It seems that in our beauty conscious culture, we are bombarded from all sides with advertisements for alluring products and cosmetic procedures offering us the Fountain of Youth. Too bad they also want a fountain of money in exchange! Remember the old ad that said "There has to be a better way!" Well, there is. The raw food diet and facial exercises are two of the best kept secrets for looking young, and when used in tandem the combo can produce remarkable results in a short amount of time.
In our lifelong quest for health, beauty and youth, more and more people are discovering how far reaching the impacts of our dietary choices are; on the environment, our health, our future, and even our looks. The increasingly popular raw food diet is one of the ways people are taking responsibility for their health and reaping the benefits.
Embarking on a raw food diet is unquestionably a life changing experience. You detoxify your body, lose weight and may quite possibly gain a level of health that you never knew existed. This profound state of health reveals itself in your appearance as well. Most of us take it for granted that when we make positive changes in our health by changing our diets, some form of exercise will be inherent in that. But exercising the body, effective and important as it is, does nothing to address the condition or appearance of the face.
According to the book Rawsome Flex, by Tonya Zavasta, "[t]he loss of muscle tone is not the only cause of wrinkles and sagging skin. Many other factors contribute to the skin's sagging and drooping: deteriorating collagen and elastin, depletion of the skin's fat layer, sagging muscle due to the loosening of facial ligaments holding the muscles in place, hormonal changes, depleted collagen production, thinning of the skin due to free radical damage, genetic disposition, and poor diet can all produce sagging, discolored, dull skin."
A raw food diet will go a long way to promote healthy skin, clear eyes and your ideal weight from the inside out by providing you with all the highly touted nutrients that we hear so much about lately; phytonutrients, fiber, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Bodily exercise will help tremendously in keeping you young, fit and healthy far more effectively than if you never exercised at all. But again, your face will not become youthful no matter how hard or often you work out your body. Facial exercises, while not nearly as well known, are the secret ingredient in keeping the most visible part of you firm, toned and youthful. They are simple to perform at your convenience and don't cost anything but 15-20 minutes of your day.
So how do you do these exercises work and how can you be sure they really work? Several online sites provide instructions, suggest more in-depth sources and show before and after pictures of people who tried facial exercising. The ones to consider are http://rawfoodists.blogspot.com/ (the March 12 blog post has a good discussion of facial exercises); www.simplyrawbliss.com/rawsomeflexjournal.html (Kelli provides a great facial exercise journal on her site); www.kaboodle.com/rawfood (a good raw foods and facial exercises article aggregator site).
If you want to keep yourself healthy, young and vibrant from the inside out, then employing external measures such as facial exercises will go a long way in helping you to obtain the desired results. Facial exercises are also your best bet when it comes to avoiding the costly, painful and unnecessary cosmetic surgeries that have become so popular among those of us seeking to maintain our beauty assets. Preventing, or at least forestalling, the effects of aging is entirely possible when armed with the right information and the ability to put forth the small amount of effort that it takes.