If we do take vitamins, more times than not, they're synthetic vitamins our bodies can't utilize - and what little we do absorb - we quickly destroy by smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.
To make matters worse, toxins build up in our colon, liver and kidneys and our system becomes
Over-burdened and ceases to function efficiently.
All these things work to take their toll and age related symptoms begin to appear en masse.
There are many things that can be added to one's daily lifestyle to help reverse-or greatly slow- the age related symptoms and skin conditions that accompany Menopause.
A few of the more powerful are:
B Complex: B vitamins do so much to keep our bodies running efficiently. They work to maintain: nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, muscle and they are crucial to a toned and healthy digestive tract. They soothe the nervous system and help alleviate stress and depression.
Green tea: This delightful beverage has many benefits due to its well-known antioxidant properties. It's rich in flavonoid compounds which are known to be potent both as antioxidants and anti-allergy/anti inflammatory.
Numerous studies are proving that green tea scavenges free radicals in the skin and stops
the damage they cause. Green tea is also thought to be a helpful skin protectant in regard to sun exposure.
Filtered and/or purified water: Nothing assists the internal cleansing process more than high quality water. We are horribly dehydrated in this country and dehydration saps us of energy, health and vitality -and beauty. The skin needs proper and regular water consumption to stay wrinkle-free and supple. As the skin eliminates internal poisons and toxins as part of its job, flushing the tissues internally with plenty of fresh water assists in this process.
Here's a general rule of thumb for you: the human body needs approx. 64 oz of high quality water per day-give or take - to function optimally. More if you are very active or live in warm climates.
But the best formula to follow for calculating hydration needs on a per person basis is this:
Take your body weight and divide that number in half. This is the number of ounces of pure water -PER DAY - the health experts say you need to stay properly hydrated.
--How close are you to that number of ounces each day? Hmmm...thought so!
Essential fatty acids: Omega 3 and 9s are crucial to health. These compounds serve as free radical scavengers, and also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They balance our hormones, lubricate our joints, knock out inflammation, assist in cardio health and are the ultimate beauty tonic.
Evening Primrose, Flax and Borage oils are also in this category, though they are often thought to have less potency than the purified fish oils do.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is necessary for tissue repair and growth and also for healthy teeth and gums. It also works to help the adrenal glands, which serve to keep us calm and stress-free. Vitamin C also keeps connective tissues healthy and skin radiant and glowing.
Minerals: Minerals are needed for the proper formation of nerve, blood and bone and also to keep body fluids in proper composition. They also work as coenzymes and enable the body to properly metabolize food and nutrients for energy, growth and healing.
They are very necessary for glowing and healthy skin, hair and nails, just as vitamins are.
Fiber: As it is the skin's job to assist in detoxifying the body, eating a diet high in fiber eases the load of the skin in serving this duty. A clean colon greatly helps with glowing skin- and lessened Menopausal symptoms. I personally am a fan of colon cleansing, but through a lengthy and gentle process. Fiber is a huge component of a healthy bowel and healthy skin. You simply can't have one without the other.
Sleep: Proper rest is vital to health and beauty. Many studies are currently proving that this is NOT the place to skimp if you are on a tight schedule.
There really IS such a thing as Beauty Sleep... and if you are wise, you will get at least 7-8 hours of it per night in a TOTALLY dark room.
Sleep makes an enormous difference to health and beauty... but is often the very thing Menopause robs us of the most. This is a sad and ironic twist for Menopausal women, and current studies are now proving that less sleep means a worse time of Menopausal transition.
Once all these components are firmly in place (taking into consideration any contraindications issued by your Physician of course) the final piece of the Menopause Skin Health Puzzle needs to be an in-depth look at the hormones that go into making the cocktail of Womanhood.
But don't just limit yourself to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone!
Many recent studies are showing that there is so much more to a woman's hormone panel than just these 3 primary sex hormones.
If a woman wishes to get through Menopause healthy, beautiful and thriving- then she MUST look into her Cortisol, Insulin, DHEA and Thyroid hormone levels as well.
As humans, we are amazing chemical cocktails- and sometimes Happy Hour is a rather intricate balancing act!