A chat with Dr. Zoltan Rona on how to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.

We're extremely proud to announce that Dr. Zoltan Rona (an M.D. who practices complementary and integrative medicine) has started selling our Graydon line at his clinic and dispensary in Thornhill. It's exciting for us to have the stamp of approval from such a holistically oriented medical doctor.  

I was lucky enough to interview Dr. Rona and this was a real treat because he is an overflowing wealth of information-- which is no surprise given that he is an author of 11 books on natural medicine as well as the brilliant mind behind the innovative and super high quality line of supplements Tristar Naturals.

I got to ask him lots of questions about how to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful, so read on for the 411.

Q: What are your favourite supplements for healthy skin?

A: My favourite is aloe vera because it can be used for practically all skin problems, internally and externally.

For dry, sensitive aging skin I often recommend evening primrose and oils rich in omega-3's such as flax and hemp seed oil. Vitamin E is also good. And obviously don't forget to drink water.

For oily or acne-prone skin, the best remedy combines a good probiotic, saw palmetto or a high dose beta-sitosterol supplement. Grapefruit seed extract can also help.

Q: What is your take on holistic vs conventional skincare?

A: Many people don't realize that their skin absorbs harmful chemicals (including carcinogens) which are often loaded into mainstream cosmetic products.

Keeping in mind that what you put on your skin is just as important as what you ingest, my advice is that if you can't understand and literally eat the ingredients listed on the label of a product, don't put it on your skin.

Q: If there is one thing you could recommend for healthy skin, what would it be?

A: Avoid synthetic chemical based cosmetics and avoid fried refined foods (esp sugar) because they are quite toxic to the skin, and speed up the aging process.

Do your best to eat a whole food (organic if possible) diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables that are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Q: What are some certain foods you recommend to help keep skin moisturized from the inside, out?

A: Avocados, a variety of nuts, seeds and coconut are some good choices. Mineral rich vegetables such as radishes and watercress are high in silica and are also excellent for your skin, hair and nails. 

Q: Do you have any special tips for those with skin issues going through hormonal transition - especially teens and peri-menopausal women?   

A: Both could benefit by boosting their progesterone levels by taking more vitamin B6 and chaste berry extract (Vitex). Magnesium can also be very helpful.

Q: How do you feel about sunshine and it's connection to aging?   

A: A certain amount of sunshine is beneficial because it allows you to make your own vitamin D. Just don't get burned and use a natural sunscreen (like Graydon's) if you're out in the sun long periods of time. Non nano zinc oxide and aloe vera are ingredients you want to look for.

For more great information on natural health… Pour yourself a cup of tea and take some time to browse through lots of articles written by Dr. Rona's at HighLevelWellness and about his supplements at Tristar Naturals.

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