Hyaluronic Acid – The latest Craze In "Natural" Skin Care?

15 Jan

Let’s start out by looking at what hyaluronic acid precisely is.

Hyaluronic acid (Ha) is a naturally occurring biopolymer, which serves leading biological functions in bacteria and higher animals including humans. naturally occurring, hyaluronic acid may be found in the tissue of higher animals, in single as intercellular space filler. Ha is found in many concentrations in the vitreous humour of the eye and in the synovial fluid of articular joints, but is also found in the skin, connective tissue and elsewhere in the body.

Hyaluronic acid was made ‘famous’ by an Abc News report in which Connie Chung visited a Japanese village by the name of Yuzurihara. She found that the people there were living longer, looked younger, and were more flexible and active than their western counterparts. These Japanese villagers, in their 80s and 90s, have level wrinkle-less skin, a full head of hair and apparently no need for glasses.

So what is it, that allows these Japanese to be so much more youthful, lead active, efficient lives at their industrialized age, where as in western countries most people in their 80s and beyond are in old-age homes?

The windup drawn in the Abc report was that these people ate ‘sticky vegetables’ and that this factor was the underground to their apparent youth. In addition, the oestrogen-like molecules in their diet, fermented forms of soy in miso paste and tofu, seem to play an leading role. These molecules, along with natural oestrogen, send a signal to the fibroblast cells to make more hyaluronic acid. But is this the whole answer? – I don’t think so, but I’ll get to this a miniature later.

Next, let’s look at what Hyaluronic acid does.

According to scientific research by a range of Universities and researchers, hyaluronic acid is used in the human body to cushion and lubricate joints, eyes, the skin, and heart valves (see http://www.ctds.info/hyaluronic_acid.html for an in-depth look at all the dissimilar diseases, syndromes and conditions). Some treatments, which involve the use of hyaluronic acid include: medicine for osteoarthritis and other joint problems, as well as a range of eye disorders, retinal detachment, and some cardiovascular disorders.

However, it is in the anti-aging ensue on the skin that we are focusing on in this report and the ensue hyaluronic acid seems to have on the skin is at the level of promoting the formation of collagen. These are the fibres that firm the skin. Now, hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down collagen fibres, is produced by free radicals and Uv radiation.

These factors breaks down fibres of collagen can cause premature wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Focusing on hyaluronic acid, it would seem cheap therefore, that reducing the free radicals is a major key to reducing the hyaluronidase enzyme and secondly to promote normal levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin.

Plant substances known as bioflavonoids, contained in foods such as grape seed extract, blueberry, cranberry, citrus bioflavonoids and milk thistle, etc., inhibit the production of hyaluronidase, which helps to achieve the first aim of reducing the free radicals. In addition, reducing processed foods from our diet, expanding the level of practice and living a more balanced life style will help in promoting natural levels of hyaluronic acid in our system, not just in the skin.

When considering injecting hyaluronic acid into the skin to treat fine lines and wrinkles, we are once again loosing sight of the holistic coming to treating our bodies and thus run a serious risk of introducing factors, which may lead to side effects or other condition problems. Further, we also run the risk of creating an imbalance in the chemical combination of the skin and who knows what inherent problems await us as a result.

Some known side effects of hyaluronic acid injection therapy for aging skin include:

tissue hardening
unknown risks when used in combination with collagen

These side effects are serious enough to consider using injection therapy of hyaluronic acid as an anti-aging medicine for the skin.

Remember too, that the people in the Japanese village do not use injection therapy… They life an holistic life style incorporating unprocessed foods and corporal activity together with a balanced mind-set and life style.

So where can you get a holistic source of hyaluronic acid from?

There are a join of ways. The first is from “starchy root vegetables” such as the ones mentioned by the village doctor in the Abc report which include: Satsumaimo, a type of sweet potato; Satoimo, a sticky white potato; Konyaku, a gelatinous root vegetable concoction; and Imoji, a potato root.

These vegetables help the cells of the body to thrive and sustain moisture. Further, they keep joints lubricated, protect the retina of the eye and keep the skin level and elastic by promoting collagen.

Another source of hyaluronic acid, for non-vegetarians, is to eat animal parts known to consist of a lot of hyaluronic acid. You could make a broth from fish bones. That is, once you’ve taken off the fillets, boil the rest of the fish, including their head and make a fish stock. Similarly, you can make a meat broth using animal joints, sinews and tendons, then adding a few root and other vegetables to create a healthy, nourishing soup.

In conclusion, at Wildcrafted Herbal Products we do not believe that adding isolated ingredients in elevated concentrations to our natural skin care products is a adored option. Rather, using a holistically natural coming to skin care and for that matter condition care is a far more preferable option.

Skin care is as much about taking care of your skin as it is taking responsibility and care of your wide condition and wellbeing. Your skin is not an isolated part of your body and should not be treated as such.

Again I would like to remind you of the Japanese villagers – they do not inject themselves with hyaluronic acid, they do not use hyaluronic acid in isolation, they do however life a healthy, active and mostly balanced life style.


Eczema in Babies – How to Treat Them

13 Jan

Very little of the literature for new mothers addresses eczema in babies. After all, eczema doesn’t fit in with the picture of the dewey, glowing baby all new parents imagine. Eczema in babies is fairly common though, and not too difficult to understand and treat.

Eczema is dry, scaly, itchy skin that appears irritated. Although not contagious, eczema can become infected if scratched. Infants can develop eczema almost anywhere, but behind the knees and elbows, and on the face, neck and belly are the most common sites. Eczema in infants tends to become crusty and weepy.

Treating your baby’s eczema can be relatively simple. Since eczema tends to rob the affected skin of moisture, keeping the skin adequately moisturized is the most important aspect of treatment. Limiting baths to two to three a week helps to keep the skin moist, and using a very mild soap like Aveeno, Dove or Cetaphil is important. Avoid anything with perfumes or dyes. Pat the skin dry, never rub, and immediately apply a thick moisturizer. Aquaphor and Eucerin are often recommended, but any mild, unscented, thick lotion will work.

Many doctors recommend that lotions be applied four or five times daily to help keep the skin moist.

If the skin is irritated and red, a mild topical steroid like 1% hydrocortisone cream may be prescribed by your doctor to reduce inflammation. Many doctors and parents advocate putting socks or mittens over a baby’s hands to keep them from scratching affected skin.

Eczema should be carefully monitored for signs of infection. Any open, weeping or warm areas should be immediately treated, and your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to keep the infection under control.

Although often very frightening for new parents, eczema in babies can be managed with careful monitoring and constant moisturizing. Fortunately, many babies grow out of eczema by age five with no long lasting effects.

Tattoo Aftercare – 6 Step Guideline You Can Easily Follow

13 Jan

Ok, you recently had tattoo artwork done on your body, your excited and naturally you want to take good care of it. Your tattoo artist has done his job and it is no longer his responsibility for any infections or problems that may occur in the future. Your awesome tattoo can turn into disaster if you do not take care of it. Here are some guidelines you should follow to make sure nothing happens to your new tattoo.

Dont touch that bandage!

Your tattoo artist applied a bandage to cover up your tattoo for a good reason. To keep nasty bacteria entering your wound. The skin has been opened therefore it is considered a wound. Whenever flesh is opened it is a breeding ground for all types of bacteria which cause infections. The bandage should be left on for at least 2-3 hours. Please try to resist taking it off, I no you are eager to look at and show people your brand new tattoo, but it is vital that you keep it covered up.

Wash your Tattoo and Treat it.

After the 2 or 3 hours is up remove your bandage and wash your tattoo. Make sure to use warm water with a mild antibacterial soap. Gently wash away any blood or ointment completely cleans the entire area. Just use your hands and not a cloth, cloth could contain bacteria, just make sure your hands are squeaky clean and your good to go.

After the area is completely clean use a clean towel or paper towel and pat the area dry, do not rub, just pat.

Products and Lotions

If you would like to purchase products Tattoo Goo or H2Ocean is recommended. Though not necessary, many over the counter products will work just fine and just as effective, but it is up to you.

Continue to keep it clean, use lotion if you prefer or ointments, to keep the skin nice and soft. Just remember make sure the lotion is dye and fragrance free, many tattoo parlors recommend Lubriderm, some people have reported it stings, so beware of that. I myself use Eucerin.

Showering, bathing and Swimming.

It is perfectly fine to take a shower with your new tattoo. Its ok to get your tattoo wet, but don’t soak it. Other words don’t take a bath for at least 2-3weeks, soaking your tattoo can cause damage, so just take a shower and your good to go. If soap or shampoo gets on your tattoo just remove it as quickly as you can with some water. Also don’t swim for 2 weeks.

Scabs and Peeling

After a few days you may notice some scabs or peeling, a lot of scabbing could be a sign of poor tattoo work, but a little scabbing is sometimes normal so don’t panic. The best way to rid these scabs is to apply warm compresses to the scabs for at least 6 – 7 minutes 3 times a day this will soften the scabs and they will peel off on there own. Do not use a lotion or ointment to soften them. More then likely they will itch please try not to pick or scratch them, if it gets real bad just slap it hard and that should minimize the itching.

Sun Protection

The suns ultraviolet rays can fade and even damage your tattoo quite rapidly. Just remember if your going to spend a lot of time in the sun, weather it be at the beach or a long walk make sure to apply a sun block to protect your tattoo against the suns ultraviolet power.

Sun Rash – Can You Get Red Itchy Bumps From Being in the Sun

12 Jan

Sun rash isn’t the technical medical phrase and it can point to a few different rashes. One rash that is referred to as sun rash has to do with sun poisoning. Sometimes it’s also called photodermatitis. It can have blisters and be quite red. My friend during my childhood that had red hair and freckles was prone to this problem. Some of the blisters has a watery fluid inside of them. She said she was allergic to the sun and this seems to be the case.

My childhood friend had to wear hats and sunglasses and avoid the sun during peak hours. She also developed skin cancer in a mild form in her thirties due to her sensitivity to the sun. I remember when we were kids that if she was in the sun too long she would coat herself with calamine lotion for relief. Other treatments that are recommended include using oatmeal baths and corn starch. The condition may require antibiotics if the red rash spots open up. You also may get a sun rash poisoning if you take certain medications. Read the warnings on medications as they will indicate if you should avoid the sun. We tend to not read labels, but this is important to prevent a burn.

Another way people use the phrase sun rash is to refer to a sweat rash or heat rash. This results in red pimples or  small welts in areas that perspire. It can happen after working out , extensive time in the sun or a propensity to sweat. Technically, this is not what is usually referred to as a sun rash since it usually means photodermatitis, A heat rash will generally resolve in five days and can be treated with oatmeal baths, cool compresses and corn starch. For sun rashes that are due to photodermatitis, be aware that even a few minutes in the sun can result in a skin reaction.

Omega Seamaster 007 James Bond 40th Anniversary

11 Dec

The Omega Seamaster 007 James Bond 40th Anniversary is a truly magnificent watch. This watch was created by Omega in 2006 as a limited edition of 10,007 pieces to celebrate the release of Die Another Day and Mr Bond’s 40th Anniversary on the big screen. This watch keeps the good looking of James bond. I believe many people are crazy about it.

This watch uses Top quality Asia Automatic Movement (21 Jewel). The Solid 316 Stainless Steel Case has diameter of 42mm for men while 38mm for women.

The dark blue bezel is single-directional rotating, very easy to handle. The crown engraved with Omego Logo, you can use it to adjust date and time.

The blue dial has an almost holographic effect where multiple 007’s will appear when caught by the light. And the second hand applies the 007 gun logo as a counterweight. Special and stunning! The date window is located at 3:00. All Hands and markers are coverd with luminous stuff to creat visibilty in the dark. The face adopts Mineral crystal scratch durable glass to protect this amazing dial.

The case back features the engraved series number of each limited edition piece together with an embossed 007 gun logo as well as the Omega Logo. It also features a 40th Anniversary engraving.

The bracelet, also made of solid 316 stainless steel, is comfortably brushed and polished and of nice design.

It is really a magnificent replica watch and a rare timepiece. It is worth your keeping. the best thing you should do is to buy the right things, not expensive things.

Omega 3’s – Fish Oil and DHA

10 Dec

There is no doubt that Omega 3’s can not only help your heart and joints but it will also help your brain. Most people are aware of this, but do the benefits of Omega 3’s apply across the board for all types of Omega 3’s? There are now many Companies in the world market today trying to capitalize on the Omega 3 ‘boom’ with such a wide range of products and so many claims that it is hard for the consumer to sift out fact from fiction.

The purpose of today’s newsletter is to try and concisely as possible give you the facts about Omega 3.

I will try to explain the most important ones by dealing with each of them individually.

Important Point # 1

Your prime objective for consuming Omega 3 should be to get DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) into your body. The scientific evidence supporting the benefits of DHA is now overwhelming. It is much more important than EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) which is the major Omega 3 component of most fish oils.

Important Point # 2

Not all Omega 3’s will provide you with DHA and EPA. This is because these essential fatty acids are not present in a lot of Omega 3 products. For example, ground flax seed is an excellent oil for certain uses and contains Omega 3’s but does not actually contain any DHA or EPA at all. Instead it contains alpha linolenic acid which your body has to convert to DHA and EPA.

In many people, particularly the elderly this conversion process is very inefficient. To give you an idea, it is estimated that most adults would have to consume 10 – 40 grams of flaxseed oil to produce just 0.2 grams of DHA.

So, if you want to get the proven benefits of DHA don’t rely on getting your Omega 3’s from vegetable oils such as flaxseed. Note: There is however now some products being produced from algae which contain good levels of DHA and do not require the body to convert the ALA to the DHA. But, they are still not readily available and they are expensive.

Important Point # 3

The best source of DHA is from fish oil. However, there are some drawbacks with many fish oils:

1. The amount of DHA is low in most fish oils. A typical level is 12% DHA and 18% EPA. The popular ‘salmon’ oils (which are not really salmon) are usually of the 12/18 type.

2. Many oils on the market today are from questionable sources and some have high levels of heavy metals or other contaminants such as PCB’s. To ensure that you don’t ingest these contaminants, either use oils which have been molecularly distilled, or are from impeccable sources with a reliable certificate of analysis. This basically rules out any oil which is processed from fish caught in the Northern Hemisphere.

3. Most fish oils are of the triglyceride form which does not easily pass through the cell membranes. (More on this later)

Important Point # 4

Some suppliers of fish oil claim that it does not matter that the EPA is higher than the DPA because the body will convert part of the EPA to DPA. This is indeed true but like the conversion of ALA to DHA the percentage of conversion is very low. This is due in part to the high consumption of Omega 6 in the typical Western diet.

Enzymes needed for the conversion are in ‘short supply’ in the bodies of those people who have a reasonably high level of Omega 6 intake (via vegetable oils). This is because the enzymes needed are ‘used up’ in having to deal with the processing of Omega 6 oils.

As a result, the conversion in most people is quite negligible which further supports ingesting the DHA directly.

Important Point # 5

As I indicated earlier most fish oils are in the triglyceride forms. A triglyceride consists of 3 fatty acids attached to a glycerol backbone. It does not pass easily through the cell membrane as it is changed. It also requires two enzyme steps to ‘release’ its fatty acids. Sometimes because of the structure of the triglycerides the fatty acids are not released but rather stay attached to the glycerol backbone.

In contrast, if the oil is esterified during the concentration and purification processes the resulting substance can easily enter the body’s cell membranes. The esterified molecule has no charge and only requires one enterase enzyme to release the fatty acid. (DHA). This enables the body to use it as an immediate energy source, or store it for later use.

In Summary:

To receive the many benefits of DHA you have to consider ensuring that you do as follows:

1. Find a source of fish oil that is high in DHA or alternatively be prepared to take much higher doses of conventional fish oil.

2. Ensure that the fish oil you use is molecularly distilled.

3. Try to find the oil in the Ester form for better bio-availability.

In conclusion, try to find a quality fish oil supplement that meets these three criteria and your benefits will far outweigh the cost.

Omega Watches and the Olympics

9 Dec

Omega is the official timekeeper of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. It only makes sense that Omega watches keep track of the times in the Olympics, as Omega invented the first stopwatch ever in 1898. In 1948, Omega also created the world’s first photo-finish camera. Even the Swim-O-Matic touch pads at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games were made by Omega. As Omega keeps progressing the way the Olympics can enhance timekeeping, they continue to be the official timekeeper for the Summer Games.

Over many different time periods, the technology used to time events at the world Olympic Games have gone through the a variety of stages which include: manual timing, electro-mechanical timing, electronic-quartz timing and the broadcasting of live results. Timekeeper sponsors throughout the modern Olympic Games include Longines, Heuer, Omega, Seiko, and Swatch.

During the 1896 Athens Olympic games, a manual chronograph by Longines became the official timekeeper. It wasn’t until 1932 when Omega became a sponsor and the official supplier of time for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, and continued until 1964. Seiko, one of the early companies to explore quartz movement technology, became the official timekeeper for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. As well as ending the monopoly of Swiss timekeepers at the Olympic Games, Seiko’s designation bore witness to the importance of quartz timing technology.

The emergence of microelectronics brought about a revolutionary breakthrough for the timing of sports. In particular, the advent of computers and software equipped sports timers with more precise and perfected functions. In addition to being shown on the scoreboard, it was a very big deal when athletes’ times could also be shown by video and used for radio and television.

By the year 1972, Omega and Longines co-founded the Swiss Timing Company, which focus in the manufacture of timers for the Olympic and other sporting events. Interestingly in the same year as the Swiss Timing company was founded, the Munich Olympics were held. These were the first Games to introduce the geodimeter and electronic timers with 1/1000th-second accuracy.

At the 2008 Olympic Games, Omega will be timekeeping again, and, just as important, data handling. They will be presiding over 302 events in 28 different sports at 37 far apart venues, principally at the already famed “Bird’s Nest” main stadium in Beijing itself. Omega will be deploying 450 on-site technicians to handle over 450 tons of equipment, to service 70 scoreboards for the public’s view, and 322 sport-specific subsidiary scoreboards, involving more than 175 km of cables and optical fiber. Omega has proved that it has the capabilities to do a great job timekeeping at the Olympics, and it sounds like they will be up to the task again.