As the Bible professes, real beauty comes from within!
Proverbs 31:30 ” Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
We’ve all seen that exquisite creature who seemingly has it all until she opens her foul mouth, and we praise God for his tender mercies bestowed on us. Man looks at the outside but God looks at the heart. Strive to give the Lord your best intentions. Give Him your most excellent, energetic self because He gave all for us! Make his sacrifice worth it!
By eating for nutrients, not for calories, you’ll think clearly, look healthier and feel younger! Whether you are an athlete, businessman, fashion model or housewife, you should strive to be your best for God’s glory as a believer!
There are enemies who hope to trip you up from that goal. Junk food produces free radicals. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that destroy healthy cells and cause premature aging. In other words, free radicals steal oxygen from the healthy cells. To fight free radicals, we constantly need to put as many antioxidants into our bodies as possible.
The next time you eat an apple, slice off two small pieces. Let one sit there for a while and on the other piece, sprinkle some lemon juice over it. You’ll see the first begin to brown, an example of free radicals, while the second one stays fresh. It’s the lemon juice that does the trick, it’s an anti-oxidant. So are Beta carotene, vitamins A, E, C, selenium, quercetin, coenzyme Q10, lycopene and other “50-cent-sounding” words.
Long ago, women drank a glass of lemon and water each morning. It got rid of toxins and their skin seemed to glow. It would probably be a great morning routine to start again since we tend to ingest so much junk these days.
What do women usually complain about most? Age and wrinkles right? We spend a small fortune on face creams when if we only ate better, we’d save a lot of money.
Avoiding Wrinkles: Scientists conducted a study of elderly people living in Greece, Australia and Sweden and found those whose diets included high amounts of fruits, vegetables and legumes had fewer wrinkles. (I’d add salmon or other fatty fish to that list.) In contrast those countries (USA anyone?) who sustained a diet high in meat, dairy, sugar and butter were linked to more wrinkled skin. It makes sense because the harder your body must work to sustain its systems through clogged pathways, the more worn out it becomes.
As we age, the body loses its ability to absorb nutrients in the gastrointestinal tract. We tire easily, can’t think clearly, feel sluggish and our skin looks haggard. This is usually due to a build up of toxins in the body. We need to flush out our system so we can absorb nutrients again. Try eating cleansing foods with a high water and nutrient content. Green leafy vegetables, kale, green teas, alfalfa, asparagus, fruits, etc. If you have a juicer, try juicing for a few days. This detoxified the liver, allowing it to metabolize fat.
Caffeine is a natural diuretic and although fine in moderation, will deplete water from the skin. So definitely cut down consumption. Salt pulls water from the cells and makes us look older, more tired and places bags under our eyes. Hydrate with water!
Vitamin C, zinc and copper foods restore elastin and build collagen in your skin. Good news, dark chocolate contains copper . . . but so does broccoli. Consume vitamin E and C together to repair sun damage. Alfalfa, brown rice, soybeans and green leafy vegetables contain silica which is beneficial for collagen formation as well. Eat lots of dark fruit such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. Packed with vitamin C, it builds and restores collagen found in the skin.
I guarantee you’ll feel energetic and so much healthier eating for nutrients! You’ll become a new creation, beautiful inside and out! 2 Cor. 5:17.