Proverbs 31:30 ” Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
As the Bible professes, real beauty comes from within. That lovely elderly man or lady who radiates confidence, or that sweet, smiling couple who still hold each other’s hand, seem to shine from within, don’t they? I bet if you asked if they were Believers, they’d reply in the affirmative.
Do we project that same inner exuberance? Would anyone looking at us, desire to have what we have? A healthy body projects high Biblical standards! That’s our godly duty!
Junk food, producing free radicals, is an enemy who wants to attack that radiance. Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that destroy healthy cells, cause premature aging and make us irritable. They steal oxygen from radiant healthy cells. To fight free radicals, we constantly need to consume as many antioxidants 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 some 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 since we absorb even more chemicals these days.
What facial features do people usually complain about most? 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 and other omega 3’s to that list.) In contrast, countries (USA anyone?) who sustained a diet high in meat, dairy, sugar and butter were linked to more wrinkled skin. That makes sense because the harder your body works to sustain its system through clogged pathways, the more worn out it becomes.
- As we age, the body loses some 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 detoxifies 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 . . . and 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.
Eating for nutrients promotes vibrant living, clear thinking and a happier demeanor! Become a New Creation, beautiful inside and out!
“Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”