Stress and Your Skin, Hair, Nails and More

Someone recently asked: “I’m under a lot of stress and I noticed changes in my hair, skin and nails. Is there any connection?” The answer is a big, fat yes.

One reason for poor hair, skin and nail health is due to over-secretion of the stress hormone cortisol. When it’s over-secreted, it will look to replenish itself by borrowing components from our estrogen stores. Estrogen is a hormone that helps keep us youthful, so when stores become depleted, we age faster. (You know how someone “looks like they’ve had a hard life”? That’s the physical effect of over-secreted stress hormones.)

Another way stress negatively affects hair, skin and nail health is that it deteriorates the skin’s natural ability to protect against invasion. Pollution and toxins are harsh on the skin and alter the way it repairs and regenerates itself. Stress also decreases tone and elasticity of the skin, creating a more aged look.

Increased cortisol can also slow down skin regeneration by slowing the rate of cell turnover, leaving skin dull. While this is happening, adrenaline, which is also released under stress, redirects blood away from the skin to where it’s more needed at the time. This can contribute to a dull look.  Continue reading “Stress and Your Skin, Hair, Nails and More”

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Support for Your Adrenals

Are you in a stressful job? Or have you been going through a particularly stressful time in your life? Your adrenals can take a beating when this is the case, and a host of other problems can occur when your adrenals become fatigued.

The main purpose of your adrenals is to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease, to work and relationship problems. They largely determine the energy of your body’s responses to every change in your internal and external environment. Whether they signal attack, retreat or surrender, every cell responds accordingly, and you feel the results. It is through the actions of the adrenal hormones that your body is able to mobilize its resources to escape or fight off danger (stress) and survive.

It is also your adrenal glands’ job to keep your body’s reactions to stress in balance, so that they are appropriate and not harmful. For example, the adrenal hormone cortisol helps to minimize negative and allergic reactions (such as swelling and inflammation) to alcohol, drugs, foods, environmental allergens, cancer, infection, and autoimmune disorders. Continue reading “Support for Your Adrenals”

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Our big year-end sale is halfway through.  Take advantage of the amazing sales on our house brand, Pathway.  Pathway is the best value for the money because we stand behind it’s quality and purity.  Plus it’s our reputation on the line. If you are not completely satisfied with a Pathway product, you can return because we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  (Although, I can’t remember the last time someone did).

Here are some of my favorite Pathway products that are now being offered at 35% off!

Pathway Multi Two is a complete multivitamin/mineral, all in two tablets per day. (It also comes in capsules).

Pathway Super Omega 3 offers a high potency omega 3 with no fishy after taste!

Pathway Adrenal Support is a great supplement for those who are extra stressed, and who isn’t these days?!

Come in to Village Green  for more great Pathway supplements! Sale ends January 2, 2010.

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