Parabens – Known Carcinogens in Your Beauty Products

Is your current beauty routine harmful to your health? Photo courtesyAllAboutYou.com

The popular products on the market contain many conventional, man made ingredients that are not always good for us. It may smell good and make us look good, but at what cost is this to our health? Could the products we use, day in and day out, actually be contributing to a slow degeneration of our bodies and minds?

What’s So Wrong with My Beauty Products?
You might be unknowingly risking your health. Photo courtesy XangaCity.com

Some products, like deodorant, contain aluminum. This is a heavy metal toxin that is found in high amounts in Alzheimer’s patients. When we put something like this on our skin (especially after shaving–looking at you, girls!), the chemicals contained within are most definitely entering our bodies through our pores.
Some of these chemicals are treated as a toxin in the body and are processed and released. However, the remaining chemicals can find their way in the nervous system, they can devastate our immune system and even find their way into the brain. These chemicals, especially aluminum, can accumulate in the brain, not showing its health effects until years later.
What is So Bad About Parabens?

Go paraben free! Photo courtesy ChivasSkinCare.com
Parabens are a synthetic, man made preservative found in almost all conventional beauty products. From make up to face soap, lotions and creams, parabens have made their way into the mainstream beauty line. They prevent mold and bacteria growth, and help keep the product stable for a long shelf life.
However, parabens have been shown to mimic estrogen in the human body, showing a possible carcinogenic link to certain forms of breast cancer. This is a concern for anyone, male or female, as this preservative is going to be absorbed into your blood stream after placing it on your skin. It really is not a pretty picture.
A six month study performed on men and women’s beauty products assessed the safety of 7,500 beauty products (over 10,000 ingredients) with 2,300 people. What they found was quite astonishing.
Out of 7,500 products, only 28 of them were tested completely by the cosmetic industry’s self regulating panel. 1/3 of all the products in the study contained at least one ingredient that showed a strong carcinogenic link, and has actually been classified as a human carcinogen.
What Can You Do?
Natural beauty. Photo courtesy All-Natural-Body-Care-Products.com

Diet and exercise will provide your body with the health it needs to proccess outsome of the chemicals and toxins in your beauty products, but it won’t be enough to provide adequate safety for your health. You DON’T have to live in a bubble and ignore your beauty when you enhance your health–far from it! In fact, when you enhance your health through diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes, you enhance your beauty.
There are amazing organic beauty products out on the market today that are paraben free, and even some that claim to be all-natural. I go for the organic version, because this normally ensures that I won’t be putting anything on my body that I wouldn’t put in my body (the term “all-natural” isn’t regulated, and often doesn’t mean that it is all natural).
Look at the ingredients of your beauty products, just as you would with your food. Make sure you do not find parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, or basically anything you can’t pronounce. It may be difficult at first, so just wean yourself off of these products slowly. It may take some time to find products that work for your skin or hair type, but you will find some. Make your way down to your local health food store and ask about the products they carry.

Fight Aging and Fat With This Natural Hormone

One of the many natural ways to decrease aging and increase human growth hormone. Read more below.

Anti-aging is a very interesting subject for me, and I have been studying many of the research I come across which delves into the matter of decreasing the signs and symptoms of aging, while increasing energy and vitality and keeping the body lean, fit and healthy. The main hormone that seems to be involved with slowing the down the aging process is human growth hormone. This hormone brings to mind steroid hormones (which it is) that is injected into athletes illegally for strength, endurance and muscle building. Although this can be done, growth hormone is mainly a naturally occuring hormone secreted from the anterior pituitary gland, which lies in the middle of the brain.

There are other important hormones needed for the maintenance of the human body, but human growth hormone seems to be a powerful aspect in providing vitality and youthfullness to a human being. This, along with diet, exercise and emotional managing techniques can provide a heck of a punch when it comes to improving your quality of health. As we age this hormone secretes less and less, so it is important to know how to increase its levels naturally and effectively.

First Off, What is Human Growth Hormone?

It is sometimes associated with (or almost always) athletes and bodybuilders who want to build muscle. Human growth hormone, or HGH, is also given to children and adolescents who have missed out on their full growth potential due to malfunctioning of hormonal secretion in the pituitary. Scroll down to read my comments and opinions about supplementing with HGH.

HGH, which you may also hear as being called somatotropin, is an anabolic steroid and protein hormone which aids in proper growth and maintenance of bones, tissues and organs. This hormone decreases after the age of 30, making it crucial for those in this age to find ways of naturally increasing and maintaining healthy levels in the body. (Go lower to read how to produce natural growth hormone.)

Human Growth Hormone Fights Aging

One of the first studies showing the effects of HGH therapy on older individuals was published in the American Journal of Medicine. This study pointed to older individuals being able to decrease their body mass index and become leaner through supplementing with recombinant human growth hormone (more on this below…). Critics point to the relatively small improvements of and reductions of weight, but they were nevertheless significant.

Organs in the body also decrease in size as it ages, yet studies have shown that HGH can restore vital organs back to original size. Organs like the liver, heart and even bone are stimulated for growth because HGH helps grow and build new cells. Natural human growth hormone also stimulates the production of osteoblasts, or bone building cells, making it a hormone one would like to keep functioning properly during childhood and older ages to protect bone health.

This study, like many others, show that human growth hormone also increases the elasticity of the skin, and may help stop, fight or even reverse wrinkles. Since HGH decreases as age increases, it makes sense that there should be a correlation between the signs of aging and the hormone; however, a simple deduction like this can lead one to ignore other factors, like a decrease in nutritional quality and choice of food, lack of exercises, environmental factors and more.

Should You Supplement with HGH?

Our bodies did not evolve to use supplements in any form, and it is very unnatural to take in artificial growth hormone (recombinant growth hormone) which was manufactured in a lab rather than your own body. Besides, research points out that human growth hormone side effects can lead to insulin insensitivity and diabetes in the majority of those who supplemented. There are also studies which go the opposite way, saying that it either improved their insulin sensitivity or had no direct impact at all. A subject that has too many opposing sides makes me want to stay away from it until they have a definite and concrete answer to their claims.

Ways to naturally increase Human Growth Hormone

It isn’t proven that increasing HGH is necessarily a fountain of youth, but I am holding it as a component in my anti-aging, beauty promoting program (guys do like promoting beauty–I’m just one of the brave ones that admit this!). I will not be supplementing with HGH; rather, I will be…

 

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Getting plenty of deep, restful sleep. Many humans, especially during middle age or older, do not get enough sleep to help repair and restore their bodies and their minds. Even if they do get to sleep for the recommended eight hours every night (most researchers have settled on this dandy little number), it doesn’t necessarily mean they are delving into a deep, delta state of sleep.

Our brains switch through different brain waves when we relax and sleep. From theta, which is a relaxing, dreamful state, we can go down to delta, which is considered deep sleep. This is a soundless, dreamless state of sleep where our bodies performs the most healing and rejuvenation, all because this is the state that our pituitary gland releases growth hormone. Not getting to this state every night could be one reason why aging occurs to those who have stressful jobs or lives that keep them from resting fully.

The best way to get a great night’s rest is to plan out your time accordingly. I try to get at least 8 hours of sleep not matter what. Life happens sometimes (like during finals week–eek!), and we can’t always sleep as long as we want to. Sometimes we might have emotional difficuluties in getting to sleep. This is where I would recommend dealing with your emotions straight on and releasing them so you can become free. The best techniques I know is through EFT (emotional freedom technique) and self-hypnosis.

Exercising is a fantastic way to feel young, energized and alive! It’s also a great way to stimulate human growth hormone. One of the best types of exercise that brings up your metabolism and your healing, youthful hormones is interval cardio. You will burn more fat in a shorter amount of time, and you will be flooding your body with natural HGH. Some yoga postures are also considered to be good for stimulating HGH release. Inversions (like a handstand) are theorized to stimulate the pituitary gland through active blood flow toward the brain.

Your diet can also make or break your efforts to secrete human growth hormone. Sugar will shut down your production of this hormone, making it an important culprit to minimize (or in my opinion, cut out completely) from your diet. Most of you are already far beyond this step in your life, and that is so good! Keep it up, because you are helping to keep yourself looking younger and more radiant! Eating any form of sugar after performing exercise will ensure an immediate cease on your HGH production.

Stress can hamper your immune system and can also perform a halting action on your growth hormone production. Some studies have shown that stress can increase growth hormone in males, but stress is a substance that isn’t needed by the body for long periods of time anyway, as it can quickly degenerate a state of health. It is OK to have stress at appropriate times, but when it becomes a chronic problem it may hinder the pituitary’s secreting actions of growth hormone and will make the body sick. As I said earlier, practice EFT, self-hypnosis or meditation techniques. They really work! They will also help you get to the core of your stress.

 

Nutrisystem 40th Anniversary Sale, Save 40% Off Now!

To celebrate 40 years of helping people all over the world lose weight and keep it off, Nutrisystem is now offering %40 of Nutrisystem Success for as long as you are on the program.  That means, by ordering now, you will pay %40 less than the typical plan pricing, forever!  Nutrisystem Success is the newest and now most popular program for Nutrisystem, and people are reporting %43 more weightloss whole on the plan than while dieting on their own.

As always with Nutrisystem, there are a variety of plans to suit every kind of lifestyle and weight loss goal.  There are plans for men, women, diabetic plans, and a very large menu full of items to help you lose weight while still enjoying  great tasting food.  Act now and get a lifetime of Nutrisystem diet plans for the lowest prices yet to date!

New Nutrisystem Program: Nutrisystem Success

Nutrisystem SuccessNutrisystem update: Nutrisystem Success is a new plan from Nutrisystem. The newest celeb to be featured on this program in Janet Jackson. She is an incredible woman, and seeing her story has been very inspiring to a lot of people.  Dudes, don’t worry, Nutrisystem is also a good choice for you. There are a bunch of meals tailored specifically for men, so you’re not eating tiny lady portions. And ladies, this might be a good chance to get your guy on board to lose weight with you. Studies show that when you are around motivated people who are also active and eating healthy, you do better with your fitness goals. Nutrisystem has just come out with a family plan that helps you do just that. Nutrisystem has a lot of great tools to help you keep track of your diet, and your goals for losing weight and staying fit and healthy.

So enough about motivation… let’s get to the new features of this program.

  • New satisfying daily protein shakes – yum!
  • New chef inspired foods to shake up the menu
  • New personalized activity program
  • New transition plans for when you end the diet and get back on “regular” foods. Read on…

Tinted Moisturizers

Laura Mercier Tinted MoisturizerLong gone are the days where one has to put heavy foundation on their face to even out their complexion.  Today’s woman is on the go and wants beauty that is quick and easy.  One of the current trends in foundations is tinted moisturizers – “foundations” that are part moisturizer, part color, which provide a flawless complexion that is not only sheer but provides effective coverage as well as skin benefits such as vitamins and SPF protection.  Read on…

Revitalize Your Eyes

eyePerhaps one of the most neglected areas of our skin care regime is the delicate eye area.  Many of us use a nourishing eye cream but who says our skin care plan has to stop there?

Eminence Organic Skin Care has formulated what they call ‘The Eye Quattro’.  After my experience giving it a go , I’ve found nothing like it. Especially the firming effects! Read on…

New Advances in Natural Breast Augmentation

Dr. Accetta - Natural Breast Augmentation Results. Before & After

After many years of careful research and after extensive surgical training, cosmetic surgeons can now increase breast size up to one full cup size using fat that is transferred from another part of the body, using new and improved fat transferring techniques. Over time, the injected fat transitions into breast tissue and the results last a lifetime. Read on…

Tame That Mane, Celeb Style!

curlsOur guest writer today is Bill Murphy of William David Salon, offering his tips for curly hair. Read on!

While curls can really liven up a ‘do, they’re often hard to manage. And as any girl blessed with naturally curly hair knows, finding how to tame that mane can be a challenge. In my 20 years as a hairstylist, I’ve seen it all: fried-to-the-root hair; frizz beyond measure; and straw-like coifs that are in dire need of conditioning. But take heart; I have the answers! Read on…

Untitled — A Love Potion

UntitledInnovative Paris designer Maison Martin Margella has come up with a scent that can be called a love potion for males. The character Alice in the 90’s Woody Allen flick had her herbalist draw up a potent blend of herbs that made her irresistible to any male. Maison Martin Margella seems to have come up with a real life version to attract masculine energy. “For the first perfume, we would like to explore a “green trail” simple and natural. This will have to be an olfactory flash. What follows will be all the more textured, feminine and almost sensual. Read on…

New Sunscreens From NEOVA Fight Photodamage

In the world of skin care products, none is more important than sunscreen. By now hopefully everyone realizes that sunscreen should be worn daily, now matter what the weather or season of the year. The newest and most advanced treatment sunscreens, featuring advanced photoprotection with DNA repair technology, are now available from NEOVA or smart-sunscreens.com. Read on…