The role of oxygen on our skin and overall wellbeing from Sheldon Saul Hendler, M.D.,Ph.D
What’s happening here is that there are two different physiological actions – oxygenation and oxidation – that are easy to confuse because they sound so similar.
Oxygenation = Tissue Revival
Oxygen on and in the skin, as for other tissues in the body, oxygen is essential to the health and maintenance of the cells.
“At peak vitality, a cell breathes, communicates, grows, and reproduces. The common denominator in these vital functions is the process of oxygen consumption, a sign of a good metabolic activity.” It not only aids in cell repair, but keeps foreign substances out the body that could potentially be very harmful. This is due to the fact that, “all hostile microorganisms prefer lower oxygen levels than the body’s cells require to remain healthy.” Raising the oxygen levels in the blood not only further purifies the cells, but destroys dangerous pathogens
“Of all the essential nutrients needed by the human body, oxygen is the one we must have on a moment to moment basis. We can’t live without it even for a few minutes, yet, this is the one nutrient most people don’t associate with deficiency issues. Nothing could be further from the truth.Most people have developed poor breathing habits, thus further restricting oxygen intake.When we think, stress and go go and live in an anxiety ridden life we FORGET to breath, I learn this in meditation many years ago and I am more conscious every day, I pay attention to my breathing, the reason being is that I found my self with several issues related to this behavior, for one my diaphragm was compromised and my digestive system was well involved by this, not to mention my PH balance !!!!!, yes you got that right WOW what a realization since I became conscious of it. My whole system not only relaxed, my digestion improved from 20% to 100%, my stress management is online, and I promised my self that I would share with people that wish to improve their overall wellbeing so they can benefit and share it with others. Without proper oxygenation our systems deteriorate rapidly, and oxidation sets in, consequently not only our Skin but the over all wellbeing is compromised.
Oxygen concentrations in and around major cities have been measured as much as 30% below normal. That means that each breath brings in less oxygen.
From: http://www.breathing.com/articles/oxygen-benefits.htm Mike shares
So why is it that something that is so simple to do, that requires no other tool other than our own bodies is so neglected. My theory is that we have been programmed to believe that nothing as simple and easy as breathing could possibly make that much of a difference.
Oxidation = Tissue Decay
Oxidation, however, is the decaying process that occurs when cells metabolize oxygen. An apple turning brown, steel turning rusty and skin showing sun damage and pigmentation are all signs of oxidation. While oxidation is natural and vital to cell turnover, 1% to 2% of cells get damaged in the process and turn into free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecular particles and can trigger a cascade of molecular instability. In front of your mirror, this translates into progressively worsening lines, wrinkles, age spots and tissue laxity.
That is why antioxidants neutralize and mop up these harmful, aging free radicals. Antioxidants can be delivered to skin in two ways; topically in products such as serums or moisturizers, or internally as food or supplements.I always start from the inside out. Fresh produce such as berries and leafy greens are particularly antioxidant-rich. A general rule is that the brighter the color of the plant, the higher its antioxidant concentration. As for supplements, I particularly like those containing the antioxidant pycnogenol (but remember, you have to take it religiously each and every day for continuous rejuvenation.)
The following recommendations are shared from http:// www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/best-antioxidants-for-your- skin.aspx by Jennifer Linder, MD, an assistant clinicalprofessor of dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco.“
What it is: Green tea extracts are derived from the Cammelliasinensis plant; you may also want to drink tea brewed from the plant for internal benefits. Green tea contains a number of powerfulpolyphenols, one of wich – epigallocatechingallate (EGCG)- it contains in large quantities.
How it works: Research has shown that when EGCG is applied befor or immediately after UV exposure, it helps correct cellular changes caused by damaging UV rays. It can also quench hydrogen peroxide radicals and cause dangerous skin cells to degrade, says Dr. Linder
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What it is: Idebenone (pronounced E-d-buh-known) is amore stable relative of the antioxidant coenzyme Q10.
How it works: Idebenone penetrates better than coenzyme Q10 and offers protection from the oxidation caused by free radicals. It also protects skin cell from the damaging effects of UV rays.
Idebenone does not self-oxidise like CoQ10 in situations of hypoxia (lack of oxygen) – it continues to prevent free radical damage and helps maintain normal production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP); Idebenone is a significantly more powerful antioxidant than CoQ10;This product I try personaly after much research, is of a great integrety and the company offers great support, impeccable attitude and first class products I highly recommend checking their website.
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Links to studies:
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Idebenone: a new antioxidant – Part I. Relative assessment of oxidative stress protection capacity compared to commonly known antioxidants.
What is it; This oldie but goodie antioxidant is a polyphenolic compound found in grapes, berries, cocoa, and many other products.
How it works: Studies show that resveratrol confers great benefits when applied topically. When you apply resveratrol before sun exposure, it reduces the production of damaging free radicals and other sun related skin damage, says Dr Linder.
What is it: This familiar powerhouse vitamin is an essential antioxidant for the body inside and out, is critical but is not produced by the human body.For this reason, it is beneficial to add vitamin C to your daily regimen, Dr Linder says.It comes in a number of forms, but the purest version – the version worth your hard earned money is ascorbic acid.
How it works:Off all the antioxidants, vitamin Cis the most researched, demonstrating its benefits for skin and general health. This powerful antioxidant has proven anti-inflammatory, collagen building, and sun protection benefits, Dr Linder says.
As mentioned before, look for ascorbic acid. It is best to look for a product packaged in a dark small mouthed container that block the air entry as much as possible, because vitamin C is sensitive to light and air.
My self I prefer to purchase the ascorbic acid in powder and I mixe it with good quality water and I apply it to my skin so no much chance for spoiling it.
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