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This issue is not about healthy eating. It is about your health and how your inner health is refected by your outer beauty. Please read on...
The Relationship Between Beauty and Your Health - Issue #61
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1) The Relationship Between Beauty and Your Health
2) Healthy Products and Services
The Impossible Beauty of a Plastic Doll
Barbie! We all know her. Men and women alike. She's been around far too long, giving young girls an unhealthy perspective on beauty. In fact, as you'll read below in a special guest article, the specs for Ms. Barbie are impossible to find in the human anatomy (without some serious reconstructive surgery).
The other day, I revealed how researches discovered the chemical 1,4-Dioxane in organic beauty products. I also explained how almost all skin and hair products must contain preservatives. See
"Organic" Beauty Products Found to Contain a Petro By-Product
Further, I promised that I'd soon be sending you the link to a new website on 100% natural beauty treatments that you can make at home with inexpensive "food" ingredients. At this new website you'll be able to download (for FREE) a load of material to help avoid premature aging, caring for your skin and hair naturally.
Well, I just heard from the Ayurvedic specialist running the site... They've added a lot more material to the free course. It's two weeks long with online video and audio. Dr. "H" will also be holding two free teleseminars.
It all starts April 13th. The link to the sign up form is at the end of this e-mail. I can't share the doctor's name, you'll find out when you click the link. Let me just say she is NOT one of the regular Ayurvedic "superstars" that you see on TV or at big seminars. Instead, she's a Western chiropractor who's been practicing Ayurveda in her clinic for the last 20 years. She's made numerous trips to India where Ayurveda originated. It's the oldest form of health care on the planet, easily dating back to 1,000 B.C. (many historians believe it's over 6,000 years ancient).
Anyway, to help you prepare for the free course, Dr. H sent the following short article to introduce you to the Ayurveda concept of beauty. This will probably interest more women than men, but as long as you've got skin on your body and some hair left on your head... I recommend you give it your full attention.
First... Why's a DOCTOR So Concerned With Beauty?
In her busy clinic in California, Dr. H specializes in chronic and life-threatening diseases. So why's she's busy helping people improve their complexion?
Actually, in the East, many doctors run clinics that offer services similar to North American beauty salons (except without all the chemicals).
You see, you need to understand that Ayurveda Medicine considers "beauty" and "health" as one and the same. Makes sense, doesn't it? The healthiest people are usually the most beautiful. Think about it... dry or blemished skin, endless bad hair days and ragged nails... all are signs of ill health any alternative doctor would look out for.
Okay, enough from me, here's a bit from Dr. H on the Western versus Eastern approach to beauty. It takes what we've talked about so far to another level. As you'll see, even if you are using ALL NATURAL ingredients, and even if those ingredients worked great for your neighbor, they still might not be right for you.
Well, everybody is different. And as you'll read, Ayurveda's speciality is figuring out those differences...
A Message from Dr. H...
Right now TV, magazines, and other deciders of beauty standards have programmed most people into accepting such a limiting opinion of what beauty is.
On the other hand, Ayurvedic, some 3,000 years old, comes from a time when we acknowledged a much broader definition of beauty.
Take for instance, an image you have grown up with: That pink plastic confection known as "Barbie." She's been around since 1959. Over a billion have been manufactured. Every two seconds, it is estimated, another is sold to some little girl. Barbie, despite her emaciated figure, shows no signs of disappearing soon.
If you don't take into account her polyester hair, Barbie stands 11 inches tall. Now, if she was 5'9" (as suggested by her accessories) her bust would measure 34.5 inches, her hips 30.5.
That may be the body-type of a plastic doll, but it serves a useless goal for us humans. Certainly not a model we should be growing up with.
Ayurveda throws out Barbie and all other childish standards aside (e.g. air brushed models, anorexic movie stars, etc.) Instead, Ayurveda offers you a personal "standard." What you might call your body-type or more specifically, your Beauty-Type. Nature has already put it within your reach and Ayurveda will help you achieve.
When you bring your Beauty-Type into the natural state of balance you were born with, then your inner beauty is able to manifest.
It's about reflecting the inner beauty of the inner you—no mask.
Just an honest portrayal of your unique expression in physical form.
Everybody has a unique Beauty-Type. It's impossible to manifest someone else's Beauty-Type. Such efforts will not only result in failure but also ill health.
I'm not just talking figuratively when I say your unique Beauty-Type...
The SCIENCE of Beautification
You see, in Ayurveda, there are three main Beauty-Types: Vata Beauties, Pitta Beauties and Kapha Beauties. Now, you're not merely one of the three. Everybody has a unique balance of the three. But when your natural balance becomes unbalanced, then you lose your natural state of attractiveness.
And we all want to be attractive. Don't kid yourself.
Yes, "inner" beauty is most important... but why turn down outer beauty? The more attractive you become, the better you feel about yourself. You can spend 50 years overcoming this mental disposition or you can spend five to ten minutes a day pampering yourself with a natural beauty care regimen.
When the Ayurvedic Beauty site goes live, I'll be walking you through an ecourse dedicated to helping you determine exactly what type of Ayurvedic Beauty you are... What your needs are... What kind of ingredients your skin, hair and nails needs to become radiant.
In short, you are a unique combination of the elements: air, fire, water, earth and ether. These are reflected in the classifications vata, pitta, kapha. Don't worry about it now, in a few days I'll be able to start walking you through it.
Why is knowing your Ayurvedic Beauty Type so important? Well, let me give you a classic example...
The Coconut Hype: Is It Really Good For YOUR Skin?
Lately, coconut oil has become a popular form of skin moisturizer in alternative health circles. Yes, fresh coconut oil is far, far better than 95% of what you'll find being sold off the shelf (even from health food stores). Just make sure when you open the jar that the coconut oil actually smells like coconut. That's how you know the oil is fresh.
That said... coconut oil isn't right for everyone or for every season.
That's right, your health and beauty needs change whether it's winter, spring, fall or summer.
If you have vata skin — meaning your skin is very dry and you tend to feel cold — coconut oil is not recommended Ayurvedically. Even if you have moist, warm skin, coconut oil is often not a good idea during the winter months. The winter is a very dry and cold time. Here's why...
Coconuts grow close to equator where the weather is hot year round. The oil it produces has a cooling effect on the body.
It is also a saturated fat, which means that it will decrease the amount of Vitamin D your skin can absorb. This is a protection mechanism to prevent people from getting too much sun.
Now, a warming oil, like sesame, is ideal for winter months or if you tend towards feeling cool. It will help heat your body. Also, being a polyunsaturated fat, it will help your skin absorb more vitamin D during the winter, when there isn't as much sun.
You Won't Feel Like a Tossed Salad Covered With Too Much Dressing
In case you fear you're going to smell like a coconut cream pie or an Asian stir fry, don't worry. There are specific essential oils that you need to add to these base oils. A few drops of aromatic essences, specific to your Beauty-Type, will hasten the positive effects you are seeking.
It's really not rocket science. Ayurveda is based on textures. If you are hot and dry, you need herbs, foods and other beauty applications that are cooling and moist. If you are too oily, you may not need an oil-based application at all — instead dry vegetable flour rubbed against the skin may be the solution.
I can't wait to start sharing all this with you. Until then, simply pay attention to how you feel when you apply different beauty products to your skin and hair. Just because it's healthy, natural and full of all these wonderful nutrients — doesn't mean it's right for YOUR body.
That's what our journey together will do: Help you discover what your unique beauty potentials are and the best way to go after them.
There you go folks! That's just a sample of what Dr. H will be giving you when her site goes live in the next few days.
Keep in mind Ayurveda isn't like the modern blood-type or metabolic typing systems. Those systems consider only a limited number of variables, using but a few classifications. Ayurveda has 12 different Body- or Beauty-Type combinations you can fall into based on numerous variables ranging from eye colour to what type of dreams you have. Furthermore, it recognizes that life is dynamic and adjusts its beauty prescriptions to the season, your environment and your location on the planet.
It truly may be the most scientific approach to personal beauty care on the planet. You'll be able to sign up for Dr. H's Discover Your Ayurvedic Beauty-Type ecourse in a matter of days. And it won't cost you a penny!
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