I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of blowing up balloons for our children or grandchildren. And, as I’m sure you’ve seen a thousand times, the balloon starts to lose air over time and begins to look wrinkled and shriveled.
Believe it or not, that same phenomenon is leading you to develop sagging, wrinkled skin.
The only difference is you’re not running out of air—you’re running out of water. It’s water that keeps your skin cells—and the rest of your cells, for that matter—inflated, and as we age we can’t hold onto it any more. Our cells become like half-filled balloons—and our skin starts to wrinkle and shrivel.
You can’t solve this problem by drinking more water—the issue is that your cells are losing the electrical charge they need to draw water into them. But there are two simple ways you can restore that charge.
Step 1: Add this key supplement for pennies a day.
By supplementing with gelatin-containing MSM, you can boost your body’s sulfate content. And here’s why that’s important—sulfate attaches to the gelatin, and its sufficiency substantially determines the electrical charge in your joint cartilage and skin cells, and it lets you hold onto water. MSM is inexpensive and widely available through online and retail vitamin stores. It’s also a key player in reversing arthritis damage.-
Step 2: Boost your potassium—and erase your wrinkles.
I talked before about how important potassium is to helping you overcome the “tired all the time” feeling that comes with chronic fatigue. But potassium also is critical to helping you look younger. You see, potassium resides in your cells, and one of its jobs is to pull water out of your bloodstream (where it doesn’t belong, and its deficiency can lead to high blood pressure), and into your cells, where it can help reverse the physical signs of aging. Start adding more potassium-rich foods to your diet (like avocados, fresh vegetables, meat, chicken, and fish) and cut out processed foods, which tend to be packed with unhealthy sodium. Also consider potassium-based salt substitutes.
I’d like to tell you that MSM and potassium alone are enough to help you eliminate the wrinkles, sagging skin, and hunched-over appearance many of us develop as we age. The good news is that, in some cases, they are enough. In other cases, they can’t work until you…
Stop your cells from falling apart
No matter what you ingest, whether it’s MSM, potassium, or a chicken sandwich, it needs a way to get into your cells. You have pumps lining the outside of your 70 trillion cells that are used to bring nutrients in and out of the cells.
But here’s the problem—these pumps, which are made out of protein, fall apart over time and need to be replaced. When you’re younger, that’s no problem. Your body has several key hormones that communicate with your genes, telling them when to make new proteins to replace the ones that are falling apart. The main repair hormones are estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, thyroid hormones, and vitamin A.
But as we age, we make less and less of these hormones. When that happens, these critical messages don’t get through to your genes. Imagine trillions of genes sitting in your cells, eagerly waiting for the message that it’s time to kick into action and heal the parts of your body that are deteriorating—except, without adequate hormone levels, those messages never get through.
This sounds rather scientific, but you see evidence of it all the time. As we get older, many of us start eating better and trying to take care of ourselves—but often our health doesn’t really improve. If that hasn’t happened to you, I bet it’s happened to someone you know. Part of the reason may be that your body has not repaired your cell pumps, structural proteins, and metabolism-enhancing proteins. In addition, maybe you’re not absorbing all this great nutrition you’re working hard to put into your body.
For example, in order to get MSM, water, and other nutrients into your joints, you may need a hormone boost to start directing repair here. It’s not difficult to look around you and see who has sufficient repair hormones, and who could use a little boost. The “lucky ones” appear vibrant, are full of energy, have less wrinkles, and they even stand taller as they walk!
You have the ability to turn back the hands of time, to restore your energy, and to look and feel younger… simply by restoring your body’s diminishing hormones by using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. First you need to start with…
The simple test that gives you a “report card” on your aging
Have your doctor conduct a 24-hour urine test, and you’ll know in short order whether you have enough repair hormones to keep you a step ahead of the aging process. Like most doctors, I used to rely on blood and saliva hormone tests, which only capture a moment in time and can be influenced by a variety of factors, such as stress, romance, and when you last ate.
The 24-hour urine test allows me to see how you’re producing hormones throughout the course of a day, and it will show rather clearly where you are deficient or excessive. In order to reverse the wrinkles, sagging, and hunching we experience as we age, you need your doctor to check your levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, thyroid hormones, vitamin A, and even more importantly, their metabolites. Your levels of these hormones will produce what I call your aging “report card.” If your levels have been low for the last several years, chances are you’ve been struggling with many of the physical signs of aging, from sagging skin to aching joints.
The best resources nationally on 24-hour urine analysis are probably my clinic in Whitefish, Montana (visit www.thebodyheals.com and click on consultations) and Dr. Jonathan Wright’s clinic in Washington (www.tahoma-clinic.com).
Here’s the good news—your doctor can start you on a program of bio-identical hormone therapy to restore your levels of these key repair hormones. Now your body will be able to repair the pumps, structural proteins, and metabolism-enhancing proteins. In addition, as mentioned previously, if you enjoy the right hormones they allow MSM, potassium, and other nutrients into your cells.
And this is where the magic happens. Just by combining gelatin, MSM, potassium, and adequate hormone levels, your body will have—perhaps for the first time in years—the means to repair itself and reverse the aging process.
You’ll notice your skin feeling firmer and more radiant—some people may even ask if you’ve had cosmetic surgery! You’ll stand taller, have more energy, and feel better than you have in years—and you may even start to notice a difference in as little as a few months.
I always tell my patients to take a photo of themselves now and four months after they start my therapy. You’ll be amazed at how young your body can look and feel when you give it the right tools.
Jenny Thompson is the Director of the Health Sciences Institute and editor of the HSI e-Alert. Through HSI, she and her team uncover important health information and expose ridiculous health misinformation, most notably through the HSI e-Alert.
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