Did you know that smoking is one of the quickest ways to age the skin? It is. The second worst is exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. In fact much of what people believe to be normal aging of the skin in terms of wrinkles and fine lines is actually sun damage.
You do not have to fall victim to premature aging of the skin if you quit smoking and use an ample amount of a broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher. Or better yet, avoid the sun during the hours of 10 am to 4pm when it is at its height. Another way to help keep your skin as young as possible is to keep it well moisturized. That includes the skin on your face and all over your body. Well moisturized skin is well hydrated and well nourished and will not age nearly as quickly as dehydrated deprived skin will.
Fluorine in Your Food
The ingredients in your food play a role in the state of your health. For example, there is a substance called fluorine that is essential for the body to remain healthy as it provides resistant to many foreign substances that can make you sick. If you do not consume enough fluorine on a regular basis this can lead to disorders of your spleen and problems your blood. It can also give way to scaly skin.
Fluorine is found in many different types of veggies and fruits, however cooking often diminishes the positive effects of fluorine. With that in mind, the more vegetables and fruits you consume raw, the better. Foods that are very high in fluorine include avocados, cabbage, cottage cheese and goat milk.
Be Kind to Your Kidneys with Iodine
Are you aware that a number of skin problems originate because of an imbalance in the kidneys? In order to improve the work of your kidneys it is important that you drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and to keep yourself from becoming dehydrated.
Another way to help your kidneys is to consume foods that are rich in iodine. The kidneys cannot flush properly if they are not provided with enough iodine on a consistent basis. Foods that contain high quantities of iodine include carrots, leafy green vegetables and beetroot.
The condition of a person’s teeth can often make a strong statement about their age. As part of healthy aging, practice good dental care. As we age we are less prone to cavities but more susceptible to gum disease. In fact, after the age of 40 the number one cause of tooth loss is that of periodontal disease (the medical term for gum disease).
Gum disease can be blamed on plaque which is something we hear about from the time we are youngsters. Plaque is a sticky type of film that attaches to the teeth and is composed of bacteria, debris from food and saliva. The bacteria that makes up plaque creates toxins which then make the teeth look less than pearly white and also irritate the gums.
Left to its own devices, plaque can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth and then form deep pockets of infection. If the immune system is not strong enough to fight the bacteria then the bones that hold the teeth in place become weaker and erosion of the teeth sets in. This leads to teeth that loosen and fall out. To prevent gum disease it is important to brush your teeth after you eat and to floss once a day. You should also visit your dentist twice a year for a check up and cleaning.