- Salmon: Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for good heart health and overall wellness. If you can't handle the "fishy" taste, try fish oil tablets or vegetarian omega-3 tablets.
- Sweet Potatoes: The bright hue of these orange vegetables means they have carotenoids, a powerful antioxidant, in them. They're also packed with vitamin A, which is important for your skin and eyes and helps to prevent wrinkles. Try replacing all white potatoes in your diet with this nutrient-rich alternative.
- White Kidney Beans: The high fiber content of these beans is critical for lowering blood sugar levels. Maintaining a healthy blood sugar level is an essential part of helping to prevent diabetes and cholesterol build-up. Soak them in water to reduce the uncomfortable gas they can cause and incorporate them into your diet 3 to 4 times a week.
- Kale: In addition to promoting a healthy immune system, this supercharged leafy green contains cancer-fighting properties. The liver absorbs these vital nutrients, enhancing its ability to rid the body of harmful toxins. To make kale more palatable, keep in mind that the less you cook it, the less bitter it's going to be.
2 AnswersEat smart and be healthy. Incorporating these foods into your diet will keep you looking and feeling young for years to come:
1 AnswerSome men may notice that their skin ages differently than women’s. This is due in part to the fact that men typically experience the onset of skin thinning as early as age 20, whereas women tend to maintain their skin thickness into their 40s or 50s. The best way to slow skin aging, should you wish to do so, is to be sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every time you go outside. According to a poll from the American Academy of Dermatology, while 65% of men used sunscreen when outdoors, only 5% use it every day. Consult a dermatologist for more information.
1 AnswerAudrey Kunin, MD, Dermatology, answeredSome common misconceptions about oily skin:
- Using oil-control products will lead to an increase in oil production. False: The oil glands beneath the skin have no idea how dry or oily the surface is. Instead, they make more oil due to hormonal influences and an increase in blood flow (which occurs with heat and exercise).
- Blotting facial oils helps to reduce the production of oil. False: The truth is they actually only temporarily blot off surface oil.
- Oily skin is not a concern for those with rosacea. False: Even those with sensitive or rosacea-prone skin can be oily.
- Prescription Accutane fully eliminates ("cures") oil production. False: This serious acne med may reduce oiliness but is only temporary.
- You can't wear makeup while using oil-control products. False: Simply choose one labeled non-comedogenic.
- Oil-control products cause unpleasant dryness and smell. False: Polymer-based oil-control will only soak up excessive oils and leave dry areas alone. Plus, there are products without fragrance or a "chemical" scent.
1 AnswerDiscovery Health answered
You have two types of sweat glands all over your skin. They are both found in their highest concentration in your underarm.
These glands do not generally begin to develop until humans hit puberty, which is why most people do not produce body odor until their around 11 or 12 years old.
The eccrine glands cool you off when you are hot, excreting only water and salt - and having nothing to do with body odor.
The apocrine glands, on the other hand, are what produce that terrible smell. These glands carry secretions of proteins and fats from inside your body, along with your sweat, to the surface of your skin. At the surface, these proteins and fats react with bacteria to produce an odor.
Deodorants do not keep you from sweating. You apply deodorant to your underarms and go to play basketball. You sweat, but the deodorant counteracts the smell produced after the proteins and fats emitted from your cells migrate to the skin surface. Deodorant takes aim at the bacteria that like to hang around your armpits.
Deodorants contain ingredients, such as triclosan, which make the skin in your underarm too acidic or salty to support the indigenous bacteria that are intended to thrive there. Without bacteria to feast on the fats and proteins delivered through your sweat, no smell results.
Antiperspirants, on the other hand, cut down on body odor by keeping you from sweating in the first place. Without sweat, the bacteria in your underarms do not have anything to eat.
Most antiperspirants also have some of the same ingredients as those found in deodorants, as a failsafe. However, their primary function is to keep you from perspiring. They accomplish this with ingredients such as zirconium and aluminum, which plug the sweat glands in your underarms. With antiperspirant, it is literally, no sweat.
1 AnswerMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredFree radicals can cause inflammation and can damage our organs and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Free radicals cause premature aging of the cells and promote cancers. Our body can get rid of them when antioxidants and some other molecules bind with unstable free radicals to make them neutral or stable. Then they can be washed harmlessly out of the body in urine.
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1 AnswerThe key to flawless skin is what you put into your body -- not what you smear on it. The antioxidants responsible for glowing, youthful skin -- called carotenoids - can be found in squash and other colorful fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids fight free radicals and help to protect skin against damage and disease, while vitamin A-rich foods like liver will help prevent dry skin.
For the best defense against wrinkles make sure to pack your diet with omega-3 fatty acids. Found in great quantities in food like salmon, omega-3s reduce inflammation in the body as well as reinforce cell membranes, improving their ability to retain water, yielding softer, smoother skin.Helpful? 12 people found this helpful.
Overall good hygiene may help improve the health of your skin. Cleansing removes dirt and germs from your skin, but it can also remove the natural oils produced by your skin. Wash your skin gently with a mild cleanser applied with your fingertips. Rinse with lukewarm water. Avoid using harsh soaps and avoid rubbing and scrubbing, which can damage the skin. Apply a moisturizer to protect your skin and prevent dryness, itching and cracking. Keep your baths or showers to about five minutes. Long, hot baths can dry your skin. Consult a dermatologist for more information.
1 AnswerIf wrinkles, sagging, bags under your eyes and cellulite are major concerns for you, firm up your skin cells by eating foods high in anthocyanin, an antioxidant that fights free radical damage and builds collagen. Purple varieties of potatoes, carrots and tomatoes all have different types of anthocyanin.
A new health food, the kakadu plum, or the billygoat plum, which is native to Australia, is said to contain the highest level of anthocyanin and is believed to be the richest known natural source of vitamin C. While the kakadu plum fruit is not yet available in stores, but there is a drink mix that you can find online. Just add water to reap the benefits of tighter, firmer skin.
1 AnswerArthur Perry, MD, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answeredSome skin care ingredients really don't make sense. One of these is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate -- called SLS for short.
This is a surfactant -- a detergent. It causes suds and foaming. And it's in shampoo, soap, and toothpaste.
SLS irritates skin for up to a week after use. And this is so predictable that scientists use it as the gold standard -- for irritation!
It fries skin proteins and destroys your good oils. It causes inflammation, free radicals, and you get a burning sensation and red, tight, and dry skin. If your skin feels dry when you come out of the shower, it may well be an SLS effect. So, what do you do? You reach for a moisturizer.
Another product that you probably don't need.
Many moisturizers contain vitamins and steroids and antioxidants that help this irritation. But the real answer? Look for SLS on the label and simply avoid it.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.