11-22-2010, 08:13 PM
Are there foods that help make you look younger?? I know all raw foods are good in general, but I was wondering if some really helped de-age you? I've been hearing so much about wheatgrass, but wasn't sure if that was just hype or not.
11-22-2010, 09:38 PM
I wanted to reply with silicon, but googled to make sure I was remembering correctly. Found the article below by David Wolfe. It is from one of my favorite raw books, "Eating for Beauty". Silicon is defintely high on the list. I also found another source that stated the top 3 ways of eating to turn back the clock are highly mineralized foods, silicon, and magnesium.
"One who eats for beauty becomes a work of art in progress. Nature’s paint brush immediately sets about applying food-mineral cosmetics to the inner tissues, which become visible externally in the warm, vivid, youthful freshness of the hair, nails, and skin.
The Beauty Diet is based on principles of raw nourishment—representing the cutting edge in nutritional science. We now know that raw plant foods—especially high-quality fats and oils—can restore elasticity to the tissues. Green-leafy vegetables provide fiber and alkalinity to help keep us clean on the inside. The symmetry of fruit imparts its pattern upon us. Mineralized foods, those high in silicon and magnesium, can restore mineral density to the bones, hair, and teeth.
The Beauty Diet is also based on the principle of simplicity. Simple life shifts work. The more complicated a diet is, the more likely it is to fail. Here are three simple concepts from The Beauty Diet that you can put to work, right now!
Silicon Comes from Nature, Not Your Local Plastic Surgeon
Silicon is a conscious mineral, seemingly possessing a form of intelligence. While it’s no secret that we attribute our modern economic advances to silicon technology, one of the world’s greatest beauty secrets is that silicon possesses many hidden healing properties.
Silicon is present in blood vessels, bones, cartilage, connective tissue, hair, ligaments, lungs, lymph nodes, muscles, nails, skin, teeth, tendons, and the trachea. Generally, one is more youthful when there us more silicon in relation to calcium present in the body. The ratio of silicon to calcium is a biological marker of youth. At birth, the body has a large supply of the youth mineral silicon, and low calcium. With age, the ratio reverses.
Silicon keeps the blood warm and helps to direct the flow of electricity imparted through the electrolyte salts in the blood and it maintains the elasticity of arterial cell walls.
In bones, silicon is found in areas of active growth, due to its amazing ability to transform into calcium. Silicon-rich foods and herbs have been shown to increase bone-mineral density, leading to a healthy skeleton, beautiful teeth and jaw formation, and reduced tooth and gum decay.
The highest concentration of silicon is found in the hair and nails. A 1993 study found the oral and external application of silicon improves the condition of aging skin, hair, and nails in women. Silicon increased the thickness and strength of the skin, improved wrinkles, and gave hair and nails a healthier appearance.
Silicon-rich foods to add to your diet include:
Bell pepper (with skin)
Cucumber (with skin)
Hemp leaves (easier to access in Canada!)
Horsetail (an herb)
New Zealand Spinach
Tomato (with skin)
Antioxidant Foods Create Lasting Youth
Mineral-rich, nutrient dense beauty foods are nature’s true fountain of youth. Raw antioxidant compounds and foods help delay or slow free radical damage to cells and tissues, and help preserve the look and feel of young skin. Here are beauty foods to mix into your meals containing high levels of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E:
Cruciferous vegetables, found in the mustard family, are our best source of vitamin A. Vitamin A protects the nucleus of each cell from radiation and thus protects the skin from sun damage. Arugula, nettle leaves, and watercress are popular sources of vitamin A.
Vitamin C is a collagen healer, helping the body to build new tissue. Radishes, papaya, ripe peppers, burdock root, acerola berries, and onions—which contain more vitamin C than oranges of the same size—are excellent sources of vitamin C. A papaya facial rub (find one that’s is ripe) will also leave your complexion radiant and fresh!
Vitamin E has been known to erase fine lines on the face, repair connective tissue, heal the circulatory system, and impart its soothing properties upon the digestive tract. Olives and olive oil (perhaps the greatest beautifying food of all), watercress, wheat germ oil, and the supplement Tocotrienols (the most potent form of antioxidant vitamin E available) will add a healthy dose of vitamin E to any meal.
Intestinal Cleansing Flushes Toxins, Nurtures the Body
The age-defying benefits of The Beauty Diet increase as one eliminates toxic foods from the diet and nurtures a healthy digestive system that will properly assimilate nutrients. While it’s been popular for some time for people wanting to turn back the clock to undergo face lifts, tummy tucks, Botox, and pill popping to achieve lasting youth, these procedures address symptoms only, instead of the underlying cause. The primary cause of problem skin, excess fat, quickened aging, and poor muscle quality is toxemia—an accumulation of toxic substances in the tissue and the intestines. Toxemia may have been fostered by stress, a poor diet, a lack of exercise, or other factors.
Toxemia is relieved by removing physical congestion from the small intestines through herbal cleansing. With nature on your side, you’ll discover your own inner radiance—your personal wellspring of youth.
1/2 lb. Arugula
1 bunch Parsley
1 inch slice Tumeric
1/3 Red Onion
6 Nature’s First Law Moroccan Olives (pitted)
1 medium Tomato
2 Yellow Bell Peppers
1 handful Dulse strips
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1 T. Unpasteurized Mmiso
3 T. Hempseed Oil
20 Pumpkin Seeds
1 sprig of Dill
Shave the outer skin of the lemons, leaving the white pith intact. While blending all ingredients, add distilled water to reach a thick, soupy consistency. Serves 6."
From Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe, Maul Brothers Publishing, 2002
David Wolfe is the author of Eating For Beauty, Naked Chocolate, and The Sunfood Diet Success System.
11-23-2010, 02:12 PM
Thanks a lot... this is very helpful information for me... Thanks!!.. ;)
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