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What do you think of when you hear the word beauty? Is it simply an outer experience or does it encompass our inner space, as well?
Physical beauty is first and foremost related to our inner attitude towards life, but without high quality foods and essential beauty minerals, the internal organs get stagnant and the skin looses its luster.
Common Warning Signs
Dark circles under the eyes -- This usually indicates adrenal fatigue, which can be caused by excessive stress or the over consumption of coffee and sugar.
Acne -- Usually communicates that the liver, colon and gallbladder are having a hard time processing.
Processing problems could be caused by general, low quality eating, the intake of rancid oil / nut / animal foods, and excessive environmental toxins; such as cleaning products, plastic residue, infested water, etc.
Tired skin -- The skin takes on the external feel of the internal body. When the skin looses its radiance, its usually a sign of missing Omega 3's, essential minerals, and lack of Vitamin D from the sun.
How to Cultivate Radiance
First, increase your silicon intake.
Silicon can transform into calcium and increases bone mineral density, which nourishes blood vessels, bones, cartilage, connective tissue, hair, ligaments, lymph nodes, nails, skin, and teeth, and helps prevent cavities and bleeding gums.
If silicon is not present, you’ll notice poor skin, weak bones, dental cavities, brittle hair/nails, more cavities, brittle hair/nails, and weak tendons/ligaments.
Food sources of silicon include horesetail, nettles, oatstraw, radish, romaine lettuce, marjoram, cucumbers, red bell peppers, tomatoes, and oats.
Second, infuse more sulfur into your meals.
Sulfur is a potent mineral containing glucosamine, which nourishes joint fluids and builds/nurtures bones, tendons, nails, and skin. It's also found in amino acids methionine, taurine, cysteine, and cystine, which protect the body against heavy metals and radiation.
If sulfur is missing, you’ll be prone to more acne, arthritis, brittle nails, GI issues, scar tissue, and slow wound healing.
Eat more arugula, cabbage, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, garlic, onions, hemp seeds, kale, mustard leaves, nasturtium, onions, pumpkin seeds, radishes, spirulina, and watercress.
There are three more beauty minerals your body needs for radiance. Can you guess what they are?
Tune in next week for Part II.
More about Danny Arguetty, M.A.
Danny Arguetty, M.A., a Nutrition, Health and LIFE (Living in Free Expression) Counselor, has been involved in the health field for the last decade. He guides and works privately with clients utilizing customized programs based on bio-individual needs and diverse life situations.
He specializes in yoga privates, weight loss, digestive disorders, healthy aging, sugar/caffeine dependencies, persistent fatigue, chronic stress, relationship support, life coaching and practical healthy living strategies.
Arguetty is also a faculty member at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Adjunct Faculty at Williams College, and author of Nourishing the Teacher: inquiries, contemplations & insights on the path of yoga. He leads 200hr Yoga Teacher Trainings in Southern California and Advanced 500hr Trainings in Kerala, India.