Standards of female beauty are changing, new mainstreams appear in the race for health and longevity, but beauty, as a rule, shall be sought on your own plate.
An international conference on health and detox held in Los Angeles, which once again gathered more than a hundred big names in nutrition science from different parts of the world was devoted to that particular topic. I had the honor of personally speaking with the organizer of that large-scale event, David Wolfe, who is considered to be a world guru in the field of natural health and organic nutrition. He is a consultant to Hollywood celebrities and the author of a number of best-selling books. David is also the founder and executive director of Sunfood, which makes production of high-quality products that accompany a healthy lifestyle a priority.
David, what is the main secret of female beauty?
Beauty and health are two interrelated categories, the connecting element of which is proper nutrition. Getting ahead of myself a bit, the recipe for an ideal beauty dish is a salad of fresh vegetables with cucumbers, olives and avocado flavored with olive oil. By including it in your daily menu, you will saturate your body with the necessary amount of minerals and color pigments. You won’t feel hunger, and the slenderness of your body and the shine of your skin will become your faithful companions. And now more about the main ingredients of eternal youth. First, vegetable oils, whether coconut, olive or cocoa oil are something that should given attention, because for centuries they have been used in cooking and in beauty recipes. Second, cucumbers. It’s very important to include this simple but magical product in salads and smoothies along with the peel, which contains minerals that give a healthy appearance to the skin, hair and nails. Third, olives, which are a very useful product includes proteins and fatty oils in pure form. In addition, when you consume them, the need for red meat and poultry is reduced. Fourth, avocados are an indispensable component of female irresistibility, and their consumption reduces the need to visit a plastic surgeon. Fifth and finally, eat more berries at the height of their ripeness, preferably 2-3 times a day. Organic cocktails, for example, a mix of superfood spirulina with berries and plant seeds with the addition of olive oil are also welcome. A dinner likes this promises to be nutritious and healthy.
You probably know more than anyone else about the wholesome properties of chocolate…
To be honest, my love for chocolate is immense, and as a result, I recently started to grow cocoa trees myself. After carefully studying the properties of cocoa, I was amazed. Chocolate is truly an elixir of youth compared to other longevity products. Don’t confuse real chocolate with its pathetic parody containing sugar or flavorings, along with dyes and preservatives. This “chocolate” is actually harmful and thus discredits the true discovery of nutrition science and cooking. The fact is that cocoa beans are not only fragrant and tasty, but also very nutritious, unlike other related crops. For example, they’re 10-16 times more nutritious than almonds. One seed of a cocoa tree is valuable in itself, with a high content of magnesium, iron, chromium, zinc, copper and phosphorus. Chocolate is the embodiment of uniqueness, charisma and subtlety. In support of this, I should note that enthusiasts of this delicacy include a lot of actors, directors, writers and politicians. For example, the writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the author of the famous Faust, ate a piece of chocolate every time before picking up a pen and paper. Eating chocolate produces a rush of activity and charm, not to mention healthy skin color: you won’t need any vacations.
Many women have quite understandable concerns about possible excess calories. Don’t worry about it. The chemical composition of the product is more important than the number of calories. If you see ingredients on the label that you don’t know and that might be dangerous, it’s better to refrain from buying.
Which applied science issue are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on a very promising area in medicine. The gist of it is that about 100,000 different components have been identified in modern food products, and only a small part of them, about 6,000, have color pigmentation. As it became known later, these pigments play a vital role for us. In particular, flavonoids, fruit pigments, are worth mentioning. The problem is that these fruit pigments are poorly absorbed by cells of the human body. That’s why fruits, especially grapes, have been fermented since ancient times. For me, this is one of the most advanced developments of the medicine of the future. The process is simple: we extract color pigments contained in fruits, especially flavonoids. Then we concentrate them to achieve greater bioavailability by fermentation and fat dissolution. As a result of, they become a thousand times more wholesome for our metabolism than common fruits.
We know that you practice yoga. What’s important for people to know about it? Do you some have personal observations on this?
I won’t hide the fact I’m lucky in this respect; my teachers were the best masters with enormous teaching experience. To my great regret, today yoga has acquired a strongly secular character. Its basic aspects don’t receive proper attention. It’s a question of both physical and spiritual components of this divine form of self-improvement. To a greater extent, this concerns yoga centers in major cities like New York, Los Angeles and London. For example, the importance of focusing on breathing (Pranayama) and the effects of carbon dioxide as a medicine are not fully revealed. On top of that, another key aspect is often missed: inverted asanas, that is, positions where the hips are above the heart. Many years ago, at the dawn of yoga as a phenomenon, ancient practices revealed a positive healing effect of inverted positions, since asanas are able to release the load on the spine and neutralize physical blocks and energy stagnation.
What kind of food would you advise astronauts and space tourists to take with them on journeys to the vast expanses of the Galaxy?
I’m convinced that the space menu must include sea buckthorn, because it contains a special combination of different antioxidants. Then, on the way home, chaga and reishi mushrooms, because they have a lot of melanin. When in extraterrestrial space, the human body will need an increased amount of chlorophyll and Omega-3 fatty acids, which means spirulina superfood is vital. And chocolate for energy, of course. I recommend these products to earthlings as well as anyone who wants to preserve health and beauty for long earth years.
You’re planning to visit Kazakhstan in the near future for educational purposes What do you associate our country with?
I was interested in Kazakhstan and studied it even in childhood, because we had books about this amazing country at the very center of Asia. My curiosity was triggered by your spaceport. In general, when I was a child, I was interested in everything related to rocket engineering, satellites and space stations. To state the obvious, Kazakhstan has lived in my thoughts and my heart for several decades.