Coffee Is One Of The Healthiest Drinks

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   Despite being criticized in the past, coffee may be one of the healthiest beverages you can drink.  Perhaps you’ve just enjoyed this dark-colored liquid for it’s taste and to help you stay alert and awake without thinking whether it’s healthy or unhealthy.

Coffee actually contains hundreds of various compounds (caffeine is just […]

A New Wrinkle on Reducing Wrinkles

Forehead wrinkles and vibrant healthShould you like to look more youthful, among the most important things to focus on is figuring out how to effectively cut down wrinkles.

Wrinkles, in particular on your face and arms, can make you look a lot older, so by getting rid of them you can look a lot more youthful. 

Following straightforward tips including wearing sunscreen, eating fruits and vegetables, and acquiring treatments like dermabrasion can help decrease the appearance of wrinkles on your skin.

By wearing sunscreen, you can help protect yourself from serious health problems, and you’ll be able to also lessen wrinkles.  The sunscreen protects you from UV rays, which are the harmful part of sunlight.  For those who use sunscreen, a reasonable amount of exposure to the sun can still be healthy.  It really is best to choose a sunscreen that also has moisturizer, as applying moisturizer on a regular basis can be useful in reducing wrinkles as well.

In choosing skin care products (just as in cosmetics) make sure that what you’re putting on your skin is safe and does not contain ingredients which are harmful to your health.  Some skin care and cosmetic ingredients, such as parabens, can lead to serious health problems.  You can find ingredient and safety information on most brands at the Skin Deep cosmetic safety database  , a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products maintained by researchers at The Environmental Working Group.  Continue reading A New Wrinkle on Reducing Wrinkles

Antioxidants – Are You Rusting?

Rusted up tin manThe Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz rusted up due to oxidation.  We’re suffering much worse damage due to oxidative stress, and it’ll take more than an oil can to fix it!

Oxygen is essential for life, but it can create damaging by-products during normal cellular metabolism.  These by-products are called free radicals

Although the process of oxidation is necessary, it leaves behind free radicals, oxidized molecules that are missing electrons.  These molecules are unstable and agitated.  They remain unstable until they capture new electrons to replace the missing ones.  They roam throughout our bodies stealing electrons from our cells, even our most vital ones like  electron-rich DNA.

When free radicals pull electrons out of our DNA it can no longer function properly.  DNA stores our genetic information and controls the reproduction of all new cells, including the cells of our organs, heart, brain and other tissues which are critical to our health.  Continue reading Antioxidants – Are You Rusting?

Cancer Panel Fingers Toxic Chemicals

householdchemsThis post on the link between toxic chemicals and cancer from 2010 has been updated on 9/19/2016 to include a link at the bottom to the most recent report from The President’s Cancer Panel.

In a report from the mainstream of scientific and medical thinking, the President’s Cancer Panel released a report in May, 2010 declaring that chemicals threaten our health.  This validates the concerns that many people have had about the effects of toxins on our health.

The panel is not some environmental fringe group with an agenda.  Established in 1971, the panel reports directly to the president and is comprised of 3 distinguished experts who review America’s cancer program.

In their 200 page report, the Cancer Panel recommends a much more vigorous regulation of chemicals, concluding that chemicals can have a far-reaching impact on our health.

We are exposed to toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, and in the food we eat.  The proliferation of chemicals in water, air, foods, and household products is suspected as a factor in the increase in some cancers, particularly in children.  Continue reading Cancer Panel Fingers Toxic Chemicals