Aging is a fact that we make efforts to come to
terms with. It may be exciting for the youth to whom it
represents more self-determinism and independence, but aging is
not fun once it means "getting old." Resources of energy become
more precious and so we conserve. No matter how boundless the
energy we reveled in as kids, as we age we do tend to think twice
before leaping off swings. Joints stiffen and it takes all our
best attitudes to not let our minds follow suit.
It is completely natural that we want to look younger.
Mirrors can be so annoying. If we feel full of spit and fire, if
we feel sexy, if our gusto has not particularly diminished, it's a
drag to see as our physical calling card an image that belies how
we feel "inside."
Of course we want to look and feel young. We associate
with youth the existence of a future in which we have time to mess
up and yet get it right. We associate with youth sexuality and the
promise of future through procreation. We associate with youth a
carefree attitude that can get buried under the burdens of
maturity. Plus as women, we want to keep our men interested and we
like to look and see a woman, not an old lady, in the mirror.
As youth looks forward, so does age look back. We wish
to look forward but it may get harder to live this way. Can we do
anything to step aside from these considerations and simply live
with the attitudes of youth relatively unmitigated and intact?
Throughout my life, I've given this much thought, as
I'm sure you have as well. As a child, I observed grown-ups and
decided what sort of adult I would be and how I would treat kids.
As a youth, I searched for useful wisdom in hopes of
expanding whatever elements of generosity I may have had; I had
seen people, even young ones, harden to the concerns of others. I
prayed I might retain what insouciance (lack of worry) did lighten
my life. I intended never to lose a light, spontaneous, sincere
heart which is the essence of youth.
As a person toting around an older body now, I have
found my attention swerving toward this issue of how to keep a
youthful appearance while not losing sight of the relative
unimportance of this (as compared to character). If I have debated
with myself over these issues, so may have you.
In the quest of looking younger, I had to be honest. It
is not just a matter of face creams. These help, that I know, and
I make an awesome youth cream which I want all of you to buy! :-)
But there are really a few levels of causes that we are viewing
when we see an aging face. One level is the body. I've been
fortunate enough, working in the herbal healing field, to learn
some great health data. This may help you maintain a more youthful
look and get healthier.
The face reflects the health of the body. My favorite
reference for this is Michio Kushi's Your Face Never Lies, which
has the scoop on what those lines, spots, inflammations and
what-not relate to in terms of the internal condition of the body.
With this illuminating data, you can plan cleanse-and-nourish
projects, much like cleaning, tuning/repairing and polishing your
car. With good nutrition, just like good gas and oil for the car,
the body can pretty much hum along with energy enough to do your
will and it can sleep enough to clean out at night.
There are a few more things to say about nutrition here
so as to provide you with the most useful and important help. A
good start is to increase consumption of raw, whole foods, organic
and plant-ripened when possible. Contact us, as we have some good
references and tools.
Here's another health basic you already know, I'm sure
- and the secret of models' flawless skin, along with the
air-brushed make-up: drink lots of pure water. The water category
does not include sodas, alcohol, not even juices (in place of the
water, that is). We should drink at least 8 to 10 big glasses of
water a day.
If you don't do this, many effects leading to poorer
health occur, one of which is that the body cannot dump poisons.
It then must whisk them off away from the main channels of the
body's communication and away from the vital organs. Where does
the body stow toxins? Usually in fat - stuffed nicely out of the
way of important functionings.
Fat provides a vitally important solution here, but I
sure don't like to see it, do you? When we eat good fats, our body
fat releases toxins to be filtered out and evacuated plus if we
have been drinking enough water, the toxins have a flow to follow
out of the body. So eat those good fats and drink water and watch
your body trim and the complexion improve as your innards clean
Exercise, massage, sunshine (yes, it is natural and
important to health in many ways) and salt baths also contribute
more than I think is commonly recognized to detoxification and to
recreation of health. These are elements that have always been
natural for us "hewman beans" and it's wise to incorporate them in
our life routines as much as possible.
Regarding salt baths, I am not referring to the usual
"sea salts" which are little more than bleached sodium chloride.
Actual unrefined sea salt is a treasure trove of minerals
including all the vital trace minerals in their naturally balanced
state. You'll find these in Celtic Sea Salts, Dead Sea Salts and
the ocean itself. (You might want to check out our Sea Baths...
the real, revitalizing thing.)
Despite our resolve and good intentions, when we go to
implement these good health ideas, convenience becomes an issue -
time, availability of organic, fresh foods, cleansing herbs and
such. Another challenge comes from our resistance to making
dietary changes, which is a toughie for probably everyone.
As to changing your diet, I do have some well-earned
advice for you (been there, done that).
For us imperfect mortals, change is often a drag.
Literally, since we can mirror the inertia of the physical
universe: a body in motion tends to remain in motion, a body at
rest tends to remain at rest... remember that datum from Mrs.
Priggleschnauser's elementary science class? The scary fact:
inertia seems to be catchy... it can apply to us! We can start
acting like just another piece of clod! Who hasn't experienced the
need to downright force self to action? Sometimes, especially when
there's a change, you've gotta kick start yourself, pump yourself
up, just do it despite your own unreasonable resistance. Once
you're in motion, it tends to become routine, easier and easier,
pretty soon you're groovin' with it... it's the way you now live!
Inertia, both kinds.
There are two other reasons that dietary change is a
rough one. One is that the internal pH of the body, acid or
alkaline, has much to do with one's taste preferences. The body
should be slightly alkaline (you can test your pH on any day...
write me and I can tell you how to find yours and track its
changes). Eating refined foods, sugar, excessive animal proteins,
processed foods/poisons, even physical stagnancy and other things
can bring the pH to acid.
Time for Evan's Frightening and Astounding Facts! As
usual, the body has a solution, but get this: if the blood goes
the slightest bit more acid, we croak on the spot. So... to handle
this, more calcium. Calcium counterbalances the pH of the blood,
returns it to the one, only correct blood pH for us to stay alive
(I think that pH is about 7.9), but I'm not positive. My body sure
is positive, though, as is yours).
Well, where is calcium stored? In our organs and, you
got it, in our bones is the only calcium that has been processed
by the body and is now available to the blood for these
emergencies. Our bones may end up like lace, but at least we're
still alive. Knowing this, we can eat in a way that keeps our
bodies just slightly alkaline, our organs and bones aren't invaded
for their calcium and as the clock ticks on we might feel like
sprightly old chicks (and roosters).
While we're on the subject, drinking regular milk (and
cheese) as we know it in this homogenizing, pasteurizing,
corporate-run world makes the internal pH more acid and so brings
on osteoporosis rather than helping handle it.
Anyway, after that digression, here's what I wanted to
say about acid-alkaline. With an internal acid pH, the palate
(meaning here what tastes good) will lean you away from fresh
foods and toward the garbage (I admit that on learning this years
ago I had a teeny weeny naughty thought: "Oh, good! I can eat all
the junk and really enjoy it!"). Anyway, the body takes its time
to move from one direction to another. It's that fussy inertia
again... the train is screaming down that track and it isn't going
to easily slow down or turn around. Any changes in the palate
happen gradually as the pH adjusts. When our internal pH turns to
slightly alkaline, necessary for health, the palette is different.
The fresh stuff tastes great; the garbage tastes just like...
I experienced this when I began an intestinal cleanse a
few years ago and started eating a lot of fresh juices and salads.
Mostly it was the carrots; they were revolting to me... tasted
sour, ewwww, nasty. I was so amazed to find that after a few days
they began to taste less disgusting and day after day they tasted
better and better... finally they were so yummy, I loved them. My
internal pH had shifted. Sugary stuff was now revolting. I was
stunned. So if it is hard at first, stick to it; it will get
easier and become what you want.
The other reason that diets can be hard to change is
something that is sickening to consider, but by now most people
know about these true contenders for control of our bodies:
parasites. I saw an article in the Smithsonian Magazine (great mag)
a few years ago that blew my mind. There was a photo of an ant
atop a long stem of grass. Explanation in caption: it was waiting
and had been for a loooong time. Guess what it was waiting for? I
turned to the text. It was waiting for a cow to come along and
gobble it up.
Why? Because the ant carried a parasite inside its own
body that was able to reproduce only inside the guts of a cow. The
ant was complying to the point of suicide in order to grant its
parasite's demand! Mind-boggling, eh?! The article gave more
examples of people and other creatures satisfying parasite needs.
Think of this the next time you want a dessert or candy bar... who
or what is wanting it?? Another important and thoroughly
disgusting fact brought to you as a public service from Evan's
Now consider this: not only is sugar what viruses and
bacteria (parasites of sorts) live on, but it's high on the
favorite foods list of intestinal parasites and molds. Candida
albicans, the yeast or mold that holds us in its thrall and is at
the source of so much debility and illness, thrives on sugar! When
we eat sugar and other garbage like white flour, we feed them as
if they were our little, unseen, pernicious pets. Then when that
intestinal colony is too crowded, candida passes through the
intestinal wall to migrate to where sugar resides (sort of the
"land of plenty" for molds): mainly the liver, brain and of course
bloodstream (blood sugar) from whence it can vacation to (settle
in) any organ in the body. Imagine that... moldy brains!(Sounds
like the makings of a good and silly horror movie! )
When I did a candida cleanse, I found surges of
sharpening alertness as the molds were conquered. Evicting candida
IS that important to health - it's vital to a sound night's sleep,
to dealing with rashes, to regaining energy, to eradicating bad
food and drink cravings, and, yes, to your complexion. (We carry
cleanses, since our purpose is to help us all attain better health
There is a natural enemy to candida in your body. Let's
hear it for your Intestinal Flora: hip, hip... hoooray!! Most
people no longer have it or much of it, though, since chlorine,
antibiotics (and other things we were not meant to be exposed to)
kill these beneficial bacteria. You can replace them easily. (You
got it... check on our site... how can we have beauty if not
health?). You can do something about low energy, a bad complexion,
and the resistance one feels to dietary change. It gets better; it
Skin Care and Body Care Products
We can also do something positive by refusing to apply
garbage to the body's outside. The facial and body products I make
are devoid of bad stuff (cheap, of course). On the good side, they
do contain whole plant, organic nutrients galore to deal topically
with the skin's nutritional needs.
Ever notice that, whether a government or any such
institution confers official approval, facts are still facts? One
such fact that remains stubbornly unrecognized officially but is,
well, still a fact is that, poison or food, what we apply on the
skin is awfully likely to go inside. There it does something, good
or bad, to the skin and to the rest of the organs, hormones, etc.
So, of course, use unpoisonous, beneficial stuff on your body if
you want to look good. I like the idea of it anyway, as it makes
you feel better just to know that you're making this pro-survival
Even with this information, I veer off in my pursuit of
health often enough: I get detoured by "the fun factor. " I try to
do what I can (in the food department, at any rate) to bring
myself greater health without worrying too much about it and to
have pleasures even though they may break the rules, you know? I
believe (but admit that this may be just a convenient belief) that
this fun factor generates more health than it erodes. But overall
I stick to doing what makes my body healthier, since a creaky,
slowing, bothersome, aging body can bring me down emotionally by
ever reminding me that it only serves for so long.
Okay, that is the physical approach, tending to the
body's needs. There is far more to dive into on this subject of
physical health, but in my book those are some of the topmost
Beyond the Physical
The other causes for a healthy body and youthful
complexion may be even more important. Not that we want a wrinkly
face, goodness no! But to put this into perspective, have you ever
known or seen someone who was so enlivened in attitude and
expression that the wrinkles didn't even impose themselves on you?
My tennis coach's wife was one such. Despite the tough, tanned,
wrinkly skin, her countenance was so open, so promising of
understanding and mirth, her eyes so full of affection and good
humor, her smile so immediate and natural, and her hugs so
available and warm, that she was youth itself and wisdom, both.
In my understanding, beyond the importance of what we
do to take care of the body, more relevant even is what we do to
keep our mental and spiritual "houses" clean and happy. No drugs
can make you happy or eradicate memories or pain. They can only
bury them. But... the truth is not as harsh as we make it. The
truth is that life is literally we, us, in us, with us, it is we
ourselves and right now. No matter what misdeeds we've committed
or allowed to happen in the past, no matter how deeply we may have
sunk, no matter how we wish we had known or chosen differently or
taken another path or lent a hand or said something, or, or, or...
we are NOW fully capable, fully alive, fully changeable, with the
decision to be so and with the strength which does reside in us
I have always had very little sympathy for people who
coddle themselves and nurse old wounds continuously. I finally
reached the conclusion that the person who bemoans his/her fate
relentlessly is not intending it to improve. I'd prefer to uphold
a standard of living that states that I can make things improve
and so can you. This lets me just get busy... frees my attention
to get on with the job at hand, see?
A sniffling misery is, most sadly of all, not based
upon the truth of who we truly are and what we are capable of.
Especially when you get a person alone, not in a group (groups can
exert influences on him/her that are easy to succumb to), you will
likely find that person to be of good intention. I'm sure you also
have found that the great majority of people mean well, wish to
help and will help. When people are put to the task, in sudden
emergencies or when the volume of caring is turned up high,
they're capable in ways they hadn't credited themselves with. And
despite how socially unacceptable it may be to show delight over
one's own abilities and creations, people are creative by nature
and do take delight in sharing their inspirations and fun. I see
that we have abilities we hide and let atrophy, but they are there
if whistled into action.
Forgive me if I vary from your concept of man, but this
view works for me - and we must speak and live by our own
perceptions of truth.
Incidentally, be suspect of and hold at arm's length
someone who preaches to you that you are working too hard or are
too active or a "Type A" or whatever. So were Einstein, Beethoven,
Edison, Galileo, da Vinci. Would it have been best to tell them to
quit working so darned hard? What is life without purpose? How
soon do people die after they give it up? What juices us up more
than the hope of making it better? What makes us happier than
seeing hopes materialize?
And, what does this have to do with the face and its
complexion? A lot. You and I know that. Life is not an easy ride.
Failures, worry over impending troubles or past ones, feelings of
inadequacy, being hounded by the demands of life, employers, false
"friends," and so on... these cause stress when not recognized,
bravely confronted and handled by us. The stresses show up on our
faces, distorting, marking and wrinkling, as, inside, our organs
take the brunt of our woes. We can be left with less verve and
looking it, too.
About failure: is there a less troubling way to deal
with failure? What works for me is neither being easy to excuse it
(that perpetuates the errors and seems to make us somehow more
glorious for them) nor getting all hung up on the "failingness" of
it, and then, God forbid, slandering my own image to myself. Blame
is just more of the soggy, at times self-serving attitude I wish
to avoid at all costs. Failures are a drag, let's not lie about
that, but they are at least useful as material to study and learn
from. We can leave the bummer of it behind best if we find what
went wrong and now amend our policies and procedures of living, to
do it better next time. A few apologies might be a relief to make,
including to oneself. But we've got to let ourselves move on and
this is what has worked for me.
As far as aging is concerned, if we can move on after
loss and failure, with attention on the present and future, we
retain that much youth. Future orientation to my understanding
comprises youth. Guilt? Hey, who doesn't have a checkered past to
some extent? I hate to say it, I believe no one has a perfectly
gleaming past and if so, all right, you needn't read this section
with us sullied (dirtied) homo saps. Sheez, who hasn't lost
control, been mean, selfish, scheming, jealous, downright rotten?
But what pertinence does this have to Right Now? None. Thank God
we can change and be what we mean to be at any moment of our
lives. It's a supreme ability. To me, contemplation of the ability
to improve life beats at the heart of religion. This is the basis
of ethics: there can be improvement and what I do matters. We can
observe rather than look askance, we can choose to say plainly
what we see, we can decide and make it so and we can change.
It's funny, the attitudes that feel so young - high
interest, willingness to change as deemed necessary - can be as
strong or stronger for all the experience confirming them in a
truly mature personality. So what we are really looking at is what
is ideal, not just youthful. Mark Twain remarked, "Youth is wasted
on the young. "I didn't really start feeling grounded and mature
in my attitudes until I was in my forties!Hard to admit that, but
when I look back at my thirties and earlier, I was easier to sway,
easier to hoodwink, and less aware, frankly. I was hungrier for
"stuff" then than I am now. I let myself wallow more. I was less
forgiving, more stuck. Life was paler. So what really happened to
me is I grew up and got younger!
At the core of beauty, the place from which beauty
comes upon our appearance, are qualities that no creams, beauty
rituals or make-up can deliver: the likes of integrity, generosity
of spirit and levity (I mean lightness, good humor that does not
mean to belittle).
Acknowledge that the body presents limitations but as
the souls of so many philosophers throughout all ages and cultures
tell us: ignore them in the main, the constant limitations and
reminders of limitations; defy those very limitations by
cultivating spiritual life, which means cultivating you. No one is
perfectly nonchalant to the reality of aging. The fact of it sits
on this chair and types these words. I am not immune to the urge
to keep my body young forever and I use my youth cream as avidly
as anyone else. The challenge is not to buy the evidence.
What is aging? Aging in terms of moving toward death
could be described as giving in. We've been born; we horsed around
and wanted to learn everything; we've burned with desires as we
developed into the adults of the species and we probably produced
progeny; we've reared them; we've been busy as all heck being
enterprising and earning wherewithal to keep these
bodies-plus-souls maintaining and on the playing field; we've
started to decrease in energy as it seems to be a losing
proposition and we've become uncertain that we can create energy
in ourselves and inspiration in life; we look to the past for any
glimmer of vitality and power of sensation; we throw in the towel.
This oversimplified rundown may or may not apply to you as bluntly
or as harshly as I write it - or perhaps you feel it does not
apply to you. Yet as I see it, the cycle of life experience does
go something like this. And this is where philosophy and religion
happily save the day, eh?
Okay, okay, I know we each die anyway, but in my
viewpoint that is the body that we shed. We do not just vanish
from the world of consciousnesses, whether you believe that we go
to God or that we live on or whatever. Sure, I'd rather go on with
a healthy body for far, far longer if not forever, making
something of life and tracking all my connections and polishing
those things I have acquired and finishing all the plans I've
concocted, but since dying is a fact, I can differentiate that it
is the body that dies and not me.
The complexion? If I get a wrinkle, I can get very busy
getting rid of it; but after all, it is a wrinkle in this crust,
this name tag, this puppet I am sometimes calling "me"... it has a
mar... but this is not me ultimately or even at any time. It's
been helpful to know this. So as we discuss keeping skin youthful,
how can I suggest to you only what to do physically? For that, I
send you to my website to read up on my skin care. It is the very
best I can make it be. But skin care is just one of the ways to "youthen"
your appearance and it's not the most profound. The best youth
treatment is an unstudied laugh, an expression of admiration,
attention extroverted along a magnanimous and self-chosen line of
It's actually true that the body reflects us, our
mental and spiritual states, faithfully. When we're bummed out,
stressed, holding onto resentment, listless, uncertain (you know
the list), then do muscles slacken, the trash gets less
efficiently taken out and our blood and organs left more toxic and
sluggish. Recently, it was shown that with bad news, the immune
system is instantly depressed. Yet, the body of a truly jovial
person is likely to hum like awell-tuned car.
Back to handling the body. A basic part of achieving
this state of mind is to set yourself up to be able to be calm and
happy. It's almost impossible to feel good when attention is
sucked into a tired, hungry or ill body. We've discussed food.
Another point is, don't let your body run too short of sleep. I am
so fussy and error-prone when I'm tired!
Eating too late in the evening counters digestion and
the effort to digest distracts from sleep. It may be helpful to
know that as the day progresses from noon to midnight, our
digestive juices gradually diminish; by late evening there are
almost no digestive juices to be had and so our food cannot be
assimilated. To sleep deeply, as mentioned before, get rid of
parasites - their activity blocks a good night's sleep. Replacing
the intestinal flora is a big help, for, aside from chasing out
parasites, they produce B-vitamins, the calming ones, right there
in the intestines. Another help to achieving a good night's sleep
is to walk or exercise enough during the day.
More ideas you may find helpful for a good night's
sleep: Shut off or unplug electrical things to reduce the
electromagnetic "noise." Our VCR emits a little green light which
is bound to keep me up. Firmly shut curtains so lights outside do
not shine in the room. I like a beautiful, natural environment -
and sleep very well with some lovely essential oils (lavender and
other calming ones) diffused into the room before hitting the
sack. However you do it, make it a must to get a good night's
sleep and good nutrition.
Permit me to slip in here that drugs lead to more
dependencies and they don't deal with more than symptoms. Drugs
leave the causes of illness to continue causing the illness, even
if that now occurs below the level of our perceptions. Herbs and
food are much kinder, more familiar approaches and more effective.
These basics give us a healthy body and allow us to
operate less tethered to it. It's a great idea, as you may already
do, to resolve to learn the basics so you can take your health and
well-being into your own hands. And these you can learn about and
with care, use yourself.
Writing this article has been helpful for me, for I have had to
view the issue of aging in perspective and remind myself of the
principles I try myself to adhere to. I hope you have enjoyed this
and I would love to hear from you!
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