For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has understood that uneven color and texture on the skin, patchiness, fine lines and breakouts are indicators of deeper issues going on within your body. Our bodies are holistically connected through energy lines called meridians that run up and down the entire body. “Face mapping” is a technique that allows us to study the face and body for common “problem areas” that are actually reversible. It is a complex healing art, but here is a taste of how what we eat shows up on our faces—literally.
A Lined Forehead: A lined forehead may indicate congestion by way of a blocked, toxin-filled colon and/or gallbladder. This usually means someone is consuming a lot of dairy or cooked animal or vegetable oils, or has a good diet, but is not cleansing as efficiently as he or should be to keep up with the toxicity that their diet is kicking up. To reverse this, add more fiber to your diet with the Glowing Green Smoothie, cut out or minimize dairy consumption, and cook with vegetable broth or coconut oil instead of easily oxidized vegetable oils.
Dark Under-eye Circles or Puffiness: Dark under-eye circles and puffiness indicate adrenal exhaustion. It’s the body’s cry for more sleep and the need to cut back on stress. Try avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and try transitioning to caffeine-free, antioxidant-rich teas like rooibos (as a replacement for your morning coffee). Additionally, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water between meals.
Also, the proper sodium balance is important for glowing skin that is hydrated, supple and gorgeous—but not puffy. Eating foods with the proper balance of the electrolytes of organic sodium and potassium can help, such as celery, kale, spinach, olives, sea vegetables and Swiss chard.
Acne: Acne is often a symptom of something happening deep inside the bodies, especially if you follow a good skincare routine and are still experiencing regular, cystic breakouts. It can indicate a hormonal imbalance and congestion in the colon. The liver is a major detoxifying organ, and when our colon becomes overloaded, which is where the liver usually passes toxins into, it instead pushes them out through the skin, another detoxifying organ. This can erupt in the form of acne.
It is helpful to take probiotics and eat probiotic-rich foods like raw sauerkraut on a daily basis, which will supply our bodies with enzymes and friendly bacteria to help keep our digestion optimal and help our bodies detoxified on a daily basis. Avoid clogging, difficult-to-digest foods like dairy, soy and processed foods, and start incorporating a program that includes cleansing and detoxifying with lots of enzymes and fiber to clear out the “sludge.” A daily Glowing Green Smoothie is the best way to detoxify on a daily basis.
Crow’s feet lines around the eyes: This may also indicate that our adrenals are being overtaxed and that the body is acidic and imbalanced. Cut out smoking and caffeine, add my Glowing Green Smoothie to your diet and cut back on your sugar intake.
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While accumulating in-depth knowledge of indigenous health practices in diverse, local communities throughout Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America, Snyder discovered her calling in life: to be of service by helping others improve their lives through nutrition. Read more about her on her blog!
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