Hydration for Your Beautiful Skin

The human body temple is an overwhelming phenomenon.  We have spent hundreds and thousands of years studying the body and still all we can do is partially describe some of its processes.  Why does a cut immediately start to cure itself?  What mysterious force goes to work immediately to bring the necessary tools to the site of the cut?  How does the body know how much fluid to keep in every cell?  How does it know to make the most of whatever it is given?

Our beautiful skin is the benefactor of this knowledge.  It will use whatever it is given.  If given sufficient nutrition and plenty of clean water, it will give superior protection to our frame and internal organs.  When we deprive the body of nutrition and clean water, the skin shrivels up in wrinkles and all manner of other ailments because the cells are starving.  Just as your kidneys shut down if you stop drinking.  Your skin shuts down without hydration.  Some people think that coffee, diet coke, vodka and energy drinks are all the hydration they need.  Now if this is your daily hydration, you may be thinking – “what’s wrong with that?  I drank a bottle of water yesterday!  Besides I have to have my coffee in the morning or I CAN’T FUNCTION!!!!!”

What if you tried something new?  Try getting a good night’s sleep and drinking 16 ounces of water first thing in the morning.  AH…Sleep, that illusive fleeting experience we’ve all heard of but few get to experience for extended periods of time.  You may ask – “What does sleep have to do with hydration?”  Everything.

When we don’t sleep, the body gets overwhelmed and functions at a low capacity.  Many functions of bodily repair happen while we sleep and they require hours of uninterrupted sleep for completion.  The skin shows it first with dark circles and bags under the eyes.  Then we drink coffee, diet coke and energy drinks to keep us going, further intensifying the problem because these substances interfere with normal bodily functions and sleep patterns.  Then we become tense, stressed and aggravated reaching for the vodka to dull our pain and duress so we can sleep!  All the while, we fail to realize that the lack of proper hydration is what put us in this vicious cycle.

Drinking more clean water helps to flush out the toxins from any garbage we are drinking and the bad food we are eating.  Drinking clean water is one of the keys to beautiful skin.  The body takes water and uses it to operate all the systems it’s running in this complex structure.  One of the key systems that needs water is the digestive tract.  It uses the water we drink and the water squeezed out of the fiber we eat to move waste through the colon and out of the system.  If it has no water to work with, a plumbing problem arises and there’s a back-up.   You can call in the plumber and take a laxative, but that just gives the system more toxins to expel and it’s a painful way to solve the problem.

So that 16-ounce steak and baked potato have nowhere to go because there was no fiber in the gut and the vodka just wouldn’t replace that much needed glass of H2O.  Not to mention the fact that 4 days later you’re still trying to process that steak.  This is taxing on any “body” but an older, battled scarred model over 50 really struggles here and aging is far from graceful at this point.  You’ve driven up your levels of oxidative stress which ages you.  You’ve stress out your digestive system which ages you.  Your skin shows the stress in bags, lines and wrinkles.  OH!  What to do?

Sit down, relax and have a glass of clear, clean, delicious water.  You’ll never look more beautiful.

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Skin Nutrition: What to Eat for a Glowing Complexion

It’s time to get down to business and clean out your pantry.  A healthy glowing complexion comes from within.  You might be able to rub on a few creams and get a temporary solution to the lines and wrinkles, but ultimately BEAUTY IS SKIN DEEP!

Your skin is your largest organ and can be the microscope into your overall health.  Whatever you eat shows up on your skin.  Are you struggling with acne in your later years? Or do you have skin tags, those embarrassing little pieces that stick out and make you look old?  Do you have rosacea, psoriasis, hyper pigmentation, eczema, edema, shingles or any number of issues that you struggle to resolve every day?

These are all an indication that you may have other internal health issues.  Your skin acts to warn you about deficiencies in your diet and problems with other organs.  An organic plant-based diet will help you clean out your system and help you flush toxins out of your organs, including your skin.  What I hear from students and clients many times is this: “I just don’t like vegetables” OR “I eat vegetables all the time”(then I look at their journals and see chicken, pork, beef, bread, a lot of cheese, overly processed meat, dairy and baked goods, OH and occasionally a vegetable).  What I just described was all in one meal.  My students have to track their entire day.  Sometimes I see this same meal three times and no vegetables are on the plate.

If you want clear, glowing, healthy skin, make vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and fruit the focus of your diet. It’s better if you get these organic and process them as little as possible.  If your skin looks and feels bad, it’s because it’s not getting proper nutrition.  As I said before, I have creams and solutions you can rub on, but the underlying issue has to be resolved to get to optimum health.  So what is the next big question I get, again and again?  Well, how will I get enough protein if I focus on vegetables?

Our bodies were designed to eat fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds.  We can easily absorb the nutrition from these foods.  Where do you think the cows, pigs and chickens you eat get their nutrition?  Anything you get from an animal is second hand.  They get the vegetable nutrition from processing the vegetables and grains they eat.  They get first hand nutrition.  If they’re not locked up in some cage, they tend to be very healthy on that diet.  So are we.

In our fast paced lives, I’ve noticed that people tend to be obsessed with protein.  They are taking in protein shakes for breakfast and eating protein bars for snacks.  Given the large number of meat eaters I deal with on a daily basis, I’m puzzled by this behavior.  I thought they were eating all the meat to get protein.  If that’s the case, then why the need for all these other products?  We can ingest too much of these products causing our kidneys to work overtime processing.  This is why most people are forced off high protein diets.  The body starts to fight back and eventually they revert back to something that’s more balanced.  I don’t know anyone who has been able to stay on a trendy diet long term.  But I do know lots of people who have learned how to transform their lifestyles to eat healthy balanced meals without dieting.  And by the way, they lost a lot of weight in the process and avoided diabetes.

At one time or another, we’ve all been victims of the diet merry-go-round.  It’s okay to jump off and seek a better way.  Real food will always be the key to better health, better skin, better spirit.  So get the Pantry Hook Up at JaniceWoody.com and throw out all that old toxic imposter food.  Your skin will thank you and you will age gracefully.  Here’s to your Lifetime Health!

Skin Health: Why We Need the Sunshine On Our Skin

Because I’m a Leo, I’m a natural sun worshipper.  The sun is in my sign this month of August and it’s the powerful, life giving force in our lives.

All ancient Peoples had a reverence for the Sun and an understanding of it’s importance in our lives.  They understood that without the Sun, we would quickly wither and die.  They might not have expressed their understanding in today’s scientific terms but their understanding was just as valid.  We dismiss the Sun’s importance at our peril.  I’ve even heard some global warming enthusiasts state that people are responsible for all the devastating climate change we are experiencing.  This is ludicrous.  People obviously may have some role in what happens with our climate but the Sun is King.  Knowing and predicting what the Sun will do is far more important to understanding how we will live on Earth in the future.  We need the Sun for our current state of existence.

We need the sun on our skin for optimum health.  You’ve probably heard more than you want about Vitamin D and how we need this.  The best way to get Vitamin D is for the body to produce it naturally from direct exposure to the Sun.  Sun bathing is a cat’s favorite pastime.  All you Leonine cats get it.  Unfortunately, like everything in our modern information overload culture, people have been bombarded with so much “information” that in many cases, they have stopped using common sense.  We’ve known for a long time that we need sun exposure but we have allowed a deluge of scary tales of skin cancer to keep us out of the Sun or have us lathering on copious amounts of dubious sunscreen.  All that sunscreen is keeping you from getting the benefits of the Sun’s life-giving rays.  Yes, if you are not fortunate enough to have any melanin in your skin, you obviously need to limit your exposure, BUT you still need some exposure.  Trying to substitute artificial chemicals for what the body produces naturally has led us down a very tortured path.  People are now willing to substitute all kinds of processed concoctions in place of real food and real medicine.  Nature does always know best.  Use some common sense when out in the Sun, but don’t deny yourself the benefits of this life-giving force.

The Sun is electric as is everything in our amazing Universe.  That means that our bodies are also electric.  There are 12 major systems in our bodies and for any of it to work, we need a spark, a charge.  There’s a reason we talk about relaxing to “recharge” our batteries.  We are a battery just like that image from The Matrix.  If the electrical signals in your heart stop right now, you’re toast.  When I administer CPR and have to use an AED, it’s to get an electrical charge into the heart to get that muscle to once again pump blood to the brain.  But unlike a car battery, if I can’t get that engine to turn over, the consequences are devastating to everyone involved.  The Sun is that source, that spark that keeps life on Earth vibrant and pulsing.

Today if you’re fortunate enough to have a sunny day, get outside for a few minutes and soak up those life-giving rays.  You will feel the impact on your physical body, on your mind and the thought process, on your emotions and your outlook.  A sunny day can help wipe away depression and negative thinking, if you let it.  A sunny day can make you perky and happy, if you let it.  Take a page out of the Leo bible and let that hot, firery nature wash over you.  Your skin will thank you.

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Summer Fun: Observations On the Go

Laugh in the face of hypocrisy.   Every day all around you there are hypocrites operating in broad daylight.  Since many of us are still confused about the very nature of reality, this presents a problem.  You can realize the seriousness of this and still find the humor in it as well.  Many days I laugh at the bold faced lies being told to us because if I didn’t laugh in that moment, I might be crying.  We watch as our world appears to be taken over by every imaginable evil and yet life always finds a way.  The very earth we live on is living and breathing underneath us and we fail to appreciate this phenomenal occurrence.  Take for instance the very controversial issue of pumping oil.  This is so deep, it’s deeper than oil if you understand what I mean.  

Hopefully you haven’t been living under a rock and you’ve heard of peak oil.  Well, we’re long past that point but we’ve noticed something remarkable happening.  Oil wells are starting to refill themselves leading us to question – what is oil really?  (Are Oil Wells Recharging Themselves? OilPrices.com, 3/5/2012)   We’ve been told that oil is fossil fuel and without it we could never have built this current modern civilization.   But is it really?  If oil is in fact a fossil fuel, that once pumped out of the ground, is depleted, then what explains the refilling of oil wells?  It’s always worth it to look back at ancient knowledge and what our ancient texts have told us about the world we live in.  This is not trendy or sexy so you won’t hear many propose this answer.  I was taught that Mother Earth is a living, breathing entity worthy of my respect and deference.  I stand firmly in the camp offering that oil is not a fossil fuel but the blood of Mother Earth.  Therefore, it is being regenerated in the same way that our human bodies regenerate blood.  Blood is the life force pumping through our veins.  If we get cut and bleed out, we die.  The same is true for Mother Earth.  If we manage to pump enough of her blood out faster than she can replenish it, she will die.  Fortunately, she is smarter than us and is finding ways to regenerate her blood.  This makes me laugh at the foolishness of man and the amazing power of nature.

All is not as it seems.  Be ever vigilant for there are many who wish to deceive you.  The deception and hypocrisy is present at every level of life.  We encounter it every day but like the frog in a pot of warm water, we think everything is fine because it feels good right now.  As things heat up and we find our bodies wracked with disease, pain and suffering, we may become aware of all the lies we’ve been told.  Lies about what to eat, lies about what is safe, lies about where to live, lies about who we are and where we came from, lies about the very nature of reality.  As you discover all these lies, you want to know the truth.  You start demanding the truth.  If you can’t get it from your authority figures, you go out on a personal quest for the answers.  Even grandmas go on the internet these days to get information on things they hear about on facebook.  Somehow your gut knows when you’re not getting the truth.  You might be a little dazed and confused from all the bad food, dirty water and pharmaceuticals.  But you still have enough consciousness to realize there’s more to the story than what you’re being told.  Unfortunately, lies can be made to look very real.  You can’t always trust you physical eyes to tell you the truth.  Watch any good magician and you realize this.

Be alert.  Follow you intuition, listen for that still small voice.  It leads to clarity.  When everyone around you is telling you something that just doesn’t feel right, stop and become still.  Listen to your inner voice, access your higher self and know what is right for you.  This may not only save your life, it can bring you peace.

If you haven’t had a good laugh today, this one will really get you going.  Read labels and pay attention. 

Check out the back of the maple syrup jar.

Maple syrup back

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Summer Fun: Make Someone Laugh

What is it about making a baby laugh that gives us such pleasure?

Make someone laugh today.  That’s called spreading the gift of light and love.

 

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Here’s to laughing with you and your Lifetime Health!

Summer Fun: Summer Fruits and Veggies

Don’t you just love this time of year?  All the summer fruits and veggies are here in North America.  All the sweet berries, melons and stone fruits are ripe and ready to eat.  Now is the time to eat them but also the time to think ahead and store some of these jewels for winter.  If you don’t know how to can fruits and veggies don’t feel bad.  In this fast food era, it’s almost a dying art.  But we do have some other options for storing our summer harvests like freezing and freeze drying.  These will at least allow you to enjoy your summer harvest late into the winter months.

One of the fruits I love most is watermelon.  If you’re craving it right now, there could be a lot of reasons for that.  Watermelon is one of the most nutritious foods we have available and not just the flesh but also the seeds.  One small slice can give you 3 mg of iron. Helpful if you have a tendency toward anemia.  

Watermelon seeds include fatty acids, essential proteins and a lot of minerals. These types of seeds are full of vitamin B just like thiamine, niacin, foliate and minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus and copper.  Watermelon seeds contain dietary fiber essential for the normal operation of the digestive tract, that help in case of intestinal parasites, as well as in the treatment of inflammation in the body.  Watermelon seeds contain citrulline a substance which acts as a bio marker of intestinal function.  Citrulline is key in the urinary tract to help your body process ammonia into urea.  Because of this, watermelon seeds have been useful in treating diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract.  It’s also been reported to help people suffering with hepatitis, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, angina and erectile dysfunction.

We’re talking about the big black seeds you used to be able to find in the fruit.  Unfortunately, there has been so much tampering with watermelon to produce seedless varieties, it’s not easy to find a regular watermelon.  Please let me know if you find one with black seeds.  It’s a gem and you should save those seeds and plant them.  I’m not sure if you can get all the benefits from using the albino seeds we see in the seedless varieties.  I will let you know.

What do you do if you have the real deal, a regular watermelon?  Take 20-30 seeds, grind them down and boil them for 15 minutes in a half gallon of water.   It is suggested that you drink this amount over the course of two days and stop.  You would skip the third day.   On the fourth day repeat the process being sure to skip the third day.  You can repeat this for several weeks to see a decrease or cessation of your symptoms.

Much of the Standard American Diet (SAD) is depleted in vitamins and minerals so it makes sense that using concentrated mixtures of seeds would dramatically boost your bodies levels of these vitamins and minerals.  And because they come directly from the plant, they are more easily integrated into your system and in my opinion more effective than synthetic vitamins made in a lab.

So, the next time you’re at a backyard barbeque bring watermelon to share and tell people to save the seeds.  So off I go on my quest for a regular watermelon.  It won’t be so hard to find peaches, plums and nectarines.  Hmmmm.  My mouth just waters thinking about summer fruit.  Hope you’re having a great summer or winter wherever you are and remember to watch the fat and eat four cups of fruits and veggies every day.

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Summer Fun – Laughing Medicine

Thank you to all who missed me last week.  I was not physically able to write about this topic then.  And as always I use my own advice so I’m laughing now.  Laughing at limitation, illness, insanity, cruelty, hypocrisy, my own daily trials.  That’s right.  I laugh at all of it.  It has no real power over me.  I decide what kind of life I’m going to live by what I value and what thoughts I choose to entertain.

We’ve had this discussion before so this is a refresher.  Our thoughts are critical to the quality of life we live and to aging gracefully.  Today I want to talk about another aspect of this that we often forget.  Many of us are aware of the fact that our thoughts can change how we physically feel.  You think about a lost love and suddenly you feel sad.  You think about someone who did you wrong and suddenly you’re angry.  This happens all day long but what about the other side of that coin?

Did you know that you can use your body to change your thoughts?  Just get up and go for a brisk walk or go to the gym for a cardio workout.  You will find your thoughts tending more toward health and wellness.  After a great workout, you don’t go down a bottle of scotch.  You want some clean refreshing water.  That’s one of the positive effects of physical activity.  

One of the best ways to change your thoughts is to laugh.  The physical activity of laughing changes the chemistry in your body sending more oxygen into your system.  A good belly laugh makes you feel lighter, freer and happy.  Oxygen is energy to the human body.  We breathe it in for life.  When we laugh we take in big gulps of oxygen and you can actually see the immediate effects in our countenance, our skin perks up, there’s more light in our eyes, we come alive!

When you’re laughing in the moment, there is no past. There is no future.  There is only now and you’re completely engulfed in it.  You could have been crying just before but now you’re in a completely different space.  Believe me there is so much to laugh about.  If you only realized your own innate power, you would laugh uncontrollably at the world and all its insanity.  When people are laughing with each other, they are much less likely to kill each other.  When people are laughing with each other, they are much less likely to say or do something cruel and inhuman to each other.  When people are laughing with each other, they feel the human connection.  When people are laughing with each other, they have more compassion for themselves and the other person.  When people are laughing with each other, there is a space to recognize love.

You may say, ‘Well I don’t have anything to laugh at right now.  My life is really a mess.’  Really?  That’s when you laugh the hardest.  You laugh at yourself for accepting such a low state of affairs.  You laugh at any people who are trying to beat you down.  Aren’t they ridiculous?  You are an eternal soul that they will never be able to destroy.  You must laugh at that and bring yourself up from the depths of despair.  What if your life is empty and boring?  Laugh at that.  Laugh at all the decisions you make every day that ensure you will continue down that path to emptiness and boredom.  Start laughing at the complete insanity of wandering through life without taking control.  If you’re bored, start thinking about other people and how you might help them.

Laugh long and hard.  Laugh until the tears flow.  My grandma used to laugh so hard that her belly giggled.  I laugh just thinking about that.  She lived a long fruitful life.  Laughing is one of the prime keys to graceful aging.  You should try it today.  For more on wellness and graceful aging, visit me at JaniceWoody.com and here’s to your Lifetime Health!