is a toxic metal that is ubiquitous in modern America. It keeps
our swimming pools healthy and is a primary ingredient in popular
birth control formulations. Beer and white wine use it in their
production processes. Too much copper can hurt your beauty efforts.
Too much copper causes oily skin, which can lead to adult acne.
Women break out right before their periods because their estrogen
levels rise. Copper levels in the body tends to move in tandem
As many as 30 percent of women on birth control pills develop a
dark pigmentation of the skin, usually around the face. Birth control
pills can contain copper; if your body retains this copper, it
may contribute to the pigmentation problem. Taking zinc capsules
frequently solves the problem.
Do you get white spots on your skin after you visit a tanning salon
or spend a day at the beach? Excess copper is the culprit. It combines
with the sunlight to create the spots.
Does you skin sag? Has it lost its elasticity? Vitamin C is essential
to maintain skin elasticity. Elevated copper levels reduce the
vitamin C content of the skin, causing a loss of normal skin tone.
This is one reason why many of the cosmetic companies are adding
Vitamin C to their formulas.
Is your hair falling out? You can thank elevated levels of estrogen
and copper for that. This is why hair loss is common during the
third trimester of pregnancy; at that time copper and estrogen
levels are at their highest to grow the baby. (Men who are balding
lose their hair faster if they are toxic with copper.)
Copper also causes brittle and thin nails. You can make your nails
stronger by adding zinc and sulfur supplements to your diet; these
will make your nails tougher than using gelatin.
Grapes, chocolate, avocados, almonds, walnuts, white wine, beer,
and soy protein like tofu are high in copper. Birth control pills
(which may contain copper) and IUDs (which are usually made of
copper) are another cause of copper toxicity. People who spend
a great deal of time in swimming pools can become toxic with copper,
since the metal is a common algicide.
Copper pipes can also be the villain, because they can leach the
metal into the drinking water. Insecticides and pesticides (do
you spray your yard for fleas?) are another common source of copper.
Having too little copper can create difficulties, too. It can contribute
to excessive facial hair.
Today, we are just six years away from the 21st century. Using
just two tablespoons of any tissue in your body except blood, medical
science can produce a detailed report which pinpoints your biochemistry.
The report, called a Tissue Mineral Analysis, will chart your toxicities
and deficiencies as well as tell you exactly what to eat and what
supplements to take to look your very best.
Following the customized eating plan and swallowing only the vitamins
you need may require more of a commitment than using eye creams,
thigh cremes or moisturizer. But it is a much more effective path
to beauty. You actually can achieve the results you want because
that's how your body works. You become beautiful from the inside
out, not the other way around. Age is not the determining factor.