Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Uneven Skin Tones After Menopause What To Do AND Some Foods That Help


There are so many reasons your skin can get blotchy, brown spots, uneven after menopause.
Yes it's true. These conditions of spots, patches of brown, uneven coloring are normally due to hormone changes and woman over 40. Some of the things you can do to prevent the pigmentation from spreading is to use a sun screen over SPH 50+ on a daily basis. Sun will usually trigger it to become worse. Almost looks like a dirty face. Of course some makeup will cover it, bleaching cremes will make it lighter. You would need to see a dermatologist for further treatment such as laser and peels.
To keep it under control use a good sunscreen. Medicines can also trigger this condition, birth control, hormone pills with the combination of sun, will enhance the blotchy skin syndrome.

Although there isn't a cure of the brown age spots, blotchy brown patches or battle of uneven skin tones, you can keep it at a minimum by applying bleaching cremes and staying out of the sun.
Drink lots of water and keep hydrated. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Apply morning 50+ sph sunblocks and use nightly moisturizers.
Talk to you dermatologist for more options. There are several department stores that carry products that can lighten and help the condition as well.

Add some healthy skin saving foods to your diet. Salmon, snapper, flax seed, sweet potatoes, kiwi, sunflower seeds, Turkey and green tea can benefit your skin health.


Grilled Salmon
4 pieces of Salmon
Jam of choice around 1 tablespoon per piece (apricot, blackberry, raspberry, peach, pineapple are some suggestions)
aluminum foil
almonds

Place Salmon on oil sprayed aluminum foil, add the jam of choice, bake for 25 minutes (or grill for 7 minutes flipping on each side on the grill in foil.)

Note: Sprinkle the top with silvered almonds. Close the foil tightly.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Calcium and the TOP PRODUCING FOODS


Interesting how we lose calcium as the body ages and woman are more at risk especially after menopause. Osteoporosis affects at least 10 million Americans each year.  Each year more than 1.5 million fractures related to this occurs. That is why it's so important to eat the right foods to slow the loss down. Calcium found in dairy such as milk and yogurt are good sources, of course they head the way in mg, the low fat plain yogurt has 415 mg in 1 cup serving.

Others sources are leafy green vegetables like Kale cooked without the stem, just 3/4 of a cup is 187 mg. Then a 1/2 cup Spinach adds 83 mg.  Turnips greens for around 3 ounces 100 mg and Broccoli 50 mg for 1 cup

Pinto beans found in chili's 1 cup is 80 mg.
Seafood especially shrimp raw 63 mg, and Scallops 115mg for 3 1/2 ounces. Salmon canned is also an option with 180 mg in 3 ounces.

Other foods such as Figs draws about 126 mg in 5 medium figs. 

Calcium can't be absorbed without Vitamin D and it is recommended to get at least 15 minutes in the sun a day which adds some and then take supplements, most adults need 1200 mg a day. Talk to your doctor what is best recommended for your age.
A well balanced diets along with supplements along with weight bearing excercise such as brisk walking, will increase good bone health.

Try some great recipe links related to good bone health:

Grilled Shrimps and Scallops Citrus
Sauteed Spinach
Greens
Broccoli Sauteed

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