Beautiful Skin

Oh, the skin you’re in…

Simple ways to keep your outer layer happy

Water – Hydration is essential for many aspects of bodily health, one of which is the layers of your skin! It helps flush toxins, too, so you’ll be less prone to breakouts like pimples. 10 – 12 glasses is a good baseline.

Diet – You truly ARE what you eat. A daily diet of unprocessed raw whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals is essential for healthy skin.

Exercise – Sweat is actually good for your skin, because it moisturizes and facilitates waste removal.  Plus it increases arterial flow, so you have more energy and a more radiant complexion.

Sleep – A good night’s sleep is non-negotiable for your general health, and your skin is one of the very first places sleep deprivation will show up.

Sunshine – Your skin is an amazing organ in many ways! one of which is the ability to turn sunshine into Vitamin D, a necessary adjunct to your body’s absorption of calcium. Sunlight also helps heal rashes, eczema, psoriasis and acne. So give yourself a daily dose of 10 minutes of sunshine! The early morning or late afternoon are the best times.

Stay away from tanning beds! Unless you think old dried-up leather is a good look for you, there is just no reason to waste time or money on these.

Wash off the make-up – Skin needs to breathe; if it’s clogged with dirt or make-up, it can’t rest and refresh while you are sleeping.

Exfoliate – Using a natural fiber washcloth daily will keep your pores clear and remove the top layer of dead skin cells. You can also use a gentle scrub once a week.

Moisturize – Use a moisturizer that works for your skin type. If you want to experiment, make your own! Aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, or a glycerin/water mixture can be used for oily to normal skin, while a few drops of extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil is wonderful for normal, dry or mature skin.

posted in Healthy Aging, Know Your Body

Walking is Wonderful: Here’s Why

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In case you need a reason to go for a walk, consider these benefits for your health and happiness:

  1. A 10 to 20 minute walk at a brisk pace boosts your energy level for the day, and it has a very positive effect on your mood.
  2. It’s a low impact exercise that is suitable for almost all ages – which makes it a great family activity.
  3. It’s good for your heart and can lower your blood pressure, making you less likely to have a stroke.
  4. It lowers your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as asthma and certain types of cancers.
  5. It helps you boost your metabolism and increase your muscle mass safely – so it’s ideal if you want to lose weight or simply maintain where you are.
  6. Getting outside for a walk during the day also increases your body’s stores of Vitamin D.  And being outside is wonderful.
  7. It can help prevent dementia.
  8. It provides healthy stress on your bones and joints, so it’s ideal for osteoporosis prevention.
  9. It tones your legs!
  10. It tones your butt!
  11. It tones your abs!
  12. It tones your arms!  Letting your arms swing freely as you walk also increases the amount of calories you burn and the boost to your metabolism.
A few tips for a better walk:
    1. Make sure you wear supportive shoes.  If you haven’t had your feet checked for pronation, see your friendly local chiropractor!
    2. Consciously lengthen your spine, and keep your chin slightly tucked in towards your neck.  This will help keep the weight of your head balanced over your shoulders, pelvis and feet.  Forward head carriage is a terribly destructive postural distortion, and it is distressingly common.Hikers with backpacks walking through a meadow with lush grass
    3. Walk with a buddy at least some of the time.  It’s more motivating, you’ll walk faster, and it’s more fun!

 

posted in Healthy Aging, Stress Strategies

Fall Prevention

Why are falls more frequent as we age?

  • Decreasing sharpness in vision & hearing affects coordination; declines in muscle strength & flexibility affect our Happy-senior-couple-walkingability to walk, stand & change position
  • Heart disease, arthritis, neurological problems & back pain can affect balance and cause gait changes Some medications cause dizziness, alone or in combination with alcohol
  • Sedentary lifestyle accelerates these losses; loss of bone density increases the risk associated with falls

Fall-proof your home:

  • De-clutter! Remove throw rugs; move low furniture, cords & wires out of walkways
  • Secure carpet edges; repair cracked sidewalks; avoid waxing floors to a high polish; use rubber mats on slippery surfaces
  • Make sure lighting is adequate
  • Install handrails on stairways & grab bars in bathrooms

Proactive activities:

  • A regular exercise program promotes cardiovascular & bone-density health, especially weight-bearing or resistance work
  • Try a Tai-Chi class, or other balance-challenge exercise
  • Walk every day; incorporate water-based exercise into your routine to maintain muscular leg strength
  • Get some sunlight on your skin regularly; consider D3 supplementation
  • Eat calcium-rich foods: deep leafy greens, almonds, broccoli, fish, tofu, yoghurt

Risk reduction:

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  • Don’t stand up too fast – rapid changes in position can affect your blood pressure & cause dizziness
  • If your gait is unstable, use a cane or walker, especially on slick or unfamiliar surfaces
  • Have your vision and hearing checked regularly
  • Carry a cell phone; make sure you can reach your phone from your bed or the floor
  • Review your medications with your physician; if you are experiencing dizziness, be sure to let them know
  • Ask for help – people are glad of the opportunity to be useful!
posted in Healthy Aging, Posture & Ergonomics