by Holladay Allen
Native Foods Cafe
So I wanted to share with you all one of my most favorite beauty products ever, which boasts Hyaluronic acid as its key component … but as I started to write I realized I really have no idea what Hyaluronic Acid is… so I did a bit of research. First off, let me start by explaining how I came across this wonderful product. A couple of years ago I decided to be Regan (from The Exorcist) for Halloween.
I was traveling, and forgot the putty-like stuff for my face make-up, so I decided glue toilet paper to my face for texture (I did use that special facial glue for special fx prosthetics, but it didn’t matter)…. I highly recommend NEVER doing this. It looked just fine, and gross, which was good for the costume... but when I went to remove it, it was practically super-glued to my face! And I am pretty sure I removed a nice thin piece of my epidermis, leaving my face red, blotchy, irritated, and just plain uncomfortable.
So I went to Whole Foods looking for something very hydrating and soothing to counteract all of this mess. That is when I found Derma E Hyaluronic Hydrating Mask…
After the first application, my skin was remarkably better. Less blotchy, softer and more importantly felt soother and less inflamed. After 3 nights, it was all better. Nowadays, I use it about once a week, twice in the winter, and I still love the way my skin feels after using it. Derma E has a whole line of hyaluronic products... and they are vegan!
So what is Hyaluronic acid, or HA for short? According to Livestrong:
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in all living organisms and is a gel-like component that exists between cells and connective tissue. In synovial fluid, it acts as a cushion for joints and nerves to prevent degeneration, according to the Pain Clinic website. Hyaluronic acid hydrates skin and hair and moisturizes the eyes. With age, the body produces less hyaluronic acid and the skin and cells lose moisture and elasticity, causing wrinkling, dry eyes, thin hair and shrinkage of cartilage.
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Well Connie Chung visited the village Yuzurihara, Japan, which is located about 2 hours from Tokyo and found a thriving community where 90-year-olds are commonplace, and more of 10% of the population is 80 or older…. With virtually no disease…. What?! It is even nicknamed the Village of Long Life. She interviews two men both well over the age of 80 who have been smoking for most of their lives, and show no signs of lung damage or disease (Don’t start smoking! This is merely an example of the powerfulness of the local villagers’ diet… which is mostly plant-based!). In fact, a majority of the population lives well into their 90’s, rarely go to doctors and have beautiful skin. So what is the deal? Great DNA? Low stress?
Well researchers believe that potatoes could be a huge factor in their youthfulness. In lieu of rice (which is the staple food in most of Japan) the village of Yuzurihara took to growing potatoes because of the hilly terrain. The potatoes along with other starches & vegetables are the majority of their diet, along with a small amount of meat. Dr Toyosuke Komori, the town's doctor and author of five books on Yuzurihara, suggests the reason for the youthful healthiness is due to a low-iron, sticky vegetable-based diet that promotes hyaluronic acid levels in the body.
All of us are born with a good amount of hyaluronic acid, but begin to lose it with age. HA enables cells to retain moisture, keeps joints lubricated and keeps our skin smooth and elastic… Dr Toyosuke Komori has never seen skin cancer in the village. Japan’s leading pharmaceutical companies caught on started putting HA into pills, which they then tested on 1000 people, of which approximately ½ reported smoother skin, less fatigue and better eyesight.
HA has long been used in eye surgery as a shock absorber to protect the retina, proven effective in lubricating arthritic joints (usually through injections directly to the area), and is well known for its ability to restore moisture and elasticity to tissues.
Most HA enthusiasts and researchers believe that it’s most dramatic discoveries are around the corner… could it regenerate the cells inside our body?
Unfortunately, there is a ton of hyaluronic in the combs on top of rooster’s heads, which means companies are harvesting the rooster combs, and needlessly killing roosters. But a majority of the hyaluronic acid does come from vegetable sources (the best source of hyaluronic acid is seaweeds, in particular kelp)… which is great… can’t we just leave the roosters out of it completely?
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