As a skin therapist I get people everyday with all kind of skin problems, most of them already using creams or even prescription medication. I’m sure most of us have had skin issues. I suffered for many years with eczema, there were moments of desperation with the itch and burning and the feeling of hopelessness, I used many creams from OTC to prescription with only temporary results. How did I find relief and got my skin and (mind) back? When I figured out the foods that were attacking my body and I started restoring my digestive system my skin started to recover too.
The best way to achieve not only beautiful but healthy skin is eating what your body needs to thrive and stop the foods that are causing trouble in your gut.
These are my personal tips for achieving beautiful skin
Uncover food allergies / sensitivities: The first step to improve your health and skin is knowing the foods that are creating the problem, when we eat foods that are not agreeing with us an inflammation reaction starts, being the beginning of major health problems.
What to do: You can visit your primary physician to get tested if you suspect food allergies, or you can do an elimination diet, you can do any of my seasonal detox programs so you can take charge of your body and life
Make friends with good bacteria: Modern day diet, overuse of antibiotics and exposure to toxins create imbalance in the gut bacteria and lead to an unhealthy gut and thus creating an unhealthy you. When the gut bacteria is imbalanced it can lead to leaky gut, which means toxins are released into the bloodstream in high amounts. If you are prone to acne or other skin-related issues, this will generally lead to flare ups and more skin problems. (1)
What to do: Add probiotics to your daily routine, also eat probiotic foods like fermented veggies and drinks.
Eat more fruits and vegetables: All fresh fruits and vegetables contain magical powers when it comes to shiny hair, clear skin, and strong nails. However, the ones I’ve chosen below are perhaps not as well known for their powerful beauty benefits. Try and include these foods into your diet if you want to look your best without the need for botox or other unnatural remedies.
- Red Peppers. All red and orange colored foods contain beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Red peppers are particularly beautifying due its vitamins A, C, and K.
- Spinach. All leafy greens are actually very powerful in terms of being a beauty food because of the chlorophyll they contain. There are also loads of other phytochemicals and fiber.
- Turmeric. This yellow-colored, Indian spice has a load of powerful antioxidant qualities. Turmeric assists in protecting our cells from free radical damage and also contributes towards cleaning up metabolic waste in our systems.
- Pumpkin Seeds. Wow, these really are powerful. What don’t pumpkin seeds have in them?! The humble pumpkin seed contains high levels of zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B, C, and E. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids, all essential for healthy cell maintenance.
- Parsley. Next time your plate is garnished with parsley, don’t push it aside. This is a pretty powerful herb when it comes to anti-aging, as well as purifying and cleansing the body. It contains vitamins A and C as well as anti-oxidizing flavonoids that protect our cells from free radical damage
Keep hydrated: Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes. It also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, and preventing dehydration, which can cause premature aging
What to do: Keep a glass bottle full of fresh filtered water on hand, you can add lemon, cucumber or berries, also some essential oils can be very helpful when added to your water.
Get enough beauty sleep: Your skin, and your whole body, goes into repair mode when you sleep. While you sleep, your skin renews itself. New skin cells grow and replace older cells. It’s repairing and restoring and re-balancing. It’s also a time when all sorts of hormonal and metabolic changes happen in and the body, including your skin. A lack of sleep can disrupt those processes. Of course, you need good sleep for your whole body, not just your skin. Chronic sleep problems are linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. That’s all the more reason to get your sleep back on track. (2)