Antioxidants - Pure Healing Energy
When I think about antioxidants, I think about generosity and a deep-rooted, natural healing energy that starts at the molecular level.
In the simplest terms, cell damage is what ages us. Environmental stressors and pollutants produce free-radicals, which, in turn, poach electrons from our cellular structures, altering biological functions and causing disrepair. Antioxidants, however, are nature’s gift, molecules found in healing plants which freely replace those essential electrons, inhibiting disruptive oxidation within our cells. Nature’s abundance of healing free-radical fighters is one of the pillars of holistic medicine.
You’ve heard about antioxidant rich, nutrient dense natural foods—like blueberries, nuts and dark leafy greens—each known for its ability to renew cellular balance. From an energetic standpoint, these foods have an especially high frequency, tremendously boosting the body’s chi, its life force. Food prepared with loving hands and with gratitude impart a high vibration. Chemical-free fruits and vegetables that are harvested ripe and eaten raw, conserving their full life energy, have a high vibration. Processed sugars, and overly refined foods, do not.
As the body’s environmental barrier, skin encounters new oxidizing agents every day. And in my own work, the collection was created to meet those challenges, combining a mega-dose of precious and potent botanical antioxidants, including Lavender, Carrot Seed and essence of Orange Blossom, to prolong cellular longevity, growth and vitality.
The body, however, also produces its own antioxidants, another healing source that can be strengthened with energetic support. In fact, medical research has shown that meditation has the power to boost the body’s antioxidant production. And when stress dissipates, cellular deterioration is slowed, and aging is reversed.
So many forces join in carrying us towards holistic balance. Sometimes the beauty of nature’s generosity simply astounds me.
The Power of Water
Everyone’s talking about interconnection these days, but one of the things I love about summer is how perfectly it reminds me of our primal relationship to water, and through water the most elemental forces of life.
Is there anything more simple, or more profound, than the feeling of quenching your thirst with a cold drink of water on a hot afternoon? I’m always astonished that something so basic can also be so delightful, and it leaves me feeling grateful, too. In recognizing the intensity of our reliance on water, for example, we can experience a corresponding gratitude for life’s ability to meet our needs with simplicity, efficiency and beauty. The way nature heals and nurtures us is staggering.
And for me, reviving that natural connection to the world around us creates the small picture, and it’s the big picture, too. On the biological level, water makes us, it replenishes our cells, and regulates our skin function. Our thoughts travel neuron to neuron through water. But this powerful force is also something that we share with all living beings, in both the plant and in the animal kingdoms. No wonder the act of watching or listening to running water has such an intensive ability to soothe.
This month I invite you to welcome the essential energy and purity of water into your world in any which way that moves you, whether by enjoying the act of sharing water with the plants, animals and people around you or by making time to sit by a body of water, or even by taking a moment to savor how wonderful it feels to be fulfilled by water. After all, when we recognize this elemental connection, we find ourselves going with the flow, and living our true essence.
Collagen Boosting Super Foods
When we talk about a eating foods that best support skin health, prime among those choices are foods that the body needs in order to build and to maintain collagen. Collagen serves as skin’s substructure, found throughout all three layers of the dermis, giving skin strength, elasticity and resiliency. As we age, we produce less collagen, while environmental stresses, sun, and free-radicals can also break it down. In order to repair damaged collagen, which also gives skin its beautiful look of fullness, our bodies need a healthy supply of specific nutrients.
Here are a handful of favorite collagen boosting super-foods.
- Dark leafy greens. You know spinach and kale are good for you! But, specifically, the dark leafy greens boast a pro-collagen antioxidant called lutein. Researchers say eating just 2 oz. kale improves skin elasticity and hydration.
- Garlic. Small and mighty, garlic contains sulfur, which is absolutely essential in healing damaged collagen. Sulfur helps hold collagen fibers together, maintaining skin’s strength and flexibility.
- Yogurt. High in protein, but also offering the amino-acid lysine, yogurt supports natural collagen production wonderfully, as do egg whites, which are big on protein but also and contain the amino acid proline.
- Citrus. Aging causes a decline in skin’s natural levels of Vitamin C, which functions as an antioxidant and helps regulate the body’s collagen synthesis. In Florida, we know there’s no better source of Vitamin C than fresh citrus.
Eating with healing intention is one of the foundations of holistic living. When we feed ourselves well, we feed our skin and our soul - and it shows in healthful radiance.