Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but who or what defines beauty these days?
As a society we are chasing unrealistic ideals for both men and women causing self-confidence issues, eating disorders, insecurities, addictions, and cosmetic surgeries. It doesn’t take much to find manipulated and over-edited images splashed through magazines, newspapers, sitcoms, movies, ads, social media and more. The impact dramatically shapes our perceptions, attitudes and beliefs as the lines are becoming increasingly more blurred between what’s real and what’s fake.
On the flip side, our physical attributes also play an important rolethey form an impression, and paint a picture of personal or professional characteristics. They give us a sense of understanding which, in turn gives us confidence. Beauty is so much more than skin deep. True beauty begins within. An individual who is authentic, passionate, genuine and kind, will always appear more attractive than a supermodel with a cold heart and a bad attitude.
Aesthetically, our external physical features tell a story; they tell us about our internal health. The two are unavoidably interconnected and despite how the media tries to manipulate, one thing is for certain: Healthy is beautiful. To obtain beauty through good health we must look at health in its entirety… here’ s how in 10 simple steps.
10 Awesome Steps for Inner and Out Beauty:
Hydrate
1) Hydrate
Water (H20) is the most abundant molecule in the body, making up approximately 60% of the human body. Water transports nutrients to organs and muscles; protects and lubricates joints; eliminates toxins through perspiration, urination, and bowel movements; reduces fatigue, and adds glow and moisture to dry skin.

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2) Reduce non-foods 
Processed foods, refined sugar, and stimulants such as coffee and alcohol, do not provide nutrients. Instead, they burden the various body systems and organs, especially the liver. They may aggravate and contribute to skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, or lead to nutritional deficiencies that show in weak, brittle hair and nails.

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3) Eat whole foods 
Fruits and vegetables – provide vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and are excellent sources of complex carbohydrates, the body’s primary source of fuel. Lean meats, legumes, nuts – provide protein, a vital macronutrient and the fundamental building block for all cells in the body. Healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, nuts etc.)-  provide support for body composition and immune system, strengthen bones and nails, stimulate hair follicles, and moisturize skin.

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4) Supplement to bridge the gap
– High Quality Multivitamin/Multi-mineral supplies necessary vitamins and minerals, especially:
Selenium- a mineral with antioxidant properties. It prevents cellular damage, prevents cardiovascular disease, maintains the skin’s pH and protection capabilities, and moisturizes the scalp
Zinc- an essential trace mineral for a healthy immune system and skin repair
Vitamin C – an important antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, supports a healthy immune system, strengthens brittle hair, and contributes to collagen synthesis, which is the main structural protein that gives skin its elasticity and youthful glow.
Omega-3 – an essential fatty acid. Its anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial for the whole body. It also stimulates hair follicles and moisturizes the skin. Silica – an essential trace mineral for bone, cartilage, and tendons. Its deficiency leads to brittle nails, fine hair, and loss of elasticity in the skin.
5) Improve digestion
The digestive system is the foundation of beauty. The breakdown of food, and absorption of the nutrients is fundamental for overall health. Poor digestion can lead to toxin overload which contributes to oily skin or acne. To improve digestion, incorporate digestive enzymes, increase fibre, and chew food throughly. 
6) Clean up cosmetics  
The skin is permeable and absorbs whats put on it directly into the blood stream. Trade in your synthetic, chemical cosmetics for mineral based, paraben free make-up; natural lotions, soaps, shampoos, and conditioners; and aluminium free deodorants. Try using oils as moisturizers instead, such as coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, argon oil, apricot oil, and almond oil.

stretching and exercising
7) Exercise
Exercise has many benefits! It promotes cardiovascular health and circulation, strengthens muscles and joints, boosts the immune system and fat loss, facilitates sweat and detoxification, reverses the aging process, and contributes to better sleep. ***Don’t forget to stretch first! 

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8) Sleep  
We need our ‘beauty’ sleep! This is when the body repairs itself. Lack of sleep can affect metabolism, lower energy, lower mood, and increase weight gain. Chronic lack of sleep can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and depression. Also, it helps slow down the aging process and gives skin a youth flow glow.

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9) Stress Management
Long term effects of stress is the root cause of disease and is detrimental to overall health. It can also deplete nutrients and lead to nutritional deficiencies; elevate the hormone cortisol, stimulating oil production which lead to oily skin or acne; contribute to flare-ups of eczema, acne, psoriasis, or dermatitis; or lead to hair loss. For overall health, be mindful of stress and try reducing it through meditation, yoga, deep breathing, exercise, keeping a gratitude journal, and improving time management.

Self Love
10) Practice Self-Love
We all have differences and similarities. What makes us truly beautiful is being our authentic selves, embracing our flaws and being confident in our own skin. Love your mind, love your body, love yourself. Enjoy your favourite activities, practice positive affirmations, and be around people who lift your spirits. Overall, be good to yourself, it will pay you back!
Thank you for reading, beauty! Please share your comments and pictures, using the hashtag #myfabulousself
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