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Wrinkles and Healthy Skin

Some of the most commonly asked questions are: “Why do we get wrinkles?” and “What causes our skin to age?” These questions are often followed by, “how do I prevent and fix them?”

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure. Having more antioxidants is absolutely essential. Make sure to eat a lot of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables such as oranges, blueberries, prunes, strawberries, broccoli, kale, spinach and avocado. A complete antioxidant supplement like Fortris10 can help. With the added support of Fortris10 and an antioxidant-rich diet, you are well on your way to protecting your body against the effects of aging.

Take a moment and look at your arm. You should immediately notice that the inner forearm is softer, lighter and smoother. This is in sharp contrast to the top of your lower arm (forearm). Why is this? The top of your arm gets exposure to sunlight, chemicals and other such free radical damaging exposures. That’s why protecting yourself by limiting sunlight exposure and increasing your antioxidant intake is very important. In contrast to adults, a baby’s arm is the same throughout, because they don’t have the skin damage that results from daily living. At one time, the skin on your arm and rest of your body was pretty much all the same: soft and smooth.

Your skin is the number one detoxification pathway in your body. If you aren’t drinking enough liquids and eliminating waste from your gastrointestinal tract two to three times a day, then you will start looking worn out and unhealthy. Eat more vegetables for natural fiber and drink hydrating beverages, such as lemon water and fruit smoothies (make sure that sugar content is low), to keep your body’s toxic waste flowing.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is what keeps the skin soft and supple and helps our skin have youthful resilience. You need to nurture your HA by consuming foods that are high in retinol, such as organ meats; eating foods rich in vitamin C, such as raw cherries and guavas; having vegetables such as spinach, beets and beans; supplementing; or using skin products that contain HA.  Internally, it also contributes to healthier skin and joints and even eye health. Externally, it helps you gain the desired spring and elasticity of the skin.

Take good care of your skin. Healthy skin plays a big role in giving a positive first impression to those you interact with, thus impacting your life greatly. An effective and focused beauty regimen, healthy eating habits and proper hydration daily will get you on track towards youthful skin.

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer: Signs, Symptoms, Risk Factors and How to Fortify Your Body Against It

The average adult breathes 12 to 20 times a minute, which is equivalent to a minimum of 17,280 times a day. That means that you inhale and exhale 11,000 liters (approximately 3,000 gallons) of air each day. This is why our lung health is very important to our overall wellbeing.

There are many threats to our lung health, including viral and bacterial bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, pulmonary embolus (blood clot) and cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the United States. Lung cancer claims more lives than colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancer combined per year. The American Cancer Society provides the following estimates for lung cancer in 2015 in the United States:

  • About 224,210  new cases of lung cancer (116,000 in men and 108,210 in women)
  • An estimated 159,260 deaths from lung cancer (86,930 in men and 72,330 among women).

If a person smokes their risk of lung cancer goes up. The risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked and how long one has smoked. The good news is that if one stops smoking, the risk drops significantly even if the individual has smoked in previous years. When a person smokes, the hair-like structures in the airway, called cilia, become damaged, leading to increased risk of lung infections, including bronchitis and pneumonia. Secondhand smoke can be just as risky as habitual smoking. Even thirdhand smoke on clothes, car upholstery and in one’s house can lead to devastating diseases.

A man’s risk of developing lung cancer in his lifetime is 1 in 13. For women the risk is 1 in 16.  For smokers the risk is much higher, while for non-smokers the risk is much lower.

Signs and Symptoms

Early on, lung cancer often does not have dramatic signs or symptoms. Usually these appear as the disease has advanced. Lung cancer accounts for about 13 percent of all new cancers. If you have any of the following symptoms that have been presented out of nowhere see your doctor.

  • A new cough that doesn’t go away
  • Changes in a chronic cough or “smoker’s cough”
  • Coughing up blood, even a small amount
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain (this could be your heart as well)
  • Wheezing/hoarseness
  • Bone pain
  • Losing weight without trying

Risk Factors:

There are several risk factors beyond smoking that can increase your risk:

  • Exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to radon gas Please view the world map below to see your region’s risk.  Besides where you live, other factors include ventilation, local uranium in soil and water content. Radon can collect in your workplace and/or home undetected. Consider getting a radon detector for your home. It is a simple device that is placed in your home for a period of time and then sent to be analyzed. These test kits can be routinely purchased at home improvement stores. There are ways to fix radon gas issues if they are detected.

Accessed at:  http://www.fixradon.com/maps/pages/D_01_world_radon_by_country.htm

  • Exposure to asbestos and other chemicals- The work environment can be a risk if one is exposed to asbestos, arsenic, chromium or nickel. These particles can also stick to clothes that need to be washed. If you are a smoker, these factors can put you at an even greater risk of lung cancer.
  • Family history of lung cancer- If you have a blood relative that had lung cancer that was not a smoker, you will want to keep an eye on your other risk factors and symptoms.

What Can A Person Do?

If you smoke, is in your best interest to stop. If you have tried but were unsuccessful, there are many tips that can help you win the battle. Have your brain chemistry tested, specifically the neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamine, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), glutamate, norepinephrine and epinephrine. Knowing where your brain chemistry is strong and weak can help support your success. If you are low in GABA, L-theanine, a concentrated amino acid from green tea can support GABA levels.  If you are high in glutamate, avoiding MSG can help. If you are low in dopamine then L-tyrosine and mucuna pruriens are commonly used. Likewise, if serotonin is low then 5-HTP or S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe) may be a consideration. A simple test can give you insights not only on smoking addiction but also can support optimal brain chemistry.

Have your genetics tested as well. Find out if you have a MTHF-reductase or COMT genetic mutation. If you have these, magnesium, lipoic acid and 5-MTHF (special form of folic acid) can help support your brain chemistry.

Use a HEPA filter at home or work. This is a specialized filter that takes fine particulant matter out of the air.  This can lessen the burden on your lungs that will otherwise be stuck trying to filter out the unhealthy stuff in the air around you.

In Conclusion:

Taking charge of your health and being vigilant is essential. Remember that more than 400,000 people who are alive today have been diagnosed with lung cancer at some point. If you have symptoms, get checked out today and if you have risk factors, control them. If one of your risk factors is potentially impacting the health of the people around you that you love, use these facts to motivate you.

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Health Tips On the Go!

Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

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