My Top 10 Natural Skin, Hair and Anti Aging Tips – Part 4

Part 4 of a 4 part series

The following are numbers 8, 9 and 10 in my top 10 gifts to the physical, and when provided with love, nourish and feed the cells that are so graciously carrying us through this lifetime.

8. Tissue salts:

Skin and hair care should start from within. Your skin can really look better than ever. Taking tissue salts can improve cell regeneration of the skin, nails and hair.

What are tissue (cell) salts?

Dr. Schuessler, a 19-th century German physician, developed the 12 tissue/cell salts.His healing method is based on the concept that there are 12 minerals available in each cell and tissue and they are essential to body`s metabolism. When these vital tissue salts are in the correct ratio or concentration, the body is healthy. As soon as the tissue salts ratio is disturbed, cell function is impaired, resulting in illness.

I have written about, “why tissue salts” and blogged about each salt for more information, but here is a special combination of tissue salts for skin and hair beauty:

  • Tissue salt No 1 Calcarea fluorica is a tissue strengthener that improves skin elasticity.
  • Tissue salt No 8 Natrum muriaticum is often called the fluid balancer. It hydrates skin and fortifies hair follicles.
  • Tissue salt No 11 Silicea fortifies nails and increases collagen formation thus reducing wrinkles.

Dosage:

Take 5 tablets of each tissue salt once daily, 15 minutes before meals.

9. Hyaluronic acid:

Scientifically speaking, hyaluronic acid (also known as hyaluronan) is a glycosaminoglycan, a type of molecule composed partly of sugars. Hyaluronic acid is actually a natural structural component of skin, and, in fact, is present in connective tissue throughout the human body.

So why is hyaluronic acid such a big deal? The magic of this ingredient lies in its ability to retain moisture; it’s considered to have a greater capacity to hold moisture than any other natural or synthetic polymer. In fact, one gram of hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to six liters of water.

http://www.makingcosmetics.com/Hyaluronic-Acid-SLMW_p_162.html

You can find both sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid here. Sodium hyaluronate is a salt derived from hyaluronic acid—and it has unique advantages for skin in comparison to “regular” hyaluronic acid, although both are great.

Sodium hyaluronate’s difference lies in its molecular size. During the process of creating sodium hyaluronate, its molecular weight decreases due to the removal of lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. Removing these compounds makes the sodium hyaluronate molecule smaller than that of hyaluronic acid. That means that the sodium hyaluronate, when applied topically, can penetrate the skin more easily than the hyaluronic acid.

10. Glycerin:

Glycerin (sugar-alcohol compound) is an organic compound composed of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen. It’s a thick (viscous), colorless and odourless liquid. It’s water-soluble, sweet to taste and is non-toxic. It can be used on its own or added to any natural skin cream. I find it is one of the best-kept simple secrets. Get hold of some glycerine and use it for SO many things. The following are some ideas.

  • It can be used as a cleanser.
  • It can be used as a toner.
  • It can be used on its own or in other creams as a moisturizer (you can add a few drops to any of the above recipes to add moisture).
  • It helps retain water in skin, making it feel soft and supple
  • It can be used on baby and sensitive skin.
  • Glycerin is non-toxic in nature
  • It removes clogged impurities and helps in lightening skin shade. It can be applied to scars and burns to help speed healing

About the author ...

Jayne Marquis is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Homeopath living in Caledon Ontario just outside of Orangeville. Jayne believes Homeopathy to be a profound form of medicine and is constantly excited by the beautiful healing she has experienced when treating with a classical approach (meaning one remedy treats the whole person) and gets to the original cause of disease in a direct, effective and simple way. Homeopathy is based on the principle of like cures like and treats at the deepest level (energetic, mental, emotional) where much disease begins.She then uses her Naturopathic skills to cleanse, detox and structurally make the human body as healthy and whole as it can be. Jayne Currently works at Better Health Clinic in Orangeville Ontario, and The Clinton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre in Clinton.

Jayne's articles are featured in these blogs:
   Windwood Clinic, http://www.windwoodclinic.com/
   Better Health Clinic, http://www.betterhealthclinic.ca/
   Journey of Imagination, http://blog.journeyofimagination.com/category/health/ and
   New Earth Nation, http://newearth.institute/academies/wellness-academy/

My Top 10 Natural Skin, Hair and Anti Aging Tips – Part 3

Part 3 of a 4 part series

The following are numbers 5, 6 and 7 in my top 10 gifts to the physical, and when provided with love, nourish and feed the cells that are so graciously carrying us through this lifetime.

5. Glutathione:

There is a direct correlation with the speed of aging and the reduction of glutathione concentrations in intracellular fluids. As individuals grow older, glutathione levels drop, and the ability to detoxify free radicals decreases.

Blood glutathione levels have been identified as being one of the most important indicators of our overall health. As the master antioxidant in the body Glutathione has a range of diverse metabolic functions including acting as a free radical scavenger, recharging depleted antioxidants back into their active state (vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, etc.), maintaining the immune system, supporting protein structures and removing heavy metals such as mercury through the liver.

Scientists have discovered that how long you live is directly proportional to how much glutathione is in your body.

Our environment today is loaded with toxic metals, from the air we breathe to the food we eat. Glutathione is a powerful detox agent.

We all want to look our best, and clinical research has found that glutathione is capable of stimulating collagen synthesis. By elevating collagen production those fine lines and wrinkles start to disappear.

You are probably already familiar with the benefits of antioxidants and how they control the damaging effects of free radicals in our bodies. Glutathione is so powerful it is called the master antioxidant. If you could only supplement your diet with one antioxidant it would be glutathione. Glutathione is manufactured inside the human cells. The cell’s ability to make glutathione is determined by the supply of raw materials or glutathione precursors, in particular of the amino acid cysteine, and other anti oxidants.

The good news is that you can do many things to increase this natural and critical molecule in your body. You can eat glutathione-boosting foods. You can exercise. And you can take glutathione-boosting supplements (all antioxidants are ultimately making glutathione in the body). And for the first time ever, you can buy it in a liposomal form which is immediately absorbed.

Tips to Optimize your Glutathione Levels

  1. Consume sulfur-rich foods. The main ones in the diet are garlic, onions and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc.). And take Organic Sulphur (see above)
  2. Exercise boosts your glutathione levels and thereby helps boost your immune system, improve detoxification and enhance your body’s own antioxidant defenses. Start slow and build up to 30 minutes a day of vigorous aerobic exercise like walking or jogging, or play various sports. Strength training for 20 minutes 3 times a week is also helpful.
  3. Take liposomal Glutathione (a recent supplementary form that is in liposomal form meaning it gets absorbed directly into the mucosal membrane, avoiding break down in the digestive tract. (Liposomal Glutathione is available at Better Health Clinic)
  4. Selenium. This important mineral helps the body recycle and produce more glutathione.5. Antioxidants like vitamins C help to recycle and make glutathione.
  5. Milk thistle (silymarin) has long been used in liver disease and helps boost glutathione levels.

6. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many health benefits, and it is well known as a skin and hair moisturizer, but did you know it is also a natural face wash?

While it may seem counterintuitive to use coconut oil as a face wash, oil cleansing is quite possibly the purest, most effective way to remove dirt, impurities and yes especially oil from your face.

The idea is actually simple. Using the principle of “like dissolves like” – the basic concept is this: the natural oil you massage into your skin removes the oil on your skin along with impurities. When you apply steam from a hot washcloth, not only does it cleanse but also it moisturizes at the same time.

I have used oils for several years to cleanse and have not had to combat dry skin, or break outs since starting.

How to clean your face with Coconut Oil:

You will need:

  • Coconut oil
  • A washcloth

What to do:

  1. Put about a teaspoon of coconut oil into the palm of your hand
  2. Warm the oil up in your hands by rubbing your hands back and forth
  3. Gently massage the oil into your face using small, circular strokes for at least 1 minute
  4. Rinse a washcloth under very warm water, wring out the excess water, and let the cloth sit on your face for approx :30 seconds
  5. Gently wipe the oil from your face
  6. Repeat step 4 and step 5 if necessary

7. Castor Oil: for skin and hair:

Castor oil also has many health benefits, and is well known to treat internal ailments with castor oil packs. But I often use it in winter to increase the effectiveness of a natural skin moisturizer and it has amazing benefits for hair growth and hair health. I often add a drop or two to my body moisturizer. And add sparingly to my own home made spray in conditioners. It adds shine and brings back natural curl.

The following is a recipe for a deeper conditioner that helps hair health and growth.

  1. Castor oil has a thick consistency, so you can mix it with coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil in a half and half ratio. This will make the mask easier to distribute throughout your hair.
  2. Use your fingers or a brush and start applying it onto your scalp with circular motions. This gentle massage increases the blood circulation, rejuvenates the hair, and stimulates hair growth.
  3. Part hair into sections and apply the oil (mixture) to each section until all your hair is covered properly and evenly.
  4. Wrap your hair in a warm towel (you can also use a shower cap) and leave it for two to eight hours. You can also leave it over night. This will give the oil enough time to penetrate the follicles and hydrate your scalp and hair thoroughly.
  5. Wash your hair as usual using shampoo and conditioner. Make sure you rinse all the oil out of your hair.

How often can Castor oil Hair Conditioners be used?

This depends on your objective and type of hair. If your aim is to treat hair loss, you will need to do it at least twice weekly, but even better if you can do it three or four times per week for several weeks. You can also add rosemary essential oil, which is known to stimulate hair growth.

Read part 2 of My Top 10 Natural Skin, Hair and Anti Aging Tips >>

About the author ...

Jayne Marquis is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Homeopath living in Caledon Ontario just outside of Orangeville. Jayne believes Homeopathy to be a profound form of medicine and is constantly excited by the beautiful healing she has experienced when treating with a classical approach (meaning one remedy treats the whole person) and gets to the original cause of disease in a direct, effective and simple way. Homeopathy is based on the principle of like cures like and treats at the deepest level (energetic, mental, emotional) where much disease begins.She then uses her Naturopathic skills to cleanse, detox and structurally make the human body as healthy and whole as it can be. Jayne Currently works at Better Health Clinic in Orangeville Ontario, and The Clinton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre in Clinton.

Jayne's articles are featured in these blogs:
   Windwood Clinic, http://www.windwoodclinic.com/
   Better Health Clinic, http://www.betterhealthclinic.ca/
   Journey of Imagination, http://blog.journeyofimagination.com/category/health/ and
   New Earth Nation, http://newearth.institute/academies/wellness-academy/

My Top 10 Natural Skin, Hair and Anti Aging Tips – Part 2

Part 2 of a 4 part series

The following are numbers 3 and 4 of my top 10 gifts to the physical, and when provided with love, nourish and feed the cells that are so graciously carrying us through this lifetime.

3. Chlorella:

Chlorella is the No. 1 anti-aging food tip that not only helps keep your skin youthful and wrinkle-free, but also enables you to live longer.

Chlorella is a single-celled, water-grown algae that contains more chlorophyll per gram than any other plant. It is extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and many other nutrients that are beneficial to health.

Chlorella also abounds in nucleic acids, which control cellular function and heredity. Two forms of nucleic acid are DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid). It is chlorella’s nucleic acid content that gives it rejuvenating properties. Nucleic acids help the body repair itself, and use nutrients more efficiently to produce more energy, and remove toxins.

Of the nucleic acid-rich foods, sardines are on the top the list. Sardines contain 1.5% nucleic acids, compared to red meat, which contains only 0.05%. Chlorella has 17 times more RNA than canned sardines, making it the top anti-aging food. One of the beautiful aspects of chlorella is something called its growth factor, which allows it to quadruple itself every 20 hours — faster than any food crop on earth. This ability is one reason why chlorella works so fast at healing and repairing tissues and cells.

Used regularly, Chlorella would assist in the repair of damaged genetic material in human cells, protecting our health and slowing down the aging process …. When our RNA and DNA are in good repair and are able to function most efficiently, our bodies get rid of toxins and avoid disease. Chlorella helps to accelerate the growth of immune cells and enables white blood cells to duplicate at a faster rate. The phycocyanin found in chlorella also helps the body produce more stem cells, which is a great immune booster, anti aging factor, and can actually be used to destroy bacteria and viruses within the body.

It also helps with cellular detox. Environmental exposures to dangerous poisons and chemicals are one of the factors that cause illness. Chlorella appears to be a wonderful detoxifying agent that assists the liver in clearing out toxins; it neutralizes many poisons within the body, including environmental poisons, mercury, and other toxins. It aids cells in rebuilding themselves; and repairing damage that can cause illness and disease. It also quickly multiples the growth of good bacteria in the bowel, it is able to help the body eliminate dangerous free radicals more easily. And of coarse, all of this means healthier more vibrant skin.

A recommended starting dose is 3 grams a day until one’s body gets accustomed to its powerful effects. Some people who use it therapeutically find that taking as much as 7 grams a day helps them obtain the most benefit.

4. Vitamin C – and the natural source of Vitamin C…Camu Camu

Vitamin C is an important ingredient for healthy skin. Both, as an internal supplement, and as a topical application. Vitamin C has many benefits, including increasing immune function, it also a central role in the formation of collagen.

When collagen is produced, there is a series of events that happens, some occurring inside of the cell, and some outside of the cell. Vitamin C is active inside of the cell, where it hydroxylates (adds hydrogen and oxygen) to two amino acids: proline and lysine. This helps form a precursor molecule called procollagen that is later packaged and modified into collagen outside of the cell. Without vitamin C, collagen formation is hindered.

Vitamin C is a gold-star ingredient for the skin. You’ll find it in all kinds of skin creams for its antioxidant powers and ability to rebuild collagen and for the same reasons, as an oral supplement. Both help in rebuilding collagen. But instead of buying creams or supplements with synthetic forms of vitamin C, you could use the natural form of Vit C, camu camu. And the following is a recipe for making a skin cream using this wonderful fruit. It is an antiviral, collagen boosting – packed fruit found in the Amazon rainforest. The Amazonian Camu Camu plant contains the highest level of natural occurring vitamin C in the world. It is a natural source of vit C and the small berries are at least 30 times more potent than oranges.

In summary:

  • Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which neutralizes free radicals
  • Vitamin C lightens the appearance of age spots.
  • Vitamin C accelerates collagen production, which prevents the fine lines and wrinkles from forming.

L-ascorbic acid is a synthetic form of Vitamin C that’s often used in both expensive and homemade skin serums. While it provides potent skin benefits, it can also degrade quickly. Serums with ascorbic acid usually only last about a week before they start to oxidize and turn yellow, which means the vitamin C has become inactive.

The following is a skin formula that can be made at home and combines with aloe Vera’s healing properties, this Vitamin C serum recipe with Camu Camu works to lighten and rejuvenate skin.

Recipe for Camu Camu Vitamin C Serum:

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 2 teaspoons glycerin
  • 2 teaspoons camu camu powder (Camu Camu liquid, is available at Better Health Clinic and can be used in serum)

Instructions

  1. Combine Camu Camu and glycerin, ….mix well.
  2. Add aloe vera and stir to combine.
  3. Transfer to small container (one with a dropper is the easiest to use)
  4. To use, smooth 2-4 drops onto (clean) face, neck and chest twice a day. Let it absorb and follow with moisturizer.

Read part 3 of My Top 10 Natural Skin, Hair and Anti Aging Tips >>

About the author ...

Jayne Marquis is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Homeopath living in Caledon Ontario just outside of Orangeville. Jayne believes Homeopathy to be a profound form of medicine and is constantly excited by the beautiful healing she has experienced when treating with a classical approach (meaning one remedy treats the whole person) and gets to the original cause of disease in a direct, effective and simple way. Homeopathy is based on the principle of like cures like and treats at the deepest level (energetic, mental, emotional) where much disease begins.She then uses her Naturopathic skills to cleanse, detox and structurally make the human body as healthy and whole as it can be. Jayne Currently works at Better Health Clinic in Orangeville Ontario, and The Clinton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre in Clinton.

Jayne's articles are featured in these blogs:
   Windwood Clinic, http://www.windwoodclinic.com/
   Better Health Clinic, http://www.betterhealthclinic.ca/
   Journey of Imagination, http://blog.journeyofimagination.com/category/health/ and
   New Earth Nation, http://newearth.institute/academies/wellness-academy/

My Top 10 Natural Skin, Hair and Anti Aging Tips – Part 1

Part 1 of a 4 part series

Internal resonance, balance, energetic practices, creativity and a connection to the planet (earthing), lack of stress, deep breathing, exercise, good sleep and an inner connection to ones higher purpose, are absolutely the most important factors in anti aging, and all create an inner beauty.

However you find these is a unique journey, and the ways are as varied as the people on the planet. These feed our spiritual, energetic side or life force, which in turn feed the physical and are the most important factors to vitality, I believe.

The following are the first two tips of my top 10 gifts to the physical, and when provided with love, nourish and feed the cells that are so graciously carrying us through this lifetime.

1. Organic Sulfur:

Cellular regeneration appears to be closely tied to the body’s ability to transport oxygen across cell membranes. This is a primary function of organic sulfur.

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it’s similar to a huge kidney or lung. Sulfur, is known as “the beauty mineral,” because skin is more beautiful if its cells are able to regenerate. The skin is the backup for the liver, and someone in liver distress shows it in the cells of their face and skin. Not only does it help skin, but also it helps all cells regenerate, everywhere in the body. The result is a well functioning body but also beautiful skin, hair and nails.

Sulfur, with an atomic number of 16, is known to bond with almost every other mineral. Sulfur has demonstrated its ability to detoxify heavy metals in conjunction with the transport of oxygen across the cell membrane, thus allowing regeneration. Sulfur is also the key player as a precursor for the utilization of amino acids, the body’s building blocks. Of all of the amino acids, some 70 percent are sulphur-based.

Additionally, and for the last 100 years, the horrendous increase of air-born pollutants, chemical toxins, heavy metals in food (especially fish and sea food), artificial growth hormones, stress, pesticides, GMOs, microwave ovens, destructive pharmaceuticals, vaccines, flavor “enhancers” like MSG, and processed foods, all contribute to the increase of illness, trauma, body-cell damage, and immune-system deficiency. Our “modern era” toxic-stress load is hundreds of times more a burden on our physiology and psychology than at any time in the past. As illness and stress increase (both biological and emotional), there is a concomitant requirement for an increased need for organic sulfur.

Assume for the moment that your body cells, blood cells, blood capillaries, skin cells, cellular oxygen/nutrient transfer, natural detoxification processes, and peptide and amino acid manufacturers, aren’t working well. As a result there is toxic buildup, calcium buildup, plaque, and cells simply don’t work the way they should. This all improves with organic sulfur. Arteries and capillaries soften, blood pressure stabilizes, brain fog decreases, pain is reduced, free radicals are neutralized, and detoxification and cellular repair and rejuvenation begin.

At the beginning of taking organic sulfur, often there are detox symptoms (a good sign) such as, an achy-flu like series of sensations or a few mild headaches.I highly recommend the slow increase. When I started I was keen and felt I was quite healthy so ramped up quickly and had definite detox symptoms, including fatigue and headaches.

Detoxification cannot happen with MSM that contains anti-caking ingredients, (as found in many capsule forms of MSM) because these fillers block the bioavailability of sulfur to the cells. In order to gain benefit from Sulfur one must fine a pure, uncontaminated form of MSM, an Organic Sulfur—coarse crystal flakes, which are pure.

2. Fish Oil

Fish oil, also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), are essential fatty acids, which are substances that the body cannot manufacture. They are vital to the human body function, and must be acquired through food. They play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development.

PUFA’s also have beneficial affects for skin. Omega-3 fatty acids benefits affect the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer. As we age, the cells become thinner and less sticky. This decreases the barrier function of the epidermis allowing moisture to be released from the skin, causing dryness. Also as epidermal cells start to decrease, the skin slowly loses its ability to repair itself efficiently. Simultaneously, the structural elements that support the skin may start to thin. Omega-3 fatty acids feed the skin cell membrane of the epidermis. There is an increased ability to utilize nutrients and there is an increased ability of the cell to hold onto water. With an increased ability to hold nutrients and water, it leads to moister, softer skin, which promotes wrinkle prevention.

Omega 3 fatty acids also protect against UV damage and have anti-inflammatory properties, helping heal and protect. Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for the heart, decreasing the risk of heart disease. Other benefits include reduction of inflammation and may help lower the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer and arthritis

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish like salmon and mackerel, algae, krill, and certain plants and nut oils. Since these fatty acids have so many benefits for the skin, it seemed only logical that topical application in the form of a face cream could have even greater benefits. Anti-aging facial creams are being developed with omega-3 derived from Algae… After all, the fish get their omega-3 supply from eating algae. (Chlorella).

An excellent, pure, capsule form of fish oil is available at Better Health Clinic.

Read part 2 of My Top 10 Natural Skin, Hair and Anti Aging Tips >>

About the author ...

Jayne Marquis is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Homeopath living in Caledon Ontario just outside of Orangeville. Jayne believes Homeopathy to be a profound form of medicine and is constantly excited by the beautiful healing she has experienced when treating with a classical approach (meaning one remedy treats the whole person) and gets to the original cause of disease in a direct, effective and simple way. Homeopathy is based on the principle of like cures like and treats at the deepest level (energetic, mental, emotional) where much disease begins.She then uses her Naturopathic skills to cleanse, detox and structurally make the human body as healthy and whole as it can be. Jayne Currently works at Better Health Clinic in Orangeville Ontario, and The Clinton Chiropractic and Wellness Centre in Clinton.

Jayne's articles are featured in these blogs:
   Windwood Clinic, http://www.windwoodclinic.com/
   Better Health Clinic, http://www.betterhealthclinic.ca/
   Journey of Imagination, http://blog.journeyofimagination.com/category/health/ and
   New Earth Nation, http://newearth.institute/academies/wellness-academy/