Clear Skin Tips

Here are some tips I keep on file and try to practice.

Substances to intake:

  • Green Tea: rich in antioxidants; reduces skin damage caused by ultraviolet light; helps eliminate cancer-causing free radicals.
  • Salmon: Omega-3 fatty acids help keep out harmful substances and allow nutrients to enter cells; rich in protein, potassium, selenium and vitamin B12.
  • Blueberries: possibly the highest food source of antioxidants; excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E and riboflavin.
  • Carrots: excellent source of vitamin A (a must for healthy skin); high levels of antioxidants; superior source of fiber, biotin, vitamins K, C and B6, potassium and thiamine.
  • Water: pure, clean water hydrates cells and helps them move toxins out and nutrients in; allows the body to sweat more efficiently, keeping skin clean and clear.

Substances to avoid:

  • Sugar
  • White flour
  • Saturated fats
  • Fried foods
  • All of these trap oil and bacteria beneath the skin, causing acne and other skin ailments.

    This information is a condensation of an article at

You’ve got ancestors!

Whoa! I was talking to my dad about our family history this past weekend, and as a result I was finally able to connect my great grandfather with Frampton Dowling, who was probably the first of my ancestors to emigrate from Ireland. Pretty exciting stuff! The crazy part is that I’ve had the documentation for this connection in my files for several years and never noticed it! =S

As a database developer, this has of course inspired me to create my own genealogy software for Mac and Windows, on which task I embarked over the weekend. If you’re into genealogy and have ideas for cool and/or “must-have” features, feel free to leave a comment!

To all those Dowlings out there, if you think you might be a descendent of Frampton Dowling, be sure to check out a book called A Dowling Family of the South, by R.A. Dowling. The book is out of print, but reprints are available at a modest rate from Higginson Book Company in Salem, Massachusetts.