Fri04182014

Opinion

Looking for a fountain of youth? Eat more fruit and vegetables

The myth of the Fountain of Youth – the legendary spring thought to restore youthful exuberance and vitality after someone drinks of its water – is more than a thousand years old.

 
 Dr. Timothy Moore

The myth of the Fountain of Youth – the legendary spring thought to restore youthful exuberance and vitality after someone drinks of its water – is more than a thousand years old. Today, some men and women still are searching for it in either a pill or a beauty product.

Women, in particular, spend a ton of money each year on their appearance, seeking to keep their girlish looks even though they may be advancing in age. However, some of the most beautiful women – in the world Halle Berry, Toni Braxton, Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Christie Brinkley – have found their own fountains of youth. Their beauty is alluring and their skin appears taut without blemish or wrinkle.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” the ageless Proverb goes. But if most people could wave a magic wand and transform themselves into someone other than themselves – such as a diva with gorgeous, jaw-dropping looks or a heartthrob with a six-pack – I believe they would.

So many people opt to choose cosmetic surgery to maintain their youth as much as possible. But when you look at the cost factor and how much time it takes to heal, is it really worth trying to keep your youthful look?

We age quickly because of our environment, which is loaded with toxins and poisons, and because of the creams that we use on our face. The food that we eat is also responsible for accelerating the aging process and is likewise loaded with pesticides and toxins. It seems we can’t escape the menace of pesticides and toxins; they’re everywhere.

There is a fountain of youth – if you’re still looking for it – but you won’t be able to drink from it. Instead, you’ll find in it the restorative properties that are found in fruit and vegetables. If you eat more fruit and vegetables, you’ll be able to turn back your biological clock and stop the aging process. Then your skin and body would radiate.

Some people are spending a shipload of money on Botox and all types of skin products in hopes of finding that a fountain of youth. Don’t be fooled by the constant bombardment of advertisements. If you’re allowing a doctor to inject you with drugs, the doctor may be causing more damage to your skin.

In some reports, Botox injections cause more than a few complications. It may provide a temporary fix, but in some cases, it’s causes the skin to wrinkle. There’s help, however. And you don’t have to spend a fortune trying to get that youthful look.

The cosmetic industry is a $45-to-$65 billion annual business, according to Heather Woods Rudolph, who wrote a story titled “Why Vanity Keeps Us Poor” on her blog “Sexy Feminist” in 2007. Rudolph wrote about how the cosmetic and toiletries industry has become a worldwide, billion-dollar business where American women spent an average of $12,000 annually on grooming and beauty products.

There are simple ways to keep your youthful look and not spend unnecessary money. One way is to eat leafy green vegetables, which provides important nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. Eat other vegetables as well, such as kale, Swiss chard, sweet potatoes, dandelion greens, pumpkin seeds, carrots, orange bell peppers and red bell peppers. And make sure you drink purified water to flush your system of toxins and poisons.

The skin is the largest organ in the body and provides protection to you. That’s why you have to eat fruit and vegetables and get 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night or day to replenish your cells and to avoid the wrinkle appearance. It is also good to eat beans, grains and lentils.

That’s the quick fix, if you will, to everlasting youth. But if you truly want to fix the person in the mirror, start believing it’s possible to be the person you want to be. And remember, you must love yourself first before any of this can take affect.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web sites at www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)


 

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