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How Can Yoga Help Promote Beautiful Skin?

AN ARTICLE BY FREELANCE CONTRIBUTOR SALLY KEYS

Photo by  Aiony Haust

Photo by Aiony Haust

Eight in 10 Americans are affected by stress, according to a Gallup poll, and that spells danger not only for our heart health, but also for our skin. Over the past two decades, study after study has shown that yoga has the power to lower levels of stress hormone (cortisol), which is a good reason why it is is part of therapies for everything from addiction recovery, right through to eating disorders. If you are worried that your skin is losing its luster, or that you are developing lines and wrinkles, a yoga retreat (alongside a healthy diet) can help you turn back the hands of time by keeping stress at bay and by promoting circulation and oxygenation of skin.


What Effect Does Stress Have on Skin?

High cortisol levels can hamper skin health by promoting inflammation - thus potentially worsening conditions such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis. Some animal studies have shown that stress can also contribute to the development of skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology (APA) therefore recommends that those battling skin conditions take part in stress reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation and Tai Chi, while following the treatment recommended by their dermatologist.

Yoga can Reverse Skin Aging

A study published in the journal Future Science OA has found that practising yoga has powerful biomolecular effects that can reverse the process of skin aging. Asanas and pranayama lower activity in the sympathetic nervous system (which can become overactive when we are stressed). Additionally, yoga actually reduces the inflammatory response, thus enabling us to stave off skin sagging and the formation of lines and wrinkles. Finally, asanas that build strength and flexibility in the muscles promote better glucose uptake by the muscles, thus reducing levels of blood sugar in the body. Keeping blood sugar levels down is particularly important if you have a condition like diabetes, because high glucose levels hamper your immunity. This is the reason why people with diabetes tend to have a higher level of bacterial skin infections such as impetigo, folliculitis, etc.

What Asanas Should You Try Out for Beautiful Skin?

As mentioned above, asanas that promote good circulation can help skin cells function optimally. Three of the many asanas that do just this include the sarvangasana (or the shoulder stand - which promotes blood circulation to the face), utthanasana (or forward-bending pose, which boosts oxygen supply to the skin cells), and the trikonasana (or triangle pose - which opens up the chest and supplies abundant oxygen to the skin). Pranayama can also help you release stress, toxins, and negativity, so give it your full concentration at your next yoga class.

It is amazing to think that yoga - which quells stress, improves our mood, and hones our strength and flexibility - can also have beneficial effects on our skin. Since stress and inflammation are inexorably linked, lowering one can improve the other. At your upcoming yoga retreat, ask your yoga teacher about the best poses for circulation and don’t forget to practice what you learn when you get back home!

Rainforest Secrets To Aging More Gracefully, Positioning Your Startup In An Established Industry and The Truth On Sunscreen With Linda Lizotte, R.D. | VRR E08

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Linda Lizotte is the founder and director of Aging More Gracefully, Inc. (AMG), the number one nutraceutical company in the United States. Their core belief is, you are what you absorb. This has led Linda to create plant based solutions for chemicals such as sunscreen, skin moisturizers, body scrubs, etc. She openly speaks out against the limited training chemist receive when it comes to using natural sources as solutions instead of synthetic chemical ingredients which poison humans and kill our planet. Linda is a leading voice for cosmeceutical development using only ingredients which actually enrich the user. Exposing the ugly side of beauty where profits far out way health issues and long term impacts on the user’s health and DNA and the planet is where Linda invests most of her time. At AMG they promote the benefits of plant ingredients with no animal testing beauty products, plants do not change hormones or dna of the user, plants do not create biowaste and hazard to the environment. It what can be said to be a lifetime of research on skin toxins and how they destroy human health Linda found one ingredient in the amazon which catapulted the quality of her product ahead of anything else in her industry. She is a woman with a start up concept in a world of billion dollar titans; most of whom are men. By looking to serve the customer first she has cut a huge niche for her company and is continuing at a Hannibal’s pace towards more market share. Her story of focus and success is a case study for any entrepreneur looking to make it. Linda also believes we can better deal with emotions and gain spiritual awareness by becoming aware of our skin. To her a detox without bringing attention to the skin is not a complete detox. Chemicals reach the brain and the bloodstream directly through the skin because the skin has no liver to help filter the toxins. Skin is the largest human organ and it is too often ignored. The fundamentals behind Linda’s’ philosophy of “you are what you absorb,” could change how you select what goes on your body especially the Sunscreen you use. Linda does more than administer a successful company she works to expose what the big cosmetic industry is not telling you about the beauty chemicals found in streams, oceans and our blood. With a very responsive newsletter list Linda reaches thousands of loyal readers. She is dedicated to sharing awareness and tools to empower everyone for better decisions especially label education for skin care and topical applications products. Join us and Linda Lizotte, female entrepreneur, business mastermind and social activist who is taking on a huge industry by offering a superior alternative with real world health benefits.

Here’s What Else You Will Get From Linda’s Interview:

  • What product who claim they are anti-aging are actually aging you faster and why.
  • Deciphering internet information, filtering the good from the bad
  • How to read the labels on skin products, they can be more complicated than food labels
  • Wild adventure in the Amazon, what you can learn about getting on a plane
  • A simple green lead packed with protein you can eat
  • The one oil which is actually sexier and healthier than olive oil
  • The power and secrets of Moringa
  • Why skin cancer continues on the rise despite more use of SPF’s
  • Steps and mindset for fearless exploration and innovation in your business
  • The HUGE threat in nanoparticles diving too far into your body
  • The secret to getting your natural dosage of vitamin D
  • Why dangerous SPF’s are now being applied to a wide variety of topical products
  • The fatal lies behind chemical applications to the body and planet
  • How to use referred sales to increase your bottom-line and reach clients currently not accessible
  • The financial science behind transnational power
  • The entrepreneurial prayer for success and abundance
  • Using visualization to see every employee working in harmony for success
  • Using visualization to see every step in your products development
  • Some better ways to vote with your dollars
  • Using the power of prayer to build your ultimate business experience
  • What are Sun Plant Factors and how can you use them for effective sun screen
  • The 96 hour assassin killing our oceans reef systems

Books, Links, Movies and Other Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

www.amgnaturally.com
Not Just A Pretty Face
The Ugly Side of The Beauty Industry
Sunscreens Biohazard – Treat as Hazardous Waste
The Road to Wellville
Fast Food Nation
Healthy Beauty
Nutrition Made Simple