Shabir Daya

Inflammaging

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A considerable amount of studies have shown that the ageing process is usually accompanied by constant low-grade inflammation that researchers call “inflammaging”. Basically it refers to inflammation associated with cellular ageing.

Whilst acute inflammation often causes immediate problems such as rashes, heat in the body, loss of function, pain and swelling, chronic low-grade inflammation is considered far more dangerous because the symptoms are not immediately visible but this type of inflammation is thought to contribute significantly to mortality rates as we age.

Ageing is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, cell mutation, narrowing of the arteries and arthritis. Although ageing in not preventable, the inflammation that is responsible for many of these diseases is targetable. Read More…

Tips To Prevent Chin Acne

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If you are having to deal with chin acne, know that you are not alone. According to a 2018 review of studies in the Journal of Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigative Dermatology, there was, and still is, a significant increase in adults suffering from chin acne.

What causes acne or spots on the chin?

Acne on the chin is obviously like other types of acne which can occur anywhere on the face or body. A hormonal change is often the cause and this change can occur at any time of your life; from puberty to adulthood. Androgens like testosterone trigger excess oil production which is why acne flare-ups are common amongst teenagers with raging hormones. In women, acne is caused by the spike in testosterone levels just before a period and during pregnancy.

What is interesting is that women who have acne in their early 20s tend to see it mostly on their chin, jaw line and lower cheeks. This is often called the “U-Zone” as opposed to the “T-Zone” so often seen in teenagers. Read More…

Vitamins To Take In Your 60s And Beyond

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I am often asked if one should take vitamins once you have reached your 60s. Looking after your health at any age is important and yes, taking vitamins are important as they can supplement your diet since there are many factors that hinder a balanced diet and the absorption of nutrients from the food you eat.

Factors which limit vitamin intake:

As we age, we do not metabolise key vitamins and many people in their 60s tend to have a smaller appetite. The amount of digestive enzymes we produce are considerably less leading to poor availability of nutrients from food.  A multivitamin supplement will fill in any nutritional gaps not obtained from a normal diet. Read More…

Shatavari From Puberty To Menopause

Fasciculated roots of Asparagus racemosus called shatavari in Sanskrit. These roots are used medicinally as a tonic for improving strength and lactation

Shatavari is one of the main Ayurvedic rejuvenating tonics for women and is considered both a general and a reproductive tonic. Translates to “100 Spouses” denoting its ability to enhance fertility and vigour.

Also known as wild asparagus or Asparagus racemosus, Shatavari belongs to group of herbs which are collectively referred to adaptogens because they bring the body back into balance.

Shatavari can be taken through various stages of the woman’s life cycle. Read More…

Is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate The Best Vitamin C Serum?

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Pure Vitamin C serums for the face containing L-Ascorbic Acid are beneficial for the skin helping to protect against damaging free radicals that encourage wrinkles by destroying the collagen matrix. They also help to brighten and freshen the appearance of dull looking skin, together with inhibiting the formation of pigment in skin prone to hyperpigmentation. However, Vitamin C serums containing pure L-ascorbic acid do have some limiting factors which can influence their effectiveness.  We explore:

Limiting Factors of Vitamin C Serums

Most vitamin C serums are water-soluble because L-Ascorbic Acid, known as vitamin C or L-AA for short, disperses evenly in a water-based serum, but therein lies a problem. The dermis of the skin has a rich lipid (oil) barrier and it is here that many of the nutrients, including vitamin C, are required to manufacture collagen, a protein that gives skin its youthful firmness and the ability to resist wrinkles. Using water soluble vitamin C serums containing L-AA can be an issue since this nutrient cannot make it through the oil barrier and therefore cannot provide maximum benefits as far as collagen manufacture is concerned. Read More…

Vitamins to take in your 50s

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It is important that you take the correct vitamins and supplements in your 50s to boost your health and vitality. The choice of supplements is overwhelming and the advice given can be confusing. Looking after your health is important at any age and never more so than in your 50s. In our 50s, we do not digest foods the way we did when we were younger and supplements can play an important role in filling any nutritional gaps.

Which vitamins should I take?

  • I believe that there are some fundamental supplements that are worth taking and these include:
  • A quality vitamin and mineral supplement
  • Probiotics because the digestive system gets sluggish with age
  • Omega 3 essential fatty acids since most of us do not get sufficient amounts
  • A calcium supplement to prevent brittle bone disease
  • A sublingual form of Vitamin B-12

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