I recently turned 38, good times. One of the benefits of growing up is that we hopefully get wiser. Every year I get a little more pro-age is only a number and make a commitment to take better care of myself. After all I’m the only me I got :). This year I decided to take better care of my skin.
I know the best way to care for my skin is to nourish it, from the inside. Everything I eat or drink has a direct impact on my skins health. As usual, I have adopted my “take charge” motto and the healthy skin regime is in effect :). Today I would like to share with you some of my top rules for feeding my skin. I am not going to talk about topical solutions today. The following tips are for feeding your skin from the inside. Keep in mind everybody’s regimen will be different, you have to find what is best for you.
1. Avoid added sugars, if possible eliminate them from your diet. Yes our body runs on glucose, but our body transforms proteins, carbohydrates and fats into glucose as needed. Added sugars have no nutritional value, but they do act as anti-nutrients. They stress our liver and pancreas and act as toxins. They cause inflammation, disrupt our hormones and stress our system.
2. Drink plenty of water. How much? That depends on your unique make and needs. You can start with six 10 oz glasses a day. I function best at about 8 glasses a day. I drink most of them by 5 pm, and don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to go use the rest-room. I like to start my day with a glass of warm water with lemon, it stimulates digestion and gives me a boost of antioxidant vitamin C.
3. Eat lots and various vegetables. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients and antioxidants. Fruits are also wonderful just eat more vegetables than fruit, because fruits can contain lots of fructose. I am not saying eating fruits is bad, not at all, just eat more vegetables than fruit on a regular basis. How many? at least 6 to 7 servings a day and fruit juice, tomato sauce or fried potatoes don’t count!
4. Don’t be scared of saturated fats. Saturated fats are important for a number of reasons, one being healthy skin. Fats like those found in coconut oil(with great anti-microbial properties) and healthy animal products are nourishing. I am not suggesting you eat a stick of butter a day, but including some saturated fats to our diet is greatly beneficial. I know this goes against the fat-free campaign but I can say with confidence this campaign is boloney.
5. Increase dietary collagen. While there are plenty of foods that support collagen production I like to include foods that have collagen in them. My main collagen source is gelatin. I costume it through bone broths and a high quality gelatin. Bone broths are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and collagen. I have them on a regular basis. For supplementing I use Great Lakes Gelatin, I use about a spoonful a day mixed in with my tea, warm lemon water or probiotic drink. I highly discourage anybody from fruit flavored gelatin products loaded with sugars, artificial colorings and chemicals, even if they are organic. Jell-O treats do not count!
6. Include anti-inflammatory Omega 3’s in your diet. You can eat fatty fish, like salmon (wild caught), on a weekly basis. You can also supplement with flax-seed or high quality fish oils. I take fermented cod liver oil every day and have seen my hair, skin and nails improve significantly. I use Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil.
7. A little evening primrose oil. Ok, so this one I use because I was suffering from itchy skin. Evening primrose oil is rich in Gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) an essential fatty acid that can work as an anti-inflammatory. It is sometimes used to treat eczema.
8. Probiotics. In order to have beautiful skin you must have a healthy gut. A healthy gut will handle well detoxification so your skin has less detoxing to worry about. The best sources of probiotics are fermented or cultured foods. I like to make my own sauerkraut, sour dough bread and kefir water. You can also get them from a high quality supplement. I use Dr. Mercola’s probiotic packs.
There’s lots of great information out there to help you make the choices that are right for you. I love the book Holistic Beauty from the Inside Out . As always I encourage you to do your research and experiment. Have fun and eat yourself beautiful!