Glow­ing skin: You are what you eat

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WE’VE ALL HEARD THE SAY­ING ‘YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT,’ BUT DID YOU KNOW THE OUTER LAYER OF YOUR SKIN RE­PLACES IT­SELF EV­ERY 35 DAYS?

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Pro­bi­otics

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Sup­ple­ments

Se­le­nium are flaxseeds/oils, wal­nuts, and cold­wa­ter fatty fish.

— Many peo­ple with skin con­di­tions have poor di­ges­tive health, im­mune sys­tems and an im­bal­ance of gut bac­te­ria. Di­etary sources of pro­bi­otics are sauerkraut, yo­ghurt, kim­chi and ke­fir.

— not all pro­bi­otic sup­ple­ments are good for your skin so talk to your natur­opath be­fore pur­chas­ing them. Wendy said it was also im­por­tant to avoid foods that caused stom­ach/ gut in­flam­ma­tion in­clud­ing take­away, sugar and sweet­en­ers that might be well dis­guised with la­bels in­clud­ing the words ‘healthy’ or ‘low fat’. “Dur­ing the last few decades or more the global food industry has pro­foundly changed the way we eat. Big busi­ness has suc­cess­fully de­vel­oped and mar­keted food prod­ucts that have changed our taste pref­er­ence and have ad­dic­tive prop­er­ties,’’ she said. “Highly pro­cessed snack and take­away/ fast food prod­ucts, rich fat, sugar and toxic fillers, have re­placed our real whole­food op­tions. “As a re­sult of this there has been a stag­ger­ing in­crease in the pro­por­tion of obe­sity, chronic ill­ness and pre­ma­ture death.’’

— as­sists with skin heal­ing, im­mu­nity, UV-in­duced dam­age and wrin­kles, and is found in a wide va­ri­ety of colour­ful plant food.

— a fat-sol­u­ble an­tiox­i­dant that as­sists with preven­tion of free rad­i­cal dam­age to the skin and preven­tion of chronic ill­ness. Di­etary sources are sesame seeds (oil and tahini), sun­flower, co­conut and olive oil, al­monds, eggs, soy and olives.

— used for skin wound heal­ing, acne, anti-ageing and its anti-can­cer prop­er­ties. Di­etary sources in­clude Brazil nuts, mush­rooms, egg yolk, rice, wheat, rye, whole­meal, red meat, oat bran, oats, yeast spread, sesame seeds (tahini) and fish.

— an es­sen­tial min­eral that as­sists im­mune func­tion, wound heal­ing, is anti-in­flam­ma­tory and pro­tects against UV-ra­di­a­tion. Di­etary sources are or­gans such as liver and kid­ney, red meat, seafood, shell­fish and chicken. Pump­kin seeds and a va­ri­ety of nuts, seeds and fresh pars­ley also con­tain zinc. In some cases, to ob­tain a high dose, a sup­ple­ment may be re­quired.

— Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-in­flam­ma­tory and use­ful for con­di­tions such as acne and pso­ri­a­sis. They can also as­sist with smoother, younger look­ing skin. Di­etary sources

asked Your Health Nat­u­rally nu­tri­tion­ist, natur­opath and herbal­ist Wendy Gor­don, about the im­pact of diet on how well your body can per­form this re­gen­er­a­tion process. Healthy skin starts from within, but few of us are truly con­scious to the ef­fect our diet plays on our over­all health, not just our waist­line. Wendy said diet played a fun­da­men­tal role in the reg­u­lar skin re­newal process, based on a bal­anced va­ri­ety of nu­tri­tional health — mean­ing we quite lit­er­ally are what we eat. Wendy said a diet high in the right nu­tri­ents could as­sist in avoid­ing skin con­di­tions such as acne, rosacea and pso­ri­a­sis, and could also aid in the treat­ment of such ail­ments. In dif­fi­cult and stub­born skin con­di­tion cases, spe­cialised care may be re­quired. “Our skin, mind and body are all a re­flec­tion of our nu­tri­tional health,’’ she said. So, what should we be eat­ing to en­sure a healthy glow from the in­side to the out­side? Wendy rec­om­mends:

— Retinol. This is used for acne, pso­ri­a­sis and dry skin con­di­tions, and found in cod liver oil, kid­ney, cream, but­ter, eggs, toma­toes, spinach, sweet potato and car­rots.

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