Saturday, October 13, 2012

Aging Parents - Love 'em

When we start to deal with parents that are aging, we often start to examine our lives together.

For most of us a natural part of the cycle of life is when our roles as children start to shift into care taking roles where out parents are concerned. This can be moving a parent into a retirement home, or realizing its necessary to check in with them more often than usual.

Whatever the case, this change is momentous as it signals a time of confronting our own mortality as we confront that of our parents. In addition, it can bring up issues about how well they cared for us when we were young.

We may also find fear at the thought of losing them, even if we’ve been on our own for a very long time. When we can embrace all that they bring into our lives, we may be grateful for all we have learned from them and have to learn.

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Families can contain an interesting grouping of personalities.  As people marry into families and have children, even more personalities enter the picture. There may be some people that we would not choose to be related to, but that’s what friends are for.

Talking to other friends and family is a source of support. They can help us look at both the unresolved past and the unfolding present, and we are free to talk only about ourselves. Sometimes we need the kind of undivided attention a friend can offer in order to deal with the issues that come up at this time of our lives.

In many ways, this time of life signals a rebirth as we examine our individual past, as well as our family. As our parents lives move toward completion, we are able to see what they did with their time on earth, what we have done so far with our time, and what we might want to do with the time we have left.

These challenges and blessings are all part of the cycle of life.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Vitamin C and Its Skin-Saving Powers

The Untold Story of Fresh Vitamin C and Its Skin-Saving Powers

Following on from the previous post, there's something else that Brazilian beauties seem to get a lot more of than the rest of us do—their radiant complexions depend on it.  Believe it or not, it's vitamin C.  But not the man-made, synthetic vitamin C you might get in a multivitamin supplement.

Brazilians get their vitamin C from fresh, local fruits that most people have never heard of or tasted, and that have dozens of times more vitamin C than any supermarket fruit, including oranges.  The impact of fresh, food-based vitamin C on Brazilian women's skin and hair is astonishing!

But in spite of the profound effect vitamin C can have on your skin, chances are you've never heard the full story about what this vitamin can do for your appearance.  Your body depends on vitamin C to make collagen, which is the building block of skin.  It works below the surface of your skin to fight the signs of aging from all angles, For example ...

  •     It protects and repairs your DNA ...
  •     It activates skin regeneration ...
  •     It fights free radicals and rejuvenates skin that's been damaged by overexposure to UV rays (called photo-aging)

Why Your Vitamin C May Not be Enough

To get glowing, clear, healthy skin, experts advise at least 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C twice a day—that's 50 times more than the recommended daily allowance.  But remember, synthetic vitamin C—no matter how much you take—probably won't have the same effect as the vitamin C that Brazilians get from various local fruits.

For example, Brazilians regularly consume a juice derived from a type of cherry that is one of the Earth's purest sources of vitamin C, with 30 times more per ounce than an orange. They also regularly enjoy a special kind of purple berry that grows to the size of large grapes.  These purple berries are literally bursting with vitamin C—50 times more per ounce than the average orange!

Natural vitamin C from fresh source such as these Brazilian fruits gives you a complex array of different nutrient factors.  Every factor works together to deliver the full effect.  That's why your standard, drug-store vitamin C probably isn't working as well as the real thing—fighting free radicals, helping to eliminate toxins, or preserving your skin's youthful glow.

New Study: Vitamins Alter Aging
The next time you hear some nay-saying doctor claiming that there is no evidence that vitamins actually do anything show him this: A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that multivitamins can keep you younger, longer. The study found that those who took a multivitamin daily had 5.1 percent longer telomeres than non-users. Telomeres are the key to aging. And it’s not just your life span that’s affected… Short telomeres dramatically boost your risk of serious diseases. One study of 60 to 75 year olds showed those with short telomeres had a 300% higher death rate from heart disease and an 800% higher death rate from infectious diseases.