How To Attain The Glow of Beauty
September 29, 2011|
To achieve the glow you must pay attention to a constellation of eating and lifestyle habits that help you both avoid toxins (free radicals), while providing antioxidants to neutralize free radicals and building supplies for metabolic repair.
We all know that free radicals contribute to cancer but I don’t think that people really get how much free radicals affect appearance. As we age our trillion cells become increasingly damaged. The end result is death of course. Before death, you can look like death warmed over. Most cellular damage is caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules with an odd or unpaired electron. Molecules consist of a positively charged nucleus and negatively charged electrons that orbit the nucleus in pairs. When an electron is added or lost the molecule becomes extremely reactive and is referred to as a “free radical” because it frantically seeks electrons to pair up with its unpaired electrons. Free radicals ravage the molecules in your body, stealing electrons from complete molecules. This process of stealing electrons, called oxidation, creates a domino effect of molecules becoming free radicals and further rampaging to obtain paired electrons, causing more free radicals.
Free radicals damage collagen, which are protein fibers that provide cushions of support throughout the body. When the collagen under the skin is damaged by free radicals, eventually the skin will start to sag over a mass of cellulite. MSG and aspartame are notorious free radical generators and the reason why people who eat factory food and drink diet drinks have so much more cellulite than those who don’t.
Because the skin, our body’s largest organ, is exposed five thousand times a day to free radicals the skin can age faster than other organs. And if you don’t introduce antioxidants into your system all day every day, you will see yourself aging faster every year. And that glow you once had is going to be ancient history.
Reverse The Dead Look Into Vibrant Glow
- Stop eating dead factory food and eat only real, living food
- Quit addictions to stimulants
- Stop taking too many OTC and prescription drugs
- Avoid toxic exposure from self, home care, cosmetics, environmental, and in medical procedures
- Live a detox lifestyle
- Sleep enough
- Smile, laugh and have fun
Stop Eating Dead Factory Food and Eat Only Real, Living Food
Eating factory food equals accelerated aging. Factory food is not recognized by the body as food, and it also delivers toxins (free radicals).
Eating real food equals optimal health. Real food supplies your body with nutrition including antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. Antioxidants from food are able to add an electron to a free radical, stabilizing the free radical and stopping the proliferation of free radicals and their damage. Antioxidants therefore slow the aging process. (You can also take additional supplements.)
If you’ve followed me for any length of time you know that I’m not big on studies. I prefer to check things out with my eyes. But there was a recent study that interested me. The study, published in the Journal Evolution and Human Behavior, found that people who eat fruits and veggies have a golden color to their skin—and not just Caucasian skin but in all colors of skin. This golden glow is attributed to compounds called carotenoids, which are responsible for the red and orange colors in fruits and veggies. Carotenoids are antioxidants that neutralize free radicals.
In addition to fruits and veggies of course you want to eat a balanced diet of real, whole, living food including proteins and fats. Don’t forget spices. Spices are rich in antioxidants especially turmeric (curcumin), cumin, fenugreek, black pepper, ground cloves, cinnamon, and oregano. Make sure to buy non-GMO brands.
Quit Addictions to Stimulants
The drug-addicted look is an accelerated version of the dead look, but in reality this look is not much different than the look attained by the “normal” drug addict. By normal I mean people who are habituated to stimulants: sugar, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs (any kind).
Of course sugar turns into glucose, which is blood sugar, but all stimulants have the same end result. Stimulants cause the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which breaks down lean body mass (muscles and bones) to turn it into glucose. So if you’re dieting by starving and drinking coffee, you’re flooding your bloodstream with glucose, followed right away with insulin. So now you’ve got a lot of aging factors that interfere with hormone balance and increase inflammation. That is why people who use stimulants including sugar end up with that bloated, dead look (not glowing).
When there’s constantly too much glucose it starts to attach to proteins, which is called glycation. These working proteins are now bogged down with sugar molecules, and can’t perform as well. Glycation is considered a major factor in aging, especially accelerated aging—and the outward manifestation, which is the dead look, not the glowing look we’re after.
If you’re considering quitting an addiction, knowing that it’s aging you more rapidly might help to motivate you. You can quit addictions. http://www.alwaysnewyou.com/nancy-deville/quit-addictions-by-feeding-your-brain.html
If you’re addicted to coffee, consider switching to green tea, which is rich in antioxidants. Green tea also contains theanine, a calming neurotransmitter precusor to help you while you’re conquering your caffeine addiction.
Stop Taking Too Many OTC and Prescription Drugs
Drugs are free radical generators. So beware of how many drugs you’re taking. If you must take drugs, make sure to also take antioxidants, and drink green veggie juice. See below.
Avoid Toxic Exposure From Self, Home Care, Cosmetics, Environmental, and in Medical Procedures
Our bodies are under attack every day from 80-100,000 toxins. The liver does it’s best to detox us by ushering toxins to the exit via our colon. One really good reason to immediately address constipation! (I devoted part of a chapter to this subject in Healthy, Sexy, Happy. Suffice it to say here, you need probiotics to heal an unhealthy gut.) When the large intestine is paralyzed it sends toxins via the lymphatic system back into circulation. When the liver is maxed out, it’s forced to send toxins back into the bloodstream. Toxins end up in subcutaneous fat, smoldering, creating free radicals, which result in inflammation. The graphics of this would be along the lines of puffiness, swelling, seething sinuses, dark circles under the eyes, thinning, shallow, flaking skin, among other not very pretty images.
Meanwhile the body continues to try to purge toxins and that result can be acne, rashes, eczema.
The best course of action is to avoid as many toxins as you can. Stop and think before reaching for that laundry detergent you’ve been buying all these years. And please don’t be fooled because manufacturers are now removing one toxin, like colored dyes. They have a very long way to go and should not be in your shopping cart until they are
Live a Detox Lifestyle
The purpose of a detox is to rapidly cleanse the body of its toxin toxic load. I’m not a huge fan of detoxing for two reasons. First and foremost I think the whole notion of a detox in your future provides subtle subconscious permission to be sloppy with your health. Secondly, I advocate living a detox (anti-inflammatory) lifestyle, which takes considerable more discipline and effort, because it’s a lifestyle that needs to be sustained. The basics of a detox lifestyle are:
- Avoid all factory-produced foods (including animal products)
- Eat only real organic food and humanely raised animal products
- Avoid toxic fats (heat/chemical processed and hydrogenated polyunsaturated vegetable oils)
- Eat only good fats (coconut, organic saturated fat like butter and red meat, olive oil and cod liver oil)
- Stay hydrated. Think of your body as an ocean. You can either treat it to a BP oil spill, or you can flush, rinse, and nourish it with clean, revitalizing, refreshing liquids, including purified water and green veggie juice. To learn more about green veggie juice see my website and video with my favorite recipe http://nancydeville.com/greenjuice.html.
- You can also drink detox teas that contain a combination of dandelion, burdock, alfalfa, red clover, slippery elm, golden seal and silymarin (milk thistle)
- Engage in any type of exercise that makes you sweat a lot, (you can also sweat in a sauna, preferably infra red)
- Toxins are acidic so you want to eat alkalizing foods like organic fruits, veggies and green juice, organic (preferably raw) milk products, organic whole grains, nuts and seeds and non-GMO spices to help your body stay balanced
- Get enough sun for vitamin D and eat lots of fruits and veggies for antioxidants and enzymes, but avoid the sun-baked look, which is the result of years of exposure to UVA and UVB radiation (free radical oxidation of the skin)
- Avoid obvious toxins like fluorinated toothpaste, chlorinated/fluorinated drinking water, toxic self-care products, chemical solvents, etc.
- Avoid toxic exposures—you can also take 500 milligrams of niacin a day to release toxins
- Avoid constipation—you can take 500 milligrams of magnesium citrate per day and increase as necessary. (I am not a medical professional, so please ask your doctor or nutritionist before embarking on any supplement plan)
Sleep is a necessary human physiologic need. Our autonomic or unconscious nervous system, which regulates metabolic processes, is divided into the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. During the day we’re predominantly in the sympathetic state when the operational metabolic processes take place. Our nervous system transitions to the parasympathetic mode when we sleep, which turns on the repair processes such as making new cells, membranes, tissues, enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters, thus it is truly beauty sleep.
Think of your adrenals as a bank account. You only have what you deposited into them. If you continue to spend adrenal reserve, without allowing interest to accrue, your adrenals won’t be able to keep up with the demand and your account will dry up, baby.
Everyone knows how dull they look after a sleepless night. We’ve all seen that warm glow after a good night’s sleep.
Smile and Laugh and Have Fun
Smiling and laughing trigger the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals known for their feel-good effect. Smiling makes you glow. When I walk down the street smiling, I feel like I’m glowing and everyone I pass glows too. So smile, even if you have a long way to go in your health because today is the first day of your adventure. And getting healthy is such a fun ride. I know you are going to love and you’ll be glowing soon.
Peace, Fun, Love.
Your girlfriend in health,