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Beauty on the Rocks: Drink yourself Beautiful !

Vivian Oputa
Most of us are more concerned about what we eat but tend to ignore what we drink. Because of the variety, frequency and volume of drink ch oices what we consume by drinking has more of an impact on well-being and looks than you can imagine. Your Skin, Nails, Hair, Weight, Breast and Prostate health and overall vitality is dramatically affected by the daily consumption of beverages. These effects may be positive or negative. The beauty rewards of healthy drinking add up and are sometimes immediate.

Popular beauty enhancing or Pro-Beauty Beverages include Purified Water, Green Tea, Herbal Teas and Tinctures, Fresh Fruit Juices and Fresh Fruit Smoothies.

Beauty Stealing Beverages include sweetened commercial juices, carbonated sodas, alcohol, coffee and caffeinated power drinks. Adverse effects include facial puffiness, under eye circles, rough, blemished, sagging and wrinkled skin.  Stopping destructive drinking may lead to improved skin in as little as two weeks.

The least (and Most) you can do for your beauty is drink Water. About 70% of the skin’s wrinkle and blemish fighting hydration comes from drinking water. Good hydration (at least 8 glasses of water a day) slows the aging process, promotes a healthier digestive system which improves the absorption of nutrients, reduces allergies and reduces yeast infections.

Of recent beauty drinks with age-defying powers have been formulated and they fall under the category of functional foods. These include Borba from the United States which contains large doses of Vitamin E, B12 and B6 and claims that it helps slow the visible signs of aging in just seven days. Yagua Beauty Juice from the Netherlands contains white cocoa, collagen and aloe vera. The Coca-Cola company has introduced Love Body water with added fibre and polyphenols and Body Style water that is supposed to help burn fat.

Glowelle is drink by Nestle which is taking the world by storm and setting the standard for Inside-Out beauty. It contains high antioxidant nutrients, botanicals and fruit extracts.

Sun exposure is the number one cause of skin aging, and can make individuals appear older than they really are.

Antioxidants help fight sunlight-generated free radicals before they can do any harm thus helping to protect the skin from sun-related damage. They also promote the even distribution of melanin, which helps even skin tone, potentially improving the appearance of blotchy and aging skin.

Coffee and Caffeinated beverages stimulate the release of stress hormones which has two negative effects namely a drop in blood sugar followed by increased sugar cravings and increased fatigue over time as a result of adrenal gland exhaustion. Stress triggers or aggravates skin conditions such as acne, hives, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, warts, cold sores and blisters.

Under stress the flow of blood (and nutrients) is directed to the areas of the body considered vital for survival and for responding to stress and is withdrawn from areas considered non-essential, such as the skin. As a result the flow of oxygen is reduced making it difficult for the skin to “breathe.” Skin that is consistently starved of blood and oxygen is dull and lifeless, less supple, less hydrated and more prone to clogged pores and breakouts.

Alkalizing your body is one of the surest steps towards better skin and vitality
There are several ways to alkalize the human body.

l    Drink plenty of water with a dash of baking soda in every glass or a squeeze of lemon.
l    Eat alkalizing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens are the most alkalizing. Also eat a lot of raw celery. You may juice or blend them to drink
l    Take one cup of organic apple cider vinegar with one half cup of raw honey and mix together. Either take 3 tablespoons a day straight or mixed in water.


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