Healthy skin from the inside

Nature has provided us with an amazing selection of vegetables, fruits and nuts. All are great for your skin, providing essential phytonutrients (nutrients found in fruit and vegetables) (see page 111), vitamins and antioxidants.

You need fat in your diet; your skin would look lifeless and dull without it. Good-quality fats like the omega fats are the building blocks for healthy cells. So make sure you include these good fats in your diet. Good sources are fish, nuts, seeds and cold-pressed oils.

Excess sugar and refined foods such as cakes, biscuits and confectionery play havoc with your skin and can slow the whole body‘s healing system. Limit your intake and make sure you include good sources of protein to help balance blood-sugar levels that can lead to sweet cravings.

There is nothing like a good workout that makes you sweat to eliminate toxins from the skin. The increased blood flow also brings nourishment out into the skin and encourages your skin to breathe. Your skin will take on that healthy glow!

Living in our modern-day society exposes our bodies to a lot of stresses: pollution, excessive radiation exposure (sun and computers), inadequate diets, overworking, over-exercising, smoking, drinking … the list goes on. To supply your body and skin with optimum nutrition we recommend taking a good quality antioxidant that supplies natural vitamins and minerals at optimum levels, and in a natural form as they would be found in a healthy diet.

Everyday stress is a part of life. But when stress turns to anxiety and worry, it starts to affect your health and skin. When you are under excess stress this affects your hormonal system, which often triggers skin problems and sensitivities, as well as lowering your immune system. Strain and worry is also worn on your face, so start to relax. Recognise when you need time out, and nurture yourself.

Sleep is vital to good health. During those hours you spend in bed your body goes about repairing damaged tissues, and there is a surge of your growth hormone, which stimulates cell renewal. There are also some studies that show that a lack of sleep speeds up the aging process. So flick off the TV and go to bed!

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