The beauty industry is a top industry that sells billions of dollars of beauty products, make-up, plastic surgery, creams, and hair dye -unfortunately a lot of these products are chemical constituents and not ideal for clean living. As a woman, I have noticed we are bombarded by society and industry to maintain this idealized look, and by many means not natural at all. I do realize that this article may be triggering and I completely respect other people’s choices in how they tap into their beauty.
I love feeling and expressing beauty and there are so many ways to do this without invasive beauty treatments. My top rule is to not put things on my skin that I cannot eat- treating the skin like an organ that it is- in fact it is the largest organ in the body. It is one of the main elimination organs and coincides with the health of the liver. I will go over my top beauty treatments that offer self-care and empowerment for overall health of the body and give you that glow!
1. Eating organic and plant-based live food- This is an obvious way of giving your skin that fresh look by healing and nourishing the internal organs with enzyme- rich juice and raw food. Juicing is a wonderful way to add in minerals. Some veggies and fruits that can be juiced or blended for healthy skin would be lemon, cucumber, celery, romaine, apple, turmeric, ginger, aloe, concord grape, pomegranate. The anti-inflammatory properties of these foods is soothing and stimulating the liver and lymph to flush toxins. It is common to have a detox-reaction when the body is cleaning out- sometimes the skin will break out with bacterial acne or other toxins that are coming out by flushing the body. Sometimes viral outbreaks can even happen and do not be alarmed this is also common as viruses are dormant in the body and will come out of the skin once the cleaning out begins. If Juicing is not your thing you can add more fresh raw foods like above, seasonal greens, herbs, and fruit.
2. Healthy Fats- Eating wild salmon or other oily fish are a good way of getting omega-3 fatty acids which keep the skin supple and the cells hydrated. It has a protective effect on the skin from the sun and keeping outside toxins out. If you are vegan you can eat things like walnuts, flax, chia, hemp, DHA in algae form, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut oil, olive, and sesame oil. It is important to not overheat oils and preferably not cooked. I do heat coconut oil and lightly saute with olive oil.
3. Collagen- Collagen is what we find from the joints and cartilage of slow cooked-down bones
resulting in a broth- it’s full of amino acids and minerals. We can also get it from grassfed beef, egg- whites, codfish, and oysters. It is the building blocks of the gut, joints, hair, skin and bones. I take it in a tinctured adaptogenic formula with pastured chicken that my herbalist makes- it has 2 forms of collagen in it and is specifically crafted to rebuild the gut due to leaky gut. To order: https://www.diseasesolutions.net/product-category/cleansing-solutions/ I would avoid powdered collagen. You also need to take vitamin C with collagen so your body produces it.
4. Antioxidants- Neutralizes free radicals and protects the skin. Vitamin C helps us produce collagen and repair damaged and traumatized skin. Vitamin E foods for oxidative stress are sunflower seeds, avocado, almonds. Blueberries have anthocyanins and one of the most potent antioxidants as well as a range of other berries.
5. Drinking enough clean water- Is one of the no-brainers for glowing skin as we know we need to have hydration so that cells in body stay plump. But what is more important to know about water is that we can stay toxic if we are not using either spring water, good filtration, reverse osmosis, or distilled water. Water if not clean contains heavy metals like fluoride, aluminum, mercury, lead, etc. Here is a great road map to what to test for in your water. https://mytapscore.com/blogs/tips-for-taps/7-metals-everyone-should-test-for . I personally filter out fluoride and all the heavy metals. I use a Crystal Quest water filtration system but there are many great filters out there. If you have the money, invest in a whole house system so you get all faucets filtered. Water quality matters for many reasons. The most important reason is that with too many heavy metals in the body it makes it very difficult to get lasting results from parasite and candida, mold, lyme, viral and heavy metal cleansing. You have to eliminate the root issue of toxicity. Many have mercury fillings and this too would benefit from being examined by a good holistic dentist.
6. Avoiding Sugar- Avoiding sugar is the best thing to do to detox anything. Sugar creates acne for one because it feeds bacteria. It also feeds yeast, fungus, mold, and parasites. The more of those you have the more your skin will actually be a problem as I mentioned earlier the liver works hard at detoxing out the impurities and creating inflammation in the skin. And mold, yeast, parasites, and fungus can grow on the skin- so best to avoid and instead eat fresh low sugar fruits- this will help the cravings and fresh fruit detoxes the lymph creating overall better circulation and movement of the toxins out.
7. Liver Cleansing- Leads me to the importance of cleansing your liver. There are many ways. Diet is key with this and avoiding too many bad fats and gmo proteins. Our liver gets the brunt of the processed food diet and has to work much harder than it was designed to do. Yes its function is to assist the body to create enzymes and detoxify the body but when we have too many chemicals in our system it becomes overburdened. Thats where even your skin products and hair dyes can be making your system even more toxic. Glyphosate and vitamin A can store in the liver as well and making the whole gut and lymph impossible to detox. To get the natural glow there has to be natural product and food going in.
What is wonderful is there are many plant medicines that can help the liver function for example milk thistle, changa peidre, chaga, reishi mushrooms and other medicinal mushrooms, etc. And we can do regular cleansing with using the coffee enema ( please read my blog on coffee enemas http://www.cooking-for-health.com/3-powerful-reasons-to-do-coffee-enemas-and-how/ ) https://prlabs.com/ . And There is the amino acid NAC that is the precursor to making glutathione- the master antioxidant that helps clean the liver.
The liver gallbladder flush is an amazing yearly detox you can do to target the liver and gall- it helps you digest better the more you do these and you unburden the liver and helps the gallbladder release stones. You can avoid surgery of stones if you do enough of these cleanses. I would say up to 4 a year if you are really going thru liver issues and chronic health issues. You do follow a special diet for a few days and liver and gall supportive herbs and then do the flush. THe flush is accomplished by drinking olive oil, lemon juice, ginger- a large dose- after doing the restrictive protein and fat diet. This pushes the accumulation of undigested fats and toxins out of the gall.
8. Fasting- Giving your digestion a break and doing just juices or even water helps the body purge unwanted toxins. The skin can break out but it clears up after more regenerated. When we give the digestive system a break it allows things to heal. A lot of the american diet can be corrosive and the gut actually has to heal from it, as well as the skin and all the tissues.
9. Sweating and far infrared sauna- Is one of my favorite things to detox my skin and to detox heavy metals. The skin heats with far infrared heat which goes 2-3 inches beneath the skin. It turns on the parasympathetic nervous system to be calm while releasing negative ions which encourage healing- that increase levels of serotonin, elevating your mood, helping alleviate depression, relieving stress, and boosting daytime energy (PRL). Far infrared helps detoxification of lymph, skin, spleen, gut, circulation, from my experience. Frequency of use is up to you as a rule of thumb if i was doing as a therapy I would do at least twice a week. I have done it up to 5 days a week but you have to be careful with minerals and hydration. It is important to take minerals when using the sauna a lot. I use ionic magnesium and celtic sea salt in water.
10. Yoga or Movement- It goes without saying that keeping your body in shape also keeps your skin healthy. I prefer yoga because it works on different levels of the body. I find that with regular practice the lymph is moving and that keeps a lot of health issues at bay- because it works on the full body circulation of many systems. You will find that many yoga practitioners stay youthful in appearance as well as heart. My theory is because we will approach the practice often as beginners even if we are not.
11. Eliminating toxic hair dyes and make-up- As I mentioned above, I’m not here to preach and in fact it has taken a long time for me to transition off of chemical make-up and hair-dye. What I mean by “chemical” is the more toxic brands that are made by chemical companies, not plant-based companies that have chosen ethically responsible ingredients and business practices. Some great companies I like and you can order online- https://www.beautycounter.com/, https://larenim.com/ , Henna for hair color (I usually get from Indian markets and I get the Pakistani versions), and there is even exploring with natural plant pigments you get from things like beet juice, berries, and charcoal, etc….You can also find eco glitter online. Also limiting you usage of palm oil which deforests and kills wildlife. There are many responsible companies that do not use or have ethical palm- you just have to research it or make your own. It is hidden in shampoos and creams.
13. Hand-making your own face creams, toothpaste, and essential oil formulas- Now for my fun part. I recently this year started making my own face creams. I use organic shea butter as the base and melt in other medicinal oils- really depending what you are seeking- I like castor oil, neem, cacao butter ( I would use the castor and neem in small amounts) . For face its best to research oils that suit the face. I use shea as a base because its extremely protective on skin for winter weather and it’s great as sun protective butter. You play around with ratios of which base works well for which season according to your skin- some may like coconut oil but i use that on body as the main base and with essential oils and small amounts of shea. I find it super fun to make your own custom blends. I also use this to take off makeup.
Stay tuned for Part 2- I will share my holistic recipes for face, body, and teeth.
Handmade Organic By Telah is a plant-based food delivery service located in Bedsty Brooklyn. I provide balanced vegan, gluten-free, and organic animal protein options to support overall health, detox, and healthy immune system functioning. My mission is to help guide client’s towards cleaner and more sustainable eating and living. I carefully construct weekly meal plans for each individual client and do the shopping, cooking, and delivery. Private chef services are available too. This service is recommended for at least 1 month to meet health challenges. It is most effective as a lifestyle and regular way of eating. Meal plans are free of processed ingredients, GMOs, dairy, gluten, bad oils and salt, and excessive meat. As a client you will learn new ways to eat a plant-based diet which incorporates anti-inflammatory food, healing your microbiome, and empowering your natural ability to heal your body.
Telah is a health-supportive chef and received her certification from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2004. She is a Holistic Health Counselor and certified with The American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has a CNHP certification. She also teaches Ashtanga Yoga for beginners at New Vibe Yoga in Manhattan. And received her yoga training with Richard Freeman and many long time Ashtanga Yoga teachers in NYC. She works in the NYC area.
3. Premier Research Labs, QRA Practitioner- I sell the buckets and coffee for enemas. And coach you how to use. https://prlabs.com/