The Skinny on Your Skin

A new buzz word making the rounds is “collagen” — the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues. It is the most abundant protein in the human body.

Collagen is found in bones, muscles, skin and tendons.  It is the substance that holds the body together. As we age, the body produces less, and the structural integrity of the skin declines.  Wrinkles form and joint cartilage weakens.

A healthful diet can help the body produce collagen, regardless of age. Nutrients that may support collagen formation include:

  • Proline: In egg whites, meat, cheese, soy and cabbage
  • Anthocyanidins: In blackberries, blueberries, cherries and raspberries
  • Vitamin C: In oranges, strawberries, peppers and broccoli
  • Copper: In shellfish, nuts, red meat, and some drinking water
  • Vitamin A: In animal-derived foods and in carrots and sweet potatoes

Another helpful collagen booster is bone broth. It heals your gut lining and reduces inflammation.

If you are like me and want an extra dose of collagen to feel and look better, I have found good results with Dr. Frank Lipman’s Collagen Refresher, The Fountain’s Phyto-Collagen Molecule, and Vital Proteins’ Collagen Powder.

My nails seem stronger, my cuticles are smoother and my face looks a little fuller. My joints feel better and I can work out longer without feeling sore. I also noticed that my dry eyes stopped bothering me.

The most important thing to know about collagen is that you need to protect the collagen you have. You can do so with sunscreen and stimulate the collagen as much as you can with topical retinoid, growth factors and peptides.

As my facialist says ”Beautiful skin is a matter of choice, not chance.”

The Challenge of Silencing the Never-Quiet Mind

According to Psychology Today, “Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word or phrase known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment. Meditating is deceptively simple.”

And when it comes to developing a wellness state-of-mind, meditation gives us the clarity required to consistently make the right self-care choices. I’ve been doing TM (transcendental meditation) for over 40 years and can’t imagine my life without it).

From an article published on healthline.com, and written by Matthew Thorpe MD, PhD, here are 12 invaluable science-based benefits of meditating.

Meditation:

  1. Reduces Stress
  2. Controls Anxiety
  3. Promotes Emotional Health
  4. Enhances Self-Awareness
  5. Lengthens Attention Span
  6. May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss
  7. Can Generate Kindness
  8. May Help Fight Addictions
  9. Improves Sleep
  10. Helps Control Pain
  11. Can Decrease Blood Pressure
  12. You Can Meditate Anywhere

Click here for the full article by Dr. Thorpe on healthline.com

Luke Warm is No Good

You can’t fake passion. You either have it for something or someone, or you don’t. That’s just the way it is.

But what you can do is create it. You create passion for something by learning about it, by getting to know it. By thinking and fantasizing about it.

How does this apply to developing a passion for achieving wellness? I’m famous for always telling people, “The more you know, the better you do.” There are an infinite number of ways you can get involved in wellness and learn about it. Just make the commitment to yourself. Write it down! Make realistic goals and give them deadlines!

Be prepared for mistakes, backsliding, relapsing into unhealthy ways. But don’t worry. As you strengthen your wellness state-of-mind, you’ll see that every single one of your mistakes only serves to teach you. Be grateful for the lesson. Focus on wellness and keep marching toward it, regardless of what may look like insurmountable obstacles. Go for it.

 

Breath is the Intelligence of the Body

Breathing for Health

Deep breathing calms your mind and nervous system. Deep breathing uses the diaphragm and abdomen more than “regular” breathing and can encourage a more relaxed and confident mood.  Deep breathing helps keep you in the moment and enhances mental clarity. If you practice yoga, deep breathing will help you take each pose longer, deeper and more healthfully.