OUTSIDE HELP: ‘NON TRADITIONAL’ HEALING
Nutritional supplements are all well and good and can make you feel like you are contributing to your complexion solution, but no amount of supplements, vitamins or herbs will make up for a lack of whole balanced foods in your diet, small doses of sunlight and fresh air, and regular exercise.
I am the last one to talk about regular exercise. During my worst picking days, I rarely moved. I really am an energetic person with a quick metabolism, but my job and lazy attitude dictated that I sit in a chair for long periods of time. I now see that the severe state of depression (over my skin and other life issues) I was in caused me to be so inactive.
Exercise will improve capillary circulation and lymphatic drainage leading to clearing skin. And plus you’ll just feel better all around. So don’t forget bodywork for you skin. In addition to dietary nutrients, daily exercise keeps your circulation flowing and helps heal and keep your skin healthy.
Exercise – Mood Alteration
Exercise is a major force in mood alteration as is diet.
As was mentioned in the previous chapter, seratonin has been linked to depression and obsession. Nutrition can and does effect the chemical balance in your body.
L-Tryptophan is one of the essential amino acids. You may be familiar with its effects on Thanksgiving day as a natural relaxant and sleep aid. That is because turkey is high in tryptophan. This amino acid was pulled as a supplement back in 1989 due to reports of negative side effects. Although these reports was traced back to one particular factory’s batch of the product, tryptophan still suffers from FDA regulation.
Tryptophan appears to have a positive effect on seratonin and has been used to treat depression and anxiety disorders.
And if you didn’t already know it, guess what? Chocolate has also been linked to improving your serotonin levels!