Glowing skin: You are what you eat
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?
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.