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7 Essential Skin Supplements of Youth & Vitality According to “The Water Secret” by Dr. Howard Murad

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m looking forward to honoring the US soldiers in my life this weekend and BBQ, of course!

(If you’re confused, this weekend is Memorial Day in USA when we honor the past and current military)

If you’ve been following me then you’ll know that I have recently begun reading The Water Secret:The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger by Dr. Howard Murad of Murad Skincare (Read my initial article about it here! or check out this awesome smoothie recipe from the book here!). As I’ve been reading along, I’ve been dutifully taking notes for myself and I thought, why not share some of the goods?

That being said, Dr. Murad gives some really helpful and knowledgeable advice on which supplements are the most important in looking and feeling your best. As someone who is pretty vitamin-obsessed, there were 2 that even I have been missing from my diet!

Check out the List:

  • Daily Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement. Dr. Murad advises to select a formula that “includes at the major vitamins, minerals and trace minerals”, but he recommends that those who are postmenopausal opt for iron-free formulas. These are everywhere, but I’d opt for a more natural multivitamin type like these from NOW, New Chapter, or another brand that offers many vitamins from natural sources as opposed to synthetic ones. Vitacost.com has a lot of affordable options.
  • Antioxidant Supplement Formula. These antioxidants are, he says, most important to look for in the formula: Vitamins A, C, & E, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Green Tea Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Goji Berry Extract, Poria Cocos, Milk Thistle, N-acetyl cysteine, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Yellow Dock Root, Quercetin, Curcumin AKA Turmeric, Ginkgo Biloba, Selenium, and Coenzyme Q10. He also says not to try and count the milligrams of your intake, but instead to just focus on getting as many of these as possible. As opposed to trying to ingest a million and one pills, I recommend picking one or two of your favorites or otherwise, there are a LOT of antioxidant blends that include many of these in one capsule. Easier to swallow, right? I am NOT a fan of gulping down a crap load of pills. Hints of awful.
  • High Potency B Complex Supplement. He recommends you pick one of these up that includes “all 8 Essential B Vitamins – B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folic Acid), B12 (Cyanocobalamin), and B7 (Biotin)”. These are really important for energy. They even have B vitamin complexes that come in chewable form and actually taste okay if you’re not the pill swallowing type, which I’m not. These really help me feel energized in the morning and throughout the day. I find when I pass on taking them on any given day, I feel much more sluggish and slow than I would if I had taken them so they definitely make a huge difference for me!
  • Essential Fatty Acid Supplement. This supplement is important and needs to provide omega-3 fatty acids. He says this may be any any various form: “fish oil, flaxseed oil, or ground flaxseeds added to food or in capsule form.” He says a good vegetarian option is to add a “micro-algae-derived DHA supplement” to their diets. This supplement should involve at least 500mg of Omega-3. In order to get my omegas, I take 2 fish oil capsules daily, but I also eat a lot of fish because I know that when my body gets it from a natural food source, it’s always better absorbed than taking a pill. You can avoid the whole fish taste burping experience, which is totally gross speaking from experience here, by taking them on an empty stomach.
  • Lecithin Supplement (2,000 mg). This supplement is one that I was definitely missing in my diet, but I easily found granules at my local health food store. You can find this in powder, capsule or granular form. He advises that 1 tablespoon daily is enough if you opt for powder or granules. I like to add the granules to my shakes and smoothies; it’s pretty tasteless so it doesn’t bother me. 1 Tbs= 1,725 mg Lecithin.
  • Glucosamine Supplement. Personally, I’d never heard of this supplement before reading this book. I was all, gluco- what? And the kicker is, after reading about it, it’s one of the more important supplements because glucosamine is one of the building blocks that are needed to repair connective tissues throughout your body, that have sustained damage.
  • Calcium Supplement for Bone Health (w/Vitamin D- 1,000-1,500 mg). This is especially important as we currently get way below the needed amount for optimum health. Dr Murad advises to get a calcium supplement with at least 1,000 mg of vitamin D included or otherwise to ingest a separate vitamin D supplement with that amount to get the necessary amount.

Dr. Murad recommends some really great supplements and I have already noticed a big difference in taking them. Other supplements I recommend for those who have specific issues they are concerned with or those in a specific age group that may also have some benefit.

Wild Yam or Evening Primrose. This is beneficial for women who are menopausal or perimenopausal or those suffering from hormonal imbalance. You may also benefit from this if you take it during your time of the month for mood stability or if you get a lot of hormonal acne breakouts.

Licorice Root Extract. I really love this extract. It helped me get over a cough really quickly and especially helps with the throat bronchial irritation that is often felt when you’re sick. When I have a cough, I just add it to my tea with some manuka honey and echicacea; it works really well. Aside from that, licorice root, on general term, is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a big part in the cause of many diseases and illnesses. I really enjoy including this as I feel it tempers any inflammation going on in my system that may be harmful. According to my nursing friend, it’s also beneficial for fighting ulcers!

Disclaimer: Please note that this is for informational purposes only. What has been helpful for me may not necessarily be good for you. Please consult a physician before taking any supplements if you are unsure whether or not they are right for you.

What supplements do you take daily?

Are there any in particular that you have found beneficial?

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Water Secret Recipe: Cellular Water Secret Smoothie Recipe

If you follow my blog, you know I’ve been reading The Water Secret by Dr. Howard Murad.

In this book, Dr. Murad explains how our cells lose hydration over time through poor diet, environmental influences and lack of nutrient absorption. He informs us that we can regain the great cell hydration of youth by hydrating our bodies through consuming healthful vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. In his book, he gives guidelines for how to look 10 years younger than your age, prevent disease and illness and look and feel your best.

Here is a great smoothie recipe for optimal cell hydration.

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Milk (although I use almond milk!)
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon Lecithin Granules
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseed
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Goji Berries
  • Crushed Ice
  • Honey – to taste (Optional

Directions: Blend all ingredients & Enjoy!

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Eat Your Water: Tips for Glowing, Clear Skin and A Healthy Body

So I’ve recently begun reading The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger by Dr. Howard Murad (the same Dr. who founded Murad Skincare) and it has changed the way I feel about everything.

Okay so not everything, but a lot of things, especially when it comes to my skin, looking and feeling young for as long as possible and also, my ideas about health, weight loss, and diet.

One of the main topics in Dr. Murad’s book is eating your water. 


He says that although many of us function under the assumption that if we get 8 glasses of water a day, then we are properly hydrated, but that this is not necessarily so.

He also states that drinking water will not necessarily increase your cell hydration, which is where it really counts. Cellular hydration is what will not only make you look younger on the outside, but also feel younger, lose weight, and prevent many diseases and illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and more.

Instead of gulping down bottled water, he advises many of us to get our water from the foods we eat because they are encapsulated water, essentially, and include many nutrients that our bodies need in a way that is readily available for absorption when consumed through foods we eat as opposed to just drinking water alone.  This is what he says will ultimately improve our cellular hydration and our overall health.

This means lots of fruits and veggies of course, but also foods you wouldn’t think about as being loaded with water such as nuts and whole wheat breads.

The following is a list of water-filled fruits and veggies that may help improve cellular hydration and hence overall health:

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Cucumbers
  • Corn
  • Pumpkin
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Yams
  • Squash
  • Goji Berries
  • Watermelon
  • Figs
  • Broccoli
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Kiwis
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Apricots
  • Mangoes
  • Nectarines
  • Pomegranates
  • Zucchini
  • Salad Greens
  • Oranges
  • Asparagus
  • And More!

This idea of getting hydration through food is kind of fascinating to me and although I already get a lot of my nutrients through fruits and vegetables, this simply reinforces the idea of 75% clean green fruits and vegetables and 25% other stuff ( meat, nuts, grain, etc.). I have found this book so fascinating and enlightening. It is definitely a must read for the beauty obsessed (like me!) who are interested in knowing how are skin conditions are directly affected by the condition of our overall bodily and psychological health and how we can aim to heal ourselves from the inside out. It may also be a good read for those interested in in depth health research. This book is pretty easy to understand, but there is a lot of medical jargon included so it can get a little wordy, but is explained in simpler terms for those who are not in the medical field.

If interested in checking out this book or purchasing, you can find it here on Amazon.

So, what I’m really getting at is – Get your greens lovelies!

Stay Beautiful

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