God gave you just one skin and it must last you a lifetime. It is the largest organ of the body and it protects you from the external environment. Your skin deserves to be cared for and needs protection from the sun and it’s harmful rays.
Many believe that getting a base tan before going on a vacation to a warm sunny climate, like Florida, will protect them from getting a sunburn and prevent sun damage to their skin. This is a myth. “A tan is not protective. If you have a tan, you have injured your skin – you have sun damage,” according to Jeffery Peterson,MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Washington University School of Medicine.
In fact, a tan is actually a sign of skin damage and is your body’s way of trying to protect it’s skin from more harmful UV rays. This is not very effective because certain UV rays get through the tan and damage deep layers of your skin every time your skin is exposed to the sun. Even after the tan fades the damage remains below the skin’s surface, where the UV radiation has penetrated and begun to permanently alter your DNA. Each time you are in the sun and getting tan the effects of the UV radiation build and over time accumulate to increase your risk of getting skin cancer. It also makes your skin look old before it’s time, causing wrinkling, age spots, scaly patches, and uneven skin tone.
Indoor tanning is not safe either, even though claims are made that it is harmless and actually healthy. Indoor tanning devices all emit ultraviolet (UV) light. A tan develops as a response to that UV radiation exposure. It causes damage to the DNA that may lead to skin cancer. The more exposure that occurs the higher the risk of skin cancer on down the line.
UV radiation seems to cause all three kinds of common skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. There are three mechanisms in it’s inducing of skin cancer: First, UV light directly damages one’s DNA leading to mutations; second, it produces activated oxygen molecules that can damage DNA and other cellular structures; and third, it leads to localized immunosuppression that blocks one’s own natural anti-cancer defenses.
The Skin Cancer Foundation has recommended the SPF sunscreen products as an effective aid in the prevention of UVA and UVB sunburn and the premature aging of skin. Many a dermatologist (skin doctor) will tell you that if you are outdoors at all without sun protection on that you are risking looking old before your time with dried winkled skin and age spots. Not only that, but you are at risk for developing skin cancer including malignant melanoma, a deadly cancer whose incidence is increasing faster in the 20-35 age group than any other cancer. So be sure to protect yourself and keep your skin looking young and smooth by the daily use of sun protection products.
There’s a new buzzword in the health industry: superfoods. These delicious dietary powerhouses are being praised for their disease prevention abilities as well as their fat-fighting and weight-loss benefits – These babies pack a powerful, nutritious punch.
My Superfoods book to the left is published at Amazon. You will learn how to rejuvenate your skin, lose stubborn belly fat, detox your body, and energise your whole system from the superfoods I have featured in the book.
What makes superfoods unique is their high concentrations of nutrients in comparison to their calorie content.
Generally speaking, superfoods are foods that, ounce-for-ounce, contain more essential nutrients-per-calorie than their counterparts.
While this may be no surprise to many, those of us who grew up in the 1970s & 1980s are beginning to realize that our poor health is due to the food that we ate as kids, teens & young adults.
The “fast-food generation” is seeing more obesity (and obesity-related disease) than our ancestors ever have.
Now, it’s coming to our attention that we need to make some serious changes. Luckily, science is there for us and has provided proof that by simply “getting back to nature” we will kill obesity & help stave-off disease.
Many are beginning to chant the mantra: “If God didn’t make it, I’m not gonna eat it!” When you start adapting superfoods into your daily diet you will soon start noticing the difference.
Given a little thought, this makes real sense. The more highly processed a food is, the further away from Nature it becomes. These “crap foods” are just not what our bodies are designed to eat.
We, in the West, are beginning to move away from the pre-made, pre-packaged junk that we’ve been cramming down our guts and heading straight for the superfoods. Get more bite for your buck.
The topic of Superfoods has garnered a lot of attention lately in the popular press. More and more people, like yourself are becoming aware of superfoods and are looking for advice on how to incorporate them into their lives as simply and effectively as possible.
But many people are still a little confused on what exactly is a superfood and how does food qualify to be placed in the exalted ranks of superfood. First of all let me reassure you that there is nothing mysterious or exotic about superfoods.
No, you do not have to trek through the darkest jungles of Peru to find them. In fact you probably walk past a hundred superfoods every time you shop at your local market.
What are superfoods? And how can they help me?
What are Superfoods and where do I find them?
We are going to do our best to outline what are super foods and their benefits here. However, more information on Super Foods can be found in our superfoods book on Amazon kindle. We like this because it is available for download immediately and is much more comprehensive than what we talk about in this article.
Food is the basic building blocks that our bodies run on – it is the fuel for every task in our body at a macro and micro level. The type of fuel that you consume will affect your health and your day-to-day lifestyle and there are some that are much more beneficial than others.
Many pains, discomforts, and illnesses that you have learned to live with are due to NOT having the right nutrients or not having enough nutrients for your body to function optimally. The body is able to manufacture many substances and chemicals but it has to have basic proteins, vitamins, minerals, etc. or else those functions are decreased or even temporarily ceased in some cases.
Conversely, there are definite benefits to eating Super Foods which include more energy, better digestion, better resistance to sickness and disease, better memory, and more. Because most of these super foods are found naturally, they are quite delicious and refreshing to eat compared to empty calories of manufactured food. Many of the super foods are available within most grocery stores and in the produce and meat aisles. You will be surprised to know you probably pass over a hundred superfoods every time you do the shopping. Stay away from the interior isles which usually have the manufactured and chemically modified foods.
Let’s face it, when we were created, nature was sufficient to provide all of the nutrients that we need including the vital minerals and vitamins. The more natural foods we consume, the better off our lives and bodies will be. Consuming natural and healthy super food will enable us to live healthier and more enjoyable lives.
Let me tell you from personal experience that I have been eating super foods for a few years, and like all humans sometimes I succumb to eating things I shouldn’t such as Pepsi and potato chips. Within a few hours, I begin feeling tired, worn out, and unmotivated. Another pleasant side effect that I have noticed of eating healthy super foods is that my hunger is suppressed for longer periods.
Now I’m not saying that I never feel hungry, but it takes quite a long time after a superfood based meal until I begin to feel like I “need” more food. Often, the next mealtime comes and I realize that I haven’t felt hungry because my body has been happily humming along at a steady digestion and consumption pace.
If feeling better were not enough of a reason to look at a super food diet, consider the long-term effects that healthy eating has on your body (or maybe I should say lack of long-term effects). Disease, cancer, cancer, and fatigue are symptoms of poor diet so take this opportunity to consider how much better you could feel and perform if you implement a healthy diet.
The Super Foods book that we are referring to is not perfect and may not heal every disease, but it is a great place to begin or a great continuation of doing your best to have a healthy life.