Oh, that glow. The skin, our largest organ, is a visual display of our vitality, our health and our wellbeing. Not feeling all "glowy" lately? Don't feel discouraged. Water, proper nutrition and a bit of your favorite leisure pursuits can bring back your natural radiance.
First, let's take a step back. Are you thirsty? Are you drinking enough filtered water? This single step is probably the most important, the easiest and the most often overlooked. I keep a bottle on hand at all times and STILL find myself forgetting to drink. It happens to the best of us. That said, the days I do faithfully consume 5+ liters of pure water I see a major difference. I'm more energetic, my facial contours are more beautiful and my complexion is clear. Don't believe me? Try it for yourself. Pace it out, but try to consume 3-5 liters of pure, filtered or spring water each day for a few days and prepare to be amazed at the ethereal glow that rewards your efforts.
Next, let's talk nutrients. I made the shift this year to a more alkaline way of eating. Less coffee, more green drinks, more fresh vegetables, lots of lemon, raw sprouted nuts, seasonal fruits and my beloved Super Elixir supplement (powdered greens and a MAJORLY yummy chocolate protein powder). I've also added a high potency multivitamin to the mix, some minerals for thyroid support and Tumeric. The difference? Unbelievable. Skin that glows, eyes that sparkle and a brain and body that operate at a much higher level. Our food can either nourish us or slowly take a toll on our energy. And much like a car, if your engine isn't properly maintained, you'll see a big lag in your personal performance.
GLOWING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Now, you know what's coming next, right? Exercise. Sorry in advance to those of you who loathe it, but for me this is the best part of my day. I LOVE to move my body. Sure, some days I'm feeling busy or sluggish. The key? More water and a good alkaline drink (seriously, this stuff is a miracle) and BOOM... I'm ready for a body renewing physical activity.
The key? Find activities you enjoy. I don't like indoor classes for the most part, as I prefer the ability to workout exactly when I'm in the mood and I love getting fresh air. But yoga classes (the heated and intense variety) are an exception. Experiment to find not only physical pursuits you enjoy, but locations that inspire you and (if applicable) instructors who bring out the best in you. And perhaps the ideal fit is not jogging or lifting weights, but finding a leisure activity you genuinely look forward to doing. Golf, tennis, horseback riding are prime examples of sports you can enjoy for your entire life. Get hones about what you find life affirming and make room for it in your schedule. Make it happen. You don't need a gym to stay fit and healthy, you simply need to move your body regularly.
Free your inner ballerina, liberate yourself and go ice skating, reveal your inner rock climber, dive into that pool. Free yourself from the social boundaries of what you "should" be doing and get real about what you truly enjoy. This isn't a temporary hobby, after all. Your goal is to unlock the secret to a life of physical wellbeing, a lifetime of radiant health, decades of energy. In order to achieve that goal we must seek out what works for us and what invigorates both mind and body.
Key tip: know thyself: if it's solo time you crave, find activities that give you the time alone you need. Social butterfly? Grab a friend or two and head to the courts, take a walk or hit a class. Need the structure of a group activity? Sign up for a group cardio boxing class or see what those HIIT workouts are all about at the club.
The result of these new and improved habits? Glowing skin, an energized body and a radiant smile that does what no cosmetic procedure could ever do. You'll be more fit both inside and out, more happy and your body & mind will be energized. You will have energy and a renewed sense of purpose.
Now... get drinking that water, add lemon to it and get moving!