Learn How Oxidative Stress Impacts Skin Care

Can Managing Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) Improve Skin Care?

The Western lifestyle is bad for your skin.  The environmental, hygiene, and diet may all impact the health of your skin.  Numerous skin care products may provide protection or health benefit, but the science is complicated.  Oxidative stress is a new concern with regards to skin cancer and more.  Let’s learn how to modify your Western lifestyle to reduce oxidative stress for healthier skin.

Skin Problems in the USA

Adult Americans suffer from many different skin problems including skin cancer, dermatitis, eczema, acne, and more.  Oxidative stress is the cause of skin cancer from overexposure to sunlight.  Ultraviolet light generates oxidative stress in the exposed skin, which causes DNA damage.  The accumulation of DNA damage eventually causes skin cancer.  However, low levels of sunlight generates Vitamin D as a health benefit.  Non-cancerous skin problems are caused by or linked to oxidative stress and inflammation.

Skin Microbiome is Sensitive to Oxidative Stress

Elevated Oxidative Stress shifts the microbial ecology of your skin by selecting for bacteria that flourish under these conditions.  Cutibacterium acnes is a major skin bacteria that flourishes under elevated oxidative stress causing skin problems like acne (surprise!).  Reducing oxidative stress in the skin may reduce the levels of this bacteria and acne.

Oxidative Stress and Inflammation of the Skin

Environmental insults to skin can cause inflammation, which produces local oxidative stress.  This process is reversible with excessive oxidative stress  inducing inflammation.  Smoking and alcohol consumption are the most harmful environmental insults to your skin.  Smoking results in short-term inflammation and oxidative stress.  Excessive alcohol consumption dehydrates the skin and also generates short-term oxidative and subsequent inflammation.

Hard Water Bathing and Inflammation

Many Americans still suffer from the impact of hard water bathing.  Many municipalities produce safe drinking water from a ground water source.  However, ground water is hard compared to surface water (ex. River or Lake).  Hard water causes problems for cleaning with scale building up on on surfaces.  These calcium and magnesium compounds irritate the skin causing inflammation and oxidative stress.

Western Diet and Blood Oxidative Stress

The Western Diet may cause Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS, which are blood cells generating high levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS).  This ROS is generated by the blood and impacts skin health.  BLOS may cause inflammation in the skin and elsewhere in the body.  A change in diet or the use of antioxidant supplements may reduce the impact of BLOS on the skin.

Recent Advances in Skin Care Products

New skin care products counter oxidative stress and inflammation.  Vitamin C enriched skin care products deliver this potent antioxidant to the skin.  A probiotic skin care product uses ammonia oxidizing bacteria to generate nitric oxide from ammonia in your sweat.  The nitric oxide generate from this probiotic may increase levels of nitric oxide in the blood for health benefit.

Inflammaging

More recently, a skin care product with an anti-inflammatory compound showed promise in lowering inflammation biomarkers and reversing “inflammaging.”  Inflammaging is thought to be the cause of multiple health problems including Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.  It wouldn’t surprise me if BLOS is the true underlying cause of inflammaging.  Remember, Oxidative Stress can cause inflammation and BLOS is a major source of oxidative stress in the body including the skin.  Keep an eye out for new skin care products touting this benefit.  If you’re worried about inflammaging, then you could try this Inflammation Test.

Western Lifestyle Impact on Skin Health
Western Lifestyle Impacts Skin Care. Inflammation in the Skin causes Oxidative Stress and vice versa. Skin and bacteria are sensitive to external and internal sources of inflammation and oxidative stress.

Checklist for Modifying Your Western Lifestyle for Healthier Skin

Here’s a checklist of ways to modify your Western lifestyle for healthier skin and more.

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Learn How Oxidative Stress Impacts Senior Care Choices

Does Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) Impact Senior Care Choices?

Mick Jagger taught Baby Boomers an important lesson this week.  Fitness activity is not enough to prevent Heart Disease.  Of all of the Stones, Mick was the last one that anyone would predict heart surgery.  Mick’s father was a Physical Education instructor and Mick learned his fitness lessons well.  According to news reports, he maintained a healthy lifestyle for decades. Yet, he still went under the knife to replace a heart valve.

Was it genetics, poor diet at an early age, or something else?  Of course, we will never know if he stuck to a healthy diet.  I suspect that Mr. Jagger suffered from long-term elevated blood oxidative stress (BLOS), which promotes atherosclerosis and heart disease.  Over time, BLOS results in multiple chronic conditions including heart disease, which leads to expensive medical and Senior care.

Demographics and Multiple Chronic Health Conditions

A 2010 survey revealed that 80% of adults over age 65 have multiple chronic health conditions.  The top 4 chronic health conditions for Seniors are Hypertension (58%), High Cholesterol (45%), Ischemic Heart Disease (31%) and Diabetes (28%).  Many of these chronic health conditions may be due to long-term blood oxidative stress (BLOS) from a poor diet.  As expected, the cost of Medical Care for Seniors with multiple chronic health conditions increases with more physician visits and prescriptions.  A recent report suggests that the number of adults with Alzheimer’s Disease may be double.  These chronic health conditions also limit lifestyle, which results in more expensive Senior Care Choices.  A lifetime of poor lifestyle choices will deplete savings for Seniors and their loved ones.  Let’s review the cost of the current options for Senior Care.

Senior Care Choices

The choices available for Senior Care are a function of Senior Health State.  As expected, healthier Seniors have more affordable Senior Care.  Living at home with local family support is the ideal Senior Care option with both lowest expense and highest quality of life.

Next, Independent Senior Communities offer limited services for active Seniors with minor health conditions for an additional monthly cost of $400-$2,000.  For most Seniors, this option would be ideal for their remaining years.  However, as Seniors develop multiple chronic health conditions, this option will not be available.  Friends and family are replaced by trained Senior caregivers and on-site nurses  and physicians.  As expected, the cost of medical care and Senior Care rise with the remaining options.

Assisted Senior Living Communities provide regulated assistance to Seniors and range in cost from $2,500-$6,000 per month. This assistance increases the monthly costs by $2,000-$4,000 compared to Independent Senior Communities.

Nursing Homes provide intense assistance with a hefty price tag of $4,500-$12,000 per month.  24/7 care for your Senior has a high cost.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities are the most expensive Senior Care option due to the first-rate care.  No cost estimate was available, but you should expect costs in the range of Nursing Homes.

Memory Care Communities are a more recent Senior Care option that provides assistance for Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia have an average monthly cost of $5,000.

How Will You Pay for Your Senior Care?

These expensive Senior Care Options do not include the high cost of prescription medications.  Do you have enough savings to pay for your Senior years?  As a Senior, your best strategy for extending your limited savings and retirement funds is to delay or prevent the onset of multiple chronic health conditions.  Are there lifestyle choices that you can make today that could help you and your family in planning your Senior Care?

Family Plan for Sustainable Senior Care

The Senior’s family needs to prepare a sustainable plan for Senior Care.  Although it is an uncomfortable topic, it is in everyone’s best interest to have that conversation earlier.  First, review the financial status.  Second, review health status.  Third, review lifestyle choices.  Fourth, prepare a plan for Sustainable Senior Care.  You will not complete this 4-step process in one afternoon.  It may take several conversations with your Senior to get the complete truth about finances and health.  Be patient and take careful notes.

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Oxidative Stress is Blind Spot for Health Care

Is Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) the Blind Spot for American Health Care?

For drivers, the Blind Spot is the most dangerous unknown.  For Americans and others that consume the Western Diet, Oxidative Stress is the Blind Spot for Health Care.  Oxidative Stress is thought to be the cause of multiple health problems with many remaining asymptomatic for years.  The list of diseases attributed to Oxidative Stress include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and more.  If you ask Americans about their health state and compare it to their actual health state, then you will see their Blind Spot, too.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Healthiest of Them All?

The figure below compares the results of a 2015 Self Survey of Adult Americans for Health State and BMI.  In the third column, the corresponding Diabetic State or Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) level are shown.  About 1/3 of Adult Americans report Excellent Health with BMI and BLOS (most likely) in agreement.  About 10% are honest about their Poor (and Fair) Health with Type 2 Diabetes being difficult to ignore.  Here is the Blind Spot:  About 60% of Adult Americans think they are in Good or Very Good Health, but BMI and corresponding BLOS level tell a different story.  Why?

BLOS Blind Spot Adult American Health Survey 2015
Comparison of the 2015 Self Survey of Adult American’s Health Status, BMI, and estimated Diabetic State (BLOS).

BLOS is a Long-Term Health Problem

Being Overweight or Obese is the primary target of public health professionals, but it should be a secondary target.  Extra weight does not cause health problems beyond leg and joint problems.  The evidence that fat causes chronic health problems is scant.  Elevated BMI is only a Risk Factor.  However, oxidative stress is thought to cause several health problems, due to reactive oxygen species (ROS).  Continuous production of ROS by BLOS impacts tissue throughout your body.  Long-term, elevated Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS should be the primary target, since it is an asymptomatic disease.  Reduction and management of BLOS may prevent the development of multiple health problems.

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Wellness Industry Should Focus on Oxidative Stress

Should the Wellness Industry Focus on Blood Oxidative Stress for Better Results?

The future of the Wellness Industry should focus on Oxidative Stress, since it affects more than 2/3 of adult Americans and many more around the World.  The primary source of Oxidative Stress is the blood.  Long-term, elevated levels of Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS is thought to be an Asymptomatic Disease responsible for multiple health problems including Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Atherosclerosis, and a greater risk of Cancers.  In the United States, Oxidative Stress is responsible for an estimated $800B in annual health care costs.  The current Wellness Industry programs fail at delivering a return on investment (ROI), since they do not focus on the root cause of many modern health problems.

Wellness Industry Should Focus on Oxidative Stress

The Rand Corporation evaluated Wellness programs and identified two distinct offerings with different ROI.

1st Type: Make the Employee Feel Good

The traditional Wellness program offers employees a number of benefits that focus on improving morale with little if any ROI.  Encouraging employees to make healthier choices with respect to diet and exercise is great, but the financial gain is difficult to measure.  Does the employee’s Lifestyle Choices prevent major health care problems in the future?  This is a difficult question to answer, since weight or BMI are risk factors and not causes of health care problems.

2nd Type: Avoid the Emergency Room!

The second type of Wellness program focuses on identifying employees at risk of a major health problem.  For these employees, this wellness program is a disease management program that reduces the cost of intensive medical care (that means Emergency Room visit).  These plans don’t manage a disease.  Instead, they provide a strategy to avoid the high cost of a catastrophic event.  Periodic testing may reveal a significant change in the employee’s physiological state, which may lead to a major medical event (e.g., heart attack).  Immediate medical attention for this employee may prevent the medical event and reduce the overall health care costs.

Are There Only 2 Types of Wellness Programs?

Is this the best that we can do?  Should we wait for the cumulative effect of long-term poor Lifestyle Choices for an Asymptomatic Disease like Cardiovascular Disease to manifest as a major medical event?  Is there a better way to structure Wellness Programs?  Could there first type of Wellness Program that focuses on Life Style Choices be better with a ROI?  (of course, read on!)

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Are There Hemp Oil Benefits for Oxidative Stress?

Can Hemp Seed Oil Reduce Blood Oxidative Stress?

The Green Revolution of Health Care produced numerous health products with more coming.  With concern over THC content, hempreneurs developed thousands of hemp seed oil products Several hundred hemp oil products are supplements, but are they effective against Blood Oxidative Stress?  It is well known that hemp oil contains high levels of Omega 3  essential fatty acid, which is important for cardiovascular health.  The use of hemp oil supplements as a rich source of antioxidants is not well known.

What is Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS?

The primary source of Oxidative Stress in Americans is blood.  Blood Oxidative Stress or BLOS is a fraction of blood cells induced to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS).  High levels of ROS is Oxidative Stress.  It is thought that the Western Diet promotes BLOS, which afflicts more than 2/3 of adult Americans causing multiple health health problems.  BLOS isn’t just an American health problem, other countries that adopted the Western Diet also suffer from BLOS.

Western Diet promotes the growth of Sulfate Reducing Bacteria (SRB) in the gut, which causes BLOS.

Better lifestyle choices including diet, effective fitness, and antioxidant supplements may be the key to fighting BLOS for improved health.  Several eBooks and Books are available that describe how to use custom strategies to Hack BLOS for Male Infertility, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Mental Illness.  Could Hemp Oil Supplements be an effective antioxidant supplement in these BLOS Health Hacks?

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Why Do Americans Have a High Risk of Stroke?

Does Blood Oxidative Stress Increase Your Risk of Stroke?

My friend Jeff died at the young age of 48 last year. His death came as a shock, but it didn’t really surprise me.  Jeff made bad lifestyle choices his entire life.

Jeff’s Health History

Jeff’s family had a bad history of heart disease with his own father dying at a young age one year after his retirement.  Jeff had a high school education and they didn’t prepare him with any meaningful advice on healthy lifestyle choices.  Jeff joined the U.S. Army and served with honor.  The U.S. military didn’t provide good guidance on healthy lifestyle choices beyond physical training.  I saw Jeff after he earned his Airborne wings and he was in the best shape of his adult life.  However, he also indulged in heavy drinking and smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day.  After his military stent, Jeff eventually ended up working for a major equipment company.  Although this was Jeff’s dream job, the company didn’t provide any help for Jeff and his health.  The last time that I saw Jeff, he was in his late 30’s and obese.  He had a stroke a few weeks before our meeting.  He never lost the weight or stopped smoking and he died of a heart attack at the age of 48.  Why is this happening to young adults?

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Health Hack Kits to Reduce Oxidative Stress and Improve Health

BLOS Health Hack Kits to Reducing Blood Oxidative Stress for Improved Health

More than 2/3 of adult Americans suffer from elevated Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS), which may cause multiple health problems.  BLOS costs Americans about $1 Trillion in medical costs every year.  The primary cause of BLOS is the Western Diet, so proper dietary choices may reduce BLOS for improved health.  In addition, effective fitness and antioxidant supplements may also help manage BLOS.  How does someone organize a new health hack that uses these three lifestyle choices for reducing BLOS?  Are there custom health hack kits for specific health problems?

New eBooks and Books are the First Step of the Health Hack Strategy for Reducing BLOS

My four eBooks , “Let’s Hack Oxidative Stress”, “Let’s Hack Male Infertility”, “Let’s Hack Diabetes”, and “Let’s Hack Heart Disease” may be the key to helping you reduce your BLOS level for improved health.  Start your journey to low BLOS and improved health by reading one of my books.

eBooks and Paperbacks for Hacking Health by Reducing Blood Oxidative Stress

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Collection of Books and eBooks to Manage Oxidative Stress for Improved Health

eBooks and Paperbacks for Hacking Health by Reducing Blood Oxidative Stress

More than 2/3 of adult Americans suffer from elevated Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS), which costs about $1 Trillion in medical costs every year.  The primary cause of BLOS is the Western Diet, so proper dietary choices may reduce BLOS for improved health.  In addition, effective fitness and antioxidant supplements may also help manage BLOS.  How does someone organize a new health hack that uses these three lifestyle choices for reducing BLOS?  Are there custom health hacks for specific health problems?

New eBooks and Books Provide a Health Hack Strategy for Reducing BLOS

My four eBooks , “Let’s Hack Oxidative Stress”, “Let’s Hack Male Infertility”, “Let’s Hack Diabetes”, and “Let’s Hack Heart Disease” may be the key to helping you reduce your BLOS level for improved health.  The focused Health Hacks include the use of additional testing technologies to evaluate whether reduced BLOS is effective.  If you can Track It, then You can Hack It!  Just follow the links and you will be able to purchase any eBook.

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Does Blood Oxidative Stress Cause Heart Disease?

Does Blood Oxidative Stress Cause Heart Disease?

Heart Disease is a big problem in Western Countries.  In the USA, there are 100 million adults suffering from Heart Disease.  Heart Disease is an asymptomatic disease, which culminates in either stroke or heart attack.  In addition to the painful experience of a heart attack, the average medical cost is $11,500!  The underlying process of Heart Disease is Atherosclerosis.  There are multiple theories on the cause of Atherosclerosis, but Blood Oxidative Stress (BLOS) is the only theory that could explain the bulk of it.  BLOS is widespread with more than 2/3 of adult Americans (160+ million) thought to suffer from it. The rise of the Western Diet and the increase of heart disease rates follow similar trends.

What is Blood Oxidative Stress?

BLOS is blood cells that generate high amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS).  These ROS are the primary molecule responsible for Oxidative Stress.  It is thought that the inorganic sulfur content of the processed foods may be the true dietary cause of BLOS.  If true, then folks with Heart Disease will need a way to monitor both BLOS and Atherosclerosis to evaluate dietary choices and whether other lifestyle choices may be effective.

BLOS Key Process in Atherosclerosis

Oxidative Stress could be the cause of Atherosclerosis leading to Heart Disease.  Long-term, elevated BLOS could be the key oxidation process of Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL), which drives Atherosclerosis.

BLOS promotes atherosclerosis leading to plaque formation.
BLOS promotes atherosclerosis leading to plaque formation.

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