The skin barrier of darker skin can be more prone to disruption through a process of trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), because of lower levels of ceramides in the stratum corneum. This means skin can feel rough and dry. When choosing moisturisers, those with darker skin may find it helpful to use products that contain natural moisturising factors (NMF), or are labelled as barrier repair' orceramide' cream. As melanin offers protection from UV rays, darker skins have a natural SPF of around 13. This does not mean that if you have darker skin you do not need to use SPF. Studies show that the stratum corneum is not thicker on darker skins, but it is more compact. This is good news for the elasticity and tone of darker skin. A darker skin tone is more prone to hypertrophic or keloid scarring, where excess collagen creates a raised scar. The skin barrier function is mentioned frequently in this article. A soft, smooth-to-the-touch, plump skin is a sign of good barrier function. Think about what makes this person who they are. What are their characteristics, their unique traits, their funny quirks? What are their strengths and weaknesses? What do they wish they could change about themselves? Take note of the main qualities or characteristics that come to mind, including the not-so-desirable ones. Remind yourself that your goal is to be observant and nonjudgmental, not to chastise yourself. Make peace with the fact that this person is you. You come complete with positive qualities, flaws and negative features, and everything in between. Remember that this is what it means to be human. After nonjudgmentally identifying and accepting your flaws in this exercise, you can work on improving them in a healthy manner.

The inner voice, on the other hand, pursues a path for its own sake, for its own joy. Second, Joan was able to turn her situation around because she used her pain as feedback to obtain a greater understanding of her situation. If she had denied or repressed her distress, it would have returned at a later point, perhaps as a physical illness. Ignoring the pain only creates more pain and leaves the original problem unsolved. Third, Joan did not make the wrong decision. When we view every action as increasing our self-knowledge, there are no failures, only learning experiences. No matter what choice we make, we can grow through it if we remain open to the teaching that is presented. Keys to Supporting the Inner Voice At each moment in time, we are asked to make a choicea choice between following the inner voice of truth or the false voice of separation. Here are some qualities that will help you to remain faithful to the highest that is within you: In the gut, liver, and other tissues, bacterial endotoxin latch onto immune receptors, propelling the immune system into a state of inflammation. Worse yet, overly excited immune cells begin to make their way to fat stores, where they congregate, secreting proinflammatory messengers called cytokines . This endotoxin-related inflammation is thought to skew metabolism from a fat-burning state to a sugar-burning one. Obesity is the collateral damage of inflammation, the kind that can be caused by food-related shifts in the intestinal microflora, leading to an overabundance of harmful bacteria and their proinflammatory endotoxin. Storing too much fat and becoming overweight is far more complicated than simply eating more calories than you burn. BARIATRIC SURGERY AND HORMONES The intestines release many hormones responsible for controlling appetite and processing ingested foods. For example, after you eat, the 50-70 percent rise in insulin, the pancreatic hormone that regulates blood sugar, is contingent upon the proper secretion of incretins, hormones released from the intestinal tract. Bariatric surgery and the new generation of antidiabetic medications are linked to rapid improvements in blood levels of these incretins as well as other molecules, such as leptin , that regulate appetite. AN ALTERNATIVE TO SURGERY

That's what the wealthy and educated do. Exactly, I said. And everyone can do it. This isn't a new conversation; Why doesn't everyone do it, then? Because no one is telling them how, I replied. They don't even hear about it. They don't know it's an option. It's been kept quiet, hush-hush, for the few. I'm just selling articles people can read and put on the bed stand, Loral, he said. It's okay to feel so overwhelmed or angry that you don't know how you'll find the energy to get up and do this all over again tomorrow. You can experience these shadow emotions and love and adore your children with every cell and breath in your body. You are not alone, and this article is going to help you learn to manage your shadow emotions and thrive in motherhood. I'm so glad you've found this article, because here you will learn about yourself and your emotions: the awesome ones we all imagine when we become mothers--joy, gratitude, love, adoration, contentment, appreciation--and the shadow emotions that catch us off guard, such as anger, sadness, fear, disgust, and embarrassment. In these articles, you're going to find the whole experience of motherhood, not just the moments we anticipate and look forward to, intentionally portray when we leave the house, or carefully curate on social media. The journey of motherhood is a great unknown, unfamiliar at times. We don't always know what to do with, how to react to, or how to manage the emotions we experience. But over time, if we stay committed to caring for ourselves, nurturing our relationships, and managing our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, we can get through the challenging times in motherhood. We can start to feel more brightness, happiness, gratitude, and well-being. This article is going to inspire you to appreciate yourself and embrace the whole experience of motherhood without judging yourself, which in turn will bring more compassion and understanding into your life so you can thrive in motherhood!

My journey has been long. As I write this, almost ten years have passed since the worst of the depression and migraines. The migraines are still a daily struggle, but I have learned what I need to do to take care of myself, and I'm able to work enough to pay the bills. The depression returns occasionally, but I know what I need to do to get through it, and I know what I would need to do if it ever came for a longer stay. That is the story of my own long night. Yours will be different, and your ways of healing will be different. I cannot say how long it will take for you, how long the long night will be. I'm not here to tell you what you need to do to heal, though I can tell you what helped me. All I want to do is to tell you a little of my own story so that hopefully you will feel that you are not alone in yours. And that is also what I mean by prayer: That you are not alone. Any of these factors can have major consequences, including gloom and despair, sluggishness, difficulty working, and a sense of pervasive anxiety. In contemporary life, the inner clock faces challenges beyond the predictable cycling of day and night. Consider the strange experience of quickly crossing multiple time zones and having to switch to a new day/night schedule when the body still thinks it is at home. This is the dreaded jet lag, with its disorientation, fatigue, and waking up in the middle of the night. And closer to home, the pressure by industry to produce nonstop forces millions of shift workers to stay awake and alert while out of sync with their circadian clock. This arbitrary disruption of their lives can have terrible consequences both for them and for their families. How We Live Today Most of us live a twilight existence. We spend most of the day indoors, with light levels that are a mere fraction of daylight intensities. The amount of time we are likely to spend outdoors with sufficient exposure to light is trivial.

This may place you at more or less risk for certain diseases and it is why specific diseases are not always inherited in families, but many members of the same family suffer from different related autoimmune diseases. For instance, your mom may have type 1 diabetes, while your aunt has Crohn's, and your sister has Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Similarly, those who already have an autoimmune disease are at a higher risk for developing additional diseases, because they most likely have acquired the collection of genes that predisposes them to autoimmune disease. Disproportionately 1 of the greatest risk factors is gender, with females making up 75 percent of the diagnosed autoimmune population, most likely because of the hormonal differences between the sexes. Your ethnicity is also a factor. African-Americans, Native Americans, and Latinos are at a greater risk than Caucasians. ENVIRONMENTAL TRIGGERS --Although it can be handy to blame autoimmune disease all on genetics, it only accounts for about one-third of your risk of developing one. It is often said that while genes load the gun, environment pulls the trigger. Pathogens, chemicals, and substances your immune system is exposed to in your daily life can have an impact on whether or not you develop an autoimmune disease. Certain bacterial and viral infections, both acute and chronic, have been linked to the development of autoimmunity--most likely because they contain proteins that closely resemble your own, confusing the immune system. Tooth Decay Sugar can interact with bacteria in the teeth. When this happens, it creates acids that damage and degrade the tooth enamel, which eventually causes your teeth to rot. Contrary to the common belief that sugar causes a cavity, it's actually the acid created when sugar reacts with the bacteria on your tooth surface. Normally our teeth are fully equipped to handle this occasional chemical reaction; Type 2 Diabetes Excess sugar consumption leads to weight gain, which is a major contributing factor to type 2 diabetes. In fact, it's categorized as one of the leading causes of the condition. When you consistently consume sugar in high amounts, it often leads to insulin resistance. If you remember from before, insulin is responsible for the regulation of your blood-sugar level when it gets too high.