Understanding Aging Skin

We often receive questions regarding skincare, specifically anti-aging products. Before you decide to go out there and fill your entire bathroom with every skin care product you can find, become familiar with some basics about the skin structure and the different factors that can accelerate aging.

The skin structure comprises of three main layers – epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous, but the one that will be highlighted is the epidermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer, which contains the stratum corneum. There are no nerves or blood vessels at this layer. Most of the cells in this layer are keratinocytes. These cells originate from the deepest layer of the epidermis. The keratinocytes will migrate from the lower layers to the surface. Once they reach the surface, they will slough. As a young adult, this turnover time is approximately 30 days. As one approaches 60 years old, this turnover process takes approximately 50 days. One of the primary goals in anti-aging is to promote the turnover of those cells at a faster rate.

There are many factors that can accelerate aging, can you relate with any of the following?

Environmental Exposures – pesticides, pollution in the air and water, smoking
Poor Diet – Dehydration and a diet high in refined sugars
UV Exposure – cause inflammation and damage collagen
Harsh Skincare Products – may contribute to irritation, redness, dryness
Hormonal Imbalances – Changes in estrogen levels can affect skin elasticity and collagen production
Lack of Sleep

What are some things you can do now to help improve the quality of your skin? Wearing a daily SPF on your face and other areas of exposed skin is going to help prevent any other sun damage. Be sure to get enough sleep each night. When you are tired, your skin will look dull, a good night’s rest lets your skin have time to rejuvenate itself. This is also a great time to apply any products that will make you sensitive to the sun. Drink plenty of water. This will help hydrate your skin and drink back a more youthful appearance.

Although some of these factors may be inevitable, you may still be proactive in helping to decrease the signs of aging. Pharmacists are great resources to use when you need to talk about all of your anti-aging concerns. They are trained in understanding anti-aging therapies and enjoy talking with patients about their skin care needs.

Please visit our website for more information on how Sienna Compounding Pharmacy can help you improve your quality of life by providing customized medications to meet your individual needs.

Why Take A CoQ10 Supplement?

Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a nutrient that occurs naturally in the body. It is an anti-oxidant and is anti-inflammatory. CoQ10 is found in every cell in your body and is needed in order for the cell to function properly. It also helps convert the food we eat and the air we breathe into energy.

CoQ10 has been found to help us in so many ways that, according to cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Sinatra, “If coenzyme Q10 were a drug, pharmaceutical companies would be fighting over the patent.”

What benefits have been discovered from this enzyme? It has been shown by research to be important in helping to prevent many diseases and also has been used to treat many different conditions. It is important in the prevention of heart disease, cancers, muscular dystrophy, periodontal disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, migraine headaches, age related macular degeneration, stomach ulcers, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and various neurological disorders. The supplements have been used to lower blood pressure and to treat heart failure and other heart conditions.

Studies have shown that people with heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and other diseases have lower than normal levels of coenzyme Q10. While CoQ10 can be found in some of the foods we eat, we do not get as much as the body needs, especially as we get older.

The following foods do have varying amounts of CoQ10: salmon, tuna, red meat, organ meats (as liver), whole grains, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, peanuts, Walnuts, eggs, dairy, strawberries, avocados, parsley, soybean oil, and olive oil.

While coenzyme Q10 is produced naturally by the body, as we age, less of it is made by our body. In addition, the levels can be depleted by various medications, such as statin drugs, and by smoking.

Besides being important in keeping us healthy, many athletes take CoQ10 for energy, to combat inflammation, and to help in recovery. Recommended dosages may range from 30 mgs up to 200 mgs.

Since the coenzyme could lower blood sugar in diabetics, or interfere with medications, if you are taking a prescription drug, you should consult with your doctor before taking it as a supplement. Generally, CoQ10 supplements are not recommended for children.

Most people, I believe, can experience excellent health benefits by adding CoQ10 to their daily supplements. In my opinion, we all should be taking one or more mineral and vitamin supplements. Adding CoQ10 to this regimen could be an awesome addition.

Natural MSM and Glucosamine Are Effective for Arthritis

Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes a breakdown of cartilage in the joints. It causes chronic joint pain, swelling, and reduced motion, and usually affects the hands, knees, hips, neck or back. Two recent landmark research studies have been done that tested natural sulfur-containing remedies for osteoarthritis joint relief, which is the most common form of arthritis.

Sulfur-containing compounds such as glucosamine sulfate and MSM hold great promise for people with joint-cartilage problems. They have been shown in studies to remedy arthritis and provide relief. Sulfur is particularly concentrated in the joints, nails, skin, hair and connective tissues and deficiencies in sulfur may lead to arthritis symptoms.

Cartilage is the tough, elastic connective tissue that coats the ends of the bones inside the joints. When cartilage deteriorates, the bones can begin to grind together, causing pain and limitations in movement and flexibility. Up until now,anti-inflammatory drugs have been the most common treatment for arthritis symptoms, but they can have major side effects.

MSM sulfur is a white, water-soluble element found in nature and in foods such as milk, fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat. Food processing methods such as heating, washing and freezing, all deplete MSM in foods, making regular replenishment beneficial.

In one study of MSM, University of California School of Medicine professor Ronald Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., followed 16 patients with degenerative arthritis – a form of joint disease. The patients who took MSM daily for six weeks reported arthritis pain relief with an 80 percent reduction in pain. Dr. Lawrence has also conducted studies showing that MSM increases hair growth and brilliance, as well as nail thickness and length.

Glucosamine is licensed in parts of Europe as a drug, but it is widely available in the UK and USA as a nutritional supplement. An arthritis study was published in “The Lancet” that researched the long term use of glucosamine sulphate as a natural arthritis treatment.

Researcher Jean Yves Reginster of Belgium and his colleagues discovered that glucosamine sulphate not only improves the uncomfortable symptoms of arthritis, but can protect and benefit the actual structure of the joints as well. Both MSM and glucosamine are natural substances found in cartilage that may reduce with age.

In the trial, 212 patients with knee osteoarthritis were randomly assigned 1500 mg. of glucosamine sulphate or placebo once daily for 3 years. Researchers measured the joint space width in the knee joint at the beginning of the study and again after 1 and 3 years.

The patients on placebo had a progressive joint-space narrowing, whereas there was no joint space loss in the patients on glucosamine sulphate. The researchers noted joint pain relief and increased function after treatment with glucosamine.

MSM and glucosamine should be the first natural remedies one turns to if they have arthritis aches and pains.

Understanding Endoscopic Spine Surgery – Is It the Right Choice for You?

Getting news that you need spinal surgery can be quite a daunting experience. There are so many risks associated with any surgery to the spine that it’s imperative that you understand what surgery you are having and how it will be performed.

These days most surgeons try and manage your surgery using minimally invasive techniques, often referred to as “MISS,” which stands for minimally invasive spinal surgery. With open surgery you will be subjected to a long incision and the skin and muscle is pulled away from the area being operated on to give the surgeon access to the site and help them perform the surgery. This should be a last resort or only considered in the event that the surgery you require cannot be performed using endoscopic spine surgery.

The benefit to this particular type of surgery is that the risk of damage to the muscles surrounding the spine is reduced. With open surgery, the risk of muscle damage is exceptionally high, but with endoscopic spine surgery you will find that the chances of you struggling with muscle damage is greatly reduced, which is a major benefit on it’s own.

Further another benefit to endoscopic spine surgery is that the pain after surgery is dramatically reduced. As you can imagine, after open surgery you are not only dealing with the pain of the work that has been performed, but also with the sensitivity caused by a long incision and stitches. With endoscopic spine surgery you will have one or two small incisions to manage, which can help you speed up your recovery time considerably.

During surgery, the surgeon will use specialised instruments to access the spine through small incisions. The instruments help the surgeon pinpoint the problematic area and repair any damage. This also helps reduce the risk of heavy bleeding and keeps the area clean and clear for the surgeon to work with complete ease and confidence.

What many people appreciate about endoscopic spin surgery is that you will have a shorter stay in hospital. Let’s be honest, no one enjoys spending time in a hospital bed and you will find being able to go home to your own space and comfort can speed up your recovery time considerably.

It is important to note that not all spinal surgeries can be treated in this way and some do require open surgery. In the event you have been advised that you need spinal surgery, discuss the options with your surgeon. Remember in most instances it is your decision on whether to go ahead or not with the surgery. See if endoscopic spine surgery is an option with your particular condition to reduce your stay in hospital, reduce post surgery pain and help you recover that little bit faster.

Remember there are a few things to take into consideration when it comes to endoscopic spine surgery. You have the right to ask your surgeon about their experience, whether they will be performing the surgery and ask them to explain the surgery in detail, putting your mind at complete ease.

Ask your surgeon how long they will keep you in hospital and when you will be able to return home. It is also always worthwhile to identify how long recovery will take, giving you the ability to book your time off work and ensure that you have help at home to assist you when you first get out of hospital to ensure that you know exactly what to expect moving forward.

Minimally Invasive Spine Centers of Excellence (MIS-COE) is a leading company specializing in spinal disorders. This well-established center focuses on using meaningful evidence based on medicine through measurable outcomes. They focus on data provided by a number of surgeons, using this data to come up with new treatment strategies to help their patients achieve the best outcome.