Thursday, February 25, 2010

Nutrition and Skin Enhancement

What does it take to keep your skin (our coat for dogs) young and healthy?  You may be surprised to know that nutrition plays a crucual role?  Many aspects of our lifestyle, including stress, smoking, UV exposure and diet can lead to premature skin aging. 

Skin is the largest organ of the body.  It is our main protective covering, and oil producer and an important organ of elimination.    The skin clears all kinds of toxins to mainatin balance.  The skin must be well nourished to stay healthy.  It needs good circulation through its millions of tiny capillaries and a ready supply of nutrients to aid its growth and renewal. 

Skin Supporting Nutrients
Protein:  Amino acids (especially cysteine and methionine) are essential to protein building, trissue health and well-functioning skin.  Tyrosine and copper help skin and hair pigmentation. 
Vitamin A (carrots, pumpkin) helps prevent acne, blemishes and dry skin
Zinc (flaxseed, nuts) is needed in cell repair and keep the immune function strong.
Vitamins E, C and Selenium (nuts, fruits and veggies, wheat germ) are potent antioxidants that suppress free radicals that can prematuring age skin.
B-Vitamins especially biotin and B6
Essential fatty acids found in oilve oil and flaxseed oil keep the skin supple and nourished. 

What you eat not only affects how you feel and perform (mentally and physically), but remember that it can affect how you look.  Reach for fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds to nourish, protect and clarify you skin and hair (or dog's coat).

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Heart Health - Minimize Animal Protein

If you haven't considered reducing the amount of animal protein in your diet, scietific data strongly suggests that you do.  Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US.  Americans die from heart disease at a rate almost seventeen times higher than the Chinese, French, Portugese and Japanese. The cultures that have the lowest heart disease rates eats less saturated fat and animal protein and more whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  It's not based on genetics.  What's startling is that Japanese men who live in California have much higher blood cholesterol levels and incidence of heart disease than Japanese men living in Japan. 

In the Framington Study, researchers indicate that 'blood cholesterol was negatively associated with complex carbohydrate intake."   Dozens of experimental studies show animal protein raises cholesterol whereas plant protein dramatically lowers cholesterol. 

It makes sense to minimize foods with high fat content.  What are they?

Fat Content of Sample Foods
Butter - 100%
Double Cheeseburger - 67%
Whole Cow's Milk - 64%
Ham - 61%
Hot Dog - 54%