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Blue Skin Around the Eyes in Infants and Adults

Jul 24

While dark skin below the eyes is commonplace today, even more prevalent is irregularly colored skin between the inner corner of the eyes and the nose bridge. Have a look in the mirror; you’re apt to sport colors in this region. It’s your body’s way of communicating important information. Here’s what this means according to traditional Facial Diagnosis and what you can do about it.

Blue (or sometimes red) next to the inner eye corners is becoming so typical that we even see it in infants, as in photos 1 and 2 below. Is this normal? If we examine photos and art from prior to the 1950s and the advent of the modern diet, we see that facial skin color, a little blush on the cheeks notwithstanding, was uniform.

Our faces are like a hologram; they reveal information about the whole body, and the region between the inner eye corners tells us about our digestion, in particular how balanced our blood sugar is. No matter your age, a diet including excessive carbohydrates results in blood sugar irregularities; this in turn can contribute to emotional and physical energy swings. If this type of imbalanced diet continues, it’s a set-up for diabetes. The good news is as you correct these imbalances, you’ll know it as you see your skin regain its normal color. In my clients’ before and after photos, the discoloration recedes and they report more even-keeled energy. Yes, while lifestyle and genetics are contributing factors, eating well makes a profound difference in how your face looks.

 

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In the first two photos, we see bluish colored skin from the inner corner of one eye to the other. As the blue is subtle, you may need to magnify or adjust your screen accordingly to see it. The third photo depicts uniformly colored skin. (Note that the shadows on the outer eyes of photos 1 and 3 reflect the lighting and angle of the photos.)

In infants the blue can extend as a vein across the nose bridge. As a baby’s skin becomes more opaque in toddlerhood, these veins become undetectable. Beyond childhood, if the conditions that caused the blue vein to show persist, then in addition to bluish or discolored skin near the inner eye corners, you’ll also see whitish or a paler skin color skin across the bridge of the nose, as we see in photo 4.
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#4. The skin near the inner eye corners has small dark splotches and the skin across the nose bridge is whiter than the skin immediately above and below the nose bridge.

Note that when a baby’s vein (sometimes called a “sugar bug”) is more prominent, the more likely she is to have general discomfort, inflammatory conditions such as congestion and earache, and flu-like symptoms. A blue vein often simultaneously displays along the side of the index fingers during infancy. Toddlers with discoloration between the two inner eye corners are also more prone toward hyperactivity, irritability, and/or temper tantrums. When you see blue, adjust your baby’s diet (and/or if breast-feeding, consult your health-care practitioner and modify your diet accordingly).

Just as children with this discoloration may not feel their best, if you have similar coloration, here’s a chance to be really compassionate with yourself. Despite your best intentions, your energy has not been as steady and abundant as you’d wish. You can change that.

My clients who start out with the greatest discoloration typically were eating on the run, snacking frequently, eating a lot of chilled or raw foods and a high carb diet. They rarely had a freshly prepared, home cooked meal. As they avoid allergens, reduce their consumption of packaged foods, nuts, meal replacements, breakfast smoothies, deli food, salads, energy bars, fruits, juices and desserts they stabilize their blood sugar and energy and the discoloration between the inner corners of the eyes receeds.

For information, recipes, and menus to realize a balanced diet for yourself and your family, consider my ebook Clean and Free. My ebook Read Your Face is a do-it-yourself text on facial diagnosis for health. I also offer Diet and Face Reading Consultations.

What about dark skin below the eyes, the so-called raccoon-eyes? Skin discoloration and/or bags directly below the eyes reflect the condition of the kidney, bladder, and adrenal systems. Irregularities lower yet, those on the upper cheekbone, indicate imbalance in the colon. With a diet suited to your specific needs and lifestyle modifications, you can shift these indicators. How quickly you can realize improvement depends in part on your age and the scope of the dietary and lifestyle changes you chose to make.

May you be well nourished!

Rebecca

 

 

 

 

Why It’s Hard to Go Gluten and Dairy Free

Jun 26

Science now explains why going GFDF is so hard. We’ll look at that, and then the encouraging news: If you tried going without but backslid, you still have made inroads in realizing your GFDF goals.

But first take a few seconds and imagine feeling utterly content. You’ve nary a suggestion of pain or suffering. You’re fully engaged in your sole job description, which is to relax and enjoy. Indeed, it feels good to feel good. Morphine elicits that sense, albeit fleetingly.x.baker

What’s morphine got to do with all this? Recently scientists have identified detectible morphine levels in both milk (both human and bovine) and gluten.[1] This helps explain why our most popular comfort foods contain dairy and/or gluten. Indeed, a piece of toast or a glass of kefir can feel comforting. Gluten and dairy tend to quell uneasy feelings, and there’s no problem with that. So serve them up!

Yes, serve them up, but only if you’re fully assimilating them. And therein is the catch. For virtually everyone today with health issues, the odds are that gluten and dairy are a significant part of their problem. That’s a sweeping statement, but the booming GFDF market directly reflects the epic scale of people who find that gluten and dairy make them sick.

Historically people could fully digest wheat and (for people of European descent) dairy. For multiple reasons, including the use of chlorinated water, antibiotics, and refined foods, the lining of our intestines has become more permeable. This permeability, or “leaky gut,” enables pieces of amino acid chains from wheat and dairy to escape from the gut and go directly into the bloodstream. The opioid peptides in these amino acids belong to the same family as opium.

When such a peptide with its detectable amount of morphine escapes from your gut, within moments you feel relaxed and comforted. Ahhhhhhhhh. Euphoria.

And we all know what comes next . . . you crave another cookie.

That’s why we develop a chemical dependence on some of our favorite foods and the fleeting comfort they offer us. So to go GFDF, know that you’re facing a formidable foe. Girding your loins to overcome addiction requires more than merely wanting to change. It requires preparation and effort, and the good news is that it is doable.

So even if you’ve tried going GFDF before and failed, that alone is a step in the right direction. The chances of success get better every time you try to quit. Just like giving up smoking, many people need four attempts or more before they finally succeed. So if you’ve tried overcoming your food sensitivities and allergies and failed, just think of it as a rehearsal before you really quit.

Like clockwork, my clients who give up dairy and wheat quickly reduce inflammation and regain their health. Here’s how you can do it in three steps:

  1. Clearly identify the foods you can’t assimilate.
  2. Avoid them.
  3. Enjoy three satisfying meals a day—only then can you successfully avoid the foods that aren’t good for you.

Now there’s ample cause for rejoicing.

For those of you with a gluten or dairy monkey on your back, I’ve detailed your steps to freedom in my book Clean and Free. In addition, using Facial Diagnosis, I can show you by using a photo of yourself how this malabsorption negatively impacts your facial features. Then as you upgrade your diet and regain your health, you can delight as your face regains its glow and beams out its innate beauty.