Beautiful, Glowing Skin


Have you ever seen someone with skin so gorgeous, it glowed? Crystal clear skin without a blemish…no wrinkles, blackheads, or other yucky stuff going on…beautiful texture, and a radiance, a certain something that you knew didn’t come from a bottle or jar of expensive stuff?

If someone has gorgeous skin, it’s usually the result of three things: good genes, proper care, and an excellent diet. And the closer the diet is to a raw, living food diet, the more the skin glows with a soft luster that’s both beautiful and healthy.

Why is beautiful, glowing skin a benefit of raw foods? Like many organs of the body, the skin does more than one job at a time. It provides a protective barrier against the elements. It’s also one of the largest organs of elimination in the body. Thousands upon thousands of pores cover the skin’s surface. Through these pores, the skin excretes perspiration, the by products of metabolism, and many toxins.

When you eat a raw, living food diet, you’re eating a diet that supports healthy, beautiful skin. A raw, living food diet is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes, all of which contribute to health. Vitamins A, C, E and others all contribute to the repair and maintenance of the skin. Antioxidants found in the rainbow of plant foods we consume on a raw, living diet mop up free radicals. Free radical damage to the skin shows up as discolored patches, wrinkles and other problems. Lastly, raw foods contain an abundance of water which plumps the skin from the inside, making wrinkles less noticeable.

Most raw foodists have given up the number one thing that my dermatologist told me contributes to skin problems: smoking cigarettes. It’s surprising to learn that not only does cigarette smoke damage the lungs, it also damages the skin. Sugar, white flour and alcohol also contribute to skin problems.

To encourage that wonderful natural glow, enhance your detoxification efforts through FIR saunas or other saunas. Build up a healthy sweat and encourage your lymphatic system to function at peak efficiency through simple exercises on the rebounder, yoga or walking. And lastly, dry skin brushing helps the lymphatic system and is a simple, natural beauty regimen that encourages a soft glow and improve skin detoxification.

When I was in college, I developed a rash on my face. My friend worked for a top dermatologist on Long Island and got me in to see him. After diagnosing my rash and prescribing something to clear it up, he remarked on my skin, which even as a teenager was very good. I’d never battle acne or had all the woes of a typical teenager. Dr. S gave me five tips to keep my skin looking beautiful forever: never smoke and stay away from any place that’s smoky, drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and sugar, wash your face every night before going to bed, and moisturize daily.  I’m sure if Dr. S had known about raw, living foods he would have recommended them too, because those five things, plus eating mostly raw foods, has kept my 40-something complexion as beautiful as it was when I was a teenager (minus the rash!). So here’s to raw foods…the perfect way to feed your skin!

These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

Written by:  Jeanne Grunert
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