Living Well the Incoming Year

We are on the threshold of a brand new year!

While there may be new dreams that can be fulfilled in 2018, there could also be challenges we might have to face. I think there are 3 major things that can help us not only hurdle the new year but to enjoy it as well:

Strong Relationships. We are social creatures and having strong relationships can help us both to cope with life as well as enjoy it. According to Gwendolyn Seidman, Ph.D in an article in Psychology Today: “Many studies have demonstrated that solid relationships are associated with better health and longer life.” A thriving and stronger version of us in 2018 means having good, solid relationships.

Sound Health. Too often we may forget that we need to keep healthy bodies, minds and spirits to live well. We need to make sure that we are taking care of our health. Enough sleep and rest, eating well and in moderation — these are but a couple of reminders to keep a healthy body. Our mental and spiritual health must not also be forgotten. I personally think that our inner and outer health has to somehow match so that we are at our best in living out life.

Looking Good and Sharp. How we project and carry ourselves do matter. While inner beauty is important, we should also be mindful of how we look. I have a friend who is not only brilliant and talented but also beautiful. Unfortunately, her confidence is extremely low. You see, she is so self-conscious of her large breasts. Not only that, she also has to bear what could be unnecessary pain because of her condition. There are other women out there who suffer her predicament but are unfortunately afraid to consider breast surgery.

The good news is that there is now the Bellesoma Method. It is a surgical procedure based on engineering and mathematical principles to lift or reduce the breast. It also needs to be said that it is unlike traditional methods that primarily use skin tightening to create lift. The Bellesoma Method (initially known as the Horndeski Method) has been performed since 2000. Over 500 women from different parts of the world have gone through it and would attest that it is the best method for breast lifts and breast reductions in practice today.

Let’s face 2018 with strong relationships and sound health and let’s not forget to look good and sharp, to simply look our best.

Top 5 Vitamins for Your Skin

“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.” This is what Georgiana Donadio, PhD, DC, MSc, founder and director of the National Institute of Whole Health in Boston has to say about our skin in a WebMD article.

Unfortunately, we sometimes just take care of the “surface issues” of our skin. And so we could be very up-to-date with the kind of lotion, soap or facial wash to use for our skin but we forget to take care of what’s going on inside our bodies which as Dr. Donadio has noted will eventually manifest on our skin.

We need to consider then what we fill our bodies with. What food, drinks are we taking in? What vitamins, if any, are we making sure to be part of our health regimen?

Speaking of vitamins, here are the top 5 which would do good for your health, for your skin.

Vitamin C. This vitamin is good for your overall health but this is also good news for your skin as well.

Vitamin C helps create collagen, a connective tissue, which keeps our skin firm. Being an antioxidant, it also protects the skin from free radical damage. Free radicals are a harmful byproduct of sunlight, smoke, and pollution.

According to studies, topical application of Vitamin C can even reverse hyperpigmentation. It can also prevent the consequences of prolonged sun exposure which can lead to skin cancer, according to Karen E. Burke, MD, in a news release.

Source: Other than from the tablet form or from your lotion, Vitamin C is found in citrus fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, and many other greens.

Vitamin A. This vitamin, like Vitamin C is also an antioxidant and is essential for skin health. It is necessary for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue.

According to medical studies, topical Vitamin A can help reduce wrinkles, provide psoriasis relief and can also give good acne control.

Vitamin A also helps in protecting our vision and is also known to provide protection against lung cancer.

Source: Aside from creams containing this vitamin, it can also be found in the following: sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and mangoes. Retinoid, a type of vitamin A, can be found in beef, dairy and eggs.

Vitamin E. This vitamin also contains antioxidants and is said to be responsible in making  your skin beautiful. This oil-soluble vitamin will also protect the skin from free radicals. Studies also point out that Vitamin E is your sure ally in getting rid of acne.

Taking this vitamin, according to Harvard Health publications, will also help you store up Vitamin A in your system.

Source: Aside from lotion, cream, serum or tablet form, Vitamin E is also found in nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, olives, spinach, and asparagus.

Vitamin K. Compared to the 1st three Vitamins, this vitamin may not sound so familiar but it is one that is very helpful for the skin.

Vitamin K aids in healing wounds and bruises. It will fight against circulatory problems that cause the skin to look dark. Think dark circles, spider veins even stretch marks and scars. Vitamin K is responsible for helping blood clot.

Source: Cabbage, liver, kale, and milk.

Vitamin B Complex. The most important B vitamin for the skin is biotin. This nutrient forms the basis not only of the skin but also of the nail and hair cells. Without sufficient amounts of biotin, a person may suffer dermatitis and even hair loss.

Topical preparations with Vitamin B helps hydrate cells and even gives instant healthy glow. The topical form of the vitamin, according to studies, can also dramatically improve

Another specific Vitamin B called niacin is helpful in retaining skin moisture making the skin look younger. Niacin also soothes dry and irritated skin, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can also serve as lightening agent to even out blotchy skin tone.

Source: Aside from topical preparations and tablet form, Vitamin B is found in bananas, eggs, oatmeal, and rice. Our bodies also make some biotin on their own.

The Power Wheelchair of Tomorrow

It’s the power wheelchair of tomorrow. But of course, we would rather say that it is the power wheelchair of today.

I think this wheelchair is nothing less than revolutionary. And it will be welcomed by all who have problems with mobility due to age or with physical limitations due to accidents, sickness or health condition.

May it be available for purchase soon and hopefully, not with an exorbitantly high price.