© 2014 Dr. Sharon Norling
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Everyone wants to look good. Everyone wants to feel good. You deserve to look and feel your best.
The options to enhance beauty are endless. Everything from cosmetics and skin care applications, to toxic Botox, laser and surgery are used as beauty enhancers. Stem cell rejuvenation maybe another option for you. It’s natural, toxic free and non-invasive.
We have all heard the saying, “Beauty is only skin deep.” But nothing could be further from the truth. Our skin is a reflection of our health. You have seen the radiant, beautiful skin of a healthy infant or a child. His eyes sparkle and her skin is glowing. You know the pale face of someone who is ill, the wrinkles and dry skin of someone who smokes or has a body filled with toxins and poor nutrition. You have seen the face of someone who is stressed, tired or depressed.
Your face is a reflection of the foods you eat and the lifestyle you chose. Skin conditions are a sign that something else in your body is out of balance, sick or toxic.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and is a great detoxifier.
Every 1/2 inch of skin contains
32 inches of blood vessels
55 cm of nerves
100 sweat glands
15 oil glands
230 sensory receptors
If you are suffering from acne, rosacea, rashes or dark circles around your eyes, inflammation and toxins are lurking inside of you.
Rosacea is sensitive reddish skin and is a common condition in fair-skinned people affecting 16 million Americans. Skin conditions are a sign of hormonal imbalance, nutrient deficiencies, infections, food allergies or gluten sensitivities.
Recently I had a 35 year old patient who had severe acne for 20 years. She had seen many dermatologists, used all the medications, multiple skin cleansers, facials, and laser treatments but her acne persisted. I tested her blood for IgE and IgG food allergies and gluten sensitivity. She was positive for both. She removed the eggs, dairy and gluten from her diet and her acne has resolved.
According to Dr. Alan Gaby in Nutritional Medicine, 2011, numerous investigators have reported that a hidden allergy or sensitivity to foods is a major contributing factor in some cases of acne.
Eating foods you are sensitive to create an inflammatory response. The body naturally tries to detoxify in a variety of ways. As a result the skin will respond with acne, rashes, rosacea, and aging wrinkles. Dark circles under your eyes are a classic sign of hidden food allergies.
The average person eats 29 pounds of French fries, 23 pounds of pizza, 24 pounds of ice cream and consumes 53 gallons of soda, 24 pounds of artificial sweeteners, 2.736 pounds of salt and 90,700 milligrams of caffeine per year. Do we really think we can have health and beauty in such a toxic environment?
You may think your moisturizers, shampoo, hair spray, toothpaste, lip balm, tanning products, deodorant and makeup are harmless, but a look at the label will often reveal a long list of chemical ingredients, many of which could be hazardous to your health. Moreover, companies that claim their products are all-natural should contain ingredients that are easily recognizable as natural components and not a list of chemical names.
You should only use personal skin care products that you would eat. Every time you use these products your skin is absorbing them just as you would if you were eating them. Whatever we put on our skin enters the body through our pores, and travels through the entire body via the blood vessels.
Unfortunately, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the government cannot mandate safety studies of cosmetics. Therefore, only 11 percent of the 10,500 ingredients used in cosmetics and documented by the FDA have been assessed for safety by the Cosmetics Review Panel. The 89 percent of ingredients that remain are used on more than 99 percent of all products on the market.
Here is a surprise. Many “anti-aging” products contain these harmful chemicals and actually contribute to aging the skin. Sunscreen is also very toxic. Only 17% of the sunscreens today are both safe and effective.
Check out www.EWG.org to find the least toxic personal skin care products and cosmetics for your health and radiant beauty.
Many women experience hair loss. A normal cycle of hair growth is two to three years, growing about a half inch per month. Ninety percent of hair is growing while 10 percent is resting. After about two to three months, the resting hair falls out. Approximately 30 million women have noticeable hair loss. Hair loss may be due to illness, medications, and/or hormones. Hidden food allergies and gluten sensitivity are common root causes of hair loss. For healthy hair and skin good nutrition is essential.
Vitamin A helps to secret sebum.
Vitamin E increases circulation.
Vitamin B keeps hairs firm on the scalp.
If you have crackling, scaling skin you may be deficient in vitamin B3 (niacin). In addition to skin and hair, B3 is important for energy, digestion, the nervous system, and the eyes and mouth. It helps to eliminate toxins and support the production of sex hormones. B3 is found in beets, brewer’s yeast, meat, poultry, fish, seeds and nuts.
Do you have dry skin and hair, eczema or psoriasis? This can be due to low vitamin E. Vitamin E should consist of mixed tocopherols for best results. It’s important to eat an adequate amount of excellent quality fish oil, vitamin D, omega 3 and omega 6, olive and avocado oil, nuts and seeds for your brain, body and beauty.
If you are healthy and eating well but still experiencing hair loss, it could be due to low stomach acid. Fifty percent of people 50 years or older and 85 percent of people over the age of 80 have low stomach acid. Obviously, 100 percent of individuals on antacids have low stomach acid.
Stomach acid is important for two reasons: one to digest your food, and two to kill off the bacteria, viruses and parasites we eat on a daily basis. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, if you have low stomach acid, not only will nutrient deficiencies cause more problems with your skin and hair, but all the organs in your body will be affected.
Sleep-deprived women show signs of premature skin aging and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure, U.S. researchers say. Primary investigator Dr. Elma Baron of the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland said skin functions as an important barrier from external stressors such as environmental toxins and sun-induced DNA damage.
“Our study is the first to conclusively demonstrate that inadequate sleep is correlated with reduced skin health and accelerates skin aging,” Baron said in a statement. “While chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to medical problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and immune deficiency, its effects on skin function have previously been unknown.”
Will Rogers said, “Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me—I want people to know why I look this way. I have traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.” Most people other than Will Rogers want fewer wrinkles. Wrinkles and photo-aging may result from age, sun, smoking, nutrient deficiencies, low stomach acid or toxic skin care products.
Here is how to have radiant healthy skin and look your best:
• Have your food allergies and gluten sensitivity tested
• Avoid toxic skin care products
• Remove toxins that are already in your body
• Eat healthy
• Supplement with a multi-vitamin and fish oil
• Live a healthy lifestyle taking time for yourself.
• Consider stem cell rejuvenation before choosing more aggressive toxic options
For most of us, beauty is not a gift but a choice. We all experience the quick and harmful effect on our skin from fatigue and stress, but everyone can be radiantly beautiful with a few healthy changes. Personal beauty and skin health is possible for everyone who is willing to take more control of their health in their day-to-day life through time-tested principles of natural living.
Written by: Dr. Sharon Norling, MBA