so unwell. He is a man who normally shrugs off colds and flus, but not this one. He had to take time off work, pulled a muscle from his violent coughing and even stayed in bed. Meanwhile, as soon as he came down with the flu, I increased my D3 dose from 3000iu to 4000iu daily and I have stayed well.

    Anyone keeping up-to-date with health news over the last few years will be aware that more and more research is uncovering the significance of Vitamin D and its effect on our health. The “cover-up and slap on the sunblock” campaign has helped to reduce skin cancer risk but in doing so, Vitamin D deficiency has affected the health of millions of people worldwide (you will not be surprised to find out that more than 1 billion people worldwide and 30-40% of the U.S. population between the ages of 15-49 are vitamin D deficient). Vitamin D affects over 200 genes in our bodies and about 6% of the human genome.

    There is a variety of factors that limit the amount of vitamin D we are exposed to: where we live (geographic latitude), season, age, melanin content of skin, the use of sunscreen or sun-obscuring clothing, and a lack of outdoor activity. It is healthy to have bright sun exposure to our bodies for 15-20 minutes per day. People who live in temperate zones (latitude 37 degrees north and south of the equator) will not get the sun exposure required for our bodies to make the 15,000 to 20,000iu of Vitamin D it needs each day. However, overexposure to sunlight does cause skin cancer and wrinkles.

    Can we overdose on Vitamin D? It’s not possible to overdose from the sun source because the body can inactivate excess Vitamin D. The body can also store excess Vitamin D in our tissues and use it as required.

    So what about food? Vitamin D is unique because very little can be obtained through a normal diet.The Vitamin D that is available in food is insignificant compared to what the synthesis of the sun can provide. The principal source of Vitamin D is through sun exposure on our skin.

    For instance, the following is a list of foods that we would have to consume on a daily basis to get the equivalent of 15,000 to 20,000iu Vitamin D from the sun:
    Sardines – 30 cans per day or
    Milk – 100-200 glasses per day or
    Fortified cereal – 100-200 bowls per day or
    Egg yolks – 500-1000 per day or
    Wild salmon – 2 kilos or 4.5 lbs per day
    I would not recommend any of the above to be consumed in such quantities on a daily basis.

    Vitamin D has been shown to prevent the following diseases:
    Heart Disease
    Cancer – Breast, Ovarian, Colon, Prostate, Bladder, Uterus, Esophagus, Rectum, Stomach
    Diabetes
    Obesity
    Dementia
    Influenza – upper respiratory infections have shown to be reduced by 90% by supplementing with 2000iu of Vitamin D3. By boosting our Vitamin D3 to 5000iu in the flu season, we do not need to have the flu vaccine.
    Bacterial Infection
    Depression
    Insomnia
    Muscle Weakness
    Fibromyalgia
    Osteomalacia –soft and weak bones, makes you more prone to fractures.
    Osteoarthritus
    Rheumatoid Arthritus
    Osteoporosis
    Psoriasis
    Hypertension
    Multiple Sclerosis – if we do not have enough exposure to sunlight in the first 10 years of our life, we are more pre-disposed to getting MS. So if you grow up in a temperate zone you have a 100% increase in the risk of getting MS.

    From Doctor Ray Strand’s desk:
    a) “A recent study reported in the Archives of Neurology showed a correlation of a low vitamin D level and the increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. This study included over 3,000 pariticipants. They followed these subjects for a period of nearly 30 years. Those subjects whose vitamin D levels were in the top 25% had over a 30% decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, when compared to those who had the lowest levels of vitamin D. This is just another study that shows the importance of maintaining adequate vitamin D levels. I have shared in past Health Nuggest, I like to see vitamin D levels above 60 ng/ml.”

    b) “A four year clinical was done that involved nearly 1200 women. This is the kind of study physicians love and always talk about when it comes to pharmaceutical trials. However, very few of them realize that there are these kinds of studies regarding the health benefits of taking supplements. Subjects were assigned to take 1400 mg of calcium alone, or 1400 mg of calcium plus 1100 IU of vitamin D, or a placebo. After only 4 years, the risk of developing any type of cancer was 60% lower in the vitamin D group. If you excluded the cancers diagnosed in the first year because these cancers were most likely already present before the study, there was a 77% reduction in all types of cancer in the vitamin D group.

    The researchers pointed out that vitamin D has an effect on at least 200 human genes and is critical in the normal functioning of our immune system and cell division. When there is less than an optimal level of vitamin D, the regulatory process involving cell proliferation and differentiation becomes defective. This can lead to abnormal cell division and thus cancer growth. However, if individuals simply supplement their diet with 1100 IU of vitamin D, they can significantly decrease their risk of all cancers.”

    In summary: The research shows that nearly 70% of adults taking 600 IU or less of supplemental vitamin D have circulating levels below the minimum recommended threshold of 30 ng/mL. In fact, some people require up to 12 times that amount to maintain optimal levels of vitamin D. A suggested recommended daily intake of vitamin D3 is at least 4,000 IU per day. Of course every person’s individual needs are different, so it is best to work with your physician to determine what is right for you. If you live in temperate zones it is advisable to take a Vitamin D3 supplement every day and boost it to 5000iu in the flu season.

    Expose yourself to bright sun 15 to 30 minutes daily as much as possible, before applying sunblock to your body. I recommend that you do not expose your face and neck though. Avoid over-exposure to sunlight. If possible, get your Vitamin D levels tested by your doctor to ensure that you are not deficient (“25 OH Vitamin D” blood test (also known as “25 hydroxy vitamin D”) and you want to be in the 50-80 ng/ml range).

    Further Reading
    The Vitamin D Council is a respected source of up-to-date information about Vitamin D.

    (NaturalNews) Mike Adams recently interviewed the Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council, Dr. John Cannell, MD, in order to obtain more information about the nutrient which has been gaining ground as a proven necessity for cancer protection, good…listen to this hour long audio   Interview with Dr. John Cannell on benefits of vitamin D

    Dr. Michael Holick is the world’s foremost authority on vitamin D and the healing power of natural sunlight. He’s the author of The UV Advantage, and in this interview, Dr. Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. This is one of the most eye-opening interviews you’ll ever read on health.

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  • Aug 19

    A review of the book “Breakthrough – Eight Steps to Wellness, Life-altering secrets from today’s cutting-edge doctors” by Suzanne Somers

    When I began to read “Breakthrough- Eight Steps to Wellness” my head was spinning. There is so much valuable information here and I wanted to soak it all up. Suzanne has interviewed 17 medical professionals who are at the cutting-edge of long-term anti-aging medicine. The book has 450 pages of life-altering secrets and it is packed into small print. If you want to live the rest of your life in vibrant optimum health – then this book is a must-read.

    To quote Suzanne ‘Knowledge is power’. To anyone (and really everyone) who would like to enhance their health knowledge, then this book will certainly fill in many gaps. We can all be responsible for our own true health once we become armed with knowledge.

    For me I had never heard of new technologies such as nanotechnology, stem cells and energy medicine. I did not understand the significance of bioidentical hormone therapy. I now have a deeper understanding as to why nutritional supplements are so vital for our well-being. The people who are at the cutting-edge of this new technology are passionate about what they are achieving.

    I strongly suggest that you get your own copy of Suzanne’s book and read it with an open-mind.

    Get your copy of “Breakthrough” now from Amazon.com

    Read what Suzanne Somers has to say about curing and preventing cancer -(right click on this link) an interview about her book ‘Knockout’.

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