To Look Ten Years Younger in Three Months!
Dr. Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP
A wonderful benefit of getting the body healthy is clear, radiant
skin. We are continually promised through TV, radio, magazines and
newspapers that if we will buy XYZ cream or cosmetic our skin will
return to its youthful glow. All you have to do is apply it morning
and night and almost if by magic you will regain that youthful
appearance. How many of us have been caught in that trap by
believing that just maybe that have something here only to find out
that we wasted our money on yet another so-called "magic bullet"?
There are ways to obtain youthful looking skin and while natural and
organic creams may aid in the process, the beauty must begin with
lifestyle. How we take care of ourselves---diet, exercise, sleep,
water consumption and stress---will show on the skin. I can usually
tell how healthy a person is both physically and emotionally by
Below are some ways to make sure that your skin is youthful looking
and glows. Implement them and you will be surprised at the comments
you get about how healthy your skin looks.
1) Keep the digestive tract and
liver clean. Perform a
total digestive tract cleanse two times a year (Spring &
Fall). This will help with digestion and keep everything moving in
the digestive tract. It will also make sure that your digestive
tract is clean so that nutrients can be absorbed properly. If you
have less than 2-3 daily bowel movement then you are constipated.
The liver is the main filter in the body and must be kept clean. The
first thing that many people notice after a liver/gallbladder
cleanse is how clear their skin looks.
[Not only that, but the eyes will
look clear and glow too.]
2) Water. Your body is 75%
water. If you wait until you are thirsty to drink water, you are
already dehydrated. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of
water every day, up to 126 ounces of water. Water hydrates the cells
and facilitates the body in eliminating toxins efficiently. Make
sure that you are drinking filtered water or distilled water with
added minerals. It is also advised to purchase a shower filter.
Chlorine is carcinogenic and will age the skin. A 15 minute hot
shower is the equivalent of drinking 7 glasses of tap water.
3) Diet. Yo yo dieting is one
of the worse things you can do to your body. Get on a healthy diet
(not a fad diet) and get your weight at a level that is healthy and
one that you can maintain. Organic, raw fresh fruits and vegetables
should make up the biggest part of your eating plan. Add organic raw
nuts and seeds, organic butter and eggs, organic oils (coconut,
hemp, olive) and free-range, organic meats. Eliminate eating after
7:30 p.m. Include an organic, multi-vitamin/mineral complex, green
food, calcium and extra B vitamins for supplementation.
4) Exercise. Try to do 30
minutes of some type of exercise daily. Walking is the cheapest,
most convenient and easiest way to exercise. You may also want to
incorporate Pilate's, Yoga, strength training and/or aerobics. The
main thing is to get moving and do it every single day. Like other
organs of the body, the skin gets its nourishment from the
bloodstream. Exercise increases the circulation of blood to the
skin. Lymphatic drainage techniques will keep the lymph system
moving which will aid in toxin removal. Sweating is good for you and
a way for the skin to release toxins.
5)Essential Fatty Acids. Good
fats are very important and very necessary to young looking skin.
They are needed to make cell membranes, hormones, and other body
chemicals. Essential fatty acids help you live longer, keep your
heart healthy, fight inflammation, and might even prevent cancer.
Most cancer patients are deficient in EFA's. They are also
particularly important to people with inflammatory conditions such
as eczema and acne, and also for people with dry skin. Include in
your diet ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil,
unrefined coconut oil, cold-water fish and/or fish oil
supplements. Avoid saturated and animal fats. Your skin will
6) Eliminate sugar and pre-packaged
foods. I call white refined sugar the "legal" drug of
America. It is a main culprit of disease and causes mood swings. It
is implicated in most diseases and we see clinical evidence that
when it is removed from the diet, over-all health improves
considerably. It has no nutritional benefit and contributes to
premature aging and disease. For those times when you need a
sweetener consider using stevia, xylitol or agave nectar.
7) Natural skin care products.
Use all-natural products on your face and skin. Be aware that some
"natural" products contain parabens (may have estrogenic
effects) and some contain titanium dioxide of which we are not
completely sure of its safety. We should not have to be concerned
with harmful chemicals in skin care products, unfortunately, we must
be willing to do our research. Read labels and let companies know of
your satisfaction or dissatisfaction concerning their product
ingredients. Avoid using harsh soaps or solid cleansing creams such
as cold cream on your face. Use natural oils such as avocado oil
instead to remove dirt and old makeup. Apply it gently to your face
and rinse it off with warm distilled water. Tap water contains
chlorine and fluoride, which kill skin cells.
Stress is a killer and can wreck havoc on the whole body, including
the skin. Eliminate stress by implementing the following:
meditation, listening to good music, yoga, Pilate's, walking and
healthy diet. Sometimes the source of stress must be dealt with such
as a stressful job, boss, spouse, etc. Enjoy life and make time for
fun and relaxation.
9) Eliminate smoking. Not
only does smoking put you in a very real danger of lung cancer, it
also causes premature wrinkling of the skin around the mouth area.
People who smoke often have dull skin and hair. You inhale hundreds
of toxins into the body every time you light up.
10) Hormone Imbalance.
Because of the environment, hormone-laden foods, chemicals in water,
over consumption of soy and thousands of prescription med's getting
into the water table hormone imbalance is showing up in children as
young as 8 years old. A main cause of acne, both teen and adult, is
Youthful-looking skin is attainable. Keep your body in good health
and it will reward you through outward appearance. The help that you
get from a jar is only temporary and with most over-the-counter
products you will be adding chemicals to the body. Employ these
suggestions and in three months, people will be commenting not only
on your healthy skin, but on your youthful appearance. Guaranteed!