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Foods for Health and Beauty

The older I get (65 on my birthday, May 31) the more grateful I am that I started eating a health promoting diet at a young age. It is really paying off. In fact, the older I get, the bigger the payoff!

When people ask me what’s the first thing they can do to get started creating a healthier lifestyle, I usually tell them to clear out the pantry and get rid of all those foods that they find tempting which are health destroying.
Once those are gone, fill up the fridge and pantry with foods that will support your goal of crating a healthy lifestyle. Here is a list of the top ten of the health destroyers and the foods I recommend.

Top 10 Enemies of Health and Beauty

Soda, milkshakes, and alcohol, coffee with sugar and cream

  1. Deep Fried Foods such as French fries, onion rings, fried meals
  2. Fatty meats like hamburger, bacon and processed meats
  3. Dairy products
  4. Salty convenience foods
  5. Processed foods with hydrogenated fats, like cookies and crackers
  6. Refined sugar products like white sugar, brown sugar, and any other processed concentrated sweetener
  7. Dehydration
  8. Lack of fresh plant foods (see list below)
  9. Emotional eating (when under stress, in front of the TV, eating when not hungry or in between meals).

Top 10 Raw Food Categories for Health and Beauty

  1. Deeply colored foods high in phytonutrients and antioxidants that combat free-radical damage and promote eye health. Examples include blue or purple foods such as blueberries, blackberries, black mission figs and beets
  2. Leafy greens like collard greens, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, beet greens, bok choy, many lettuces, broccoli, and Napa cabbage
  3. Yellow-orange fruits and vegetables such as squash, peaches, sweet potatoes, carrots; and red bell peppers.
  4. Grasses and algaes, such as wheat grass, barley grass, leafy green sprouts, blue green algae from Klamath Lake, spirulina and chlorella.
  5. Foods high in vitamin C, such as lemons, oranges, grapefruit, peaches, strawberries, pineapples, mangoes, papaya, kiwi, cantaloupe, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, bell peppers, romaine lettuce, kale, and mustard greens.
  6. Foods containing omega 3 fatty acids, such as chia, flax, and hemp seeds and dark green leafy vegetables like kale, romaine, and dandelion greens.
  7. Foods containing selenium, particularly Brazil nuts.
  8. Foods containing zinc, such as pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, cashews, and lentils.
  9. Foods containing iodine, such as kelp and dulse.
  10. Hydrating foods, such as juicy fruits, high-water-content vegetables, and of course good quality pure water.

If you want to learn more about foods for health and beauty, I highly recommend taking the Living Light Science of Raw Food Nutrition certification courses with Drs. Rick and Karin Dina D.C. Basic class is only 2 days or stay for three weeks and receive certification as a raw food nutrition educator. And, learn how to transform fresh organic foods for health and beauty into amazing gourmet raw vegan cuisine at Living Light Culinary Institute. Classes are as short as 1 day or take an entire series and be certified as a Living Light Chef and Instructor.

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Stay Young Longer!

Health. Beauty. Youth. We all want them, and some people are willing to do whatever it takes to get them. Keeping people looking young is a billion-dollar industry, but looks aren’t everything. In fact, looks can be deceiving. Lots of things can make you look younger, and even more beautiful, but what can actually make you feel younger? What can actually turn back the hands of time and reverse your physiological age?

There are many keys to achieving a more naturally youthful appearance, brighter eyes, a clearer complexion, more supple skin, shinier hair, stronger nails, a sharper memory, or a more positive outlook on life. Some people claim yoga is the key. Others say meditation. Still others swear by their favorite natural cosmetics, structured water, or exotic superfoods. In reality, a variety of products, practices, and lifestyle choices work together synergistically, and the mix differs for each individual. The good news is that taking any one positive action to look and feel younger often starts a chain reaction that improves other areas, as well.

But of all the actions you could take to look younger, feel more vibrant and joyful, and have clear beautiful skin, one thing stands out among the rest—raw plant foods.

Here’s why:

Whole, fresh, raw natural plant foods contribute nutrients important for clear skin, vivid eyesight, a sharp mind, and radiant health as we age. Many of these act as antioxidants, helping protect our cells from free radicals (highly reactive molecules that contain unpaired electrons, which can damage cells and cause premature aging). Here’s what you need:

Antioxidants found in darkly colored foods, like blueberries, blackberries, and black mission figs. and cruciferous vegetables such as collard greens, kale, bok choy, broccoli, and Napa cabbage.

Vitamin C which is essential to the  formation of collagen that makes up the connective tissue within our bodies and is important for good muscle and skin tone.  Damage to collagen in the skin can result in wrinkles, eye diseases, and cancer.

Essential fatty acids, especially omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential to good health and brain function, eye sight, and many other common heath and age-related issues, including healthy skin. A lack of this important nutrient can result in arthritis and can contribute to degenerative diseases like heart disease, stroke, and other age-related diseases.

Selenium contributes to antioxidant activity in the body and is essential for the production of thyroid hormone and proper immune system function.

Zinc  plays an integral role in skin health, especially skin cell growth and replication, collagen synthesis, DNA formation, and immune system function.

Hydration is the easiest and often the most overlooked consideration in anti-aging, and the general health of the body. Water is involved in many essential bodily processes, so if we don’t have enough, our bodies degrade and age rapidly. Fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as plenty of pure, un-chlorinated water are an important part of one’s diet.

If you are interested in learning which of these nutrients are available in whole plant foods, and how they can help keep you looking and feeling young longer, I recommend the Living Light Science of Raw Food Nutrition course with Drs. Rick and Karin Dina, D.C. We offer a basic course  as short as 2-days or stay for 3 weeks to earn certification as a raw food nutrition educator.

Learn how to make whole raw plant foods like these at Living Light International

Of course, there is more to health and beauty than just food, but we’ll save that for another day! Here’s to your health!

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