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Your Guide to Healthy Skin the Natural Way

Dr. Gary Goldfaden’s new book, Your Guide to Healthy Skin the Natural Way, The Golden Ratio Lifestyle Diet by Robert Friedman, MD, and Matthew Cross.

Scientifically reviewed by Dr. Gary Gonzalez, MD, in August 2023. Written by: Gary Goldfaden, MD.

Everything You Need To Know About Getting Healthy Skin Today

Your Guide to Healthy Skin the Natural Way

While commercial remedies for healthy skin are often falsely touted as “miracle creams” or “Fountains of Youth in a bottle,” Dr. Gary Goldfaden’s new book takes a practical, natural, whole-health approach to skin care that is both refreshing and easily understandable. Rather than offering harsh solutions like Botox® injections, laser resurfacing, and chemical skin peels as the answer to skin problems, Dr. Goldfaden advises readers to focus on a variety of natural remedies that promote long-term skin health and total body wellness.

A Natural Solution

“I firmly believe the right food, nutrients, and supplements, along with avoiding things like smoking and prolonged sun exposure, can make you healthier on the inside and more attractive on the outside,” Dr. Goldfaden says, citing his over 40 years of personal experience and research on the topic.

Many Life Extension® readers may be familiar with common antioxidants used to promote healthy skin, like vitamins C and E, but few may know about some of the other natural actives that Dr. Goldfaden recommends be included in a healthy skin care regimen. Ingredients like red, green, white, and black tea, as well as pomegranate extract, bearberry, mushrooms, and even grapes can have astounding effects on the skin. This book includes thorough research on why these fruits, herbs, and other compounds should be used in your skin care arsenal today.

Answers for All Skin Types

Whether you suffer from oily skin, dry skin or sensitive skin, Your Guide to Healthy Skin the Natural Way walks you through practical tips that you can use to counter your skin ailment. With layman’s definitions of common moisturizing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, cyclomethicone, and squalene, this book will not only explain what many of the ingredients on the label of your moisturizer are, but also how they work and whether or not they’re right for your skin type. What may be most valuable, however, is Dr. Goldfaden’s introduction to skin-enhancing treatments that you may not have heard about yet, like ceramides. Ceramides are an exciting skin care ingredient that are “eminently suitable for the protection and repair of dry, sensitive skin.”

From Vitamin A to Zinc

Your Guide to Healthy Skin the Natural Way begins with the basics of Understanding Your Skin, the title of chapter one. It gradually moves readers through the steps of an effective skin care regimen, from exfoliation to cleansers, to actives, moisturizers, and sunscreens. The sunscreen chapter is particularly effective, given that it starts out by debunking a few myths, many of which have been perpetuated for far too long by the uninformed mainstream media. A small section titled Confusing Facts About SPF should be a must-read for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities and wants to protect their largest organ, their skin.

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The Golden Ratio Lifestyle Diet

Upgrade Your Life & Tap Your Genetic Potential for Ultimate Health, Beauty & Longevity

By Robert Friedman, MD, & Matthew Cross

The Golden Ratio Lifestyle Diet

The Golden Ratio Lifestyle Diet takes a unique approach to wellness by incorporating information from a variety of scientific disciplines to explore longevity. Right from the get-go, the introduction lets readers know that this is not your run-of-the-mill lifestyle health plan. The Fibonacci Sequence and Nature’s Heartbeat are some of the topics that are so thoroughly researched and explained with real-world examples that the book will quickly win you over.

As a total body improvement book, it begins with the simplest of concepts: breathing. Citing a study from longevity researcher Roy Walford, MD, the book claims that, “People with low VC (vital lung capacity) for their age did not live as long on the average as those with high VC, and as we have learned, predictability is the most important indicator that a biomarker is measuring true ‘functional’ age.”

Vital Capacity (VC) is a measurement of how much air you can breathe out, after maximal inhalation.

This chapter on “Healthy Breath and Circulation” reminds us all how critical a healthy oxygen intake is to further longevity and daily health. The authors state that your vital lung capacity is the number one predictor of longevity. This segues into a fascinating explanation about the Golden Ratio anatomy of our lungs that would seem to be a little far-fetched if not for the abundance of hard data to support it. The following chapter deals with another simple, yet vitally important factor in human health: water and hydration. Each section of this chapter deals with a different aspect of why hydration is important, but the bottom line is that one of the quickest ways to compromise your health is to be chronically dehydrated.

Chapters titled “Sleep, Rest, and Recovery,” and “Posture and Happiness” are certainly valuable, but to Life Extension® readers, the insights in the chapters dedicated to nutrition and detoxification will be truly important and exciting. There is a section on the “Golden Ratio of Evolution: Omega-6/Omega-3 Balance” that links mass dietary ignorance with a lack of knowledge about these crucial fatty acids. In addition, a section on the “Profound New View of Fullness” will be particularly interesting to those practicing caloric restriction. One of the tenets of this piece is that eating until you are only about 2/3 full (the natural Golden Ratio capacity of your stomach), supports optimal meal portions and healthy digestion. For those looking to limit their calories, this is a practical way to start down that path.

The book finds the Golden Ratio, defined in the text as “…nature’s blueprint for virtually all biologic processes…”, in nearly every facet of our health and wellness.

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