Thursday, January 5, 2012

Day 2 - 10 Days to a Healthier You in 2012

Day# 2 – Glowing Skin

Your skin is your largest organ and it is responsible for many functions, including detoxification, vitamin D production and emotional health . . .  So today we are focusing on some wonderful ways to improve both the appearance and the function of this vital organ!

To keep the skin healthy, plump, glowing and fully functioning as an organ of elimination there are a few things to keep in mind. 

STEP 1 – Collagen Production and Protection
Collagen is the protein found in the connective tissues.  It’s found primarily in the dermis, makes up to 35% of the body’s total protein content and acts as the “glue” to keep tissues together.  Exposure to oxidation (think UVA rays, air pollution and stress) causes collagen structures to weaken and collapse.   This creates loose, wrinkled skin. 

Restoring collagen production will create a plumper looking skin with less wrinkles.  But this isn’t all, restoring collagen creates healthy skin that functions more appropriately.  To restore collagen production think protein, the building blocks of protein and antioxidants to protect the protein.  These include minerals that act as the building blocks of collagen like sulfur, silicone and magnesium, plus essential fatty acids and amino acids; as well as antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E as well as minerals like selenium, manganese and naturally occurring silicone.

These nutrients can be found in greens, onions, garlic, avocados, tomatoes, flax seeds, salmon, citrus fruits, apples, berries, eggs, nuts, sweet potatoes, ginger, quinoa, cayenne pepper, green tea and shave grass (also known as horsetail).   Consuming at least 5 of these foods daily will result in healthier, more elastic, youthful skin.

Below you will find a smoothie with all of the components you need to begin the process of building beautiful skin, plus food and drink suggestions for a healthier and more beautiful you! 

Step 2 – Creating the Glow
Healthy glowing skin is the result of proper circulation as well as exfoliation.  Together they create not only a youthful appearance but skin that performs as an organ of detoxification as well.  To create beautiful, glowing, healthy skin think about increasing circulation and eliminating dead skin cells , both of which can be done with a couple of absolutely free and easy techniques – hydrotherapy in the shower and dry skin brushing.

Your daily shower can be the fastest, most effective and least expensive way to increase the health of your skin.  It is as simple as changing the temperature of your water at the end of your shower 3-4 times a week! 
At the end of your shower increase the temperature of your water until it is as hot as you can stand for about 15 seconds – enough time to allow the hot water to reach all areas of your body.  Then reduce the temperature until the water is shockingly cold just long enough to reach all areas of your body – it is shocking!  Now increase the temperature until it is very hot once again and then end your shower with a blast of cold water.

This simple technique increases the circulation throughout your body, boosts your lymphatic system and very quickly produces a warm, healthy glow. 

Another technique for proper exfoliation and healthy circulation is as simple as starting the practice of dry skin brushing 2-4 times a week.  This is a fairly quick and very easy technique you can master in only 1 try.  Below is a link to a demonstration – just keep in mind that I recommend a very soft bristled brush. 

Now that you have those concepts in mind, let’s move on to today’s smoothie recipe and your menu and drink suggestions!  Over the next few days I will be making some alterations to the recipe so go ahead and make the whole recipe.

Green Goddess Juice & Smoothie

There are as many recipes for Green Goddess Juice as there are people making it . . . this one is a nice balance of greens with a touch of apple for flavor and raw honey to preserve the color and taste.  This blend of green veggies and granny smith apple is used as a detoxification drink since it reduces water retention, supports the liver and provides valuable trace minerals for healthy hair and skin.  The addition of avocado just before serving transforms the juice into a smoothie while boosting the essential fatty acids!
Yield – 8 servings

1/4 cup parsley leaves
6 Romaine leaves
1/2 cup spinach leaves
1 medium cucumber
1 medium zucchini
3 celery stalks
2 sprigs mint
1/2 sprig tarragon
4 basil leaves
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 granny smith apples (cored)
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 cup pH 9.5 ionized water
1/2 teaspoon spirulina
1 avocado, peeled and pitted

To prep veggies, chop celery, cucumber, zucchini and apples.  Add all ingredients, except avocado, into a VitaMix or other powerful blender.  Blend until completely liquefied.  Just before serving, blend with avocado for a smooth and creamy drink.  Garnish with a piece of sliced apple, peach or lemon.

Fresh juice is best served cool and diluted to a concentration of 2/3 juice 1/3 water since concentrated juice is a bit hard on the liver.

Raw honey acts as a natural preservative, so this juice (without the avocado) it can be refrigerated and consumed over a 4-5 day period of time.   

Day #2 Drink Suggestions:
Be certain to drink at least ½ ounce per pound of body weight (i.e. 100 lbs = 50 oz) in water.  Of course I recommend properly ionized water at a pH of 9.  If you do not have an ionizer, use filtered water.

Horsetail tea is a fantastic way to support your hair, skin and nails.  It’s loaded with naturally occurring silicone that makes your collagen more elastic and pliable. 

Green tea and green tea powder is another way to increase antioxidants and minerals necessary to protect the skin from the ravages of oxidation. 

Day #2 Menu Suggestions (recipes & photos from my cookbook OMG! That's Allergy Free?):

Sweet Potato Hash with Wilted Spinach & Poached Eggs

Egg & Veggie Scramble #1
Spicy Mustard Greens with Confetti Pan Roasted Potatoes and Lemon-Tahini Sauce

Sweet Potato Soup with Brazil Nut Crème (from my first cookbook)

 Lemon, Caper and Dill Salmon

Garnet Yams, Black Kale & Coconut Milk Quinoa

Snacks you can purchase or make – Flax Seed Crackers, Kale Chips, Sweet Potato Crisps (an earlier blog post)

I do hope you enjoy todays info, suggestions, smoothie and more!  Please post any questions or comments.

Dr. P

1 comment:

  1. I love this post. The nutritional information and the smoothie recipe and menu suggestions. Perfect!
    Di =)