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Warm weather means more outdoor activities, and we want to look healthy and attractive,with shiny hair and glowing skin.  Many people bake in the sun or lie in a tanning bed in order to achieve that deep tan that is considered a measure of health and beauty.

It’s interesting to note that prior to the 1920s, pale skin was generally considered desirable and an indication of wealth and sophistication; parasols and large hats protected fashionable ladies from the sun.  But in the early part of the 20th century, medical researchers discovered the therapeutic benefits of sunshine and vitamin D, and bronze skin became the standard for summer fashion.

Unfortunately for sun-worshipers, tanning can result in more harm than good, as a growing a body of research has revealed the negative effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Unprotected skin and hair can suffer irreparable damage, as can the eyes, from overexposure to UVA and UVB rays.

Ultraviolet light is electromagnetic radiation emitted by the sun.  UVA rays are present throughout the year, even on cloudy and hazy days, and they penetrate deep into the skin causing signs of aging including wrinkles and sunspots.  UVB rays, responsible for sunburns, vary in intensity, being stronger in the summer, but they can reflect off snow, so skin protection is important year round.  Long-term exposure to ultraviolet radiation may damage the skin’s DNA and produce genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancers, including the deadliest form, melanoma.

Our eyes and our hair are also at risk for damage from the sun’s radiation. Overexposure can lead to cataracts, growths on the eyelids, damage to the retina (solar retinopathy) and various types of cancer.  Sun-damaged hair can be dull, dry and brittle. Here are some suggestions for protecting your skin, eyes and hair:
  1. Start with healthy nutrition and ample hydration.
  2. Use sunscreen daily. Both face and body need protection.  Products should be SPF 15 or higher and guard against both UVA and UVB rays. Don’t forget your earlobes, the part in your hair, and your hands and feet.  Look for leave-in hair conditioners, sunscreen spray for your scalp, eye creams and lip protectors.
  3. Wear protective clothing and accessories. A wide-brimmed hat will protect your hair and face, and UV blocking sunglasses will help to keep your eyes healthy. Some contact lenses screen out UV rays, but they shield only the parts that are covered, so it is important to use sunglasses even with your contacts. And shop carefully; don’t be fooled by high prices and dark colors. Not all sunglasses block UV rays equally. Look for those that are rated to block 99 to 100% of UV rays and screen out at least 75% of visible light.
  4. Remember to balance your dietary and supplement intake of antioxidants to fortify skin, hair, and nails.
Just a few more helpful hints for maintaining supple skin and healthy hair:
  • Chlorine in pools can dry out your hair.
  • Some medications can make skin sunburn more easily. Ask your doctor if you need to be extra careful to avoid burning.
  • Don’t smoke! In addition to cancer, lung damage and heart disease, smoking dries the skin and causes premature wrinkles.

You’re never too young or too old to take good care of your skin, eyes and hair. Always remember the sunscreen and sunglasses and remember to wear protective clothing. You might even take a tip from the fashionistas of the Victorian era, and get a stylish umbrella with UV fabric to help protect you from the sun.
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Antioxidants, Dr. Robert Keller, Uncategorized
Understanding the role of antioxidants in anti-aging and wellness is essential for everyone, whether you are in your early 20’s or late seventies.  Health starts at the cellular level and the most important thing you can do for your body is to ensure that you are eating a balanced, nutritious and well portioned diet. Free radicals are atoms that are created when oxygen in your body interacts with other molecules.  The reactive free radicals start a chain sequence that multiply themselves within the body, figuratively attacking other cells by affixing themselves to the membrane of healthy cells. 

Having a perfect diet does not mean you can adequately protect your body from free radicals, as they enter the body in a variety of ways including environmental pollutants (air, water and pesticides), processed foods and lifestyle habits including cigarette smoking.  When you hear about free radicals, it is important to understand that the damage they do to cells is substantial if not controlled or counteracted by your body’s best and only defense against the destruction of healthy cells; antioxidants.

Vitamins such as vitamin E, beta-carotene and vitamin C combat free radicals. Selenium is a trace metal that also has an important role in antioxidant functioning.  Vitamin E can be acquired in a natural diet that is rich in nuts, certain vegetables, whole grains, apricots and some fruits.  Vitamin C (required for the production of vitamin A in the body) is present in citrus fruits, green peppers and leafy vegetables such as kale.  Beta carotene (retinol) is acquired in foods like carrots, broccoli, yams and cantaloupe.

The Link Between Antioxidants and Good Health

Consider your daily diet from an antioxidant perspective.  How many of these essential foods and nutrients are you receiving consistently to support the healthy antioxidant functioning that your body needs to combat cellular damage?  Health and wellness starts at the cellular level, and high quality nutritional supplements are an effective way to bridge the gap between the nutrients you eat daily and the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals your body needs consistently to combat free radicals and to promote a healthy immune system.

There are other aspects to managing your personal wellness, including hydration and regular exercise, but nutrition is the key to achieving and maintaining health at all ages and in every stage of life.  Dr. Robert Keller was passionate about educating others on the key role of antioxidants and healthy aging, and his research formulated a family of supplements designed to work synergistically to provide comprehensive nutritional support and cellular health. 

Learn more about Dr. Robert Keller and his research on our website. Start your own personal health revolution by emphasising nutrition and self-care every day.  Become an advocate for health and wellness and learn more about becoming an Affiliate with RobKellerMD®.
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Antioxidants, Dr. Robert Keller, Health
High blood pressure doesn’t seem like much to worry about.  When most people are diagnosed, few understand the concern that their physician has regarding side effects and complications because in the beginning, you feel few to no symptoms of the condition. And that’s what makes hypertension so dangerous.

There are a number of contributing factors that increase your risk for developing hypertension (high blood pressure), but lifestyle is by far the strongest influence.  What you eat, how often you exercise and your habits either support healthy blood pressure or contribute to elevated hypertension.   We’ll talk about some of the causes and what you (with the supervision of your family doctor) can do to manage it.

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

Essential hypertension can be an inherited problem where mostly men experience non-lifestyle related high blood pressure.  Individuals who are black have twice the risk of essential hypertension than white peers in similar age groups.  Black women over the age of 65 develop a higher incidence of hypertension than men. Lifestyle or chronic hypertension is related to diet, fitness, weight and age as well as ethnic background. Two numbers are provided to measure hypertension; the first being the systolic and the second the diastolic. The universal ranges for blood pressure are:
  1. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80.
  2. Prehypertension is measured at 120-139/80-89
  3. Stage 1 of hypertension is: 140-159/90-99
  4. Stage 2 of hypertension is: 160/100+
  5. High blood pressure for seniors over 60 years of age is: 150+/90+
Regular blood pressure tests are recommended for individuals over the age of forty, but many physicians recommend an annual check for all adults over the age of twenty-five years.  If left untreated, hypertension can lead to a thickening of the arteries, cardiac distress, and other medical conditions.

Changes that Support Healthy Blood Pressure

It should be noted that hypertension is a serious health concern that requires the ongoing medical supervision of a trained physician.  In addition to supervision by a medical doctor, there are some known lifestyle changes proven to support the regulation of healthy blood pressure.

  • Reduce Sodium Intake
  • Reduce Caffeine
  • Manage Stress Levels
  • Exercise More Often
  • Maintain a Healthy Body Weight
  • Check Blood Pressure Regularly
  • Reduce High Fat Foods

A consultation with a wellness practitioner can help identify individual lifestyle habits and routines that may be contributing to hypertension.  Working in conjunction with a family doctor and medication, most individuals can restore their body to a healthy blood pressure. Remember that healthy changes maintained over time result in better health and wellness.  Persistence is the key (making the changes stick for the long term) and a positive outlook that makes your personal health and wellness a priority.
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Health, Our Products
If you knew there was a way to enhance your body’s natural ability to remove harmful toxins and oxidants from your cells, would you take it?  What if the supplement enabled your cells to work more efficiently without being chemically burdened, and the result was a stronger immune system, organ functioning and reduced inflammation? Glutathione almost sounds too good to be true when you begin to evaluate the profound effect it has on human health.  But understanding what it is and why it is important is a cornerstone to building better wellness and personal health.  Not only is glutathione a valuable asset to your body, it is key to reducing your risk of illness and health complications. Continue reading “The Regenerative Power of Glutathione” »
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Health, Recipes and Nutrition
Nothing can spoil summertime fun faster than having a cold or, even worse, the flu. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to help stay well and avoid any nasty bugs that are going around. While you’re probably making sure to wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer when necessary, that’s only one part of the fight against summer colds and flu. What you eat also plays a big part in keeping you healthy and helping your body stave off infections; it’s important to eat whole, unprocessed foods and drink plenty of water. Here are some natural (and delicious) power foods that can boost your immunity–you might find some surprises on this list.
Continue reading “Foods That Boost Your Immunity” »
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Health, Life Balance, Our Products

Your skin is your body’s largest and most visible organ, so keep it feeling, and looking, as fresh and young as possible. Healthy skin is a must if you want to avoid cosmetic cover-ups or costly surgery fixes for skin problems later in life. With a few simple changes to everyday behaviors, you can keep your skin healthy and youthful looking for years to come.

Continue reading “How to Keep Your Skin Looking Young” »

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Antioxidants, Health, Recipes and Nutrition

We may be able to reduce the signs of aging in our bodies through staying fit and taking care of our skin, but how can we prevent our brains from showing those signs? Research has shown that an age-related decrease in brain function is something that can be reduced.   Your brain, like your heart, needs a certain mix of nutrients for optimal functioning, including proteins, sugars, and healthy fats. While regular social interaction and physical and mental activity are also very important for maintaining good brain function, we may be able to increase the chances of keeping our brains healthy and fit by adding some brain-boosting foods to our diet.

 

Antioxidants help your body fight off infection and may reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease. They also can reduce the damage that free radicals can cause to the sensitive tissues of the brain, and promote healthy blood flow to the brain. A recent study showed that seniors who ate more antioxidant-rich foods such as cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens retained a slightly younger mental age than others who did not eat many such vegetables.

Continue reading “Boosting Brain Health With Antioxidants” »

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Health, Life Balance, Recipes and Nutrition

After a long winter, summer’s here and it’s heating up fast, but don’t turn to ice cream and cold soda for relief from the heat. Here are some simple, healthy, fruit-based smoothies you can make yourself; they’ll help keep you going through a long day, either at the office or at home keeping up with a busy family.

Continue reading “Cooling Fruit Smoothies” »

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