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Foods for healthy skin By Cr i stina S utter, R egistered Di etitian

It is common sense that a healthy, balanced diet is good for overall skin health, but there is a lack of scientific evidence to show that certain foods specifically prevent wrinkles, acne or other skin problems. It is more likely that in our busy lives surrounded by fast food, caffeine and sugary treats, we lack the basic vitamins and minerals that help to protect our skin cells. Here are the top foods for healthy skin:

Berries, broccoli and beans:

To keep your skin healthy, you should load up on these antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants can protect your skin from the inside out, by neutralizing damaging free radicals, which harm your skin cells and are believed to contribute to wrinkling and sagging. Though they are naturally good for you, taking antioxidant supplements can be harmful. A balanced diet is all you need to fulfill your body’s quota for antioxidants.

Salmon, sardines and flax seeds:

Rich in omega-3, the essential fatty acid, which is believed to help skin retain moisture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Cristina Sutter is a registered dietitian at Satori Integrated Health Centre in Steveston. She has 10 years experience providing nutrition and exercise counseling and seminars. She has a Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and worked as a personal trainer before earning her Masters degree in Nutrition at the University of Toronto.

Carrots, kale and spinach:

These vitamin A rich foods helps repairs damaged skin cells and resists the bacterial growth that leads to acne.

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Citrus fruits, tomatoes and peppers:

Packed with vitamin C, these foods can help prevent some DNA damage from the sun, which leads to early signs of aging.

Almonds, avocados and soybean oil:

These “good fats” are rich in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant believed to help keep skin firm.

Brazil nuts, tuna and garlic:

Rich in the trace mineral Selenium, these foods also have antioxidant properties.

One skin condition to be aware of: Eczema in babies and children may be linked to certain food sensitivities. Some cases of eczema may improve by avoiding foods to which there is a known sensitivity. Common foods that can cause problems include milk products, nuts, and shellfish, but a doctor or naturopath can pinpoint your child’s specific food sensitivities. Once the problem foods have been identified, it is important to see a registered dietitian to ensure your child is still getting all their nutrients from a balanced diet.

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MOVEMBER 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer Q: I’ve been reading a lot recently, in advertisements and in the news, about oral health being related to overall health. This month is prostate cancer awareness month. Has there been any connection reported between gum disease and cancers? Answer: Gum disease has been linked to a number of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, lung infections, prostatitis, kidney disease and others. There have been many studies connecting gum disease with increased incidence of various cancers. According to a recent British study published in Lancet Oncology, participants with a history of periodontal disease (gum disease) had a 14% increased risk of cancer compared with subject who did not have the disease. Dr. Michaud and colleagues found significant associations between a history of periodontal disease and several cancers, including: • A 36% increase in risk of lung cancer • A 49% increase in the risk of kidney cancer • A 54% increase in the risk of pancreatic cancer • And a 30% increase in the risk of hematologic cancers, including nonHodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma

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In an earlier study, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute found that periodontal disease was associated with an increased risk of cancer of the pancreas. The study appeared in the January 17,

2007 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The results showed that, after adjusting for age, smoking, diabetes, body mass index and a number of other factors, men with periodontal disease had a 63% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer compared to those reporting no periodontal disease. The most convincing finding was that “never-smokers had a two-fold increase in risk of pancreatic cancer”. This being Movember, we want to focus in on the research about prostate health and gingivitis, conducted by dentists at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. The study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, compared levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) —an indicator of prostate disease— with the clinical attachment level (CAL) of the teeth and gums and teeth— indicating possible gum disease. Granted, prostatitis only affects a portion of the male population, and the research doesn’t try to claim that gum disease causes prostate disease, but this study is another example of how your dental health will affect your overall health. It can worsen other health conditions, lower your immunity, and of course, cause bad breath and a smattering of other dental problems. Should you have further questions please call Drs’ Clease and Willoughby at the Vancouver Dental Spa, #1801-805 West Broadway, Vancouver Phone: 604-879-7366 www.vancouverdentalspa.com


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Don’t let the darkness get you down by Ca itl in Dow l i n g , co n t ribut ing wr i ter

Could falling back be making us fat? A British professor seems to think so. Mayer Hillman, the senior fellow emeritus at the University of Westminster in London, has written an essay in the British Medical Journal claiming that losing an hour of daylight each fall could be contributing to obesity and illness levels in the U.K. and abroad. Hillman discusses the lack of exercise in the U.K. as the main factor in the country’s rising obesity levels, and notes that an extra hour of darkness in the evenings makes people even less likely to go outside and be active. “It’s an interesting hypothesis, but I don’t think we have any evidence from rigorous research to back that up,” says Dr. James Lu, the acting Medical Officer for the North Shore. Lu notes that a lack of daylight can bring about a slump in the psyche, often leading to a mood disorder, which affects a substantial amount of Canadians every year, Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). “Seasonal Affective Disorder ... is influenced by the ability of the person who is affected by it to have enough exposure to sunlight or UV light, or light in general.” Lu suggests that our location in the

northern hemisphere is the main issue for local sufferers. Because the difference in the length of daylight between winter and summer days is so pronounced due to our latitudinal whereabouts, that the effects of S.A.D. are increased. Among the symptoms of S.A.D. is a craving for carbohydrates, or “comfort foods,” which can lead to weight gain. Lu feels that a direct link between the clocks going back in fall and obesity is rather tenuous, but considers that this possibility should be of interest to researchers and warrants further examination. One recommended treatment for S.A.D. is light therapy, using fluorescent lamps to replicate the additional hours of daylight in the summer months. Alternatively, one effective remedy for both is already programmed into us. “Going back to how we’re built and what we’re meant to be as a human living being – we’re meant to be moving,” says Lu. When we are depressed, we go against our natural tendencies to be active. By getting the motivation to up our levels of fitness, we can stave off the blues and any unwanted pounds. The key is to be prepared for the oncom-

ing time and weather fluctuation, says Lu. “Seasons change and we do need to adjust in terms of physical activity.” Lu recommends braving the winter chill and getting active outside. “You could still go for a walk or run in the winter in Vancouver, you may need to adjust to the rain or dress appropriately.” At this time of year, raking leaves is a great way to stay in shape, he says. Later on during the winter, shoveling snow is marvelous for the cardiovascular system. Lu recommends making small changes to your daily routine that can be kept up throughout the year, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevators at work. So despite the extra hour of darkness brought about by turning back the clocks, we can still make the most of our rainy, dark winter months. Get up to the mountains, strap on your skis, snowboards or snowshoes, or get to a fun dance class at your local gym. Get motivated and feel better all year round.

Winter Exercise ideas: Outside Add lights to your running gear to exercise more safely outdoors. Lights that can be fastened to your belt, bag or buttonholes are available at MEC from $3.75. See why the grey winters here are an inspiration to so many. Admire the scenery and enjoy the snow. Grouse Mountain is easily accessible by car and transit and offers many different activities, including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and ice skating.

Inside Look into the inexpensive and fun fitness programs at your local community centres. Why not try a class, or enjoy a dip at your local swimming pool. Visit one of the wide varieties of yoga classes for beginners to advanced yogis and feel your spirits rise.

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eye and provide cool relief for itchy eyes. Be careful, though, as some eye drops can damage certain contact lenses. Check with your optometrist on what will work best. For those seeking oldfashioned means, a cold and wet facecloth can also reduce itching and swelling.

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British Columbians who suffer allergies are able to get fast, effective, prescriptive treatment from their optometrists who have new prescription powers. Last year, the B.C. government expanded the scope of practice to allow optometrists to prescribe The B.C. Association of eye drops — which Lower Optometrists offers the folMainland practitioner Dr. lowing tips for fall/winter Gurpreet Leekha said allergy sufferers: can work well with other • Identify and avoid treatments. those allergens. The best Dr. Gurpreet Leekha of Tri-City Optometry. “The usual culprits for PHOTO: Paul vanPeenen way to reduce allergy fall/winter allergies are suffering is to identify what ragweed pollen and leaf mould,” the B.C. triggers your reaction and limit your exposure. Association of Optometrists members said. In addition to ragweed pollen and leaf mold, “Drops provide relief for a host of allergy other common triggers include dust, mold, symptoms from irritated, watery and red eyes animal dander and, in spring, tree and grass to puffy eyelids, itching, mucous discharge pollen. and contact lens discomfort.” • If you wear contact lenses, switch to daily Prescription eye drops can be used to pre- disposables or wear your glasses. Pollen and treat allergies, for acute phases of itching dust can stick to the surface of your contact or for extended use during allergy season lenses and keep you in close contact with the so contact lenses can continue to be worn allergens. Disposable contacts ensure you start comfortably. with a clean, fresh pair every day. Switching to Leekha says patients should keep in mind glasses can reduce your exposure, deflecting that allergy relief can come in many forms, wind that could be carrying irritants. and seeing an optometrist just before or • Wash your hands frequently. Irritants during allergy season is one way to remain don’t just float in the air, they settle on any symptom-free. number of outdoor surfaces you touch. If The first thing allergy sufferers should do you’re susceptible to allergies, chances are is ensure they have the correct diagnosis. you may rub your eyes and aggravate the Diseases like pink eye or other conditions inflammation. So, wash up and try not to that affect vision should be ruled out. rub your eyes. Some people also “pre-treat” their allergies • Clear the air. Invest in air filters for your by taking oral medications or using anti- air conditioner, humidifier or dehumidifier. allergy eye drops a week or two before Don’t forget to regularly change or clean them. symptoms habitually begin, as a way of Have your home’s air ducts professionally reducing the intensity or duration of reactions. cleaned. Antihistamines and decongestants can also • Close the windows and stay inside. Those provide relief often without a prescription. who experience severe reactions may choose Saline drops, artificial tears and wetting to stay indoors when pollen and mould counts solutions can help remove irritants from the are high.

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