Twelve Tips to a Natural-Healthy-Skin
A natural-healthy-skin is a reflection of our general
health and wellbeing. If we are at peace with God and ourselves, physically fit
and well nourished, we should be able to avoid or delay many of the skin
problems associated with aging. Maintaining a natural-healthy-skin as we age
can be an outcome of our healthy lifestyle and it is never too late to start.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It
protects our bodies from infection and gives us the sense of touch, which
brings both pleasing sensations and pain. The pain protects by alerting us to
danger. Perspiration from the pores in our skin cools our bodies and helps to
detox the body. And importantly our skin especially that on our face can help
to make us feel good about ourselves.
Excessive sunlight exposure damages the skin causing
premature aging and wrinkling. Sunlight is composed of ultraviolet light, which
can penetrate the skin and cause a lot of damage to blood cells and nerves.
Long periods of exposure to ultraviolet light can damage the skin’s DNA that
can result in skin cancer. Free radical damage caused by UV rays is also
believed to be the cause of wrinkles and other symptoms of premature skin
As we age our bodies produce less energy needed for
cell regeneration and the repair of DNA. Your supply of antioxidants also
decline. The following are tips to help preserve our natural-healthy-skin.
Tips to help preserve our natural-healthy-skin
- Have a positive upbeat
attitude. Your prayerful and positive mental attitude is a powerful force for
you to harness by simply choosing to trust in almighty God and being grateful
for what you have. Learning to love yourself is easier when you realize how
truly important you are to your loving God.
Get plenty of sleep.
Sleeping an uninterrupted 7 to 8 hours per night allows regeneration of cells
and helps your body and hormonal systems function normally.
Don’t smoke. Smoking
contributes too many health problems, ranging from cataracts, sinusitis, and
dental disorders to aging skin. Smoking breaks down the collagen and elastin, a
group of proteins present in tendon and ligament and in the connective tissue
layer of the skin. Smoking causes wrinkles.
lots of water to moisturize your skin (coffee and tea) don’t count. Maintaining
proper hydration by drinking enough water is essential. Drink 8 to 12 glasses
per day depending on your body weight. Limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol
that you drink. Maintain moisture in your home environment especially in the
dry winter months with a humidifier or with hot mist vaporizers.
Wash daily and don’t scrub
harshly. Our skin thins as we age and
thinner skin is more easily irritated by scrubbing. Additionally, scrubbing
with harsh soaps can make our skin drier. After bathing pat dry and apply a
moisturizer to help seal in the water and preserve your natural-healthy-skin. For a luxurious, spa style experience and superior performance try Eniva’s salon-quality Shampoo, Body Wash and
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your diet to include nourishing, organic foods including a lot of whole grains,
Omega 3 rich foods, fresh fruits and berries especially blueberries. Research
suggests that foods especially high in antioxidants such as blueberries,
blackberries, and strawberries protect against age-related changes in the skin
as well as in the brain. Eat more dark green, organic vegetables such as broccoli
and spinach for heart and brain health. Greens are a rich source of vitamins A,
B, C, E and K. Vitamin “A” helps maintain the integrity of tissues that line
your skin and act as a barrier against germs. The body uses vitamin “C” to
manufacture collagen, which is needed for healthy skin and to maintain skin
strength and elasticity. To complement this diet with a good supplementation
program that provides multiple
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adding a reishi mushroom supplement to your diet. A Korean experiment with an
extract of the Reishi mushroom seemed to indicate that eating reishi mushrooms
can slow the aging of the skin and protect against skin cancer as well. Chinese
women take reishi for beautification of the skin and it is included in many
Japanese patents for hair loss formulas, including products used for alopecia
Get the right amount of
sun. Exposure can be reduced by staying out of direct sunlight during periods
of peak intensity (11:00 AM to 3:00 PM). You can also use a sunscreen with an
SPF rating of 15 or higher. The sunscreen will provide protection from the sun
but will also block production of vitamin D. You can consider wearing
protective clothing when outside, such as a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and
sunglasses. Do not use tanning beds, which can cause harm to natural-healthy-skin. Have an annual check-up by your
in an ongoing exercise program. Exercise enhances circulation that brings more
oxygen rich blood and nutrients to the cells of your skin. Exercise also helps
to get your heart, lungs, and blood vessels in great shape. It helps your body
eliminate toxins through perspiration and by improving the natural action of
your lymphatic system. Aerobic activities include walking, jogging, swimming,
biking, or any other activity that keeps you moving.
the stress in your life. Stress is one of the causes of high blood pressure,
constricts blood flow and triggers increases in hormonal levels that can be
destructive to our general health including that of our skin.
Eliminate sugar and
refined starches. High sugar consumption
is known to suppress the immune system increasing the likelihood of bacterial
infections, chronic viral sickness, and even cancer. Sugar and starches can
increase insulin levels and change your body’s hormonal balance. Your hormonal balance has a big impact on a natural-healthy-skin.
Be judicious about the
amount and type of cosmetics that you use. Avoid the use of petroleum-based
products, which cannot be absorbed by the skin and block perspiration by as
much as sixty percent.
All nutritional supplements should be taken only under the supervision of your physician. Nutritional supplements do not cure or prevent illness and disease. They only give the body the extra nutrition it needs to take care of itself! A healthy lifestyle starts with good nutrition.
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