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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 25

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 25

Day 25 – AGE’s: the connection between sugar and skin aging Collagen loss is a main contributor to aging in our skin.   When we make less collagen than is broken down, skin that was once firm and smooth begins to be lax, dry and wrinkled. While external factors such as sun exposure can accelerate extrinsic skin aging, scientific evidence points to another culprit: glucose- (sugar) driven intrinsic aging.  You can relate this to cooking by looking at the browning reaction that occurs when you cook meat at high heat.  The same sort of process is taking place at a slower...

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 24

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 24

Day 24 – Inflammation: a Complicated Subject Earlier in the week I introduced the topic of inflammation and how internal inflammation shows up on our outward appearance, specifically our skin. We introduced the concept of systemic (meaning all throughout the body) inflammation and talked about specific foods that bring about inflammation on the skin. Today I’d like to explain in a little more detail what’s going on in the body when we eat certain foods that lead to inflammation. Everything we eat undergoes a long and complex biochemical chain of events, from the first breakdown by the salivary amylase in our...

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 23

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 23

Day 23 – Calming Inflammation for Clear, Healthy Skin  Inflammation is the underlying cause of most chronic lifestyle disease. When our bodies are in a state of inflammation, slowly and steadily cellular damage that causes harm to our vital organ systems is occurring.  One outward sign of internal inflammation is the appearance of your skin. Inflamed skin is swollen, red, puffy, acneic and/or rashy. Not only is this an unattractive visually, but it accelerates aging of the skin and promotes the appearance of wrinkles later on.  You can take proactive steps towards promoting a healthy, anti-inflammatory state in your body...

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 22

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 22

Day 22- Ditch the Plastic Bottles  In keeping with our hydration challenge topic from yesterday, let’s address plastic water bottles. We all use them sometimes because they are convenient or the only source of drinking water available. For those of you who have travelled to countries like Mexico, you know that a drink of water from a plastic bottle is the best choice to avoid picking up a nasty stomach bug. However, when we are home and choices are available, I encourage you to ditch those plastic bottles. Aside from the health reasons for ditching the plastic, let’s consider the...

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Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 21

Healthy Skin Challenge: Day 21

Day 21 – Hydration: the Foundation of Healthy Skin  It seems so simple and many times overstated, but water is a basic necessity of life! We need to drink to stay alive. But beyond the basic necessity of water to live, we need water to keep our cells healthy and functioning their best. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the appearance of our skin. The role of water or hydration in our skin health is multi-faceted. Our cells require water to carry nutrients to the cells, flush out or excrete toxins and aid with digestion. Without proper hydration, skin is...

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