Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Beauty By Nature

Create radiant inner and outer beauty naturally.
When you are feeling your best, you look your best.
In fact, unless you are nutritionally supported from within, it is virtually impossible to look really good because real beauty isn’t just skin deep. When you look in the mirror and notice dull skin, brittle hair, and thin, splitting nails you’re actually seeing outward reflections of inner imbalance. Beauty thieves manifest themselves throughout the different ages and stages of our lives and are heightened by everyday stress and natural hormonal shifts.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can achieve true beauty by turning things inside out. So, let’s do just that as we uncover some beauty fundamentals.

Q: Why is fat such an essential beauty nutrient in all of your programs?
A: Certain kinds of essential fat (like flaxseed oil, fish oil, and black currant seed oil) are absolutely critical for good looks. They give you dewy skin, shining hair, and healthy looking nails by aiding in the absorption of the beautifying vitamins A, D, E, and K by producing hormones and by helping to transport oxygen throughout your body. They are the gatekeepers of your appearance by helping to ward off eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, and hair loss. These oils help keep cell membranes lubricated and ensure that they function properly to battle viruses and bacteria. A little known fact is that essential fatty acids help prevent osteoporosis by delivering calcium to the bones. One tablespoon of liquid oil for each 100 pounds of body weight is your beauti-full recipe, while 360-720 mg of black currant seed oil will fortify cell membranes.

Q: You’ve often discussed how taking birth control pills can negatively impact a woman’s looks. Can you explain?
A: The pill can cause a number of nutrient deficiencies that result in a host of beauty and hormonal imbalances. Among them are a deficiency in vitamin B6, causing dandruff, hair loss, thinning hair, dermatitis, stretch marks, and PMS. Women can also become deficient in vitamin B12 resulting in that rundown, tired look and anemia. Low levels of biotin can occur, which manifest as hair loss, dry hair, eczema, and brittle nails. Folic acid levels become depressed resulting in a sallow complexion, premature graying, and poor skin color. In addition, vitamin C is affected, weakening collagen production and increasing wrinkles and lines. These are just to name a few. And this rings true even for “low dose” pills like “Loestrin” and “Yaz.”

Q: What are some general pointers for avoiding wrinkles for women of all ages and stages of life?
A: No matter what our age, we can blame the sun for most skin damage—including wrinkles. But there are other factors to consider as well, such as repeated facial expressions, smoking, alcohol, caffeine, drugs, poor dental work, a low-protein and fat-free diet, lack of exercise, and environmental stress. Topical vitamin C skin creams—at the right potency—can dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The amino acid proline in amounts of 500 mg is a potent wrinkle buster. The super antioxidants pine bark and grape seed extract are also helpful in smoothing out wrinkles.

Q: What are your top ten beauty tips for women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s?
A: The top ten beautifiers are: vitamin C to fight wrinkles and support collagen; magnesium for beautiful bones and strong teeth; vitamin B-complex for calm nerves and a stress-less facial expression; vitamin E to prevent sagging facial muscles, age spots, and provide skin lubrication; iron for a rosy complexion; zinc for wound healing and strong hair; hormone-like vitamin D that acts like an antioxidant to aid in preventing premature skin-aging; vitamin A for beautiful soft skin; sulfur to heal and prevent scars; and essential fatty acids to prevent nails from splitting, skin from breaking out and hair from falling out.

In addition to a separate vitamin B-complex and extra vitamin D supplementation, the Female Multiple is a treasure chest of essential beauty-promoting nutrients. It provides capillary-strengthening hesperidin, the unique biological antioxidant—alpha lipoic acid—to recharge vitamins C, E and glutathione by providing missing electrons stolen by free-radicals, and horse chesnut extract to strengthen veins and help prevent varicosities.

Take your beauty quest to deeper levels so you can uncover your entire beauty potential. As the great sculptor Rodin once said, “Beauty is but the spirit breaking through the flesh.” Rediscover that unique, sparkling essence deep inside you and allow it to manifest for the entire world to see.

-Edge On Health, Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman