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Beat The Battle of the Perfect “Sick” Storm (Skin Deep Part 1)

Why do you think most people get sick during the fall and winter months? More germs floating around than other times of the year? The cold temperature? Low immune system? The answer may not be so simple.
Getting sick stems from several factors that stir up the right storm and then wham you get ambushed with the flu, a cold or just plain feel awful as you try to fight off the bugs that invade you. Throughout this season,  lifestyle shifts into hyper mode with all the usual responsibilities and pressure of daily life plus the stress of the holidays.
There is little time to breathe forget about focus on yourself and being healthy. The build-up of holiday expectations, preparation and coordinating plans with family, adds to stress and contributes to less sleep and more nutrient-less eating and drinking. The “sick” storm is in gear.
Eating right, sleep and exercise all contribute to a healthy immune system. Stress, alcohol, and nutrient-less food takes a toll on an immune system that is being challenged with cold, flu and other respiratory bugs. The cold weather doesn’t help much either. During these health challenging months, beat the odds and keep your immune system strong and in fighting shape. The organs involved in supporting the immune system are: the skin, gut, spleen, thymus, bone marrow and lymph nodes.
Weighing in as the largest body organ (at about 8 pounds) and providing a physical barrier against germs is the skin. We do not always realize that nutrients or toxins are absorbed through the skin.
As the body’s first line of defense, the skin creates an environment that supports healthy bacteria while secreting anti-bacterial warriors to summon white blood cells and then attack germ “invaders.”
During the winter months the skin can become dry and cracked weakening its protective ability. So keep skin moist with non-alcoholic “healthy” creams that nourish the skin without drying it.
For example, Silver Biotics has a skin moisturizer, gel or lotion (click here for a free sample or for more product info. which has a  nano-silver solution that has been tested and found to kill bacteria, fungus, viruses etc.. for a minimum of 3 hours after its applied while the other ingredients like coconut oil and Hyaluronic acid keep your hands feeling soft. Using products like this helps reduce your risk of getting ill and spreading germs to others.  
Skin Deep Wellness
The goal is to keep skin moisturized and germ free. So look for American Biotech Silver and products that contain:

  • Hyaluronic acid-found in the skins connective tissue, it is used to treat wrinkles.
  • Retinol- a form of vitamin A  has proven to improve the skins hydration level and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Ester C(PH neutral vitamin C)- stimulates collagen production which is important to anyone who is getting older because collagen decreases as you age. Vitamin C also helps to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Ceramides–  are fat molecules that help keep skin tight. They are found on the surface of the skin within the its’ cells and are active barriers to substances that try to infiltrate the skin while helping maintain skin hydration.
  • Copper Peptide– increases the production of elastin and collagen helping to keep skin soft smooth and firm.
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid- an antioxidant that helps prevent skin damage lessens wrinkles and boosts vitamin C levels.

Skin Toxins
No matter what brand of skin care you use, actively look for product ingredients, this  includes sunscreen, unhealthy skincare will contain the following toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive toxicity and many more health consequences. Avoid these:

  •         Parabens
  •         Phthalates
  •         Triclosan
  •         Toluene
  •         Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

There are more, check out this chart for details, or speak to a skin expert who can help you make the right choices for your particular skin needs.
Keeping skin, especially your hands and face,  hydrated and healthy during flu season will help you stay in a “sick free” zone but there is more…check it out next week.

About the author

Valerie Goldstein

Valerie raises the bar for health and nutrition know how with unconventional expertise and unconditional support for wellness.

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