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Winter hasn’t even officially started and I already have calloused feet and dry lips.

Dear Terry, “Winter hasn’t even officially started and I already have calloused feet and dry lips. Any tips on how to keep them from getting so dry?” — Hannah R., Davenport, IA

Dear Hannah, To keep your skin moisturized and healthy, you have to nourish it from the inside out.

I would recommend adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) seed and pulp oil to your daily regimen. Sea buckthorn oil has been clinically shown to improve the hydration capabilities of the skin and mucous membranes, helping to alleviate dryness and facilitate skin healing. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. In addition, the pulp contains exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). I recommend taking 500-1,000 mg of sea buckthorn oil twice daily.

When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.

In my experience, calluses and very rough skin can also be associated with sluggish thyroid function. In that case, iodine and L-tyrosine can be extremely beneficial. I’d recommend taking 15 mg of iodine plus 200 mg of L-tyrosine at breakfast. This will provide the raw materials necessary for your thyroid glands to make healthy amounts of thyroid hormone.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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