Got Wrinkles? Don't Blame The Sun

In an article from Sunlight Robbery by Oliver Gillie: Warnings that exposure to the sun may cause wrinkling and aging of skin are frequently made at the same time as warnings about skin cancer. It seems that sun exposure is only one factor influencing wrinkling of skin and not necessarily the most important one. In the UK sunlight does not seem to be a significant cause of wrinkling for most people. Although sunlight can cause wrinkling this does not seem to be common in the UK.

Studies in Japan have found that the average 40-year-old woman from Kagoshima (32ºN) in the south of the country has facial wrinkling equivalent to that of a 48-year-old woman living further north in Akita (40ºN), suggesting that sunlight induces wrinkles. However, a study of 792 people over 60 in South Glamorgan, UK, found no association between sun exposure and wrinkling of skin on the face, neck or back of the hand. This is probably because the average person in Glamorgan gets relatively little intense exposure to the sun compared with people in Japan. Glamorgan is located at latitude 51ºN, a great deal further north than either of the Japanese locations.

On the other hand, daily cigarette smoking has been found to be closely associated with the development of wrinkles in people in Glamorgan, as in other parts of the world. Smoking 20 cigarettes a day in Glamorgan increased wrinkles sufficient to give a person the appearance of someone 10 years older. Strangely, people with wrinkles have been found to be less likely to develop basal cell carcinoma, one of the common types of skin cancer, showing that other factors, and not just sunlight, must be involved in these skin changes. Nevertheless regular sunbathing in the UK could cause wrinkling. While wrinkling is obviously undesirable it seems a small, perhaps even insignificant risk to take, in return for the benefits of increased vitamin D levels that follow from sunbathing.

Gillie suggests that a healthy 'five a day' fruit and vegetable diet also recommended for prevention of cancer and heart disease may help to reduce or prevent wrinkling. A diet with a high intake of vegetables, legumes (beans and peas), olive oil, apples, prunes or tea has been associated with fewer wrinkles.

Oliver Gillie is a freelance medical researcher and writer. Formerly he was medical correspondent of The Sunday Times, then medical editor and later special correspondent of The Independent newspaper. He has a BSc and PhD degrees from Edinburgh University where he studied genetics and developmental biology under Professor C.H. Waddington at the Institute of Animal Genetics, Edinburgh. He also undertook research at the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, under Sir Peter Medawar.

According to an article How Your Skin Health Reflects The Health Of Your Large Intestine by Mike Adams ( 6/07 naturalnews.com), If you see somebody who appears to be aging rapidly, such as a person who smokes cigarettes, you are witnessing the stiffening or hardening of the fibrous connective tissue in their skin. As the same time, they are losing physiological efficiency in their kidneys and liver, reducing their ability to remove toxins from the blood. They are losing metabolic process efficiencies in their large intestine, small intestine, the brain, the heart and all the organs of the body, and the skin reflects all of this. Looking at your skin is actually a very good way to get a quick glimpse at the overall health of not only your digestive tract and your large intestine, but your entire body.

When a large intestine is healthy it is going to perform its function well. A person who has a healthy large intestine will reflect that in their complexion. Their skin will look young.

Probiotics are good for both the large intestine and the skin for many of the same reasons. The large intestine is kept healthy by maintaining a friendly terrain that welcomes helpful bacteria. We must have friendly bacteria in the gut in order to be healthy individuals for a variety of reasons, some of which are only beginning to be understood by medical researchers. Healthy skin also provides the right terrain for friendly bacteria, while discouraging the growth of harmful bacteria.

Water is also important for healthy skin, lubricating it and keeping it soft and supple. Without water, all tissues in the body become crippled at the cellular level; they begin to shrivel and lose their ability to function properly. They are unable to do the basic things that every cell needs to do to survive, which is to take in nutrients and excrete metabolic waste products.

Water actually helps lubricate the movement of fecal matter through the large intestine. In a person who is chronically dehydrated, the peristaltic action of the large intestine is reduced; thus fecal matter spends a longer amount of time in the body, emitting toxins and poisoning the body. So many people are chronically dehydrated, it's no surprise that millions of people suffer from diseases of the large intestine and bowel like Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

You'll notice that people who drink a lot of water and do not consume dehydrating beverages such as soda, coffee and sugary drinks tend to have much better skin. They also have healthier large intestines, even though you cannot see that from the outside. Another interesting similarity between the two organs is that they both benefit from nutrition which allows them to operate with a healthy amount of tissue flexibility.

Healthy large intestine tissue is flexible tissue; the same thing is true with skin. Healthy looking skin, when stretched, snaps back into place without showing signs of wear, tear, or stretching. When a person suffers nutritional deficiencies, especially certain minerals and amino acids, they begin to lose the flexibility of the protein fibers in cells throughout their body. This can affect their skin and their large intestine, as well as other organs.

Mike Adams is a holistic nutritionist with a passion for teaching people how to improve their health He has authored more than 1,500 articles and dozens of reports, guides and interviews on natural health topics, impacting the lives of millions of readers around the world who are experiencing phenomenal health benefits from reading his articles. Adams is a trusted, independent journalist who receives no money or promotional fees whatsoever to write about other companies' products. Known on the 'net as 'the Health Ranger,' Adams shares his ethics, mission statements and personal health statistics at www.HealthRanger.org
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