Natural Beauty: The Choice to Be Beautiful is In Your Hands
NATURAL BEAUTY: Secrets to Looking & Feeling Your Very Best
There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.
~ Jane Austen
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Vitality and beauty are gifts of nature for those who live according to its laws.
~ Leonardo Da Vinci
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Recently, on a blog, I read a mother's touching response to her daughter when the girl asked the question, "Mommy, am I pretty?"
The mom's response was to suggest that her daughter consider a different word: not "pretty," which can mean so many different things to so many different people, but rather "beautiful." Here's what she said:
"Beautiful means 'full of beauty.' Beautiful is not about the appearance of your outsides − beautiful is about what you’re made of. Beautiful women are women who spend time discovering what they love – what sings to them –what their idea of beauty on this Earth is. Then they make time each day to fill themselves up with that beauty."
I adore this description of beauty because I truly believe that authentic beauty is an alchemy of radiant physical health and glowing self-esteem. When a woman feels happy and fulfilled, her outlook and contentment reflect in her face and overall appearance.
I also like the idea that those who are beautiful "make time each day to fill themselves up with beauty." The author meant that beautiful women fill up on what interests them and lights them up, but I think the statement can equally be applied to what they literally consume. As a holistic health consultant in private practice, I know how important it is to "fill oneself up" with abundant sleep, a nutrient-rich diet, exercise, and plenty of pure, hydrating water in order to maintain the kind of optimum health that promotes a beautiful appearance. To combine emotional and physical nourishment is, in my estimation, the truest and most time-honored beauty "secret."
What detracts from natural beauty?
We live in a media-saturated, youth- and beauty-obsessed culture in which intervention with beauty "technology" is increasingly becoming the norm. Injections with toxic bacteria, supercharged lasers, and traumatic surgeries can certainly manipulate appearances to keep skin taut and "frozen in time," but that is hardly synonymous with filling oneself with beauty.
What many consider to be "fading beauty" is oftentimes the natural course of the aging process. Aging leaves skin less hydrated and elastic, sun damage pronounced, and radiance diminished through lower-than-desired energy levels.
At the same time, the stressful pace and demands of modern life can lead to premature aging. Relentless stress can cause high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is released by the adrenal glands as part of our "fight or flight" response to stressors. At chronically high levels, cortisol can slow normal cell regeneration, interfere with healthy endocrine function, and produce other undesirable physical outcomes including acne and hair loss. Talk about eroding natural beauty!
Other lifestyle factors including a subpar diet, cigarette smoking, and excessive exposure to UV light can also lead to outward signs of premature aging. There has been much debate about the role of free radicals in the aging process in general, but a large body of research supports the idea that the oxidative stress wrought by free radicals can lead to premature wrinkling of the skin (Emerit, I). It stands to reason, then, that consuming an antioxidant-rich diet and healing foods of nature that naturally boost cell regeneration and guard the skin against damage from UV light would help promote natural beauty in the truest sense.
We can't ever fully escape the inevitability of aging, but we can certainly pursue "quality aging" through dietary and lifestyle choices that preserve the integrity of our natural gifts.
Keep Your Body Detoxified
Beautiful skin and a healthy body first begin with a detoxified body. My favorite supplement for full-body detoxification is the Liposomal Detox Cocktail. Here's info on the efficacious program and how to get it.
Liposomal Detox Cocktail
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High Tech Health Liposomes not only deliver nutrients efficiently, but they also provide phosphatidycholine (PC), which is an essential nutrient for detoxification, cell health, and brain health. Liposomal is an encapsulation that provides efficient delivery to cells.
Whether you embark on this cocktail program bi-monthly, for three consecutive months (any three months during the year), quarterly—with each change of season, or daily (as I take it), this Liposomal Detox Cocktail is the perfect regimen to detoxify, cleanse, rejuvenate, heal, and energize your miraculous body from head-to-toe, inside out. Try it for one month (30 days) and you'll see and feel a positive difference.
TRANSFORM YOUR HEALTH AND LIFE IN ONE YEAR: If you can commit to taking this Detox Cocktail for 12 months, you will be amazed at how young you'll look and feel — about 10-15 years younger! Many of my clients and friends have completed one year on the Detox Cocktail, and they're grateful for their salubrious results! In just one year, you can completely detoxify, rejuvenate, and reinvigorate your body.
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General Lifestyle Tips for Radiant Skin
There are a host of lifestyle practices that can help keep skin healthy and looking its absolute best. You’ll find detailed information on each one, and my personal recommendations, on my website. Some of my favorites include:
Dry skin brushing:
I've been talking a lot about facial skin, but, of course, the face is only a small portion of your body's dermis! To make every pore glow from neck to toe, try brushing your body with a natural bristle brush or loofah mitt eachday before bathing. The brushing increases circulation and sloughs off dead skin cells through exfoliation, giving skin a radiant appearance. The circulatory benefits also help your body eliminate toxins for overall better health. Most health food stores carry brushes appropriate for this task. Make sure your brush has natural bristles (as opposed to nylon or other synthetics) and a long handle so you can reach all those hard-to-get-places on your body. Start off very gently for the first couple weeks until your skin gets used to it. Brush in circular motions, always moving toward the heart. If there are patches of eczema, skin eruptions, or any other skin condition, avoid brushing the affected areas.
Regular, vigorous exercise also supports healthy circulation and detoxification, with visible benefits for the skin. When you engage in aerobic activity such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling, hiking, swimming, or aerobic classes, it supports all of your elimination mechanisms at the same time. As heart and perspiration rates increase, you sweat and breathe more heavily and deeply. Blood and lymph circulation are improved. Exercise also stimulates the bowels to eliminate. Moreover, it releases endorphins that make you feel happier and less stressed. The skin takes on a rosy glow that no make-up artist could duplicate!
Sleep & Water:
If you aren't well rested, your skin will let the world know, because your face will appear pale, drawn, and blemished. Sleep is when most of the body’s “repair work” and maintenance are completed. Thus, getting deep sleep is essential for maintaining beautiful skin. While you sleep, blemishes are being healed and new skin cells regenerated. In fact, I think that there’s nothing more restorative for our bodies than getting ample sleep, night after night after night. Research suggests that even one or two nights of sufficient sleep (experts recommend eight hours) can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol more than a number of other stress-management techniques combined. Granted, stress often interferes with sleep, but do your best to increase your chances of getting quality sleep by avoiding caffeine after noon, establishing a regular bedtime and wake-up time, and doing something relaxing in the hour before bedtime (no electronic devices!).
Each day we need to drink at least eight glasses of purified water for proper hydration. Carry a reusable, earth-friendly bottle of water with you to encourage drinking more water. You can refill these bottles at home from a filtered or purified water source. I use and recommend the Ionizer Plus to create alkaline water because most toxins are acidic. Drinking alkaline water is one of the quickest ways to keep your body detoxified, and your skin glowing, even if your everyday diet is less than perfect. Click here for more information on the healing power of alkaline water and the benefits of using the Ionizer Plus in your home or office, as I do. Or to purchase immediately, call Emily at High Tech Health, their Product Specialist: 800-794-5355 MT, ext. 802, 8 - 5 pm.
Scientists are finding that meditation helps keep us wrinkle-free and healthy. That’s right! Researchers have discovered myriad benefits to the ancient practice of meditation, many of which have a direct impact on skin health. Meditation can increase relaxation, lower blood pressure, decrease pain, and reduce secretion of stress hormones, including adrenaline and noradrenaline. All of these outcomes have positive benefits for skin health, as stress − just like sleep deprivation − always shows on the face. One study showed that people who had been meditating for more than five years were biologically 12 to 15 years younger than non-meditators!
The skin is one of the body's four elimination channels. In Ayurvedic and Chinese medical traditions, one of the first things that practitioners want to know is whether a patient is having regular bowel movements, urinating, and sweating. This is important because these processes are the body's ways of eliminating wastes and toxins. Once toxins have been released into the blood and neutralized by the liver, they must be eliminated safely from the body, otherwise they may become reabsorbed. If your body is not properly detoxifying, your skin will suffer with clogged pores, blemishes, oiliness, and other damage. Exercising, eating a diet high in fiber and low in refined starches and sugars (especially organic, raw produce), and drinking plenty of water will help you avoid constipation and will keep your elimination systems running smoothly for young, healthy-looking skin all over. Also, the Liposomal Detox Cocktail described above does wonders for bringing forth your natural beauty. (To read my article on The Skinny on Raw Foods & How They Heal Your Body, click HERE.)
Heat therapy and infrared saunas:
In these times of water and airborne pollution, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and poor dietary and exercise habits, the therapeutic internal cleansing of regular sweating is critical to maintaining a healthy body and glowing skin. The easiest key to a good sweat is a sauna. Regular, effective, whole-body detoxification through taking far infrared saunas boosts the body’s ability to detoxify, leading to significant and lasting health benefits. Consider investing in a personal sauna for your home or office. The therapeutic internal cleansing of regular sweating is critical to maintain a health body and mind. I use and highly recommend an infrared home sauna called Thermal Life. Click HERE to get more information on how they heal the body and how to get a $500 discount on your purchase. Or to purchase immediately, call Emily at High Tech Health, their Product Specialist: 800-794-5355 MT, ext. 802, 8 - 5 pm.
It may seem cliché to "stop and smell the roses" more, but research demonstrates time and again that simple pleasures can decrease our stress considerably and bring a youthful vitality. Unmanaged stress increases free radicals in your body, including in your skin, which then increases wrinkles and photoaging. Reveling in life’s simple pleasures at least once a day will not only keep stress and wrinkles at bay, but will also will enrich your life immeasurably. What brings joy to someone of course varies by the individual, but there are certain time-tested ways to approach life joyfully that are also proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Taking a hot bath brings down cortisol levels. A weekend away decreases stress levels and boosts immunity. Spending time in nature or with pets boosts mood. Laughter quells stress and activates the immune system. Your skin glows with joy when you put on a happy face!
So now I return to the definition of “beautiful” that I introduced at the beginning of this article. If being beautiful is literally filling oneself up with beauty and goodness, then I can’t imagine three more wholesome detoxification supplements to fill up on as described above in the Liposomal Detox Cocktail — Vitamin C, Glutathione, and R-Lipoic Acid by High Tech Health International. And the purified, alkaline water is another way to feed all of your 70+ trillion cells with goodness, balance, and wholesomeness.
As supermodel Christy Turlington once said, "When you are balanced and when you listen and attend to the needs of your body, mind, and spirit, your natural beauty comes out." Consuming these nourishing superfoods of nature and living a more balanced, holistic lifestyle goes a long way toward giving your body what it needs; the mind and spirit are up to you!