Glowing Complexion: How to Achieve It

April 20th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Have you noticed how some peoples’ skin looks really clear and glows as if from within, while in others it appears to be dull and almost lifeless? For the most part, the difference in appearance is due to the different amount of light that reflects from the skin to the eyes. The more light is reflected, the more beautiful the skin tone appears to be.

The Glow Comes from Within

Therefore, if you think about it, the glow really does come from within. Consider the layers of your skin: you have the stratum corneum as the most outer layer, followed by the translucent epidermis and then the dermis, which contains collagen. When the skin is young and healthy, about 90% of white light penetrates the stratum corneum of the skin, hitting several light-absorbing molecules called chromophores, such as hemoglobin in the blood, melanin in the epidermis, and collagen. Collagen is responsible for reflecting the light back to the eyes, while melanin and hemoglobin modify the color of the light. The diffused light radiates off the surface of the stratum corneum, giving that coveted, luminous glow. Read the rest of this entry »

Cultured Foods: Give Assistance to Your Digestive System

March 29th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Fermented CabbageIf you grew up in a traditional society, cultured food has probably always been a part of your diet. Korean kimchi, Polish sauerkraut, Bulgarian yogurt, Japanese miso, Middle Eastern kumis — the list is endless.  Russians, for example, feel a great affinity towards fermented green cabbage, since this vegetable is readily available and stores well in a cold cellar, while maintaining its original nutritional value. To this day, as has been the case for many generations, Russians prepare big crocks of fermented cabbage that will last them all winter and into the spring, a time when fresh vegetables and greens are hard to come by. The juice from fermented cabbage has gained a reputation as a hangover remedy and a morning sickness tonic for pregnant women. Read the rest of this entry »

Aging Skin: Fighting Back! (Updated)

March 10th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Muscles of the FaceSkin belies aging like no other organ. It takes all the blame, while in fact it only reflects what it covers. The skin is the outermost organ of our body. Its purpose is to cover our deeper structures and first of all, the muscles.

Starting at about age 25, our muscles start to become measurably older…and smaller. By age 50, most of us have lost half or more of our muscle mass. Result: there is more skin to cover less muscle volume.

Muscles Do More than You Think

Muscles do more than help us to lift and jump and run. The heart is a muscle, as you well know, and its function is to pump blood. But did you know other muscles do the same thing? Not in the literal pumping sense of the heart. But consider… Arteries and veins are the conduits or “hoses” through which blood travels. Blood is pumped away from the heart and lungs through the arteries and it returns to the heart through the veins. It is muscle movement which gives the extra oomph your blood needs to flow fully. Read the rest of this entry »

Fruit and Drug Interactions: Darn That Grapefruit!

March 1st, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Pills and FruitsConsider this situation, a quite common one—downright usual in fact—for a person on a conventional diet who’s around fifty. They started taking some prescription med a couple of years back. Then the doc added another one. Then a third and a fourth. And now the theme rears its ugly (and scary) head: drug interactions.

Of course, none of this worries us raw foodists…Right? Read the rest of this entry »

Avoiding Age Spots on the Raw Food Diet (Updated)

February 6th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Avoiding Age SpotsMost people assume that these dark brown spots are harmless, not realizing that age spots are an indication of an accumulation of waste products in the cells known as ‘lipofuscin” and damage to the skin’s collagen-producing cells that leads to free radical intoxication. They signify a more serious, underlying health problem. but it can be helped with the raw food lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

Medical Tests…Are You Overdiagnosed?

February 2nd, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

DiagnosisRecently I came across an article on the internet that contained this letter from a health-conscious woman:

Imagine my shock at my last physical, when my doctor told me I had hypothyroidism, common in women over 40. When I got home I looked [it up] on the Internet and found a list of foods to avoid. Kale, which I juiced every morning, tops the list, followed by broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts and collard greens—the cruciferous vegetables I consumed in large quantities because they are thought to prevent cancer…
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Solutions for Stretch Marks

January 14th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Stretch MarksWhen switching to the raw food diet, many of us start to become more aware of our bodies. As the nutrient-rich food we intake helps mold us toward our ideal weight and shape, one issue keeps coming up that many readers write me about, especially those who have shed a lot of extra pounds by going raw: stretch marks! Read the rest of this entry »

Antibiotics…the Looming Superbug Crisis and the Way Out of It

January 9th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta


The End of Antibiotics

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are on far edge of the antibiotic era as we know it. Antibiotics no longer work against harmful bacteria in more and more cases. If even such an organization as the CDC gives us this warning, the situation must be getting truly serious. Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-wrinkle Injections: You Must Know the Facts

December 14th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Anti-Wrinkle InjectionThanks to our culture’s buy-in to modern pharmaceutically based medicine, we’ve inherited  the notion that if something is injected through a needle wielded by someone in a lab coat, it’s a good thing…or at least a safe thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Re-Growing Beautiful Hair on Raw Foods (Updated)

December 12th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Beautiful Hair Important truth: Diet changes hair. When you change your diet, you’re guaranteed to undergo hair replacement. Most folks switching to the raw food diet report some hair loss shortly after they switch. Some panic, deciding they’re not getting some important nutrient or might be doing something wrong in their transition. Read the rest of this entry »

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