Sun-Loving and Safe Skin Health

With summer finally here, it’s hard to resist the sun’s warm invitation to soak up your daily dose of vitamin D3. It feels good, it looks good and, better yet, it’s good for your health too, right? But too much of a good thing, could be harmful with sun exposure being associated with dangerous skin cancers like melanoma.

Sun-Blocking Solutions
Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and covering up with UV-protective clothing are wise choices, but what about sunscreens? Recently, sunscreens have taken some heat for containing toxic ingredients that get absorbed into the skin. So while you’re trying to protect from UV-generated free radicals, you may be soaking up radicals of a different kind when you apply sunscreen creams.

You’re probably thinking, “Oh great, if sunscreen is bad, now what do I do to stay safe in the sun?” Well, keep in mind these concerns about sunscreen creams are based on new science, so it is not altogether clear yet whether these sunscreen creams are causing more harm than good. From what we do know now, it does make sense when looking for a good sunscreen to watch out for the ones that use many synthetic chemicals and opt for a more natural mineral-based filter like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

Consider eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables to supply many of the vitamins and minerals your skin needs for optimal health. Vitamin K2 found in foods like egg yolk, cheese and butter, supports bone health, cardiovascular health and the skin. Antioxidants such as beta-carotene, lycopene and vitamins C, E, and A, found in colorful fruits and vegetables, aid in blocking the sun’s UV free radicals that can harm skin cells and lead to sun spots or age spots, and skin cancer.

Get to Know the Skin You’re In
Skin is the body’s largest organ – the dermis. The pro-hormone DHEA has been found to be produced and metabolized in the skin. According to medical research done by Dr. Fernand Labrie, it was found that most hormones in post menopausal women are metabloised from DHEA in the skin. DHEA is also a base for skin oil or “sebum.” The body’s derma layer is constantly regenerating and quite absorbent which means it can take in both nutrients and toxins. Did you know that when you apply DHEA cream to your skin the risk of both chemical and UV carcinogens is reduced? Furthermore, the combination of coconut oil, vitamin E and co-enzyme Q-10 (found in Twist25’s DHEA cream) helps skin look and feel hydrated and helps fade keratoses, also known as “age spots” or “liver spots.”

Vitamin D3 is the Sunshine Vitamin. It is the only vitamin the body produces in the skin or dermis from exposure to sun light (UVB). Yet with today’s indoor living, clothing that covers most of our skin surfaces, and the use of sunscreens to reduce the risks of skin cancer, many people are deficient in Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 has many hormone-like functions. It is an important pro-vitamin helping the body to utilize other nutrients.

According to MedicalNews Today, “the energy from the sun changes a chemical in the skin to vitamin D3, which is then carried to the liver and the kidneys where it is made into active vitamin D.” But what if practicing sun-loving skin safety means you’re not getting enough? Per Medical News Today, “The Vitamin D Council states that the vitamin is important for muscle function, the respiratory system, cardiovascular function, brain development, and it even has anti-cancer properties.” Additionally, vitamin D3 increases the absorption of calcium–crucial for good bone health, especially as we get older. So if you think you’re not getting enough vitamin D3 from sun exposure, consider a vitamin D3supplement. But remember, sunshine on the skin in moderation is good for you!

Find the Right Skin Care Routine
You may have a regular skin care routine for your face, but consider a whole-body skin care routine. It doesn’t have to be complicated or long. To make it easy, try these four steps:
1. Cleanse – Use an exfoliating sponge or loofa to wash with a paraben-free gel cleanser.
2. Moisturize – Consider using coconut oil as a hydrating moisturizer. Read more about the wonders of coconut oil for the skin here.
3. Protect – Find a mineral-based sunscreen that is right for your skin type.
4. Supplement – Include Twist 25 DHEA cream, Vitamin D3 and vitamin ADK capsules in your regime to lessen the appearance of “age spots” and assist in balancing derma layer hormones. To read more, checkout this article about Healthier Skin with DHEA Cream.

Have a safe and healthy summer. Remember, it’s the little things we do each day that all add up to make a big difference!

Summer Fun In The Sun

Feel the heat? ..but not got the beat in your feet to get outside and dance?  Summer is supposed to be the time when we go to the beach, get outdoors, have some fun in the sun! …but, if you’re lacking vitality, focus and energy – not good. So do something about it.

Most people after age 35, and especially past age 45, notice they start to “feel blah”, lack energy,  or have trouble finding the zest for life they once had. Getting out in the sun and having fun with family and friends is important for many reasons:
1-exercise is keeps us slimmer and happier and healthier
2-interaction with others is key.
3-It also allows us to produce Vitamin D3 when skin is exposed to sunshine.

So to look and feel best, we really should get outside and play.

DHEA is a naturally occurring pro hormone that is a base building block for hormones. DHEA is also a base for sebum (or skin oil), and DHEA has been found to reduce risks of chemical and UV carcinogens for skin cells. Plus, DHEA helps fade “age spots” and keratoses and is made with coconut oil which is good for your health and your skin too.
So rub on some Twist 25 DHEA cream and get out there in the sunshine and feel alive again.  This is a skin cream that’s not just great for your skin in several different ways, it also lets you regain that vitality and zest for life you had in your twenties. DHEA is great for your health and great for your skin too.

So kick the blahs…regain the pep in your step. Have soft well hydrated skin. Enjoy the summer sunshine! Use Twist 25 cream. Make your own hormones naturally.

June is Men’s Health Month

Men – fathers, sons, grandfathers, husbands – We celebrate Father’s Day on June 19th this year; but also, the entire month of June has been designated as “Men’s Health Month”. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to increase awareness of common preventable health problems, help men avoid them by encouraging early detection testing, and learn how to maintain good health by doing things that contribute to good health. …good healthy lifestyle choices. Because, as we’ve all heard “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. And, as we often say at Health2Go: It is all the little things we do each day that make a big difference in time.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has determined that Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death for men (and women) in not only the U.S.A. but the world. That alone is a striking fact, but men are almost twice as likely to die from heart disease as women. So Men, let’s take on the biggest health problems first – heart disease, cancer and stroke.

The top risk factors for heart disease are gender and age, which we cannot do anything to control; but we can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease by eating a healthy diet and exercising and maintaining DHEA level.

Interesting new research about heart disease has shown that contrary to conventional belief: cholesterol level is not as problematic as poor diet, lack of regular exercise and chronic inflammation.

In this exceptionally interesting article, the new view is “Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessels and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.”

DHEA is the only thing in the human body that counterbalances the harmful inflammatory effects of high cortisol levels.  Dr. John Woodward, MD says “For optimal health, the DHEA to cortisol ratio should be 10 to 1.

So to reduce the risk of heart disease, eat a diet high in fresh green and colorful vegetables, exercise every day, and apply Twist 25 DHEA cream daily to reduce inflammation and support cardiovascular health.

The #2 killer for men is cancer. A healthy diet and exercise and maintaining good DHEA levels has been shown to significantly reduce the risks of cancer.

The #3 cause of death for men is stroke. A very important risk factor for stroke is hypertension (high blood pressure). So it makes sense that controlling high blood pressure is crucial to reduce the risk of stroke.  Conveniently, it turns out that the behaviors we have just described above that reduce the risks of heart disease and cancer also reduce the risks of stroke.

So let’s all celebrate Men’s Health Month, by helping men stay healthy, active and alive by encouraging eating a healthy diet high in a wide variety of green leafy colorful vegetables, getting some exercise for 30 minutes to 1 hour every day, and applying Twist 25 DHEA cream daily.

Happy Father’s Day and have a great Men’s Health Month!