known as liver spots, age spots are discolorations of the
look like large freckles. These tend to appear as
people age and/or are exposed to excessive sunlight.
Few people enjoy seeing their skin looking more and
more like a leopard
as they age, so a solution to these spots is a good thing.
Well-named as "age spots," these discolorations are
indeed associated with
aging. As we age, cellular damage accumulates. This damage
is caused by "free radicals" (chemicals created by toxins),
by excess sunlight and even by normal metabolism. When the
diet contains too many toxins and not enough natural
cleansing agents and anti-oxidants, the body is unable to
prevent or repair the damage. Cell damage to the
collagen-producing cells in the skin leads to accumulations
of a pigment in the skin called lipofuscin and the
discoloration we know as age spots.
How To Handle Age Spots
Preventing and repairing cell damage is the key to
dealing with age spots. This involves reducing current
toxic exposure, cleansing the body of accumulated toxins,
increasing nutrient intake especially of anti-oxidant foods
and topical application of repairing substances.
Reducing toxic exposure means several things:
First, stop using toxic products ON the body.
Conventional personal care products and cosmetics are loaded
with toxic petrochemicals and other things. Donate these to
your local dump (or give them to a sneaky politician).
Replace toxic body care products with 100% safe, natural
reduce (better, eliminate!) processed foods from the diet.
about 90% of what you see in the grocery store. Such foods
contain tons of
synthetic chemicals that are not there to help you in any
way, but only to help manufacturers reduce costs and
increase shelf life any way they can it's all about profits
with zero regard to your health. Trash these foods!
Improve The Diet
Reduce cooked foods in favor of raw foods in your diet.
valuable nutrients AND creates massive toxins in the
process. The heat causes molecules in the food to become
scrambled into unnatural forms that the body was not
designed to handle. Very high-temperature cooking such as
frying is particularly bad, as the oils and proteins in
foods can be converted to extremely toxic forms at these
temperatures. Raw foods are free of these toxins, of course,
plus they feed the body essential nutrients.
Increasing intake of fresh (organic) raw vegetables,
some fruits, healthy oils such as coconut oil, fish oil or
other sources of the essential omega-3 fatty acids, etc., is
Some particularly helpful anti-oxidants include include
carotenes (present in most yellow vegetables), vitamins C
and E (in fresh fruits and vegetables), selenium (in wheat
germ), flavonoids (in blueberries, blackberries and
cherries) and sulfur-containing amino acids (in legumes,
eggs, garlic and onions). Again, these foods should be
eaten raw wherever possible.
A great book on diet is "Total Health" by Dr. Joseph
Mercola: (available at
Dr. Mercola presents very workable, well-researched
info on diet. Here are
just a few highlights from the book:
* The six essential steps to health and optimal weight that you should
* Why the Food Pyramid is an unmitigated disaster designed to age you
* Fourteen major ways sugar can cause serious health problems in your
life, and how to dramatically reduce the risk
* The high-sugar culprits disguised by food manufacturers as "healthy"
are actually contributors to obesity and a variety of
diseases in children and adults
* How eating for your unique specific biochemistry, which this book
you, will help to eliminate those "hardcore" cravings for
sugar and other foods that constantly sabotage your efforts
to eat healthfully
* The seven ways these natural "miracle foods" can slow your aging
A thorough cleansing program can help the body more
efficiently remove toxins and often leads to clearer skin in
the process. For more info on cleansing:
Tackling Age Spots Directly
Plant-based, antioxidant-rich creams may be applied to
affected areas of the
skin for a more direct approach to improving the skin's
appearance. This is best used in combination with the
above cleansing and dietary programs. Two such
preparations are discussed here:
The path to good health and natural beauty is to look
at life as an organic whole where the various parts mutually
influence each other. It follows that
an approach of improving each aspect or many aspects of life
makes each change or improvement occur more effectively and
easily. This is the workable way to effect change rather
than try to find a single "magic bullet" or cure-all. Good
diet, a clean environment, positive attitude and purposeful
living all work together.
We'd all love to look 20-something our whole lives.
While this may not
be a realistic goal, we CAN age gracefully and need not look
ancient before our
time. Healthful living is the answer.
Kevin and Evan
2004 by Organic Beauty, Inc.
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Disclaimer: The above information is presented for
educational purposes only. The reader should consult a
licensed health practitioner for his or her health needs.
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