Hoping this Halloween brings you a few tricks and lots of treats from all of us here at Vecchione Plastic Surgery!
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Vitamin D, sometimes called “the sunshine vitamin”, is produced in the skin in response to sunlight. It is a fat soluble vitamin that is accompanied by a bevy of benefits including facilitating the immune system, promoting healthy neuro-muscular functions, regulating the absorption of calcium, promoting strong bones and teeth, and increasing resistance to certain diseases such as osteoporosis, osteomalacia, heart disease, and even certain forms of cancer.
Vitamin D has also been proven to increase serotonin [the mood neurotransmitter] levels in the brain. Hence it’s other nickname… “the happy pill”. Fall may mean less sun exposure which can be great for our skin, but detrimental to our mood. In fact, vitamin D and light therapy are often recommended to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder, aka SAD. If you are feeling a little low with the change in season make sure you are getting an adequate amount of vitamin D.
Our bodies naturally produce vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. Just 10 minutes a day should supply a sufficient amount of this vitamin. Not everyone is lucky enough to live in a place where they can see the sun shine everyday. Not to fear. Many foods contain vitamin D including salmon, eggs, milk, yogurt, and even fortified orange juice.
Alternatively, you can introduce a vitamin D supplement into your health regimen if you feel you are lacking. 600 IU [international units] is the standard dosing recommendation according to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. People over the age of 50 may choose to increase their dose to 800 in order to maintain strong and healthy bones.
All in all, good old fashioned sun light is a wonderful way to get your daily dose of D. If you are looking for a triple threat, sunshine + foods high in vitamin D + taking a vitamin D supplement should ensure that you are meeting your body’s needs.
You are probably asking yourself… “What the heck is a MUFA?” We’ll break them down for you and explain why it can be extremely beneficial to your health to incorporate a MUFA into each and every meal.
MUFA stands for monounsaturated fatty acid meaning healthy, plant based fats (the “good” kinds of fats) that are found in some of your favorite foods including nuts and seeds, oils, olives, avocado and last but certainly not least… dark chocolate!
Not only are MUFAs super tasty, they are also packed with major health benefits. MUFAs enhance satiety, meaning they will fill you up fast and keep you feeling fuller, longer. They also boost heart health, protect against diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and hypertension, keep your skin looking vibrant, and target stubborn belly fat!
It’s easy to incorporate MUFAs into your meals. Use healthy oils for cooking, add avocado to your sandwich or salad, snack on nuts and seeds in between meals, and treat yourself with a little bit of dark chocolate.
We have all heard about the benefits of drinking wine… a lowered risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimers,colon cancer and much much more… but a glass a day for glowing skin? I’ll drink to that. Wine, particularly red, is chock-full of antioxidants in the form of polyphenols which help to soak up and flush out damaging free radicals. Flavonoids actually help protect the skin from sun damage while resveratrol provides numerous anti-aging benefits. Research at Harvard has proven resveratrol’s role in increasing production of SIRT1 which in turn speeds up cells’ energy production. This improves circulation and aids in skin repair and regeneration. Wine has also been proven to reduce stress, which is linked to a number of skin conditions included acne, rosacea, and psoriasis.
Not a fan of wine? Not to worry. There are a number of antioxidant rich foods including dark chocolate, pomegranate, blueberries, and cherries. It seems that grape juice would be a healthy alternative, however, it is stripped of the skin and seeds (these are the parts of the grape that contain these wonderful, anti-aging properties). It’s also full of sugar! 8 oz of wine contains 1 gram of sugar while 8 oz of grape juice contains 38 grams. Sugar can be very detrimental to your skin for a number of reasons (stay tuned for our upcoming post on sugar… the good, the bad, and the ugly).
Remember, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. The American Heart Association recommends one to two four ounce glasses of wine a day. More than this may have the opposite effect on your health and appearance.