Supplement Facts: Ceremides vs Wrinkles

What do you know about a ‘ceremide’?

Anatomical Structures of Human Skin

Ceremides are lipids and pertinent to aging…for the young and the old. Ceremides are contained naturally in a young persons skin which in appearance is moist, plump, and wrinkle-free. Ceremides (per Life Extension Magazine), “are major skin components that help form the “glue” that holds surface cells together. Aging skin loses these natural lipids.” “Ceremides are contained in four layers of the epidermis creating the natural barrier that holds in moisture, keeps out infection and prevents wrinkles.”

For the benefit of the aging, scientists have developed “plant-derived ceramides.”  Referred to as phytoceramides, these can be taken orally as a supplement. They are absorbed into the bloodstream and inner layers of the skin. Working from the inside out they hydrate, smooth and rejuvenate the aging and wrinkled skin throughout the body.  Ceramide produced in food – such as wheat and rice – is not enough to provide sufficient quantities to optimally rejuvenate aging skin. It was determined, by the scientists that “the decline in ceramide content in mature skin may stem from a decline in the enzyme activity that normally promotes the delivery of ceremides in a usable form to the skin.” And, that because of the loss of ceremides during the aging process, it is important to boost ceramide levels not only on the surface – through the use of lotions, etc, but deep inside the skin cells by the use of internally taken supplements. Topically, skin creams have contained ceramides for years, but these are found by most women – including myself, to deliver only minimal improvement. Other skin conditions and issues that are the result of low ceremide levels include, atopic dermatitis, cellulitis, and bacterial induced skin infections, etc.

NOTE: Clinical trials using 200 mg daily were given to women for 3 months to test skin hydration. The women experienced improvement in skin hydration, reduced dry patches, roughness, and itching.

In Summary – the skin takes a beating day in and day out from solar exposure, pollutants, stress, and aging. I agree, that skin problems need to be treated from the inside out as well as topically. This is where a good diet of fruits and vegetables is needed. See my Detox Diet Plan in an earlier blog.

There are many topical products on the market today. After trying many of them myself, I have seen little improvement with topically used creams, lotions, etc. I do see improvement with a good diet, and internal use of supplements – of which there are many as well. You do your own research. I find the herbal ‘Skin Formula’ available at the Fyihealthtalk Store an excellent product. I as well like the Life Extension products.

BE YOUR OWN JUDGE!

 

 

 

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Body System: Lymphatic

I see people all the time whose body’s exhibit health issues – by swelling (edema) in the limbs or other parts of their bodies, by restricted range of motion, with aching and/or discomfort, recurring infections, hardening or thickening of the skin on the arms or legs, and staining which usually appear from the ankles down: however, I have seen it on the arms and the back and front of the calf of the leg, tonsilitis, sinus congestion, earache and hearing loss, Cysts and tumors, Cellulitis, Blurred vision, Snoring, Sleep apnea, stiff neck, etc.

What are all these symptoms indicative of? Glandular weaknesses – which can be due to complications after surgery (because of the trauma the body endures); injuries; allergies; cancer radiation; medications; blood pressure issues; and  etc.

The glandular system involved is the Lymphatic System which is a part of, what is referred to as the Eliminative System. Your physical body is composed of many systems, which in a joint effort keep it alive and well. They depend upon each other for the running, maintenance and repair of the body as a whole entity. So, how does the Lymphatic System fit into the picture? Continue reading “Body System: Lymphatic”

Health Fact Tips – Sciatica, Obesity, Diabetes

A pain in the behind. What is it all about and what can you do about it – to ease the pain.

Picture of Sciatica

Sciatic pertains to the hip. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, arising from the sacral plexus on either side, passing from the pelvis through the greater sciatic formen, down the back of the thigh, where it divides into tibial and peroneal nerves. Lesions cause paralysis and flexion and adduction of toes, absuction and adduction of toes, rotation inward and adduction of foot; planter flexion and lowering of ball of foot; paralysis or dorsal flexion and adduction of foot; rotation of ball of foot outward and of raising external border of foot and of extension of toes.

Sciatica is severe pain in the leg along the course of the sciatic nerve felt at back of thigh running down the inside of the leg. The pain may begin abruptly or gradually and is characterized by a sharp shooting pain running down the back of the thigh. Movement of the limb usually intensifies the suffering. The pain may be felt infrequently or just in certain spots where it may be more intense; you will feel numbness, tingling, and the nerve may be extremely sensitive to touch. Symptoms usually grow worse at night, and, amazingly, on the approach of story weather.  The duration of an attack varies from a few days to several months. The Treatment may include surgical intervention if due to ruptured intervertebral disk. Rest is essential. Hot fomentations (packs) can be used. Usually it is treated with drugs such as Demerol or Morphine, which in today’s use of opioids puts one in danger of habituation. The best treatment is to keep your body in generally good health, eat a good nourishing diet. Nerve stretching  by pulling affected leg is also affective. (Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary)

Childhood Obesity – is getting out of hand even to the point of being epidemic. Over 75% of adults are obese and the childhood percentage of children with obesity in the US has more than tripled since the 1970’s.  Obesity is having excess body fat. Overweight differs from obesity as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors. Something needs to be done about it and it should begin with the parents. Your child should be drinking more water. Eliminate all sodas, and juices that are artificially sweetened, as they cause more weight gain than regular drinks. Bottom line get your child used to water.

Eliminate processed and fast foods – which are high in carbohydrates which packs the fat on to your child. I have seen it in my own grandkids and great grandkids. They can eat fruits – grapes seem to be a favorite, and veggies preferably raw. They can eat good fats. Good fats are found in avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil (to mention a few), nuts, and seeds. Vegetable oils and canola oils are not good for your health and should be avoided at all costs. And just so you know – eating fats does not cause you to store fats. The obese train is not the train you want your child to ride. It is difficult to make changes, but the quicker and earlier you make the changes in your child’s life, the better. Over a long period your child will get used to eating healthy and feeling healthy and will more likely make it a permanent change in his/her own life as he/she grows older.

Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathy! The number of Americans, adults and children, that have Diabetes is mind-boggling. It use to be rare to hear of children having diabetes. Today, that is a different story.

Diabetes has a down side that people with the disease struggle with – called Diabetic Neuropathy – which can be very debilitating.

Diabetic Neuropathy is a progressive disease. It is a complex disease. In short, one has high blood sugar levels, along with low blood and oxygen supply, which damages the nerves throughout the body.  This damage “affects the long peripheral nerves that feed sensations to the legs, feet, and toes from the spinal cord, through communication with the brain.” Symptoms include: Numbness, tingling, burning sensations, painful aching, joint inflammation, joint damage, balance issues, skin discoloration and texture changes, muscle cramps, feeling of stiffness and pins and needles. Treatment usually involves prescription drugs and or surgery. Drug therapies do not cure diabetic neuropathy, and again, are highly addictive. Treating the underlying cause of diabetic neuropathy is essential. Lowering your blood sugar level (Alc) and managing it through ongoing maintenance is crucial for your wellbeing.

There are two types of DiabetesType I, which is usually called juvenile or brittle diabetes, which is insulin dependent. Type II is referred to as ‘late onset’ and is considered non-insulin dependent, but can become insulin dependent.

One of the glands involved in diabetes is the pancreas. The pancreas has two jobs to do, first is the secretion of major digestive enzymes, second is the production of insulin by the beta cells for glucose utilization. When the pancreas doesn’t do it’s job, where digestion is concerned, which involves the mouth, stomach, pancreas and small intestines, it results in inadequate bile flow which in turn will inflame the walls of the intestines, which eventually leads to ulcers and intestinal “itis’s”, which goes on and on into other health issues. The function of the pancreas that directly relates to diabetes is performed by the beta cells, which produce and release the insulin that aid in the utilization of glucose fuel by the body. Insulin assists the transport of glucose through cell membrane walls. In both types of diabetes, but especially Type I, the weakness in the pancreas is usually passed on genetically. However, you can create pancreatic weakness yourself by allowing your body to become highly toxic. It may take a long time, even many generations, for a weakness from inflammation or toxicity to actually cause diabetes. The range of diabetes is broad. Diabetes is considered to be another autoimmune problem. The allopathic medical community cannot find a reason for this autoimmune response other than to say it is probably in the genes. A good detoxification program along with cleaning the parasites and flukes out of your body is a good start to combat this disease.
(Dr. Robert Morse, N.D.)

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Taurine

Every body dreams of finding Shangri la – a place where everything is perfect, an earthly paradise/utopia where people have perpetual youth. I know I have. A, long ago movie, called ‘The Lost Horizon’ was my introduction into there being such a place. The movie was fictional, but could it be real?

While researching supplement ingredients, I came across an ingredient called TAURINE. Because of my insatiable curiosity, I checked it out. Could it be a step toward finding that Shangri la I am looking for?

You may know that the Japanese people have a life expectancy that is among the highest in the world with people over 100 years old. What factor comes into play for them to have that kind of life span?  Researchers claim the connection for this kind of long life span is an amino acid called taurineIn animal research “it was found that taurine protected against heart failure – reducing mortality by nearly 80%.” Others things taurine was found to be beneficial for included, in addition to cardiovascular health, insulin sensitivity, electrolyte balance, hearing function, and immune modulation.

Chances are that if you have a healthy body you have an abundance of taurine. If you are experiencing issues with the liver, kidney and/or heart, diabetes, and/or cancer you have taurine deficiency. As one ages the body doesn’t produce the amount of taurine it needs, so taking supplemental taurine is vital for continued optimal health and nutrition.

To educate you in regards to taurine, other benefits include:

  • Obesity control – by improving glucose tolerance.
  • Treats Diabetes – it is known scientific fact that taurine concentrations are lower among diabetics. Thereby,”normal taurine concentrations are essential in controlling diabetes and its consequential impacts. Taurine supports nerve fiber integrity – slowing painful diabetic neuropathy. It also minimizes kidney damage in diabetics.”
  • Supplementation strengthens heart muscle cells, extends their life spans, and protects them from damage.
  • Taurine protects retinal and inner ear cells from damage, normalizing the flow of calcium ions they require for proper function.
  • It also plays a role in preventing epileptic seizures and liver disease.
  • Enhances exercise performance by increasing muscle contractility; helps the muscle to rid itself of lactic acid (which causes pain and soreness); it protects muscles from the oxidant stress and DNA damage caused by hard exercise.

Taurine also prevents and treats liver disease – especially non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. “The human liver is our master detoxifying organ. Taurine is an integral part of the liver’s self-protective mechanisms. It defends liver cells against free radicals and toxins, helping to reduce the severity of oxidative stress-induced liver injury.”

How do you get taurine into the body, in addition to the healthy body making it from the metabolism of the amino acid cysteine? Natural sources include: FISH, dark chicken meat, eggs, seaweed, and sea algae.

(Research sources include: Life Extension, Wikipedia, etc.) I leave you with a quote from the Life Extension Magazine.

“With epidemiological evidence that it contributes to the longevity of famously long-lived groups, taurine belongs on the short-list of supplements necessary for maintaining optimal health in the face of aging.”

Have the Japanese found their Shangri la? Does this help you? I will keep looking, as I think it takes more than one supplement to maintain a healthy body. There is still a lot to be learned. Do your own research, and….

May God Bless!

Body Systems – DIGESTIVE

I am adding a new chapter in my blog called BODY SYSTEMS. You all know what the ‘body’ is, but what do you know about what makes up the ‘body’. In other words, the Systems of the body. It is time to ‘clean up your act’, to ‘stop killing yourself’, get beyond dis-ease, think about your health, and conquer your problems by changing your life and way of thinking.

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM!

What Structures make up the Digestive System?
…..The mouth and salivary glands, stomach, small intestines, pancreas, liver, and gallbladder.

What are the functions of the Digestive System?
…..In the mouth, the digestive system uses mechanical (teeth) and chemical (enzymatic) action for the breakdown of coarse foods into simple structures or compounds for absorption and utilization purposes. The salivary glands secrete amylase, which is an alkaline digestive enzyme for starch and carbohydrate breakdown.
…..The stomach – located between the esophagus and duodenum, is below the diaphragm and to the right of the spleen with a portion lying underneath the liver. Food enters the upper part of the stomach through the cardiac sphincter valve and leaves through the pyloric sphincter valve. The stomach has four layers. The stomach acts like a time-release mechanism allowing food time to digest (be broken down) so the body can use it properly.
…..The small intestines make up the first part of the bowel structure. They are smaller in diameter than the colon, but are 4 to 6 times as long. Three sections make up the small intestines, with each having its own job to do. They include the 1)Duodenum which is responsible for protein digestion into amino acids; for alkalization and fat breakdown; stimulation of pancreatic enzymes and gallbladder bile extraction; and changes complex sugars into monosaccharides or simple sugars. 2) Jejunum – makes up two-fifths of the small intestines. It helps with duodenum digestion, and absorption of vital nutrients in the break down of food particles to their simplest form. 3)Ileum – comprises the lower three-fifths of the small intestine.  It mixes the already byproducts of digestion (amino acids),
monosaccharides, fatty acids, glycerol, vitamins and minerals with water to continue them on their way out into the colon. Continue reading “Body Systems – DIGESTIVE”