Beauty From The Inside

Skin deep beauty"I'm tired of all the nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want -- an adorable pancreas?"

-Jean Kerr-

I laughed when I read that quote, thinking well...If you ask me, an adorable, healthy pancreas will make me feel pretty healthy...so yeah, I would want that!

Do you believe in that old we are what we eat cliche?

Surely you know plenty of people who look just great and eat nothing but junk.

Sadly, I am sure, you also noticed that a great majority of us don't fall into that category.

Besides, looks can be deceiving.

Consider this chain of events:

  1. In order to survive, we depend on the healthy, strong cells that make up our entire bodies.
  2. The function of each of these cells is based on the energy they receive to do their work.
  3. The energy the cells receive is based on the food we eat each day.
  4. The food we eat eventually works its way down to the cellular level and it directly affects cellular function.

Beauty From The Inside means following "nature knows best" logic, We are what we eat. 

When we feed our body over-processed food that lack important nutrients we cannot expect it to perform at its optimal capacity. On the other hand, by giving our body the nutrition it needs to function, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to live the lives we were meant to.

 Ultimately, what and how much we eat affects the way we feel and the way we look; it can slow down or accelerate the aging process and impact our energy levels.Eat well, feel good

Tons of scientific research supports the idea that optimal nutrition is obtained by eating more raw or unprocessed foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds that best feeds our body because these foods are high in anti-oxidants (Read: anti-cell rusting agents)

Here's what I mean...

Our cells in action produce free radicals, a normal byproduct of cell metabolism= normal aging.

Trouble is, an excess of free radicals are destructive to cells and leads to disease and premature aging.

Enter the power of antioxidants.

Anti-oxidants are nutrients, which bind with the free radicals and do not allow them to become destructive. (1,2)

Nutrition from the inside out means we should include sufficient vitamins and minerals in our diets, which most processed foods do not provide.  To name a few:

  • Vitamin C- promotes collagen formation and reduces wrinkles. (3)
  • Beta-carotene helps repair body tissues and protect against sun damage. Found in green plants, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, apricots and green peppers. (4)
  • Multi-vitamins give our body an additional boost.
  • Vitamin E. helps to protect cell membranes and guard against ultraviolet radiation damage.  (5)
  • Selenium can help safeguard the skin from sun damage and improve quality and elasticity.  (6)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are important and cardiovascular health and can be found in flax seed, salmon, walnuts and sardines. (7)

 But here's the real kicker...

Along with your daily dose of anti-oxidants from foods and supplements, it's critical to limit the unhealthy foods as much as possible, because foods high in processed carbohydrates -especially wheat products- increase the amount of insulin secreted by the pancreas, which in turn increases fat storage by the liver. 8)

Simple, over processed, sugars and refined starches interfere with normal cell production, eventually depleting your immune system, your body's defense mechanism against viruses and other germs.

Quite simply, the sooner you learn the new, beauty from the inside out rules, the better prepared you will be to face your typical health and fat loss plan challenges, the minute you enter your  supermarket.

To Your Health!

Luz L

Sources for this post:

(1) Nutrition: Free Radicals, Antioxidants and Nutrition
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12361782
(2) National Cancer Institute: Antioxidants and Cancer Prevention
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/prevention/antioxidants
(3) MedinePlus: Vitamin C
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002404.htm
(4) American Cancer Society: Vitamin A, Retinoids and ProVitamin A Carotenoids
http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/vitamin-a-and-beta-carotene
(5) Linus Pauling Institute: Vitamin E
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminE/
(6) University of Maryland Medical Center: Selenium
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/selenium-000325.htm
(7) MayoClinic: Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fish Oil, Alpha Linolenic Acid
(8) Journal of Nutrition: White wheat flour lowers plasma cholesterol and increases cecal steroids relative to whole wheat flour, wheat bran and wheat pollard in rats
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8505670
 

Comments

  1. Viola S says:

    After looking over a number of the articles
    on your website, I truly like your way of blogging. I book-marked it to my
    bookmark website list and will be checking back in the near future.
    Please visit my website too and tell me your opinion.

  2. Melanie Bowen says:

    Hi!

    I have a question about your blog, could you email me please? Thanks!!

    Melanie

Speak Your Mind

*