DPL II for Beautiful, Glowing Skin and Cognitive Function

My friend, Beth Shaw, Founder and CEO of Yogafit wrote this interesting article about the DPL II.

The One Thing You Should Consider for Beautiful, Glowing Skin and Cognitive Function – DPL II Red Light Therapy

If I’m honest I bought the DPL Red light because I read that Dave Asprey from BulletProof was using it for cognitive function and mitochondria production.  As many of you know I am obsessed with improving cognitive function. I also used to go for red light facials when I lived in LA and was always pleased with the results, which I was quite sure increased my serotonin levels as well as gave me nice skin.

I did a lot of research before I bought my DPL II panel… There were so many to choose from- super expensive models and the small cheaper ones which I tried before with no result. This was around a month ago, maybe more.

The DPL II has actually more wattage than the much more expensive models that they use in skin care salons and the good news is that it is super portable.

The DPL II is FDA-Approved for skin rejuvenation, smoothing and preventing wrinkles. It can also be used from head to toe for pain recovery, injuries, wound healing and circulation.  Like everything else I am doing these days, I wanted to give it a thorough test drive before speaking about it .  Technically you are supposed to use the unit every day for 30 days to see results, I am using mine 3-4 x per week and I am seeing major differences in my skin.

My skin seems a lot healthier, I had a friend staying with me, when she came into the house as I was using my Red Light- her words were – “you are glowing”. Another good friend who is in the spa industry said that she noticed a difference in my skin. I also noticed a substantial difference in the size of my pores after using the red light for two weeks consistently. They got smaller.

Get the DPL II for $150 off and free S+H in the USA. (Regular $399.95) so you pay only $249.95. To get this offer, enter Coupon 1958 at checkout at www.HollywoodBeautySecrets.com

Why is Silica Important for Health and Beauty?

This article was written by my colleague, nutritionist Rick Wagner and founder of Eidon Ionic Minerals. 
Silica is important for health and beauty. Silica’s overall optimal bodily function has been recognized for quite some time. As early as 1878, Louis Pasteur predicted that silica would be found to be an important therapeutic substance for many diseases and would play a significant role in human health and consequently nutrition.

Research

During the 20th century, progress was made by pioneering researchers and scientists such as Carlisle, Butenandt, Iler, Bergna, Kervran, and Schwartz. Edith Carlisle’s work in the 70’s through the 90’s at the UCLA School of Public Health, perhaps more than any other, demonstrated the necessity of having silica in the body for proper growth and development. As a result of her research, we know that silica is absolutely essential for the body to create and maintain collagen. What was dramatically shown through Carlisle’s research was that when silica is withheld from normal nutrition, gross abnormalities develop and normal growth does not take place. While Carlisle’s work was done with chickens and mice, humans have also been experimenting with silica.

Human experimentation has yielded some amazing results. Where animal research showed the absolute necessity of silica for healthy and normal growth maintenance, human research has demonstrated the effects of silica supplementation on a much broader spectrum of maladies from youth through middle and old age.

The necessity of silica for collagen formation and development is the basis of many of these physiological effects. Collagen is the tough fibrous material that holds us together. Many aging problems are a direct result of the body’s inability to maintain adequate collagen. Think for a moment about the following aging problems: joint deterioration, brittle bones, hardening of the arteries, dry skin, inability to digest food properly, weakened teeth and gums, and atrophying organs. They all are collagen related in one form or another.  When we are young, Silica levels in our body are high and our bones and joints are flexible.  Our skin is supple and glowing.  As we age, Silica levels decline and without adequate tissue levels of Silica, we manifest many of the symptoms of aging such as joint disease, weakened digestion, and wrinkled skin, to name a few.

Nutritional and Therapeutic Applications for Silica

1. Connective tissue strengthening and support (joint, ligaments and muscles)

2. Bone strengthening and support through enhanced calcium absorption

Within bone, silica is the essential component making up the collagen matrix upon which calcium is deposited. This relationship is so fundamental that it is truly impossible to form bone without both calcium and silica. In fact, researchers are exploring the possibility that supplementation of silica, rather than calcium may be what is needed for maintaining strong bonesStrengthening of teeth and gums.

3. Cardiovascular support

Silica in adequate quantities creates supple arteries and veins and is effective in removing plaque from artery walls. This has actually been known since 1958 when Loeper and Loeper found arteriosclerotic artery walls showed excessively high levels of calcium and lower than normal levels of in silica.

4. Stomach and digestive disorders

Most disorders of the stomach and digestive tract involve a degradation of the lining in the G.I. tract.  Silica is an essential element involved in rebuilding and maintaining these tissues.

5. Immune system enhancement

Our skin is our first line of defense against naturally occurring bacteria, virus’s, and other pathogens.  Silica promotes and maintains healthy skin tissue.

6. Wound and burn healing

Silica stimulates the rapid re-growth of damaged skin tissue. In addition to taking our Silica Concentrate Orally, you can also apply it topically on burned skin to speed healing.

7. Thinning hair, brittle nails, and dry skin. All of these external parts of our body are collagen based.

8. Strengthening of teeth and gums

9. Aluminum elimination enhancement

Silica has been shown to be a good eliminator of aluminum.  Aluminum has been implicated as a cause of Alzheimer’s.

While the above areas may seem quite diverse, in actuality they are directly or indirectly related to proper collagen formation. Given that connective tissue is basically collagen, the inability of the body to rebuild this tissue will result in excessive injuries, general deterioration, or excessively long periods of healing time when injuries occur.

To Supplement or Not To Supplement?

The age-old debate rages on with a definitive swing in favor of supplementation. The American medical establishment is also beginning to embrace the need for supplementation to enhance health and longevity. Why is there a need to supplement with silica if it is the second most prevalent element on earth? The reason is threefold:

1. As we age, scientific measurements have shown that the human body retains less and less silica.
2. Silica does not occur in sufficient amounts in a wide variety of foodstuffs. It is primarily found in natural oats, millet, barley, wheat and potatoes. If we eat these foods at all, they are normally refined to a point where all the silica has been removed.
3. The average American diet does not contain adequate levels of essential nutrients especially Silica. Studies have shown that the average person ingests between 20 to 60 milligrams of silica daily depending upon their diet.  Results from people who have supplemented with silica at 375 mg per day support silica’s effectiveness and reinforce the fact that 20 to 60 milligrams per day is not adequate. According to researchers some form of daily silica supplementation will be very beneficial. To get 375 mg a day, add 30 drops of our Ionic Minerals Silica Concentrate to 8 oz. water, juice or in a smoothie. Find Ionic Minerals Silica Concentrate in health food stores. For more information about this and other mineral supplementation, contact Rick at Eidon Ionic Minerals.

Understanding Fats in Our Foods

Fats are vital to good health and we should take in a variety on a daily basis for our body to function effectively. It’s an essential nutrient for utilizing the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). Furthermore, our diet contains fat that assists with the development and growth of the brain as well as the skin, nerve function, and bone structure.  They also act as security and a cushion for the vital organs of the body. However, not all fats are identical or offer comparable health and wellness advantages. Food consisting of them have a differing combination of saturated, monounsaturated as well as polyunsaturated.

Whether the fats you consume are liquids such as oil, or solids such as margarine, they end up being broken down by your body and transformed into fatty acids and glycerol. The human body takes these and converts other lipids in the body. The remaining lipids are stored as a triglyceride.

Differentiating between saturated fats, trans fats or unsaturated fats?

Good-Fats-Vs-Bad-FatsFats  are classified as either saturated or unsaturated. This is determined by the number of hydrogen atoms connected to each carbon in their chemical chains. The more hydrogens connected to the chain, the more saturated the fat is. Should there be hydrogen atoms missing, the fatty acid is referred to as unsaturated.

Saturated Fats

Saturated fat is related to causing the liver to produce more cholesterol in addition to LDL cholesterol.

Food Sources: Meats, Butter, Whole milk, Poultry, Coconut oil, Palm oil

Unsaturated Fats

There are two categories of unsaturated fats; monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated are regarded as being the healthier and more useful as opposed to saturated fats or trans fats. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are related to reduced LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, but concurrently raising the production of the “good” cholesterol, HDL cholesterol. Fats in this category normally are in liquid form and at room temperature.

Food Sources: Sunflower oil, Canola oil, Olive oil, Peanut oil, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Avocados

Polyunsaturated fatty acids

This type of fat activates lower blood/ serum cholesterol in addition to lower levels of LDL production. Interestingly, these fatty acids tend to reduce HDL production. Similar to monounsaturated fats, they can be found as liquids at room temperature.

Food Sources: Flaxseed oil, Corn oil, Sesame oil, Sunflower seeds and sunflower oil, Fatty fish, i.e. Salmon, Walnuts

Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega-3s are specific polyunsaturated fatty acids found in meat sources. In non-meat sources, our bodies’ process alpha-linolenic acid into usable omega-3s. This fat is to be specifically healthy and beneficial the body due to the fact of their linkage with enhancing the immune process, rheumatoid arthritis, vision, brain function, and heart health. They’ve are known to reduce both triglyceride and total cholesterol levels. Most experts recommend the consumption of foods rich in omega-3s on a daily basis.

Food Sources: Seafood including High fat mackerel, albacore tuna, sardines, salmon, lake trout

Seed, Nut, Vegetable, and other Oil Sources: Flaxseed oil, Walnuts, Pumpkin seeds, Peanuts Soybean oil, Canola oil, kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, watercress and parsley

Vegetable oils offering Omega-6 fatty acids

Omega 6 rich foods also fall into the category of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega 6 fatty acids are identified with lowering heart disease risk by reducing LDL cholesterol levels. Likewise, they’ve been known to also reduce HDL levels.

Food Sources: Most vegetable oils, Sunflower seeds, Pine Nuts, Trans Fats

Trans Fats

Trans-fats are those we must avoid. Manufacturers use trans-fats to prolong the shelf life of foods such as breads, cookies, crackers, chips and other processed foods. Trans fats include hydrogen in their chemical makeup. Hydrogen causes the fat in the food to be firmer and more saturated, this causes a postponing of the rancidity and prolongs freshness. The adverse effect is that the hydrogens cause the food to become more saturated and hydrogenated resulting in trans fats. This additive is cheap – which is why manufacturers use it. But it is also very unhealthy.

Avoid trans fats! If we all stop buying food laden with trans fats, manufacturers will have to rethink and will have no choice but to start producing healthier foods for our families. Read labels on packaged foods to ensure they are free of transfats. Stay healthy.

 

The Beauty of Beta-Carotene

You’ll notice that beta-carotene is one of the ingredients in our Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex (our top moisturizer) and our Beyond CP (nightly serum for oily skin or those with broken capillaries and scars). There are many skin and health benefits of this colorful red-orange pigment, also found in plants, fruits, and colorful vegetables.

Our bodies transform beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol). Vitamin A can be derived from beta-carotene-rich foods or with supplements. The benefit of the dietary form is that the human body only modifies the amount it requires as needed. Vitamin A in excess quantities can be toxic. Toxic Vitamin A amounts can arise by ingesting a large quantity of the supplement form. If your source is from food, toxicity is preventable. We require Vitamin A for beautiful skin, a healthy immune system and vision, and to produce mucus membranes.

beta-caroteneWhy beta carotene is essential?

Beta-carotene is regarded as an antioxidant and is also a predecessor to vitamin A. This compound promotes healthier skin while is also crucial to the overall health of the lungs, heart and eyes. In fact, beta-carotene consumption can help decrease coronary artery disease, strokes, macular degeneration, and other age-associated conditions.

Other health benefits of beta carotene:

For skin wellbeing, there is proof that beta-carotene, itself or combined with other carotenoids or antioxidant vitamins can safeguard the skin from damaging UVA/UVB sun rays. However, it is always recommended to apply a broad spectrum sun screen daily (snow, rain or shine). I like Evenly Radiant Day Crème. It’s nano-particle-free so it refracts harmful rays away from the skin. Find it at my shop in the sunscreen section.

Studies reveal that eating at least 3-5 servings of veggies and fruits loaded with beta carotene could help reduce lung cancer. See a list of foods below. It is not apparent if these results can be associated to beta-carotene by itself. For heart health, a variety scientific research studies have connected high blood levels of dietary beta-carotene and alternative carotenoids with a reduced danger of developing illnesses which affect the heart or blood vessels.

For eye health, research indicates that foods containing high levels of beta-carotene and other carotenoids could assist in reducing the advancement of age-associated macular degeneration (degradation of the macula, a portion of the retina responsible for central vision) and cataracts (which cause the eye lens to cloud) leading to loss or reduction of vision if untreated. Also be sure to wear polarized sun glasses to help prevent the onset of cataracts.

For a healthy immune system myriad scientific studies note that beta-carotene and carotenoids, can help prevent some infections.

Which foods are rich in beta-carotene?

Apricots, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, kale, Chinese cabbage, chives, dandelion leaves, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, ketchup, onions, peas, peppers, plums, pumpkin, spinach, squash, herbs and spices including chili powder, oregano, paprika, parsley.

Winter Colds, Flu’s and Travel Tips

Winter colds, flu’s or the stress of travelling can weaken your immune system, so below I’ve listed some great health and distressing tips.

1) Make your own natural hand sanitizer.
Try my safe, natural hand sanitizer recipe. Place 4 to 6 natural baby wipes such as Seventh Generation or plain folded napkins in a plastic sealable sandwich bag. Add 1-2 tsp. white vinegar into the plastic bag. Vinegar kills all kinds of germs and ecoli – without harmful chemicals. Plus it is safe on Winter Colds & Flu'sskin. Use these wipes for face and hands or to wipe surfaces such as airplane arm rests, table-trays or the bottoms of your feet after walking barefoot through security posts at the airport. FYI: The vinegar smell vanishes after 30 seconds.

2) Douche your nose during and after flying.
As you know, air is circulated throughout a flight. If one person on board has a cold or flu, you may risk catching it, especially if you’re feeling stressed or exhausted. The following tip is so effective, I never fly without it. Keep a 3 oz. saline nasal wash in your purse. I like Ocean or CVS brand nasal wash. Douche your nose every 2-3 hours on the plane. Then, when you arrive at your destination, douche nose again. NOTE: Do not inhale the nasal wash. Just spray, allow the nasal wash to drain out, then blow your nose
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3) Reduce stress with a calming remedy.
If you’re feeling anxious or irritated, try spraying a little homeopathic Rescue Remedy under your tongue. Rescue Remedy is made with natural plants and flowers. It can help calm and soothe your mood. Other mood calmers are pumpkin seeds, walnuts, bananas or adaptogen supplements such as holy basil, relora, B12, Pantothenic acid (B5) or rhodiola. Find Rescue Remedy and adaptogens at a health food store.

Try these remedies to relieve the effects of winter colds and flu’s!