Looking in the Mirror

I woke up on this birthday morning I took inventory of my progress during this whole process. Diet, Check, Fitness, Check. Hair, yep nothing there. Moving on… Skin? What is going on with my skin? I know I’m Fifty Two but, Wow! looking a little rough around the edges.I noticed when I went on my vegetable dominated diet my skin is softer and more supple. OK guys don’t give me any grief about this. skin is the largest organ in the body and is a really good indicator into what is going on with your body. A lot of us, especially those who grew up in the sixties and seventies, Spent our summers out in the sun. Sunblock didn’t exist and we wouldn’t have worn it anyway. If you were like me you did a far amount of smoking and drinking, and maybe other things,when you were younger. And drinking water to stay hydrated was for camels. All that being said we probably did some serious damage to our skin and your skin is, shall we say, the window to your health.

Our skin is a big part of our appearance and the good news is we can do something about it. Over the next few weeks I will be delving into the world of male skin care, Some of the things I will be dealing with are exfoliating (removing dead skin cells), Moisturizing (using a skin moisturizing products to keep the skin on my face smooth and supple and trying to repair some of the damage I have done to it in the past. The good news is most of the damage we have done can be reversed. This isn’t about looking younger, this is about taking care of what you’ve got so that it will last longer and in good condition. Think of it as putting a good wax job on your car to prevent it from being damaged by the elements.

On a more serious note your skin can be an indicator of some serious health issues ranging from diabetes to cancer. Deep and numerous wrinkles around the face and neck can be an indicator of low bone density. Velvety brown-grayish patches are an indicator for diabetes.Dull dry skin is an indicator that your body is ;ow in Omega-3 fatty acids. These Omega-# fatty acids are important they regulate brain function, and lower the risk of heart disease, arthritis and and cancer.Low Omega-3 can also cause dandruff. Persistent itchiness that feels like something is under the skin in conjunction with rapid weight loss, shortness of breath, and loss of energy is a strong indicator of cancer. Discoloration and swelling in your lower limbs could be a venous insufficiency.  There are numerous other diseases that manifest in the skin, too many to list here. But if you would like an honest assessment seek out a dermatologist. The Dermatologist will let you know if there are any serious problems and can make recommendations on treatment.

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It is important to note that the best thing you can do for your skin is diet. Diet affects all of the organs that aid in the production of new skin cells and blood flow. These organs if fed and nourished properly will begin the healing process in your skin almost immediately. A proper diet will give your skin the nutrients it needs to repair.  Look for foods high in vitamin A, dietalso foods high in antioxidants such as berries and plums, Omega-3 oils from Salmon,walnuts, flax seeds. Oils are important, look for oils that are cold pressed, or virgin as these contain the highest amount of essential nutrients your skin needs. If you have been paying attention or read some of my other blogs you will see that this is also the diet recommended for weight loss, Heart health, Arthritis, Diabetes…. It’s all connected.

Next you need to start a regular regimen of skin care that includes washing exfoliating and moisturizing. Remember this isn’t about extending life. I am attempting to improve the quality of life in my seventies and eighties. I’m betting on the long game, but why not enjoy the here and now while doing it.

 

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