Every week we like to bring you a roundup of some of the latest trends in beauty, health and wellness, and other articles of interest to ZENMED blog readers. Last week, we came across some interesting posts on a man selling his skin on eBay, the Paleo Diet, everyday habits that are aging you and the role of fitness and eye health.
In an article which can only be summed up as bizarre, the Lancashire Evening Post reports on a man who has decided to sell his skin on the popular auction site eBay upon his death. The 41 year old man, who goes by the name of 'Jaguar', has more than 90% of his body covered in black and gold tattoos, making him look like the animal he is nicknamed after. Saying that he believes people will pay upwards of £75,000 to own what he calls "human leather", he hopes that that money will help provide for his children one day.
Hannah Chenoweth reports on the increasing number of people on the Paleo Diet and discusses whether it is here to stay or just another passing trend. The Paleo Diet is based on the foods consumed by the hunter-gatherers of the Paleolithic Era and the typical eating plan include meats, plants, nuts, seeds, eggs, and seafood. The appeal of the Paleo Diet is that it may lessen Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic illnesses associated with obesity. Also appealing, according to advocates of Paleo, is that is can be easily modified due the the absence of strict guidelines.
Do you only wear sunscreen while you're at the beach on vacation? If so, you may be aging faster than you should, shares Linda Melone. Wearing too much makeup, sitting for most of the day, and failing to get an adequate amount of sleep are other habits that may be linked to premature aging. One habit on the list that really stands out is regularly eating dessert. The post features a dermatologist who shares that too much sugar will cause wrinkles, dark spots, undereye circles, and other common signs of skin aging.
Gretchen Reynolds reports on new research suggesting a link between physical fitness and healthy eye sight. The study, conducted by researchers at Emory University, took a closer look at growth factors, brain health, and cognitive skills after exercise. The testing revealed that the retina and overall vision responded well to exercise, which suggests staying active may play a critical role in preventing conditions such as macular degeneration.