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How to Keep your Body Alkaline

As 2010 comes to a close, I hope it was a healthy year and you are looking forward to an exciting year ahead. I know I have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to in 2011.

Each of us has a path we can take — the illness path or the wellness path. The choices we make determine whether we’re headed for illness or for wellness. We are in charge of our own body. We determine what to consume. We decide if we are going to challenge our bodies by exercising. We are constantly making choices — one choice is just as easy to make as another choice. Still, over a period of time, one will lead to better health and one will lead to your doctor’s office. Which will it be for you?

One of the ways to keep your body free of diseases is to keep it in an alkaline state. I’ve heard it many times — diseases cannot live in an alkaline body. How do you keep your body in an alkaline state? By consuming more alkaline foods than acidic ones. Approximately 75 percent of your food intake should be alkaline and about 25 percent should be acidic. So, a lot more alkaline foods than acidic ones. This helpful chart at betterbones.com puts the alkaline-forming foods on a scale from low to high.

There are various places where you can buy pH paper such as a garden center or pet shop or even one that sells swimming pool supplies. If you want one that covers a wider gamut, you may need to find a lab supply store.
Personally, to keep my body alkaline, I take a “greens” supplement with every meal. What I like about this company is that their multi-vitamin is also packed with a “greens” caplet. I also drink alkaline water. I was recently tested by a health practitioner and my body was in an alkaline state. This is not to say that I leave the job to the supplements. I do try to make smart choices about what I eat.

I wish all of you the best of health. Take care and see you next year.

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Sticky: Sun Protection with Oral Supplements

We constantly hear about protecting our skin from the sun. But sun protection with an oral supplement? In a previous post on skin agers, it was mentioned that your sunblock/sunscreen should cover both UVA and UVB rays. Mark A. Stengler, NMD, also recommends that skin be protected from the inside as well. He says dietary supplements that contain beta-carotene or mixed carotenoids (beta carotene + lycopene and lutein) will help protect the skin from harmful UV radiation.

The dosage that Dr. Stengler recommends is as follows: 24 milligrams of beta carotene or 25,000 international units (IU) of a mixed carotenoid. Alternatively, he says you can take FernBlock, an oral supplement made from fern extract and herbs. The dosage is as follows: two capsules daily in the morning, 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and one capsule at noon.

Heliocare is another product that claims to help maintain the skin’s ability to protect against sun-related effects and aging. Read a review of FernBlock and Heliocare here.

Important: Supplements are not a replacement for sunscreen/sunblock.

Upon reading this in my Bottom Line Personal periodical, I went to check the ingredients in my vitamin supplement. VitaOne is my vitamin of choice when traveling because everything I need is conveniently packaged. When I’m at home, however, I take a vitamin designed for seniors … a heart vitamin to clean the arteries of plaque. Click here for more information.

If swallowing big pills is a problem, be sure to read this post. Click here.

As seniors, don’t you want to fool everyone with your age? I do. So don’t forget to protect your skin!

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DermaView — Facial Skin Analyzer

DermaView at the Seniors Fair

In my last post, I talked about skin agers. Last week I attended a “Seniors Fair” at a local hospital. They were offering several tests, one of which was DermaView, a machine that is a  facial skin analyzer. It shows you damage to your skin that you cannot necessarily see with the naked eye. For the most part, it’s ugly. Did you know that most people receive 80% of their lifetime exposure to the sun by the age of 18? By the time you’re a senior, chances are your face will have definitely suffered from sun damage. So imagine your face covered with brown splotches. That’s what you, as well as the technician on the other side, will see in the DermaView mirror.

I had this same test done about a year ago and I saw a vast improvement. I attribute it to a skin care system that I use. It’s a system that normalizes the skin and I am so pleased with the results that are definitely visible to the naked eye.

Skin cancer is very slow to develop. It is the result of sun exposure and sun burns over the years. Here is a test from the American Melanoma Foundation to determine your risk for skin cancer.

  • Hair color: 4=blond/red, 3=brown, 1=black
  • Eye color: 4=blue/green, 3=hazel, 2=brown
  • When exposed to 1 hour of summer sun you: 4=burn & sometimes blister, 3=burn, then tan, 1=tan
  • Freckles? 5=many, 3=some, 1=none
  • Where is your job? 4=outdoors, 3=mixed, 2=indoors
  • Has anyone in your family had skin cancer? 5=yes, no=1
  • Where in the US did you live most before the age of 19? 4=south, 3=midwest, 2=north

Results: 10-15 = below average risk; 16-22 = average risk; 23-25 = high risk; 26-30 = very high risk

A basal cell carcinoma, one of the most common...

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Although skin cancer may take a long time to develop, once you get it, it can spread. A former yoga classmate of mine has a son who started with skin cancer on his leg. By the time he decided to see a doctor, it had spread to his brain. I pray that he is recovering, but unfortunately, I no longer see her so I don’t know the outcome. Cheers to sun screen! Use at least an ounce to cover all exposed areas.

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