Health creates beauty. This popular idea has taken on new meaning with the recent surge in research involving nutrients for improving the appearance of skin, hair, and nails. The supplement industry has seen an uptick in the demand for nutritional beauty and rejuvenation products, especially those based on collagen—the primary protein in connective tissue, skin, and bones. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, which can lead to dry skin, reduced elasticity, and wrinkles. Several studies have shown that subjects taking collagen supplements over several weeks saw a reduction in wrinkle depth and increased skin elasticity. Those who took collagen supplements for joint problems experienced increased mobility and a significant reduction in pain. Researchers have theorized that supplemental collagen may strengthen cartilage and stimulate collagen production in the body.
Collagen in Gelatin
One of the best and most economical sources of collagen is gelatin, which is made by extended boiling of animal skin, cartilage, and bones. The readings recommend it for its ability to promote the assimilation of nutrients from food and for glandular support. “It isn’t the vitamin content [of gelatin] but [its] ability to work with the activities of the glands, causing the glands to take from that absorbed or digested the vitamins that would not be active if there is not sufficient gelatin in the body” (Edgar Cayce). It seems plausible that the benefits suggested by this reading could bring about outcomes like those observed by the researchers who conducted the above-mentioned collagen studies.
Gelatin is available in powdered form and in thinly pressed sheets. The readings suggest that it be taken at times together with raw foods and at other times on its own, stirred into water. “In the diet include often those foods prepared with gelatin. Give gelatin by itself also at least three times each week, at regular periods, about half a teaspoonful dissolved in water and taken” (Edgar Cayce). Drinking bone broth and chewing the soft ends of chicken bones, as recommended by Cayce, are other ways to obtain gelatin, and thus collagen, as well as calcium.
Kelp for Endocrine Support
Also valued for its endocrine-rejuvenating qualities is the sea vegetable, kelp, which supplies significant amounts of iodine, as well as calcium, potassium, and iron. Kelp provides nourishment for the thyroid, the body’s master gland, which also controls the body’s fat-burning metabolism. The Cayce readings recommend kelp salt as a seasoning and substitute for common table salt. “To help the glandular balance better now we would use the kelp salt in the food preparations. Just used as a seasoning, not as a medicine, for this carries sufficient iodines and such activity to aid the body” (Edgar Cayce). An easy way to use kelp in the manner suggested by Cayce is to season foods with kelp flakes or powder available in natural food stores.
Potato Peelings to Restore Hair Color
Many readings recommend eating potato skins or drinking boiled potato peeling juice to strengthen hair, prevent hair loss, and especially to preserve the natural hair color. Cayce suggests: “Use the juice of potato peelings at least three times a week. Cook the Irish potato peelings in a little water (with a top on the container, of course), and drink the juice from same” (Edgar Cayce). Cayce claims that drinking potato peeling juice regularly will “…keep the hair nearer to its normal color than all other forms of chemical preparations” (Edgar Cayce). Some natural health practitioners today recommend hair rinses with the juice of boiled potato peelings to darken gray hair, but Cayce’s recipe addresses the issue from the inside out!
Alkaline Diet, Healthy Fats, and Water
The general dietary principles recommended by the readings—80% alkaline-forming foods (vegetables and fruit) and food combinations; drinking plenty of water between and before meals; and eating healthy fats such as olive oil, butter, and fats from yogurt, fish, and nuts—should be observed so the nutrients highlighted above can facilitate the desired beautifying and rejuvenating effects. Almonds, in particular, are indicated in the readings for benefiting skin health. One reading, given for a 16-year-old girl who asked about improving the condition of her skin and hair, states: “…if ye would take each day, through thy experience, two almonds, ye will never have skin blemishes…” (Edgar Cayce).
Remember, too, that fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and sufficient sleep, as well as spiritual practices such as a positive outlook, prayer, and meditation, are all helpful in promoting the expression of beauty and rejuvenation.
January/February/March 2019 © Venture Inward Magazine
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