Secrets of Biological Beauty Building

Unexpected Nutrition Tips for Naturally Superior Beauty

The skin is our largest organ, known as the integumentary system. Here described by Island Healthworks, Yvonne Dollard Perc

The Complex Layers of the Human Skin – Our Integumentary System.

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Beauty is both a hot topic in the modern world and a concern of human beings since ancient times. However, beauty is not only an aesthetic concern; it is important to our self image and also, a strong indicator of our physical health, mental well being and biochemical condition. Beauty is not superficial, and neither should our approach to beauty be anything less than serious and biologically correct.

It is no surprise that truly natural approaches to beauty which nutrify the body are revolutionary. With respect to skin health, nourishing the body from within with natural chemical compounds arising from nutritional extracts and precise dietary components, rather than slathering artificial compounds on our skin are key. And this approach is not biologically correct. The saying “Beauty is only skin deep” is a grand lie, biologically speaking, but we act like it is true when it comes to cosmetic focused health care.

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Nutrition & Detox Supports Balanced Biochemistry

Biochemistry Determines Cellular Health. Learn more about Nutrition & Detox with Island Healthworks!

Island Healthworks features biochemical roots of health at cellular, tissue & organ levels. Learn the basics of nutrition & detoxification.
Proper organ function starts at the cellular level. Macronutrients & micronutrients from a healthy diet must be available to each cell.

What does biochemistry mean for wellness?

Biochemistry is a big part of integrative health care! Our bodies are made up of water, minerals and many organic compounds that form our cells, tisues and organs while controlling the function of our body systems. Keeping our body’s chemistry in balance by limiting exposure to toxins and ensuring nutrient availability and absorption is essential. This is also achievable to a greater degree than we might expect.

The biochemistry of the human body is based upon the activity of countless chemicals including amino acids, proteins, catalyzing agents such as enzymes, sugars, ketones, major nutrient minerals, trace elements and vitamins. Core biochemical processes in the human body affect all of our organ systems and body fluids, affecting everything from skin health, energy levels and blood sugar levels to cardiovascular health and brain function. An imbalance in any nutrient level or a toxic exposure can cause a chain reaction that affects multiple body systems.

Integrative health care looks closely at biochemical imbalances, interruptions in metabolic processes, deficiencies, and toxicity in the human body in the interests of improving our health. Understanding several essential factors at even a layman’s level offers us a significant advantage in making proactive health care choices. Island Healthworks now features 6 key principles of environmental and dietary health and wellness in light of nutrition, detox and biochemical function.

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The Gut Brain Connection & Digestion Explained

Digestion and gut health affect brain function through nutrient distribution and toxic metabolism

Special feature with scientific article links! Learn how the gut and brain are interconnected through nerves, friendly bacteria, digestion, nutrition and waste metabolism!

Digestive Health affects brain function - Island Healthworks

Digestion offers a prime example of how our body systems interconnect

The human body is made up of cells, tissues, organs, and glands that work together in harmony to carry out a vast range of essential functions. Our interconnected functions illustrate the foremost importance of an integrative view and approach to health.

The digestive system processes food into two necessary components, one vital for our health and the other requiring effective elimination. These are nutrients, and waste. Optimal digestive function first and foremost extracts as many nutrients as possible from our food. Optimal digestive function then prepares waste for elimination and then removes the waste. Finally, optimal digestion depends on both the health of the Digestive System, and what is put into this magnificent system. We must keep in mind the level of interconnection between the digestive system and other body systems.

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Allergies & Year Round Colds & Flus Demystified

Allergy Season Symptoms & Year Round Cold and Flu Occurrences Relate to Immunity

Learn about allergies, colds and flus with Island Healthworks

Pollen triggers allergies when your body overreacts

Natural resistance to allergies, colds and flus alike all depend on the condition of our immune system. Immune system health involves a combination of body systems that must function together to defend the body, and avoid overreacting to environmental elements.

In the spring, airborne allergens are hard to avoid, and the allergic load from these natural allergens may be worsened by unnatural levels of toxins in our environment. Varnishes, paints and even packaging materials may contribute to toxicity and allergic burdens in our home and office environment. There are many other factors to consider. Pet allergies may be mitigated by avoiding particularly allergenic species, and by avoidance of overly close contact. However, at Island Healthworks we have seen pet allergies disappear through simple lifestyle changes and the right nutritional supplementation.

If there are innate, unavoidable sources of allergens in our environment, such as pollen, we can take steps to compensate for your immune system overreaction. Even in an allergen free environment, a lack of symptoms from allergies should not mean one should be satisfied with one’s current health. The seasonal appearance of allergies may indicate chronic health impairments that manifest themselves as allergies. Continue reading

Blood Pressure Management & Your Health

Blood Pressure Affects many Body Systems. Learn with Island Healthworks!

Blood Pressure is affected by Blood Vessel & Blood Condition - Island Healthworks

Blood Pressure is influenced by Many Health & Lifestyle Factors

Blood pressure issues are increasingly well known conditions that affect a significant percentage of adults in North America. Unlike some conditions, it is hard to point to a single cause of high blood pressure, which is known as hypertension, or the rarer condition of hypotension, which involves excessively low blood pressure.

Blood is a fluid that delivers nutrients to different parts of the body, and also carries waste products away so they can be efficiently eliminated. The behavior of the blood in the circulatory system is akin to the behavior of water in a pipe. Without proper water intake and nutrients, blood flow patterns and blood pressure may be affected over time.

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Inflammation: The Underlying Cause of Most Illness

Chronic Inflammation Often Remains Undetected, but Has Serious Implications

Inflammation is a serious underlying cause of illness

As the Sun benefits human health, so does inflammation as an essential body process, but excess is dangerous.

If you look at any disease, health concern or medical condition, you are likely to find inflammation at the root as an underlying cause.

According to some of the most interesting and progressive health writings by medical doctors, inflammation in of itself is actually a good thing in many cases. However, too much of a good thing is sure recipe for problems down the road, and excessive inflammation drives serious illnesses and even apparently terminal conditions.

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Butcher’s Broom – The Circulation Herb

Butcher's Broom supports circulation and provies minerals and flavenoids - Island Healthworks

Butchers’s Broom is traditionally used for circulation and provides valuable nutrients. Leonora Enkling Photo.

Circulation is essential to human health. The transportation of nutrients throughout the body and removal of toxins from body tissues depends on effective movement the bloodstream. Circulation requires healthy blood vessels including arteries and capillaries, while the composition of the blood and overall organ health is important in maintaining healthy circulation. In addition to a healthy diet and adequate exercise, certain herbs may prove useful in assisting you in your goal of optimizing circulation.

Butchers broomHas been traditionally used for circulation due to its ability to strengthen the physical components of the circulatory system the herb may reduce inflammation which is known impair circulation. In addition to the beneficial minerals contained in this herb such as Zinc and Iron. Butcher’s Broom also contains powerful plant-based chemicals known as flavonoids which may actually strengthen capillaries and bolster other elements of the circulatory system.

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Horsetail – The Strengthening Herb

Exceptionally Rich in Silica, Horsetail Preparations Support Bone, Skin, Hair & Nail Health

Horsetail may strengthen bones, skin, nails and hair. Island Healthworks

Horsetail is an Ancient Plant with the Highest Silica Content of All Herbs.

Horsetail offers a number of beneficial herbal properties that have the common theme of strengthening the body and regulating water retention in the body. Long known as a diuretic an astringent, horsetail may assist in addressing excessive water retention in the body and supporting better kidney and urinary tract health. Horsetail is often used for edema related swelling and associated inflammation due to excessive water retention in the cells. Through its astringent properties, Horsetail may promote tightening of the skin. Other reported properties of these plants, which may be made into tea or taken directly include wound healing and relaxing effects.

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Kidney Health Part 1: Learn About Your Filters & Regulators

Just what do the Kidneys Do, and How Can you Take Care of them?

Concerened About Kidney Health? Learn natural approaches with Island Healthworks

The Kidneys Filter Your Body Fluids & Regulate Biochemical Parameters

The Kidneys are vital organs that maintain a number of body system parameters as regulators of chemical and physiological conditions in the organs, tissues and bloodstream. Your kidneys maintain urinary system functions and also provide homeostatic regulation which affects electrolytes, acid/alkaline balance, and blood pressure.

These functions are controlled by salt and water balance regulation. The Kidneys filter blood and remove waste before producing urine and reabsorbing water, glucose and amino acids. Kidneys also produce amino acids needed by other body systems.

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Blood Pressure & Heart Health Explained

Blood Pressure, Blood Condition & Heart Health are Related

Blood Pressure is affected by Blood Vessel & Blood Condition - Island Healthworks

Blood Pressure is influenced by Many Health & Lifestyle Factors

Blood pressure issues are increasingly well known conditions that affect a significant percentage of adults in North America. Unlike some conditions, it is hard to point to a single cause of high blood pressure, which is known as hypertension, or the rarer condition of hypotension, which involves excessively low blood pressure.

Blood is a fluid that delivers nutrients to different parts of the body, and also carries waste products away so they can be efficiently eliminated. The behavior of the blood in the circulatory system is akin to the behavior of water in a pipe. Without proper water intake and nutrients, blood flow patterns and blood pressure may be affected over time.

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