Unexpected Nutrition Tips for Naturally Superior Beauty
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.
And what types of products should we consider using to improve health and beauty? We might assume oils, perfumes and lotions are right. Yes, healthy fats are important, but the full answer may surprise you. Oxidation and related inflammation presents a primary threat to our health and beauty. Addressing the threats of oxidation and inflammation are core considerations in maintaining healthy skin.
And when it comes to fat, blindly working out or starving ourselves is not right. Instead, we must intelligently exercise, supporting the body nutritionally with our carefully selected diet, and choosing drinks and supplements according to sound criteria. These criteria are bioavailable nutrients capable of being used by our body, naturally sourced materials that do not contain harmful fillers or additives.
What does our body need for nourishment? We far too often allow our body to run on foods and supplements that may take up space in our body, but far too low in nutrients. At the same time, less than healthy foods lead to waste production and inefficient cellular operation.
Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant, capable of delivering potent nutrition to the cells that make up the skin and support the tissues making up the deeper layers of the skin. Blueberries, blackberries, black currents and healthy greens, especially green superfoods like dandelions, parsley and chives help to support skin health by reducing oxidation in the body.
Curcumin in Tumeric, a herb from the ginger family very popular in the cooking of India holds potential as a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory booster of skin vitality and health. The inclusion of curcumin in the diet and similar spicy herbs aids in the maintenance of smooth skin by actually serving to reduce inflammation in the body and free radical damage. Spicy herbs promote effective circulation and cleansing of the skin, aiding in nutrient delivery, release of toxins and movement of water through body tissues. As noted in our previous articles, modified, non-natural fatty compounds actually cause deficiencies by preventing the body from taking up healthy fats. As a result of essential fatty acid and healthy fat deficiencies, skin sagging, dryness and damage can occur.
Dehydration is a core but often overlooked cause of poor skin health and low energy. Sagging skin as a result of dehydration may be reduced by proper water intake, together with the reduction of excessive processed food and alcohol, all of which may dehydrate the body further or reduce nutrient absorption. Aiming to drink half of your body weight in pounds in ounces per day is a good way to reduce dehydration. For example, a 150 pound person could aim to drink 75 ounces of water per day.
Ginger itself holds benefits for beauty by literally increasing the youthful glow and color in your face and skin through increased blood flow. In turn, this more vibrant and beautiful appearance is a true indicator of in fact, better health. Toxins are removed and nutrients delivered with proper circulation.
At the more superficial level, try placing natural Aloe Vera gel on your face, back of your neck and any other areas of the body you wish to moisturize instead of using chemical filled products. And the benefit is not only superficial; moisturizing with Aloe Vera gel helps to heal minor abrasions, cracks and irritation, absorbing into the body and building health, not creating a toxic burden. Keep in mind that the skin absorbs and eliminates toxins. After all, it is the largest organ in the human body and we depend on our skin to do its job well. You want to therefore be mindful of what you put on your skin, making sure it is composed of natural compounds and non-clogging products.
Next, intake of adequate fiber is a key part of skin health that might never come to mind. But, it is essential. Without proper fiber, digestion will stagnate, causing your body to have too much in the way of toxins and waste, and too few opportunities for nutrient absorption.
So, hydrate, fiberize, antioxidant infuse and spice up your diet and skin care regime, and your body will thank you with better health and real, lasting beauty that indicates health within rather than mirroring the effects of a toxic surface treatment.
About the Authors:
Yvonne Dollard Perc of Island Healthworks is a master herbalist, sclerologist, nutritional consultant, live blood cell analyst, acutherapist, iridologist and health education specialist with over 30 years experience.
Christopher M. Stephens, Master of Community Planning, MSc. Environment & Management is the Communications Manager for Island Healthworks.
Yvonne offers phone consultations and in-clinic visits to develop an individualized program and lifestyle plan. Call 250-468-7685 to speak with Yvonne and set up a phone consultation or an in-clinic visit!
Yvonne Dollard Perc, Master Herbalist, IR, SCL, NU, AC