As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project
The skin is the largest organ we as humans possess and it really takes a beating throughout our lives because of how we tend to abuse it. The skin is a layer which protects us but also allows us to absorb molecules like vitamin D and excretes toxins though the production of oil and sweat. As we age our skin can become damaged typically from external influences like sunlight and also from internal insults such as a poor diet and smoking. Here are some key nutrients which can improve the way your skin looks and feels as you age.
This mineral is typically found in foods like oysters, beef, seafood and beans. Zinc is also available in an oral or topical supplement form. Zinc is very important because it’ works very closely with the vitamin A that you eat to improve tissue healing, decrease inflammation in the skin and speed the healing process from the damage caused from the sun and air pollution.
This important mineral, found in higher amounts in nuts, beef, fish, turkey and eggs, works with vitamin E to fight the free radicals which can cause the inflammation and damage to your skin following sunlight exposure. Selenium is also available in oral supplemental forms.
- Vitamins E & C
Vitamin E found in nuts, seeds, plant oils and green vegetables is responsible for preventing the formation of free radicals in the fatty confines of your skin layers. Damage done to the fatty cell membranes in your skin from the sun or pollution can cause premature aging. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant contained in higher amounts in colourful fruits, vegetables and herbs. This vitamin may be the most important free radical scavenger for the skin because, not only does it protect the skin from ultra violet damage, but works it’s magic by producing new collagen and regenerating older collagen which has been previously damaged. These vitamins are available in oral and topical supplements.
This nutrient is commonly found in green tea, sweet potatoes, kale, berries and broccoli. It is a phyto-chemical compound with very strong ant-oxidant properties. Quercitin, has been shown to guard against the associated free-radical damage to the skin caused from exposure to the sun’s rays.
- Omega-3 Fats
The super special, fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna and flax seed oil can decrease the inflammation caused from the continued exposure of the skin to harmful sunlight. These polyunsaturated fatty acids can help repair damaged cellular membranes and help decrease the inflammatory response. Eating several servings of fish per week or ingesting supplements or more ground flax seed will help.
- Coenzyme Q-10
This potent anti-oxidant is extremely important as it repairs the damage caused from sunlight and pollution by increasing the ability of our skin cells to naturally repair themselves. It accomplishes this task by increasing the cells own energy production which speeds the repair process. I recommend a supplement containing 60-100 Mg. of oil-based Co-Q-10 taken daily with food, or applied directly to the skin in a topical solution.