The Skin I’m In…

Chris Rouse

Chris Rouse

Early in the morning, looking in the mirror is that me? A pimple, yes a wrinkle.  Was it there yesterday and I didn’t notice it.  Is that possible? I enjoy traveling, love learning about other cultures, a road map, mountains and hills, smooth roads. Another pimple, yet another wrinkle!  Mountains, hills, smooth roads.  Yes I really enjoy traveling.  When I wake up tomorrow I want to travel along the smooth roads. Water, I need some water, dry, yes dry, I am thirsty!

Whose skin am I in? Really who wants dry skin, with pimples and wrinkles, no less? Ok, I’ll let you in on a little known secret; drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day can help revitalize the elasticity in your skin, keeping it hydrated; making it feel and look younger. As we begin to mature our skin starts to lose its collagen; elasticity and luster and appears dry and drawn.  If you are fortunate to have blemish free skin at any age, consider it a blessing.  If you have not yet reached your mature years, start now and you’ll see a big difference as the years go by.  In three months or less you will see and feel the difference in your skin.  For those of you that just can’t drink that much water daily, drink as much as you can.  It will take a little longer for you to feel the difference, but you will. H2o is like a pill and has healing powers that don’t require any additives.

Water can do for you what Coke and Pepsi cannot.  Now don’t get me wrong I to like to enjoy a Pepsi every once in a while.  Not to confuse anyone, drinking water will not eliminate pimples, not to my knowledge anyway.  I can attest to the connection between water and softer skin because I drink 64 oz. of water at least 5 out of 7 days in a week and have for years.  Yes, my skin is very soft and smooth, sometimes I can’t’ stop rubbing my own arms…oops, TMI!  Heritage can also play a part in how our skin reacts to time and lack of care; simple things like staying hydrated and using a moisturizer and sun block can also help to maintain the youthfulness of your skin.  My mother had beautiful smooth skin up until the sun set on her.

Also what we eat everyday has a lot to do with how our skin looks and we all love to eat. There are good and bad foods. Many of the foods in your current diet promote healthy skin and you just don’t realize it!  Well I am all about sharing so here is a list of foods that promote healthy skin because of the nutrients and vitamins they possess.  I would be remiss if I didn’t also give you a list of BAD foods.  So here we go:

Oats – I’ll pass, but please enjoy… oats are a complex Crab (read ‘Let’s Get Energized’) and are low –glycemic, they do not spike your blood sugar like high-glycemic foods such as refined breads , rice and pasta.  They also have a natural plant chemical that helps prevent damage to your skin cells and soothes skin irritation.  I wish I wish I did like oats; they have so many good properties!  Also great for helping to lower your cholesterol.  Maybe I can hold my breath, close my eyes….swallow…naah.  Please don’t’ let my taste buds discourage you…Enjoy your Oatmeal!!

Lean Beef – Provides high quality protein and protein helps build collagen. Ok, a little meat truly is good for you, just a little; enough to supply some needed collagen.

Salmon – One of my favs, fish is one of the best ways to get omega-3 fats in your diet.  Studies have suggested that omega-3, especially from fish, may keep skin cancer cells from spreading….bake it, grill it.  Easy to prepare and cooks in minutes.

Oranges – Loaded with water, so they hydrate your skin and your cells. Oranges also help produce collagen.

Avocado – Filled with healthy fat, monounsaturated fat, which helps your skin stay hydrated.

Brussels Sprouts – excellent source of vitamins A and C.  Vitamin C promotes collagen.

Although I do not like some of the foods above, I indulge in the ones I really enjoy so please do the same.  Take care of yourself now and you will look and feel better as you mature. Looking in the mirror, Oh My, no blemishes, no pimples, soft as cotton.  Pass the water, please….

EMPTY THE PANTRY…..

Packaged and Processed foods – during processing, living enzymes and nutrients are broken down and lost.

Mystery Meat – With industrial farming methods, animals are frequently fed a cocktail of steroids, growth hormones and antibiotics. Additionally, they aren’t fed their natural herbivore diet, but rather are stuffed with foods to make them fatter faster, not healthier…YUCK!

Dairy – Many dairy cows are fed hormones to keep them lactating year round, which doubles their milk production. When we drink that milk (or eat their yogurt, ice cream, cheese, etc.) we get a dose of those hormones too…YUCK 2 TIMES!!

Fried foods And Hydrogenated Fats – “When oil is at a very high heat, the oils and fats oxidize, we are then putting oxidized fats into our bodies. And we all know that oxidants are bad and antioxidants are good.

Artificial Sweeteners, Coloring And Flavorings – Aspartame, Red #5 and ‘artificial flavors’ are all too common in the standard American diet. They contain no nutritional value, and at worst, they can irritate our bodies and create inflammation and histamine reactions. Worse still, our bodies tend to store chemicals like these in our tissues.

Excess Sugar – Sugar can weaken our immune system, and when our immune systems are suppressed, our bodies aren’t as effective at fighting off bacteria. Sugar is a leading cause of acne and other inflammatory skin condition.

I don’t think that anyone is surprised by the foods above. I would like to hear from you; when are you going to change your diet?  I started years ago…

Chris

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