The Skin’s Functions – Acceptable Poisons?

Ahhh skin as soft as a newborn baby’s. Don’t we wish!

Most of the time we really don’t give much thought to the purpose of our skin and its functions. Generally women, rather than men, think of skin in terms of daily skin care routines for the face based on their knowledge of the type of skin they have. One thing is for sure, as we age, the skin loses that soft, suppleness that we were born with – and we do lots of things to try to get it back!

I think we take for granted everything our skin does for us. It is actually the largest organ of the body, and is one seventh of our body weight. Some functions of the skin includes protection, excretion, secretion, regulation, sensation and absorption. I’ll briefly touch on all of these functions, but I’ll expand on absorption and secretion. Stay with me to the end of the post to discover some fascinating, accidental harm we’ve done to ourselves.

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Easy Weight Loss Diets – Flip the Switch


Gaining a few pounds now and then is normal, and you may be able to lose those additional few pounds without too much trouble. Let me tell you about my weight struggles and then I’ll tell you about flipping the weight loss switch.

When I was in my mid thirties, I found the pounds just started to stick to me like peanut butter to fingers. I really wasn’t eating any more than I used to, but suddenly I found my pants not fitting and slowly I bought bigger size after biggrt size. I gained 70 pounds!

I still don’t know what happened to cause the weight gain. However, losing it is still a battle of my mind versus my mouth, and one that is very real struggle for me. I understand what is probably part of the problem. See my post titled, High Fructose Corn Syrup – Your Brain’s Supplier for a little insight into a very common ingredient that may be to blame.

Allow me to explain about the easy weight loss diets and staying fit for life. Continue reading “Easy Weight Loss Diets – Flip the Switch”

One Reason You’re Overweight – High Fructose Corn Syrup

The 1970s brought us things like the skateboard, disco dancing and the beginning of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in just about every type of food production. By the 1980s soda drinks such as the highly recognized Coke products were using HFCS.  I refer to HFCS as your brain’s supplier. Stay with me until the end of this post to explain. Continue reading “One Reason You’re Overweight – High Fructose Corn Syrup”

Ultimate Protein Powder – Whey, and Creatine and Organic Oh My!

The ultimate protein powder you use will be based on your individual needs. I have recently added a protein powder to my food plan, and based on the positive behaviors I’ve seen in myself I’m not sure what the heck took me so long to incorporate this into my diet!  I explain my discovery below.

I have been jogging for about 5 years now. I don’t jog that much in a week, only about 6-9 miles (a week not a day!), but that is enough for me to get my cardio going. By the end of the week I was so tired I didn’t even want to walk up one flight of stairs because my legs didn’t want to cooperate! I was exhausted, literally. Then one day I was having a casual conversation with someone at work about exercise, and he told me a secret about my exhausted muscles.

He said I needed protein to help the muscles recover from the exercise.

Wait, what? How could I have not already thought of something so simple and logical?

And why didn’t my Doctor ever tell me this when I explained how tired I was after a week of jogging only a few miles? Continue reading “Ultimate Protein Powder – Whey, and Creatine and Organic Oh My!”

Food Additives – To Eat or Not to Eat?

Growing up you don’t care or think about what type of food additives you’re eating. All you know is all those things that look pretty and taste yummy are delicious!

Then one day you hear about or read something about additives and how you may want to rethink eating them or at least some of them. Below I have a list of potentially harmful food additives and what countries they’ve been banned in (and not obviously not the United States). Continue reading “Food Additives – To Eat or Not to Eat?”