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Keep Your Skin Beautiful, Even After Fifty

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8 Natural Beauty Tips for Your Skin

A few simple steps are all you need to care for your skin as you get older. These natural beauty tips can get you started.

  1. If you smoke, stop. Research shows that smoking prematurely ages your skin.
  2. Just say no to sunbathing and tanning salons. Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The sun’s rays are the strongest then. If you must be outside, wear a protective hat, long-sleeved shirt, pants, and sunglasses. Freckles, age spots, and blotchy complexions are linked to sun exposure.
  3. Wear sunscreen religiously. Use products with SPF 30 or higher and with both UVB and UVA protection every day. Sun damage can result in such changes as fine wrinkles and an uneven skin tone.
  4. Check your skin often for  skin cancer. If there are changes that worry you, call your doctor right away. Older, fair-skinned people are at high risk and must have a yearly check.
  5. Soothe dry skin. Use a humidifier. Also use moisturizing soaps and lotions. See your doctor if you still have problems.
  6. Eat right and hydrate. Good nutrition helps the body repair skin. Drinking lots of water helps hydrate skin from the inside out.
  7. Try anti-aging products. If you’re over age 50, over-the-counter creams and lotions can help enhance your natural beauty by rejuvenating your skin. Pentapeptides (a chemical compound in many new products) may help prompt skin cells to produce more collagen, which is the support structure that gives skin a firmer look. Prescription treatments and retinoid are also options.
  8. Know about skin treatments. Chemical peels can remove fine lines and smoothen skin, especially around the eyes and mouth. Wrinkle fillers can plump up your skin and erase lines. Microabrasiondermn erases ultrafine lines, rejuvenates your complexion and improves skin tone and color. Laser resurfacing can improve sun-damaged skin, scars, wrinkles ,and other facial problems.

I Love Avocado’s!

AVOCADOS, WEIGHT LOSS/MANAGEMENT AND TYPE 2 DIABETES

The Skinny on Avocados and Weight Maintenance

If you’re on a diet or want to drop a few pounds, avocados are all right to incorporate into your diet. Losing weight requires eating fewer calories than you burn off. A 1 oz. serving of avocados contains 50 calories, so you can easily fit them into a calorie-reduced eating plan. Just look for ways to substitute avocados for foods that do not deliver lots of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.

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Choose Avocados for Your Weight Management or Type 2 Diabetes Diet

  • Avocados contain 50 calories per 1 oz. serving.
  • When used instead of other fats avocados can be part of a calorie-reduced diet.
  • Avocados make a great nutrient-boosting breakfast item, when combined with eggs they also make a great post-workout snack. Avocados add 8% of your daily value of fiber and good fat, while the eggs provide high-quality protein that encourages muscle tissue repair and growth.
  • Avocados have less than 1 gram of sugar per serving; moreover they have the least amount of sugar per serving than any other fresh fruit.
  • Plus, over 75% of the fat in an avocado is unsaturated fat, making them a great substitute for foods high in saturated fat.

You may find that the rich, creamy texture of avocados makes your resolution to eat healthier easier to follow. They make a satisfying snack – 8% of your daily recommended value (DV) fiber from 1 serving of avocado. Fiber adds bulk to your diet and can help keep you feeling full faster and longer.

Working out? Potassium can help. Potassium is an electrolyte. Your body loses electrolytes as you sweat that need to be replaced. You also need potassium to help build muscle, break down and use carbohydrates. Avocados contain 150 mg of potassium per 1 oz. serving. In addition, avocados contain 8% of your daily value of fiber with 3.5 g of naturally good fats to help you stay full and energized for all your activities throughout the day.

Women After Fifty…I think we have this wine thing!

So how good is wine for our health?

By ROGER DOBSON, Daily Mail

Wine drinkers have never had it so good. Not only does a glass or two, or even three, taste rather good, it’s remarkably healthy, too, protecting against a whole range of diseases.Cancer, heart disease, stroke, dementia, early death – you name it and the contents of a bottle of vino will cure it, according to almost half the researchers investigating the phenomenon.

The problem is that the other half reckon that drinking wine can lead to serious health damage, causing cancer, heart disease, stroke, infertility and myriad other disorders.

In the latest studies, doctors have found that a few glasses of wine a week can protect women against high blood pressure, and men and women over 55 from blocked leg arteries.

For consumers, the growing number of research results like these just adds to the confusion about whether drinking-wine is really beneficial. In the past, the health guidance on drinking was quite simple: don’t. Even a small amount probably did some harm, it was thought, and anything above the equivalent of 10 pints of beer a week was tantamount to suicide.

But things have changed. Over the past few years, there have been almost as many health studies on alcohol as there are grapes in a vineyard, and each one has a new theory. Many suggest that a moderate amount of wine is good for mind and body.

The result is that the whole issue of health and wine has become as cloudy as a bottle of home-made elderberry. There are even disputes over what type of wine is best.

So what is the truth about wine and your health – is it poison or medicine?

GOOD

Food poisoning: a glass or two of red and white wine with a meal kills the bacteria responsible for almost all illnesses caused by food.

Brain: wine improves brain function in older women. French researchers found that women over 50 who drank two or more glasses of wine daily were 2.5 times more likely to score in the top 10 per cent in tests.

Arteries: those who drink one or two glasses of wine a day have a reduced risk of developing blocked arteries in the legs.Wine improves circulation, dilates blood vessels and raises good cholesterol.

Infections: red wine, unlike some other forms of alcohol, does not suppress the immune system. Cells fighting off infections are unaffected by moderate amounts.

Dementia: a glass of red wine a day might help ward off neurodegenerative diseases. A compound called resveratrol in grapes stimulates an enzyme in the brain involved in nerve regeneration.

Heart attack: people who drink up to 30 units of alcohol a week are less likely to die of a heart attack than abstainers. Moderate drinking – two glasses of wine for men and one for women – may improve the chances of surviving a heart attack.

Eyesight: moderate drinking of wine – but not beer or spirits – has been linked to a lower risk of age-related degeneration of the retina, which can lead to blindness.

Jogging: runners who drink moderately – two glasses of wine a day – have raised levels of good cholesterol.

BAD

Infertility: women drinking five units or fewer a week are twice as likely to conceive within six months as women drinking more than 10 units a week.

Sex: in men, too much alcohol can dilate blood vessels in the body, including those supplying the penis, with a detrimental effect on performance. Blood level of testosterone also falls as alcohol levels rise. Heavy drinking can also lead to testicular shrivelling, hormonal changes and enlarged breast tissue in men.

Acne: alcohol may be a trigger for acne rosacea, and red wine – as well as champagne, gin, beer and whisky – has been implicated.

Cancer: heavy and sustained drinking, usually involving more than 30 units a week for men, has been linked to a range of cancers including mouth, liver, throat, colon and stomach tumours. In women it has been associated with an elevated risk of breast cancer.

Pregnancy: one boozy binge by the mother during critical times in the pregnancy can damage the foetus. Several hours of drinking can delete millions of neurones from the baby’s developing brain. One glass of wine a week is allowed.

Breast-feeding: alcohol is still toxic to the baby’s developing brain. During the first two years mothers are advised not to drink.

Depression: although alcohol is often used as a way of coping with anxiety, it can be a depressant after three or more units.

Weight: alcohol is rich in calories and boosts appetite. Such calories have no beneficial nutrients.