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Chasing the Fountain of Youth
We’ve all looked in the mirror and asked, “Do I look my age?” We want to prevent aging, reverse aging or just age gracefully. Our skin is a reflection of our health, so how do we keep our skin looking younger and healthier? Here are a few skin-friendly, nutrient rich foods to help keep you looking your best. They can easily be incorporated into your diet for a healthier, younger looking you.
1. Throw on some BERRIES…
(The major antioxidant vitamins are Vitamin A, C and E. These healing antioxidants are needed by your body for cell repair and healthy skin.)
2. Get an A in Health…Vitamin A that is!
3. Feed your skin with Vitamin C
4. Moisturize your skin with the food you eat
5. Protect your skin from the inside
6. Drink to your skin’s health
7. Healthy lifestyle tips to live by…
We all continue to chase after the “Fountain of Youth” in many different ways so let’s just remember to eat healthier along the way.
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Are you getting enough of the “Sunshine Vitamin”?
Vitamin D, otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin, is receiving a lot of attention these days. Vitamin D is nicknamed the sunshine vitamin because our body can make the Vitamin D we need from exposure to the sun on our skin. Unfortunately, there are a great number of people that suffer from low levels of Vitamin D, especially in the northern half of the US and Canada. Also, we tend to spend less time outdoors these days, and when we do, we are covered in sunscreen which blocks the production of Vitamin D.
While we all need enough Vitamin D to prevent the deficiency diseases: Rickets in children and Osteomalacia in adults, it seems a little extra may do us all some good. Brand new recommended guidelines from the Institute of Medicine for preventing deficiency in individuals regardless of age is 400IUs (international units) per day. But, the new recommended dietary allowance is 600IUs per day for all except those over the age of 71, which is now 800IUs. To see the chart, go to http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Dietary-Reference-Intakes-for-Calcium-and-Vitamin-D/DRI-Values.aspx
Many experts are suggesting that much higher doses may be beneficial in preventing a variety of other health problems such as osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, certain cancers, high blood pressure, diabetes and many other potential conditions. I have seen recommended daily doses of at least of 1000IU, and even higher for people with low blood levels. As one example, Dr. Mehmet Oz, of the Dr. Oz Show, recently recommended everyone take 1000IUs of Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) per day.
Want to get more Vitamin D from foods? Here is a table from the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institute of Health: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD/