The intense summer heat in Boulder has arrived early this
year, though as I write this there is a slight reprieve with some
cloudy and even rainy days. Still the heat has been so strong
that we are having a fire ban and no fireworks this year for the
4th. Watching the surrounding grasses turn brown so soon in
the summer and watering my garden so that it doesn't die
away inspired me for the subject of this month's newsletter.
Our skin is considered to be an elimination organ.
Healthy skin will release toxins properly and a healthy
appearance also subconsciously affects how we feel about
ourselves and so affects how others see us. We all tend to
spend more time outdoors in the summer whether we are
playing in the mountains, at the beach, in our gardens, or
especially if we happen to have jobs that require us to spend
many hours outdoors. In a very hot and dry summer our skin
really takes a beating. Wearing a hat and sunscreen of course
is important. In this issue I will write more about internal and
nutritional ways we can support our skin health. Please
note: The office will be closed during the week of July 24th to
July 30th. Please place your pharmacy orders early and please
call (303) 443-2206 for info on the on-call physician if you need
to be seen that week.
|Skin Wrinkling: Can food make a difference?
This study addressed whether food and nutrient intakes were
correlated with skin wrinkling in a sun-exlosed site. From
the Journal of the American College of Nutrition
|Fish-Oil Supplement Reduce Lupus Disease Activity
Dietary supplementation with a commercially available
preparation of omega-3 fish oils significantly reduced
symptomatic disease activity in patients with systemic lupus
erythematosus (SLE), Dr Emeir H Duffy (University of Ulster,
Northern Ireland) reports in the August 2004 issue of the
Journal of Rheumatology . From Medscape
This is for my beloved vegetarian and vegan friends. Here is a
great link to some flaxseed recipes! For those of you who won't
eat wild salmon ( the best non-veg dietary source of Omega 3
fatty acids) you may incorporate flax into your diet with these
|Online Pharmacy Now Available From My Website!
Now you all may order almost all of the supplements that I
recommend online yourself via my website. Simply click on
"Order Products" icon. Enter "tara" as your username and
"boulder" as the password. You will then be directed to a
secure site to order physician quality products where you can
set up your own account and order and reorder products as you
need them. You may even search for a specific product that
you are interested in. Thousands of products are available.
Please note that the following companies are not yet available
this way and must still be ordered through my office. These
are Thorne, Mountain Peak Nutritionals, Priority One, and
Natural Medicine to Support Your Skin!
I am asked frequently how one can better support skin health.
Skin tends to age faster in hot, dry, sunny Colorado, as well as
increase your risk of developing skin cancer. While there are a
myriad of topical creams, sunscreens and toners out there, and
I recommend that you use a good one such as Dr. Haushka's, I
am going to shed light on nutritional support for your skin. The
first thing I recommend is that everyone take a high quality
fish oil. Fish oils contain high levels of DHA and EPA which
promote skin as well as brain health.I recommend a product
with at least 2000 i.u. of omega 3 activity pre daily dose. It is
important to use a high quality fish oil that has been properly
purified to eliminate any possible heavy metal or toxin
contamination. Feel free to call me or email me for any
recommendations. For vegans and vegetarians who don't like
to use any animal products, flax seed oil can be a good
substitute, though it won't help brain function the way fish oils
do. Omega 3 oils keep your skin smooth and supple and will
prevent wrinkles as it alleviates skin dryness. Secondly, bowel
function must be optimal. As I said earlier, the skin is an
eliminative organ so if the bowel is not functioning properly ,
toxins will then be eliminated through your skin, thus causing
acne and many other skin inflammatory conditions. Probiotics
can help balance intestinal flora and improve digestion, as well
as support your immune system as its first line of defense!.
Again you may contact me for recommendations. Sometimes
further testing is required as in identification of food allergens
or testing for any other imbalance in the bowel flora. Thirdly,
a good antioxidant and multivitamin can help stave off free
radical damage to the skin from exposure to UV rays, pollution,
and other toxins in our environment. Have a wonderful
summer and please take great care of your skin!
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