“The face is truly a canvas upon which our food choices paint an accurate picture. The body is truly a sculpture chiseled and polished by our food choices.”
The logic of “You are what you eat” implies that those who wish to become healthier should eat the healthiest food. Those who wish to beautify themselves should eat the most beautifying food.
Nutrition is the one thing that is everything. Becoming conscious of the importance of nutrition allows us to begin to chart the direction of change in our lives, known as the compound effect. We may not be able to control all things in our lives, but we can choose what we put into our mouths.
Because conscious nutrition means that you are becoming aware that little things add up, consistent actions taken every day begin to take you in a certain direction. The same is true of making changes in your life with yoga. It is this consistency that truly will guide the direction of change or aid maintenance if you are happy where you are.
“Cause and Effect”
If we are not careful, poor food choices will catch up to us. It is good to remember that if we start feeling the effects of indigestion, poor digestion, constipation, or lack the feeling of satiation, then we know these “effects” can be remedied by eliminating the “causes.”
What proves fascinating is when we stop eating just “anything” that spurs a startling realization that what we eat deeply and radically affects the way we think, feel, and behave. When one introduces discernment into one’s food choices, a physical and spiritual transformation begins to take place.
It is nutrition-rich food that places a sparkle in the eye, luster in the hair, glow in the skin, and herbal fragrance to the body.
So what are some of the beautifying foods that we can bring into our lives to make us, over all, more beautiful?
Sulfur plays a major role in the bile fluid, brain, connective tissue (collagen), hair, liver, nails, pancreas, and skin. Sulfur is the ninth most abundant mineral in the body. It is stored in every cell of the body and is especially highly concentrated in the joints, hair, skin, and nails. Having the adequate sulfur intake has so much to do with a beautiful completion, mineralized hair, and glowing skin.
Sulfur compounds such as glucosamine build bone, ligaments, tendons, skin, eyes and nails. It is also found in joint fluid. Giving these tissues greater strength and shape, as well as elasticity and flexibility, sulfur is needed in yoga.
MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) is an organic form of sulfur found in all living organisms. Sulfur–residue foods are recognized by their high protein content or spicy, heating effects, such as garlic, onions, mustard, and horseradish. You can also find sulfur-residue in Arugula, Peppers, Broccoli, Hemp seeds*, Kale*, Maca, Noni, Pumpkin seeds*.
Zinc is required for skin beauty, cell and bodily growth, sexual development, fertility, night vision, and improving ones since of taste and smell. It works through the lymphatic system to help with tissue repair and oxygenation. So each twist within our yoga practice, we are squeezing out the lymph nodes and cleaning the body, and with the help of zinc--allowing the body to heal and function more efficiently. Zinc, in combination with vitamin A and sulfur, builds strong hair. It also prevents wrinkling, stretch marks, and outward signs of aging. Foods that are most prevalent in zinc are poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, cashews, macadamia nuts, sunflowers seeds, coconuts, and spinach.
Iron ranks as the most active element in the human system: thus, it needs to be renewed frequently. Iron-rich blood is the source of magnetism (charisma).
Iron assists the process of respiration. It is through the iron-rich hemoglobin in the blood that oxygen courses throughout the body. Two-thirds of the iron in the body is found in the blood. (The other third is found in the marrow of the bones, liver, and spleen.) So, you can see how iron will greatly help with ones pranayama practice, or practice of the breath. The best iron-rich foods are Jerusalem artichokes, onions, and raw chocolate--eat up Ladies, as well as cherries, collards, young lettuce, parsley, spinach, dark green-leafy vegetables, and sea vegetables.
Manganese plays a role in the formation of cartilage, bone, and connective tissue. In particular it proves essential in the formation of the cartilage shields at the ends of the bone. This represents something that will help you when on your hands and knees, in camel pose or gate hedge pose.
It improves the oxygenation of the blood, nerves, and brain cells--it is a “giver” of oxygen. I know that I can use all the help I can get when it comes to improving my brain cells and memory!
Manganese, like zinc, is a major component of enzymes, including the incredible antioxidant, anti-inflammatory enzyme super oxide dismutase (SOD). Sources of manganese are cloves, sea vegetables, cacao beans, raw chocolate, spinach, hemp seeds, almonds, pecans, kale, raisins, sweet potatoes, and dark leafy vegetables.
With this you can see how very much food heals and beautifies the body. If you are having any type of issues with skin, hair, nails, digestion, joints, or vital organs, it might be time to look at what you are eating and change it. Change your diet and you will change your life!