This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over Forty. I love this anti-aging site because it explains why diet and exercise routines that kept us trim and fit in our twenties no longer work and offers great tips that deliver after forty. And to keep it real, Shawna shares inspiring stories of her clients.
Breakthrough Study on Sunscreens and Anti- Aging
Just in time for beach season an important article published in Annals of Internal Medicine has good news and bad news about how we protect our skin from the sun. Past research has shown that sunscreens can protect individual skin cells, but this landmark study from Australia showed that IRL situations a broad spectrum sunscreen can slow skin aging. A total of 1000 adults were divided into study groups that were … Continue Reading… →
When I was a child the only spinach I knew was the droopy olive green strands that came in a can. Then one night I went out to steak house with my friend Kim and her parents. I was thinking only of a juicy filet and hash browns and my heart sank as Kim’s mother also ordered a spinach and bacon salad. Still cringing I dug in my fork and pulled out the tinest bit of bacon drenched leaf. It was love at first bite. I ate every morsel of that salad and every time I went to a restaurant I scanned the menu for a similar dish.
But more than delicious and versatile, spinach is a nutritious anti-aging, antioxidant rock star. Raw or cooked, its packed with antioxidants like vitamin A ( 168% of RDA), leutin, … Continue Reading… →
Answer: Despite our best intentions, sunburns happen. Its all to easy to forget to reapply sunscreen during the day and by the time the sun goes down, you’re red and achy. To deal with the sunburn I suggest assembling a little sunburn emergency kit in advance. You need just five affordable and easy to find items:
2. A real live Aloe Vera plant
3. A jar of Shea butter
4. A box of Quacker’s Oatmeal
5. Green tea bags
Here’s the drill: When you realize that you’re fried, take two aspirin. This will reduce the inflammation which is the root of the pain and damge to your skin. Then fill a tub with lukewarm water and swish a handful of oatmeal into the water. Get in and soak for 20 minutes. Oatmeal is one of … Continue Reading… →
Sometimes anti-aging ingredients and skin care product descriptions sound like a review sheet for a medical board exam. This week questions about two anti-aging ingredients sent me to Pub Med, the NIH online medical library for the answers.
Question 1– What is Idebenone?
This is a synthetic antioxidant that is designed to mimic CoQ10, a naturally occurring oxidant found in our cells. (FYI CoQ10 which is responsible for energy, decreases as we get older). Idebenone is an especially powerful antioxidant, perhaps the most powerful antioxidant in our anti-aging arsenal. Antioxidants in general help prevent aging by dealing with free radicals in the cells. Our biggest sources of free radicals are cigarette smoke, alcohol and sunlight. It certainly makes sense to put antioxidnts into a sunscreen where it can do hand to hand combat with … Continue Reading… →
The NHANES study found that women who had diets high in vitamin C had fewer lines and wrinkles. Good to know, but what does that mean in terms of real food? I started to look into vitamin C rich foods, and discovered that tomatoes offered a great nutritional package. In the US, over half of our daily vitamin C intake is from tomatoes. In addition to being essential for the formation of wrinkle- busting collagen, vitamin C is also a uber anti-oxidant that protects against aging free radicals. And the benefits don’t stop there. From the tiny cherry tomatoes to the giant beefsteak, tomatoes are packed with potassium, beta carotene and disease protecting lutein and lycopene. Even the skin of a tomato is super rich in quercetin, a much studied anti-aging anti-oxidant. And what’s really awsome, every … Continue Reading… →
As if you need another reason to quit smoking. Tobacco smoke lowers blood flow that makes the skin look dull and pale. The toxic chemicals in cigarettes ( there are 2000 of them, no kidding) provoke free radicals which splinter our collagen and elastin– those fibers that keep the skin smooth and firm. Even the physical act of smoking ( pursing your lips around the cigarettes creates the hard-to treat vertical lines around the mouth. And if you are pack a day smoker, quitting will save up to $3000/year which can buy a great new wardrobe.
And I don’t want to forget second hand smoke. It has been estimated that up to 50,000 people die each year from heart or lung disease due to second hand smoke– so its not much of a stretch to believe that others peoples bad tobacco habits can age my skin. Next time someone asks … Continue Reading… →
You see antioxidants advertised in practically everything from baby cereal to low-carb beer. Some experts believe that antioxidants can prevent cancer, heart disease and aging. Other scientists are rather dubious about the health benefits of antioxidants. As with most things in life– the truth lies somewhere in between.
Antioxidants have the ability to subdue unstable molecules known as free- radicals. These bad boys are molecules that have lost an electron. Free radicals crash around cells interferring with routinue functions such as growth, repair and immunity. Things calm down when antioxidants provide the missing electron.
There is no shortage of antioxidants in our environment. The short list of antioxidant- rich items include vitamins A, C and E, olive oil, salmon, green tea, red wine tumeric and sunflower seeds. We have lots of laboratory studies that show anti0xidants can protect cells … Continue Reading… →