ps - here's my health and beauty post - i wanted to add more to it but i have since forgotten what all that was. so if you have any stuff you want to add, please let me know before i post this in communities, k? thanks....
As a person concerned with health and appearance, i thought i would write about some of the great tips i have learnt. Also, as a person with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, i am uniquely sensitive to the effects of nutrients and toxins on the body. I have also studied physiology and the brain. So, I have learnt a lot, and I want to share some of this with you. We all know that beauty begins on the inside - what you eat is probably the most important factor in how healthy you look.
First of all - some generals... SUGAR is tragic for the body - it disturbs insulin regulation and so increases aging. It breaks down collagen in the skin. It also impacts the brain and accelerates aging and memory loss. It can also feed cancers. I have know two cancer victims who developed a craving for sugars, and I had to sit idly by while their caregivers satisfied their cravings out of pity, when this only had a destructive effect. There is no difference between fructose and sucrose as far as the impact on the body. (Others will claim differently). However, most fruits contain anti-oxidants which help counter the bad effects of fructose. Honey is only good insofar as it ALSO includes a wealth of vitamins and minerals and many unfathomed nutrients which are probably very positive for the body. Diet sodas are hardly more helpful to the body than sugar sodas, since they also disrupt insulin. However, the best sugar substitutes are sucralose and stevia - sacharin is of course considered bad, and aspartame, i.e., NutraSweet, has, in my experience, serious though insidious effects on the nervous system, especially to more sensitive people. I would highly advise avoiding it. When thinking of sugar, we should also think of fast-impacting carbs like those found in potatoes and refined flour. Even wonderful oatmeal contains these. Potatoes have good proteins and vitamins, and oatmeal has considerable benefits, so eat these things "strategically".
SMOKING is probably the worst thing you can do to your body or to beauty. It also breaks down skin collagen. It may bring weight down a little, but recent studies have shown it increases belly fat and accelerates balding - just like alcohol. Why? Because it deprives you of oxygen. It increases the load of toxins and carcinogens so much that the body has little initiative left to build health progressively, as it wants to do. The ONLY thing to do is to quit - and the good news is that quitting WORKS as far as health goes, and i have heard that the skin also improves. I have quit before, and I do have some personal tips on that. It helps to have a few days where you can just laze about and rest when you are quitting - if you are comfy, the nerves won't demand cigarettes so much. It also helps a LOT if you cut down by not smoking at least an hour before you go to bed, or an hour after you wake up. A good substitute is to chew on fresh green beans - and this is apparently more than an oral fix. Grapefruit juice also seemed to help me. Smoking depletes your vitamin C, so if you smoke, replenish C - (although you never know if the C will be feeding whatever cancer you might be developing). If you smoke a lot, sleep a lot. As far as I know, the only known food deterrent to lung cancer is (slightly cooked) BROCOLLI - which ALSO contains lots of C. Also, eating lots of onions (and/or spicy foods), will help loosen up flem, which I think is somewhat important. But the main thing is that you have to WANT to quit. There are a lot of jerks out there who rudely diss smokers and it can be a pain in the ass. There is no glory in continuing to smoke to SPITE them. You need to quit based on your own self-esteem. Your belief in a positive future for you. Practically, than can involve new hobbies. And, the better you eat, the easier it is to quit.
ALCOHOL - The weird thing about alcohol is that is can be good or bad. After a lot of thought, I have come to the conclusion that alcohol facilitates transport through cell walls, (and of course though the blood-brain barrier). So, if you have lots of toxins in your body, as from smoking, it will compound the problem. But if you have a lot of anti-oxidants or omega-3's in your body, it will work to your favour. However, too much alcohol is a bad thing in itself, because it virtually replaces oxygen, and lays the body open to various attacks. There is much more involved with alcohol consumption, but this is my simple user's guide. A major problem caused by alcohol is dehydration. This affects the brain and also, after continual abuse, will age the skin. Also, since alcohol is - like sugar - a bad substitute for healthy calories, it can drain your body of nutrients. (I believe the calorie thing is a major reason for alcohol addiction). I have a lot of tips on how to deal with hangovers, but i will forgo those, but the most important thing is constant rehydration, from the start. And a lot on how to deal with hangovers can be gleamed from my next subject: THE BRAIN. I can briefly say that effective deterrents to drunkenness and etc., are ZINC mega doses, GREEK oregano - which gives a boost of mental energy, salt - fights dehydration, and the incredible DANDELION. If you can find non-herbicide dandelion, consider yourself very lucky. Dandelion is one of the best curatives for the liver, whether you are a drunk or not. It also is loaded with vitamin A. It can be used in salads, it can be cooked into a tea, it can be cooked into anything, including ramen noodles, and it can be eaten straight. The best tasting dandelion comes in earlier spring, but the later more bitter stuff is just as healthy. By cleansing the blood, dandelion can be one of the best tools in improving health and beauty!
THE BRAIN - if you can improve the brain, you will be improving every part of the body. One great example of this is FISH OIL or omega-3 fatty acids, which also improves the circulatory system, and improves the health of the skin and hair. As you know by now, this oil is found in salmon, sardines, tuna, anchovies and other fishes. But there are other awesome oils - olive, walnut, sesame, sunflower, and even canola - which can help you so much. They are all awesome to cook with. Saturated fats aren't necessarily bad, and the brain needs them, but trans fats, or partially-hydrogenated oils, are extremely deleterious to health and the skin. Avoid! Having CFS, i have found many good nutrients for the brain - vitamins B6, B12, E, magnesium, etc. I also have a relative who is thought to have Alzheimer’s. Turns out that one of my favourite spices, CUMIN, is the only known food which may combat Alzheimer’s, other than fish oil. Cumin is an awesome spice in curry or chicken dishes or in my beloved Banana Raieta. I use it more, because if it helps Alzheimer’s, it might also help me. I also have a relative who has a little autism. I discovered that limiting wheat (glutton) and milk (casein) in the diets of people with autism, can significantly help fight their illness. That is no surprise to me, because the same thing helps with my CFS. One thing that really hurts my CFS is monosodium glutamate, or MSG, a VERY prevalent food additive. When I found out that the amino acid supplement L-GLUTAMINE (found in beans) helps people with autism, I began to wonder if MSG might be a cause or irritant of autism, because MSG might be blocking this natural amino acid, which is important to the brain, muscle and the digestive system. So now I use L-GLUTAMINE, esp. before and after drinking beer, and before I eat anything with MSG - and it really seems to be working!
THE SKIN - I learnt that the best food for the skin are sticky tropical fruits and veggies. Especially AVACODOS. But i also try to do a lot of bananas, squash, pumpkin, etc. These can't hurt, and they have their own additional benefits. The standard supplements for the skin and nails are ALPHA LIPOIC ACID and SILICON. GELATIN is also good for the nails and skin - and so the hair. I also tried gelatin (Jello) when I had broken my arm and it seemed to help healing. Anything that can make you sweat is good for the skin, because it rids you of toxins, and the skin is where we excrete much of our liquid - it's the largest organ in our body. There's plenty of info out there about moisturizers and such, also see below.
THE HAIR - The best supplements for the hair are zinc, biotin, iron, vitamin E, and the same nutrients as for the skin. Topicals to fight hair loss include rosemary, progesterone and tea tree oil. Supplements for hair loss include saw palmetto, rosemary and soy isoflavones - which are also excellent for stress and circulation. Alcohol, tobacco and stress tend to increase hair loss. I have been using tea tree oil, lemon juice (a skin toner), and a collagen cream after shaving - which is painful - but it not only tones the skin, it has been slowing beard growth, which is great, since I hate shaving. Applying this after plucking eyebrows should also slow regrowth.
DIGESTION, and CIRCULATION - I don't want to sound like a know-it-all, but the fact is that digestion is fundamental to health and beauty. Those infomercials about toxins messing up your skin and health - they are not entirely untrue. So invest time in yogurt, fiber, beans and grains, veggies, appropriate antacids or calcium, garlic/onions, and such. A big problem is toxins and yeast products - even yeast itself - getting into the bloodstream. This can drain you of energy. GREEK oregano and grape seed extract can help fight this, as well as those just mentioned. And one thing I do, which I am pretty sure helps me, is to take fish oil and a Benadryl after eating a cheesy or meaty meal, to fight inflammatory reactions in my circulatory system.