HEALTHY SKIN AND ENZYMES: BREAK IT DOWN!

Allyson Welch

Enzyme has become a buzzword in the skincare and cosmetic industries. You might remember it from high school biology, but unless you’ve done a lot of research you might not know that enzymes are incredible things that play an essential role in keeping your body healthy.    Enzymes are proteins that speed up the rate of chemical reactions, sometimes in astounding measures. Processes that should take millions of years take milliseconds when they’re being acted upon by enzymes. Essentially, in this instance, they are bodily catalysts meaning they increase the rate at which a chemical reaction occurs. Without digestive enzymes...

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MELASMA AND SUN DAMAGE: TREATMENT AND PREVENTION

Allyson Welch

Dermatologists refer to two aging processes. The first they call intrinsic—it’s the natural slowing-down of collagen production, which makes your skin less elastic. The second is the one we have more control over. It’s called extrinsic, and it’s aging accelerated by exposure to external factors. Of these factors, the most culpable is sun. How does exposure to UV rays make you look older? Where do sunspots come from? How does sun affect people with a condition called melasma? (And what even is melasma?) These are questions that require a cellular-level understanding of how our skin gets color. Melanocytes are cells...

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BATHS: A MENTAL HEALTH PLAN

Allyson Welch

In 2004, National Geographic partnered with longevity experts to identify the five places in the world where people live longest. The result was a list of five communities where people live beyond 100, free of disease; later they were called Blue Zones. These are not the wealthiest places in the world with the easiest access to medical care; they are places where residents live by the same principles. One of them of which is paying particular attention to offsetting the damaging effects of chronic stress. Not all stress is unhealthy. Stress is a physiological response to an imminent threat and...

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SUPER FOODS RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS: WHY ARE THEY BENEFICIAL TO YOUR HEALTH?

Allyson Welch

Superfoods are all the rage these days. What are they? Why are they better than other foods and what makes them super? Some experts will tell you they’re just a marketing ploy and that a grain from halfway across the world isn’t some kind of elixir that will keep you young, healthy, and at the peak of your fitness game for the rest of your life. Certainly there’s truth to this critique. No single food can save your life. But further research shows that while the moniker may be presumptuous, there is indeed something magical about superfoods. That’s the thing...

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