From birth, humans are naturally attracted to pattern and symmetry.
As people get older and reach puberty, symmetry and pattern tend to be associated with beauty, an association that extends into physical desire, which, in turn, leads people to associate certain patterns with sexual promise, enabling them to select the fittest mates.
As unfair as it may seem, the truth is that some people are more symmetrical and attractive than others. Athletic bodies and movie-star faces are almost universally considered attractive, which is a reflection of their genetic wealth. Now, this may sound like a callous platform for vanity and bullying, but it’s based primarily on a physiological, naturalistic genetic principle that modern humans have inherited from our ancestors:
Form implies function.
Less attractive facial forms are those that are less functional. Children with suboptimal skull structure may need glasses, braces, or oral surgery, whereas children with more symmetrical, ideal cranial architecture won’t. For example, narrow nasal passages irritate the mucosa, increasing the chances of rhinitis and allergies. And, furthermore, when the airway in the back of the throat is improperly formed, a child may suffer from sleep apnea, which starves the brain of the oxygen needed to develop normal intelligence.
And beauty, especially judging how beautiful somebody is, can be a controversial topic and oftentimes seems inexplicable. However, beauty is, in fact, a natural phenomenon that can be measured. For instance, the perfect face has been mapped and biomathematicians confirm that phi and the Fibonacci Sequence are encoded in almost all living matter.
So if form implies function, then the beauty-health connection becomes more obvious. Musculoskeletal imbalances stemming from skeletal asymmetry are one of the leading causes of pain that brings people into the doctor's office. Looking outside the scope of humans, veterinarians, botanists, and breeders have no problem judging physical attractiveness based upon set principles. And when suboptimal offspring are delivered, they look to the nutrition of the parents to determine what went wrong. Something we should do a lot more of in Western medicine.
As irrelevant as these facts are to the contemporary “we’re all beautiful in a unique way” philosophy, they are incredibly relevant to you if you’re trying to reinvent your body or your health, or if you’re wanting to give your child the highest chances of health and success. Dr. Cate Shanahan, in her book “Deep Nutrition”, describes that the way people look speaks volumes about their health due to the “form implies function” principle. Growth anomalies in children are most often linked to genetic disease and internal organ malformation and these children often develop learning disorders, social disorders, and cancer.
Again, as unfair as it may be, physical development does have social consequences. People who are considered less attractive rate themselves as less happy, less healthy, and less popular. They earn less, are more depressed, and spend more time in jail. So knowing that you can impact your symmetry and beauty and that of your children, it is likely well worth learning more about.
The entire subject of optimizing appearance is incredibly emotionally charged, and goes even as far as physicians pretending that disfiguring birth defects and other developmental malformations are unavoidable. However, if doctors and nutritionists were willing to explore the connection between beauty and health, every child would have a better chance to grow up healthy. Whether it’s a cheetah, a baby, or a doctor, as far as our brains are concerned, symmetry and attractiveness equals health and fertility.
There are many factors that directly contribute to beauty, three of which will be explored in this article.
1) Nutrient Deficiency
Dr. Shanahan lays out the fact that children in different countries, who haven’t been exposed to high levels of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, D, E, K) when they’re young or in the womb tend to have weak bone structures and significant amounts of facial asymmetries. Actually, to be quite frank, a lot of kids today don’t have great access to the best sources of these vitamins. These include raw milk, organ meats, grass-fed butter, bone broth, and a lot of the things that early human ancestors would have eaten. Moms out there, or expectant mothers, if you start including these things in your children’s diets or your own, you’ll help to make sure that your children get lots of healthy fats both before and after they’re born. You can change their facial symmetry, bone structure and all-around beauty simply by changing what you put into the body, namely, fat-soluble vitamins.
Dr. Weston Price recommends a similar approach. He describes how humans’ ancestors formed full faces, straight teeth, and enhanced symmetry by including some combination of grass-fed meats, organ meats like liver, eggs from pastured chickens, raw milk and butter, cod liver oil, fish eggs, fermented foods (cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut, etc.), soaked nuts, properly prepared grains, fresh fruits and vegetables into their diets. The basic idea behind the addition of these foods is to increase your intake of symmetry-enhancing nutrients such as vitamins A, D, E, and K.
For example, take vitamin A. Now, vitamin A is necessary for vision, and is often marketed as a supplement for eye health, but the truth is that less than 1% of the vitamin A you eat is used in this way. Much of the vitamin A you take in is used to maintain the morphological health and function of different epithelial tissues in your body (“epithelial” refers to one of the four main tissue types; it forms a lot of the outer coverings of different body parts, like the lining of the gut). Not only that, vitamin A is directly involved in maintaining normal phenotypic expression. Your phenotypes are your observable characteristics, as they’re expressed by your genetic code. By depriving yourself or your kids of sufficient vitamin A, you might be causing improper genetic expression, which has obvious implications for maintaining physical symmetry, function, and beauty.
A study done on the effects of fat-soluble vitamin deficiency, in the absence of exposure to direct sunlight or artificial substitutes for it, concluded that the dietary vitamins play a key role in the deposition of calcium in bones, which means that a deficiency of these nutrients can result in rickets, or osteomalacia (softening of the bones). Vitamin D plays a particularly important role in the strengthening of bones, as well as the absorption and mobilization of calcium throughout the body. Once the prohormone vitamin D3 has been produced by the body (which occurs by exposure to direct sunlight), it’s processed first by the liver and then by the kidney, where it reaches its hormonal form. This form of the vitamin acts through a nuclear receptor to perform calcium absorption, phosphate absorption in the intestine, calcium mobilization in bone, and calcium reabsorption in the kidney. And getting a solid dose of this bone-shaping vitamin is as simple as getting some sun, and letting your body do the work, or taking it as an easy supplement.
As narcissistic as it may seem, simply by adding these things to your children’s diet, they’ll grow to be taller, more attractive, more symmetrical people. More than that, these traits may help gain them respect as they get older. Once again, form implies function, so the more symmetrical you are, the more you’ll come across as reliable, capable, and strong. You can sometimes get a better job, your salary may go up, and your coworkers and friends may look up to you more, due to your height and symmetry. Pun intended.
But, since eating a stick of butter every two days doesn’t exactly sound appealing, it’s time to delve into more methods that go beyond nutrition that can help you and your kids achieve total symmetry.
2) Mouth Breathing
Patrick McKeown wrote a book called “The Oxygen Advantage”. In the book, McKeown highlights how mouth breathing can cause a recessed chin, less of a square jaw, a weaker look in the face – basically, mouth breathing can actually change the shape and structure of your jaw. He then goes on to highlight a solution. As much as possible, whether you’re working out, sitting at your computer all day, dealing with emails, reading a book, or going to bed, you should breathe through your nose as much as possible.
Mouth breathing is more dangerous than it might seem at first glance. One study observed the skeletal and dental relationships under mouth breathing and nasal breathing. It found that mouth breathers have significantly greater anterior facial height, and their maxillae and mandibles were more retrognathic (retrognathia is an abnormal positioning of the lower jaw, where it sits much further back relative to the rest of the neck and skull than normal). Plus, the intermolar width (the space between molars on opposite sides of the mouth) was narrower in mouth breathers and was associated with a greater prevalence of cross-bite.
Retrognathia and narrow lower jaws may contribute to nasal obstruction because another study found that improvement in nasal obstruction, possibly connected to asthma, correlated loosely to changes in mouth breathing. In addition to those problems, another study concluded mouth breathing also causes narrower arches in both the upper and lower jaw at the level of canines and first molars, and the prevalence of posterior crossbite, which puts stress on the muscles of the jaw and can lead to chronic pain in the jaw, neck and shoulders, was much higher in mouth breathers. This kind of airway obstruction that mouth breathing children experience can grow to the point that it becomes irreversible and will become an obstacle to normal dentofacial development, so any kind of abnormal breathing patterns should be dealt with while young skeletal development is still happening.
If you have sleep apnea or obstructive sleep issues, which is tied to mouth breathing rather than nose breathing as you sleep, you should look into methods of dealing with that. Hypersomnia sleep apnea (HSA) is connected to mandibular retrognathism, and some patients who had experienced that kind of airway obstruction had to be treated traditionally with permanent tracheostomy, a cut made in the windpipe to help facilitate easier breathing.
However, rather than punching another hole in the human body, a simpler (and less expensive) approach would be to simply readjust to nasal breathing instead of mouth breathing, to help realign the jaw and avoid problems like sleep apnea, chronic pain, muscular tension, and airway obstruction.
On top of correcting your natural breathing patterns and adding fat-soluble vitamins to your diet, you should also pay attention to the symmetry of the rest of your body – your posture.
For example, there’s a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Basically, head and neck posture, and the health of the jawline, can affect both facial and full body symmetry. This disorder can be addressed via strategies such as jaw realignment therapy, self-vibration therapy on the head, neck, and jaw, face-pulling, mastic gum chewing, masseter exercises, proper chewing and more.
Another method for adjusting posture involves the opposite end of your body, your feet. You can change the shape of a child’s chest cavity, the shape of their hips, and the arrangement of their bones, all by paying attention to their foot surface, specifically the type of shoes that they do or do not wear. Ideally, you and your kids should go out of your way to go shoeless more often, or to choose shoes that are more minimalist. Go on barefoot walks, barefoot hikes, even maybe a barefoot run here and there to expose the body to a more natural form of movement that readjusts your body’s symmetry and posture, starting from the bottom up.
Biomechanist Katy Bowman has researched the link between symmetry, posture and going barefoot, including the concept that foot loads and shoe choice significantly alter body tissue. Many of the ailments people suffer from, musculoskeletally speaking, are a result of our dependence on footwear, and the strain on the ligaments and plantar fascia in the foot from decades of muscle atrophy.
Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) makes shoes that are designed to promote a more upright posture, strengthen the muscles in the legs, and reduce joint wear and tear, much of which is damaged by improperly designed footwear. One study found that their products did increase plantar flexion at the ankle, as well as reduce anterior tilt in the pelvis (where your pelvis is tilted too far forward, which inhibits upright posture). These results led the researchers to conclude that the innovative unstable, “barefoot” design of the MBT shoes could have huge implications for improving conditions such as osteoarthritis, where the tissue at the end of your bones erodes, as well as back pain.
Particularly if you’re in the habit of wearing high heels, you should step down frequently and let your feet breathe for a while. Consistently standing in a high-heeled stance can result in hyperlordosis (an inward curvature of the lumbar portion of your back), so it is vital that you give your postural muscles a break to maintain proper spinal curvature. Your feet have to support a relatively high amount of weight for a good chunk of the day, and their position on the ground is going to influence how the rest of your body stands. So go ahead and do yourself a favor by investing in more time going barefoot to realign your back and pelvis; the results can only work in your favor.
4) Bonus – A Natural (& Quicker) Fix
Becuase your skin is your largest organ, and covers the entire visible portion of your body, taking care of your skin will obviously translate to overall health and beauty. In addition to the aforementioned fat soluble vitamins, the following nutrients play important roles in keeping your skin healthy:
Omega-3 fatty acids are potent anti-inflammatories, and optimal dietary intake combined with balancing the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in your diet is vital for skin health. High omega-3 intake helps reduce sun damage and the anti-inflammatory properties help treat inflammatory skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and rosacea. Clinical results also show it to improve overall skin condition and alleviate scaling skin. Cold water fatty fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna are your best sources for omega-3, but you can also take a fish oil supplement.
Zinc plays a crucial role in protein synthesis, cell division, wound healing and immune function. Studies show that zinc reduces acne as effectively as commonly prescribed antibiotics and that it also improves wound healing, protects against UV damage and has anti-inflammatory effects. Consume zinc in organ meat, red meat, shellfish and pumpkin seeds.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that helps prevent and treat UV-induced photo damage and high dietary intake is associated with better skin appearance, reduced wrinkling and decreased risk of dry skin. It regulates collagen production and can increase collagen protein synthesis for better skin repair. Topical and dietary Vitamin C supplementation combat oxidative damage to proteins from both UV damage and intrinsic aging. Vitamin C sources include bell peppers, citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, and broccoli.
Selenium is an essential trace mineral and a commonly seen deficiency. It is a necessary component for the antioxidant function of glutathione that protects against free radicals and cell damage and some evidence suggest it may be important in reducing skin cancer risk. Selenium also promotes Vitamin E absorption, increasing the antioxidant function of both nutrients and providing cell membrane protection. Selenium is found in Brazil nuts, seafood, organ meats and poultry.
Astaxanthin serves as a natural sunscreen in marine plants and is a red pigment carotenoid that can be consumed through wild caught salmon and krill or supplemented. It is a potent antioxidant that is much more powerful than Vitamin E, CoQ10, Vitamin C, and green tea. This protects your cells from damaging oxidation that leads to aging. Studies have found that astaxanthin prevents UVA-induced DNA damage in skin cells, prevents skin sagging from UVA radiation exposure, and 6 mg per day oral supplementation plus 2 ml topical application has been shown to improve skin wrinkles, age spots, elasticity, texture, and moisture content.
Although you are what you eat, you should also nourish your skin from the outside.
Certain ingredients will help replenish and support your skin’s antioxidant defenses, help your skin cells return to optimal function by helping produce new youthful collagen and elastin, which are the key building blocks of healthy skin, feed your skin’s microbiome and more.
We’ve searched and sourced the four corners of the planet for high quality, organic, hypo-allergenic ingredients that have been shown to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin firmness and elasticity, even skin tone, rejuvenate dull skin, promote a smooth, glowing complexion and much, much more. And we've packaged them all in a packaged in a durable glass bottle (not plastic!) that protects the ingredients from sunlight, heat, and oxidation. We call this anti-aging skin serum, Kion Serum.
These ingredients included in Kion Serum are as follows:
Organic Aloe Vera
Absorbs into human skin up to four times faster than water and provides a natural cell barrier. Naturally rich in vitamins A, C, D, E, and B12, Aloe Vera has soothing and cooling properties that relieve redness, irritation, and itchiness, while nourishing your skin. It has been used for centuries on cuts, bruises, and sunburns.
Organic Jojoba Oil
Very similar to the composition of human sebum, making it extremely compatible with your skin. Rich in vitamin E and antioxidant properties, it leaves skin looking more smooth, supple and balanced. As a “humectant”, it also draws water to the skin’s surface, creating a protective barrier that seals in moisture.
Also referred as Indian Gooseberry, Amla is an antioxidant that contains the richest and highest natural source of vitamin C. It is referred to in ancient text as a Rasayana (a promoter of health, longevity and great complexion). Amla contains a high concentration of minerals, amino acids and a high density of tannins and polyphenols and flavonoids.
Translating as ‘three fruit’, Triphala contains the herbs Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki and is one of the best natural sources of vitamin C, an antioxidant that may enhance the skin’s natural resistance to free radical damage and photo-sensitivity. Triphala works to balances all three Doshas, and is highly rejuvenating.
Traditionally used for many skin disorders and in aromatherapy for its powerful properties.
Organic Wild Oregano Oil
Most of the health benefits of oregano oil can be attributed to the presence of carvacrol and thymol compounds, as they have the ability to kill harmful microbes.
Invigorates complexion, helps to improve elasticity and has a tremendous balancing effect on every skin type. On an aroma-therapeutic level, it promotes stability and balance.
A tropical grass that hydrates the skin.
Turmeric is traditionally used to help many skin disorders. Rich in antioxidants, it helps to protect the skin cells from damage, helps to reduce pigmentation and provides smooth and glowing skin.
Organic Juniper Berry
Well known for its stimulating and cleansing properties, juniper is used for a variety of ailments and may also calm redness.
With natural nutrients and a rich content of vitamin C, lemon is astringent, carminative and stimulating. Lemon may rejuvenate and increase the luster of dull skin. It may help keep skin clear and combat blemishes. It’s also an effective hair tonic (and yes, you can put this serum in your hair for a bit of added shine and shimmer!)
An excellent skin tonic that may regulate combination and oily skin conditions and helps rejuvenate chapped, cracked, mature or sensitive skin types. We were sure to put it in balanced amounts so that you don’t smell like a hippie.
Whether you’re already battling the signs of skin aging or you’re looking to get ahead of the clock, Kion Serum will invigorate your skin so you can put your most vibrant (and beautiful) face forward!
These methods may not seem like the obvious alternatives to Botox, nor are they all quick fixes, but they will go a long way towards improving your beauty and health and that of your children. The easiest to implement right now is to adjust your breathing patterns. You don’t have to go to the extent that McKeown specifies in The Oxygen Advantage, where you tape your mouth shut; just go through the rest of your day engaged in deep nasal breathing. Your task, if you find yourself breathing through your mouth, is to catch yourself, revert back to nasal breathing, and by making that a habit, you not only decrease stress, but you will also have less tension in the jaw and see your jaw align itself in a more symmetrical, square shape.
You don’t have to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars on reconstructive surgery to achieve symmetry and beauty. Just start leaving your shoes off, breathing through your nose, and eating a more natural, ancestral diet rich in fat-soluble vitamins, and taking care of your skin, and you’ll find yourself with a more symmetrical form, better health, and enhanced natural beauty.