Michael A.

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  • Introduction

    Many people know that stress can have a variety of negative impacts on their health, their skin and their overall level of happiness.

    When it comes to skin issues, it appears that the majority of individuals affected by various skin conditions report that stress is one of the most influential factors on the state of their skin.…[Read more]

  • Balanced Dietary Fat Intake

    There are several main types of fats that are a part of a typical diet.
    These include:

    • Saturated fats
    • Polyunsaturated fats (omega 3s and 6s)
    • Monounsaturated fats (omega 7s and 9s)

    A significant part of this program has focused on way’s to improve the important balance between omega 3s and omega 6s, which is…[Read more]

  • The point regarding the effect of air travel stood out to me as well.

    Have noticed this effect myself as well. Haven’t really thought much of it and mainly attributed it to the air quality on planes.

    Decided to investigate this topic further and found some relevant information. Here’s a quick summary of what I managed to find:

    • Relative…

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  • Dear Sharon,

    Good question and it’s actually quite difficult to answer. Here are some potential reasons that make carbonated water more applicable then vinegar:

    • Due to it’s odor, leaving vinegar on the skin may not always be an option.
    • Vinegar (especially apple cider vinegar) has a variety of different acids (acetic acid, citric acid, malic…

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  • Plain carbonated water is produced by enrichment of regular water with carbon dioxide. This infusion produces the bubbles that we often enjoy in fizzy drinks. Once all the carbon dioxide (in the form of bubbles) has escaped, the water returns to it’s original state.

    In most cases, the addition of carbon dioxide to water reduces it’s pH level to…[Read more]

  • Importance of Low Skin Surface pH

    A low skin pH (below 5) has been shown to be beneficial on several fronts . Most important findings in this area include:

    • Improved skin lipid metabolism
    • Reduced permeability
    • Improved residential bacterial flora
    • Normal barrier repair
    • Reduced inflammatory response
    • Improved function of antimicrobial peptides…

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  • There are numerous ingredients, both natural and synthetic, used in the cosmetic and skin care industry which are known to cause irritation. The main reason they are still in use is because the favorable characteristics (solubility, costs) often outweigh their potential to cause irritation in the majority of individuals.

    The issue is that, during…[Read more]

  • These are just some of thoughts from this weeks research. Decided to include them for your reading.

    • Importance of Sweat
      From recent research for this program, it has become more apparent that the absence (or reduced levels) of sweat may be an integral part of seborrheic dermatitis progression. Perhaps sweat gland malfunction requires more…

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  • Cold temperature can have both positive and negative effects on the skin. On one hand it has been shown to reduce irritation of known irritants, while on the other hand it can also impede barrier recovery .

    Winter and Worsening Seborrheic Dermatitis

    A phenomenon seen in the majority of dermatitis is that during the winter, the skin condition…[Read more]

  • Laughter and joy are emotions that are not only pleasant, but also beneficial to our health and mental stability. In absence of this emotions, depression and anxiety commonly fill the void and cause a myriad of unfavorable effects on our health.

    As a result, finding ways to laugh and bring joy in to our lives can improve our health and directly…[Read more]

  • Many individuals report that their skin issues are aggravated by stress, anxiety and modest stages of depression. This phenomenon is cited liberally throughout medical literature covering not only seborrheic dermatitis, but many other closely related skin conditions (rosacea, psoriasis, and acne) .

    What’s not discussed as often, is the effect…[Read more]

  • Michael A. started the topic Barberries in the forum Resources 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Barberries are small tart berries commonly used in middle eastern cuisine. Their usage in the North America is limited, but the flowering plant is best known of it’s high berberine content.

    Documented Benefits

    Significant antihistamine and anticholinergic effect
    Has been shown to have a significant effect on acne reduction
    Improved blood…[Read more]

  • Both raw and cooked vegetables have their own beneficial characteristics. Making sure our diet has adequate amounts of both can help us obtain a more balanced spectrum of benefits.

    Benefits of Cooked Vegetables

    The cooking of certain vegetables has been shown to improve their antioxidant potential and allow for better nutrient absorption…[Read more]

  • Flaxseed (linseed) oil is the richest known source of an omega 3 fatty acid by the name of ALA. In fact, the % of ALA found in flax seed is almost in a class of it’s as, containing more then 5 times the ALA then the next highest sources (walnut and canola oil) .

    Documented Benefits of Flax Seed Oil

    Regular consumption of fresh flax seed oil…[Read more]

  • The glycemic index is the standard measurement system used to evaluate a given foods effect on blood sugar (glycemic response). It’s scale ranges from 0 to 100, with 100 being the effect of pure glucose.

    An important component of this measurement system is that it measures the blood sugar response relative to the total amount of carbohydrate in…[Read more]

  • The first week of the program started off a little hectic for me. My
    work load was a little bigger then expected and this really squeezed my
    days short. The end result was that I made good progress, but failed to
    meet every single objective.

    Progress Notes

    In the first few days, I started off quite strong and ate more then the
    outlined…[Read more]

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