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Americans are obsessed with being clean and smelling good.

Americans shower a lot. Every day or more. We don’t want to smell bad. But we don’t mind to smell like perfume. In the gym locker room guys take a shower and than put stuff on themselves that emits such a strong odor that my head hurts and my nose is getting numb. But in their opinion it’s great because it does not smell like sweat. Should we ask ourselves why? Why is a strong artificial smell better than some natural (faint) odors or no smell at all? Let’s try to analyse it a bit more.

Frequent showers may be harmful to your health and to the environment.

The personal care industry wants you to shower frequently. The more the better. I mean better for their bottom line.

WHATEVER the motivation, personal cleanliness in the United States has long been big business. Widespread advertisements address (and arguably generate) anxiety about body odor, from the classic spots ordering consumers to “Raise your hand if you’re Sure!” to recent popular commercials with the actor Isaiah Mustafa hawking Old Spice body wash.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/fashion/31Unwashed.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

As for us showering every day and even several time a day – is not beneficial. 

It is bad for our skin, our hair, our health in general and it is bad for our wallets.

And for the environment.

Chlorine in tap water. Showering and bathing in chlorinated water may expose us to even more chlorine and its byproducts than drinking this disinfected water.

it’s reasonable to assume that chlorinated water adversely affects beneficial intestinal flora. Chlorine is a powerful antimicrobial agent, and is an effective pesticide against many different strains of bacteria. (10) The compounds in disinfected water may be able to reach the gut not only through our drinking water, but also through daily showers and baths.” http://chriskresser.com/is-your-daily-shower-making-you-sick

Some people have long complained that showering too much makes their skin drier or more prone to flare-ups of, say, eczema, and Dr. Gallo said that scientists are just beginning to understand why. “It’s not just removing the lipidsand oils on your skin that’s drying it out,” he said. It could be “removing some of the good bacteria that help maintain a healthy balance of skin.” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/fashion/31Unwashed.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

What about the odor? The real cause of armpit odor is the intentional excretion of horrible toxins that your body is trying to get rid of. And by using deodorant products, you block the exit door and force those toxins to stay in your system!” http://www.naturalnews.com/004417_body_odor_nutrition.html#ixzz313q6kUWn

One of the ways to reduce body odor is to clean oneself from the inside.

Foods that make you stink. Red meat is the number one cause of body odor. Red meat causes stagnation in the body; it putrefies in the digestive tract and releases all sorts of toxins into the bloodstream through the large intestine.” http://www.naturalnews.com/004417_body_odor_nutrition.html#ixzz313s1dYWWre: 

For multiple reason avoid processed foods. — those lacking fiber and made with refined white flour, added sugars, hydrogenated oils and other processed ingredients”
http://www.naturalnews.com/004417_body_odor_nutrition.html#ixzz313sYF4ml

Environmental concerns. With water use in the United States increasing every year, many regions are starting to feel the pressure. In the last five years, nearly every region of the country has experienced water shortages. At least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013, even under non-drought conditions. http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/supply.html
Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than ten gallons of water. If everyone in the country saved just one gallon from their daily shower, over the course of the year it would equal twice the amount of freshwater withdrawn from the Great Lakes every day.http://www.wireandtwine.com/green/50/

So my friends it is a win – win proposition. By eating healthy and skipping a shower once a week you get health benefits and you help the environment. Just wash daily your armpits and another area below the belt to be safe. And wash your hands frequently. 

As for the personal care industry – in my opinion my health is more important to me than theirs. 

October 8, 2012

What is CoQ10?

 Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10 for short, is a fat (oil) soluble substance which occurs naturally and is found in every cell of the human body. CoQ10’s alternate name, ubiquinone, was derived from the word ubiquitous which means “present everywhere.”

 

Bright smile

Bright smile.

CoQ10 is considered a “co” enzyme because it plays an important supplemental role in several key areas of the energy production within our cells.

CoQ10 is considered vitamin-like. Vitamins are nutrients which are not manufactured by the body so they must be obtained through food, supplements and the environment. CoQ10 is made by the body, however, as we age our bodies make less of it.  Supplementing with CoQ10 can be beneficial in raising the bodily CoQ10 count to acceptable levels. http://www.shop.com/search/PERFECT+SMILE

CoQ10 is also an antioxidant which helps the body defend itself against and prevent damage by free radicals. Free radicals are atoms (or groups of them) that are unstable and can attack and destroy healthy cells. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals so they can no longer do any damage.

Studies have shown that people with gum disease have lower levels of CoQ10 in their gum tissue. Based on this finding, further studies proved that applying CoQ10 to diseased gum tissue as well as taking CoQ10 supplements created significant improvements in gum disease symptoms.

Antioxidant.

Powerful antioxidant.

And we don’t stop there. In addition to our exclusive Microactive CoQ10 Complex, we also include a special, long-lasting form of Vitamin C (called sodium ascorbyl phosphate) and Xylitol in our gum disease fighting formula to provide even more benefits and protection.  Vitamin C has also been found to be deficient in those with gum disease. And in addition to being a natural, sugar free sweetener, Xylitol also possesses special properties that help suppress the growth of harmful strains of oral bacteria.

http://www.4theperfectsmile.com/why_coq10_for_gum_disease.htm

What is coenzyme Q10?

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heartliver, andkidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.

Coenzymes help enzymes work to digest food and perform other body processes, and they help protect the heart and skeletal muscles. http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-failure/tc/coenzyme-q10-topic-overview

Gum disease (periodontitis)

Preliminary human studies suggest possible benefits of CoQ10 taken by mouth or placed on the skin or gums in the treatment of periodontitis. Better research is needed before a strong conclusion can be drawn. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/coenzyme-q10/NS_patient-coenzymeq10/DSECTION=evidence

Effect of Topical Application of CoQ10 on Adult Periodontitis – T. Hanoika, et. al., 1994, Molec. Aspects Med. Vol. 15, Elsevier Science Ltd; topical application of CoQ10 to periodontal pockets was evaluated with results indicating that topical application of CoQ10 complex improves adult periodontitis not only as a sole treatment but also in combination with traditional non-surgical periodontal therapy. http://www.4theperfectsmile.com/health/references.htm

You will have to decide if you want the toothpaste with or without the Fluoride. I use one with Fluoride. Don’t brush your teeth more than twice a day-bad for the enamel on your teeth. Pay attention on what you eat. Too much acidic food will damage enamel on your teeth.

March 23, 2012

Overuse of showers.

Don't overdo it!

About 90% of Americans shampoo daily. One hundred years ago, people only washed their hair monthly, and in the 1950s, it was customary for women to have their hair washed and set once a week at the salon. http://shine.yahoo.com/beauty/often-wash-hair-222900620.html

Clean hair feels fresh and smells great but over-washing can turn one’s healthy locks into a pile of straw. The average person’s hair grows less than half an inch per month so long strands that have been subjected to a lot of shampooing (as well as chemical treatments) tend to get dried out and dull at the ends and even break off.

How often you need to shampoo depends on how oily your scalp is and your hair’s texture. Oil-known as sebum-travels more easily down smooth, straight hair, making it look greasier faster. Sounds a little gross, but sebum helps moisturize and waterproof the hair shaft. This is one reason why curly or coarse hair is drier.

When you wash every day, you typically strip off this natural moisturizer and then have to put it back on in the form of commercial conditioner.

Joe Murray, owner of Hale Organic Salon in New York City, tells that shampooing a couple of times a week is plenty. “If you can’t stand a being a little oily, then coat your wet hair with conditioner up to the ears to protect it and then just wash the scalp.” On gym days, try simply rinsing with water and finish with a light conditioner to untangle.”

Washing too often damages hair

Too much washing?

Shampooing does stimulate the scalp, which brings blood flow and healthy nutrients to the hair follicles. As an alternative, Murray is a fan of a gentle daily scalp massage and regular brushing with a good quality hairbrush.

People with flaky scalps may be inclined to shampoo frequently, but dermatologist and spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology, Nia Terezakis, MD says this can actually exacerbate the problem. “When you have a flaky scalp its not dirty, its dandruff or a form of psoriasis,” she explains to Yahoo! Shine. “Use a shampoo formulated for dandruff and let it sit on your scalp for 20 seconds before rinsing.” You can follow up with a separate shampoo and conditioner of your choice, “But don’t scrub,” she advises. “It will flake even more.”

We use shampoo by “Royal Spa” http://www.marketamerica.com/product-2187/royal-spa-chamomile-shampoo.htm and conditioner http://www.marketamerica.com/product-2185/royal-spa-triprotein-plus_deep_conditioner.htm

If you are used to washing your hair daily, it can take a few weeks to get used to a new routine. You may be over producing sebum to compensate for stripping the scalp. Gradually increase the days between shampooing and see if your hair becomes healthier and takes more time to appear dirty as a result.

How often should we shower?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/31/fashion/31Unwashed.html?_r=2

Retention of the skin’s natural oils and water conservation are two reasons Ms. Palmer and others cite for skipping a daily shower. Some have concluded that deodorant is unnecessary after forgetting it once with no social repercussions, or are concerned about antiperspirants containing aluminum, even though both the National Cancer Institute and the Alzheimer’s Association don’t share those concerns.

Of late, researchers have discovered that just as the gut contains good bacteria that help it run more efficiently, so does our skin brim with beneficial germs that we might not want to wash down the drain. “Good bacteria are educating your own skin cells to make your own antibiotics,” said Dr. Richard Gallo, chief of the dermatology division at the University of California, San Diego, and “they produce their own antibiotics that kills off bad bacteria.”

Choline inside and outside

Chlorine in water

Chlorine in water

http://www.livestrong.com/article/299710-problems-with-the-skin-from-chlorine-in-the-drinking-water/

Chlorine from drinking water can enter your body in several ways, including ingestion. You also inhale chloroform, a byproduct of chlorine, when you take a hot shower or bath. According to an article from Science News, researchers found increases in chloroform in study participants’ lungs of about 2.7ppb after a 10-minute shower. Warm water also further opens pores, so the combination of what your skin absorbs and your lungs inhale during a 10-minute shower is greater than the amount you would ingest drinking eight glasses of water from the same tap. In fact, studies at the University of Pittsburgh found less chemical exposure from ingesting chlorinated water than from showering or washing clothes in it. The study found that, on average, absorption through the skin was responsible for 64 percent of waterborne contaminants that enter the human body.

More and more people are installing shower filters http://www.marketamerica.com/product-2312/pureh2o-shower-filter.htm

Chlorine and Aging

Chlorine has the potential to damage your skin and cause it to age more rapidly. As you shower or bathe, heat opens your pores, and some chlorine is absorbed. The combination of chlorine and hot water removes some of your skin’s natural oils. This can lead to dryness and cracking, which can lead to wrinkles. Chlorine also destroys vitamin E, which functions as an antioxidant. Trihalomethanes, or THM, are four chemicals that are formed when the chlorine in your drinking water chemically reacts with organic and inorganic matter in water. These newly formed chemicals can cause free radical production, according to research published in Chemico-Biological Interactions in 1985. Free radicals cause cell damage and accelerated aging. They also create heightened susceptibility to gene mutations and cancer, inhibit cholesterol metabolism and contribute to hardening of arteries.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/299710-problems-with-the-skin-from-chlorine-in-the-drinking-water/#ixzz1oeqMfQ54

I highly recommend Isotonic based antioxidants that have up to 95% absorption. Isotonic offers the fastest and most efficient absorption of all oral forms of nutritional supplementation. Faster and more efficient absorption into the bloodstream increases the value of taking nutritional supplements.

 In conclusion may I suggest to skip a shower sometimes. The more you shower the more your skin produces oil trying to compensate one you washed out of your skin and hair. After a while doing this you will notice that your skin and hair don’t get oily as quickly as before and you can also avoid deodorant without problems. And you save water and help the environment and your wallet!

And absorbing less chlorine would not hart either!

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