Looking in the mirror, are there grey-green circles under dull eyes; pale, ghostly, blotchy, dry skin, age spots, dull hair, brittle nails, low energy levels and extra chunk in the trunk?
All the diet fads, expensive lotions and man made elixirs promising lasting youthful looks don’t hold a candle to the ultimate cosmetician, Mother Earth.
It’s human yearning to stay young and ageless. America is infatuated with their exterior appearance: more concerned with the outside than inside where all the beauty happens. Natural beauty comes from within, but cannot fully surface until each healthy cell is content with a belly full of energetic, plant-based vitamins, trace minerals, good fats, enzymes, and plant compounds.
Mayo Clinic stresses regular aerobic exercise teamed with a PBD diet as the perfect anti-aging, youthful approach to awakening your natural beauty. Sparkling eyes, shiny hair, glowing, alabaster skin, healthy nails and teeth, a trim physique, and mental clarity are Mother nature’s gifts to us.
As a rule, PBD followers don’t eat processed foods that damage their skin, and instead subsist on healthier plant-based nutrients that ensure glowing health. The healthier the diet, the healthier we look. How can anyone enjoy their birthright of health and beauty when the trillions of cells that repair, rebuild and sustain are corrupted by poor nutrition? Can’t build or maintain a house without tools. So, to speed bump the aging process, we might consider evolving to a plant based diet.
A PBD does not include red meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, refined grains, sugary pastries, candy, booze, tobacco, diet sodas, fast food. refined AP flour, sugar, white rice and hydrogenated oils (trans fats). It does Included an occasional local egg and raw honey.
It’s not, however, the same as a vegan diet, which is defined only by what it eliminates. A PBD focuses on a large, colorful variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens and green herbs, herbal and chai tea, berries, nuts and seeds, beans, fermented foods, healthy fats, filtered water, reasonable sunshine, sleep, meditative practices and surrounding one’s self with a supportive community.
The American College of lifestyle medicine explains: “phytonutrients in plant foods counteract age, deeply nourish our cells, and reduce inflammation leading to chronic illness. Unstable free radicals damage our cells, contributing to wrinkles, blemishes, age spots, and other signs of aging. Lack of proper plant-based nutrition can bring on other symptoms of premature aging, like hair loss, grey hairs, sagging skin, obesity, and more. Mother of four and grandmother of seven, author of LIVE RAW, organic, vegan raw food enthusiast Mimi Kirk shares, “I’m more of an inside girl than an outside one. I believe diet is key for good skin, and I use 100% organic coconut oil on my face and body.”
Neal Barnard, MD of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine states, “A vitamin and fiber-rich PBD can help anyone lose weight. We believe if people focus on what they’re eating and not how much they’re eating; they will have weight loss with a plant-based diet.”
The Global Healing Center adds, “Based on everything we have learned about the beneficial properties of the phytochemicals found in plant-based foods, we should not be surprised a vegetarian or vegan diet can improve overall health.” Large studies published by The American College of lifestyle medicine, also found those who followed a healthy PBD had a significantly lower risk of developing heart disease, cancer, cognitive decline, stroke, diabetes, depression, and anxiety.”
To receive mankind’s gifts of health and beauty, we can let nature do its thing only after we release our grip on the health-depleting American diet of processed, vitamin-deficient foods.(JAMA) Reconnecting to earth will set us free from the daily spackling drudgery and chronic disease. We just need to get out of our own way.
More than ever, folks are supporting community farmer’s markets peaking with a kaleidoscope of garden goodness straight from the local vine, pleading to be consumed as vitamin nutrition, energy and medicine. Perhaps now might be the ideal time to embrace the beauty-creating benefits of a plant-based diet.
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