If it's true that we are what we eat, then we probably want to evaluate our food choices. The average American diet is composed of french fries, iceberg lettuce, and ketchup. It is no secret that many of us are overfed and undernourished.
A wholesome diet doesn't only contribute to a healthy body, it also makes us happier, more active, and vital. When you feel good you look good, but a lack of nutrients in your diet choices will easily reflect in lifeless hair, brittle nails, and toneless skin. Most beauty treatments start from the outside out: correcting, drying, fixing and covering. But the first step in any beauty regime is to watch what we are eating, as a lot can be identified from it.
1. CLEAN UP YOUR DIET
"Your diet should consist of foods that are high in complex carbohydrates, low in fat, high in fiber and moderate in lean protein. You should consume daily a wide variety of foods in their natural, preferably organic, unprocessed state, including several servings each of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans, a few tablespoons of fresh, raw nuts and seeds and a little extra-virgin olive, flaxseed or unrefined coconut oil"- Stephanie Tourles
Be careful with overconsumption of eggs, because of their high cholesterol levels. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you can easily meet your protein requirements with alternative choices like tofu, tempeh, nut butters, seeds, sprout breads, bean sprouts, seaweed and so on.
2. THE ELIXIR OF LIFE
Water. Water. Water. It makes up approximately 70% of your body and it aids in bodily and organ functions. Make sure to drink at the very least 6 glasses of water every day.
Be it the food you eat or the toxins around you, it's important that we detox. If your diet is clean and you drink enough water, an "in-depth" detox may not be necessary so often but keep in mind that rashes and blemishes are many times a sign that toxins have not been properly eliminated via your colon. Doing a mild detox, one that uses clean foods- not the kind of detox that starves you for a few days- is highly beneficial to your digestive system and will ultimately show in your skin, hair and nails. One of my favorite wellness bloggers, Nikki Sharp has a wonderful plan full of clean food and yummy treats. You can see more by visiting her site here.
On the outside, you can detox by body-brushing (Garshana), an Ayurvedic practice to stimulate the lymphatic system, enhance blood circulation and eliminate toxins from the body.
When you clean and nourish the body properly, then care for it with natural products, it results in healthy, glowing, beautiful skin.
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