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.

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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/