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
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
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.
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ethics, mission statements and personal health statistics at