Monday, March 31, 2008

Five Tips for Healthier Skin and Hair

Beauty comes from the inside. This old maxim is even more accurate than was previous assumed. While we all recognize the attractive qualities of a kind and gentle spirit, there is yet another aspect of beauty that manifests from the inside out: health.

Another proverb that describes the phenomenon of glowing health states that we are what we eat. Certainly those with a nutrient-rich diet have a better chance at smooth skin and a good figure: their skin cells are healthier and not bloated and they likely feel more content because their nutritional needs are met. There is always room for improvement in any diet plan.

1. Drink Plenty of Water. Hydration is important for fueling skin cells, reducing bloating and chasing away fatigue. Try to avoid alcohol and soda, as these will rob your body of vitamins and throw off its proper hydration balance.

2. Eat Five-a-Day and Then Some! Be sure to consume a hearty portion of both raw and cooked vegetables. Certain produce, such as blueberries and spinach, contain antioxidants that rejuvenate skin and fight off premature aging. A greater benefit is their cancer-fighting properties. If you find it hard to eat large portions of vegetables, invest in a juicer. Juiced veggies are delicious and concentrated with the vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and antioxidants your body craves.

3. Get Grainy. Whole grains also contain antioxidants and fiber. Keeping your body properly cleansed will assure good health that shows on the outside!

4. Body Cleansing. You may be showering every day, but are you really clean? Many health food stores sell a variety of body cleansers that will help eliminate built-up toxins that may be affecting your skin and hair. If you have a juicer, you can create an all-natural body cleanser out of cucumber, beets, apples, and carrots.

5. Take Time Out. Let’s not neglect the spiritual fuel of beauty, which is every bit as important as the physical. Whether you meditate five minutes every morning, listen to relaxation tapes at night or practice yoga after work, take just a couple minutes out of your hectic schedule to replenish yourself. Sometimes a bubble bath is all you need to feel sane again. Others find short breathing exercises to help combat stress. Stress is an ugly monster that produces toxins in the body and can produce a worn-down effect in appearance. If feeding gluttonous pigeons detoxifies your mind, get yourself to your nearest park with a bag of bird seed! Even kids love watching those winged rats pork out.

Gain more confidence by taking the initiative to live better!