RADIANCE FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Four main minerals, when acquired properly and in abundance, can make a
profound shift in a person’s radiance level and “glow” factor. Over time, if a person
is committed to seeking out foods rich in these four elements, they can unlock a
healthy inner beauty.
Found in blood vessels, bones, cartilage, connective tissue, hair, ligaments, lungs, lymph nodes, muscles, nails, skin, teeth, tendons and the trachea, silicon directs electrical flow through the electrolyte salts in the blood and helps to maintain elasticity of arterial walls.
In growing and healing bones, silicon is found then transmuted partly into calcium. Bone mineral density increases when silicon-rich foods and herbs are eaten regularly.
Connective tissue parts contain large quantities of silicon, which allows for flexibility and elasticity within skin, tendons and even eye tissue. Our ability to retain moisture in these areas can help prevent premature aging. Whole plant nutrition, hydration and the presence of silicon all play major roles.
High concentrations of silicon are present in the hair and nails. Silicon can increase the thickness and strength of the skin, nails, and overall youthful appearance and glow. One is more youthful when there is more silicon in relationship to calcium found in the body. When we’re young, we have more silicon and less calcium; as we age the ratio is reversed and we begin to “calcify,” since our cultural norms promote “demineralization” through a more processed food intake.
Even though silicon is one of the most abundant elements on earth, found in sand, quartz and granite, it only shows up in large concentrations in certain foods:
• Nopal cactus
• Romaine lettuce
• Burdock root
• Cucumbers (in the skin)
• Bell peppers (in the skin)
• Tomatoes (in the skin)
• Green grasses such as barley, alfalfa, wheat and oat—can be found in green powders sold in health stores
Foods containing high sulfur support radiance and shine in the skin; some would call it a glow. It’s a true foundation element of all beauty. The oceans, rainwater and all living things contain sulfur as MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane).
Sulfur is a major player in our hair, skin, nails, liver, brain, pancreas and connective tissue (collagen). Sulfur compounds like glucosamine give cartilage its strength and resilience. Sulfur takes many forms in the body that build, repair, detoxify, cleanse and create overall elasticity.
Sulfur-rich foods feature strong tastes and flavors:
• Hot chili peppers
• Brussels sprouts
• Mustard leaves
• Cabbage (krauts)
• Bee pollen
• Blue-green algae
• Hemp seeds
• Pumpkin seeds
**Combine sulfur-rich foods with a healthy fat like avocado, nuts, oils or seeds to balance the strong elements that can create fermentation or gas in the gut if not assimilated well.
Zinc does all its work through the enzyme form in the body. More than 200 different enzymes rely on zinc to perform their tasks—cell growth, cell repair, fertility, sex organ development, night vision, detoxification, collagen growth, and even a better sense of taste and smell are all supported with a good intake of zinc through foods.
Zinc working with vitamin A and sulfur will build stronger hair- and working with vita E to keep healthy reproductive organs in both men and women.
The healing of burns and scars are supported by zinc’s activity, as is the repair of DNA damaged by overexposure to X-rays or radiation.
These foods, especially in their raw form, are rich
• Pine nuts
• Pumpkin seeds
• Poppy seeds (nature’s richest)
• Macadamia nuts
• Sunflower seeds
• Sesame seeds
Combine these foods with sulfur-rich greens like arugula or watercress for a perfect combo!
Iron is probably the most active element in the human body, doing most of its work in and through our blood. Iron-rich blood creates a warm tint of beauty seen in the skin.
Chlorophyll (the blood of plants) and our hemoglobin are essentially identical. The main difference is in the center molecule—magnesium is at the center of chlorophyll and iron is at the center of hemoglobin. These dark green plants contain iron too and when we eat them we give our blood a big boost to help carry oxygen throughout the body so the respiratory system is in constant need of good iron. Two-thirds of the body’s iron in found in the blood, and the rest is in the bone marrow, liver and spleen.
Iron helps to create a magnetic blood current to help blood flow through small vessels, nourishing the tissues and removing waste.
The best iron-rich foods include:
• Burdock root
• Young lettuces
• Grasses (oat, barley, wheat, alfalfa)
• Sea veggies (nori, kelp, dulse)
• Green veggie juices
(raw, fresh, organic)
• Dark green leafy veggies
• Most red-colored berries
OVER TIME, AS YOU EAT MORE MINERAL-RICH FOODS, YOU WILL OPEN UP THE INNER RADIANCE AND BEAUTY THAT WILL SLOW THE AGING PROCESS AND ALLOW YOU
TO GLOW! BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF AND LEARN GOOD HABITS, SEEKING OUT THE CLEANEST LOCAL SOURCES OF THESE AMAZING FOODS TO ENJOY AND DEEPLY NOURISH YOU.
For info on this and other health-promoting protocols, contact Scott Estrada directly at email@example.com. or you can read more health promoting lifestyle changes from Scott in Standup Paddle Magazine or Samata Magazine, A Women's Stand-up Paddleboard Magazine