Want to know what is the best get-flawless-skin regimen?
It does not come from a jar or from a spa treatment ...
It is a way of eating.
You probably thinking “How is that possible?”. My dermatologist told me that greasy foods, dairy and chocolate don’t cause pimples and that, overall, what we eat has no effect on our skin.
It is not the case. What you put into your body has a HUGE effect on your complexion. Unless your skin is getting the nutrients it needs from your diet, it just won’t look its best. Beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within.
Did you know that it is actually the health of your large intestine that is reflected in the health of your skin? When I look at someone who is suffering from skin problems, it is a clear indication that something similar is going on in the large intestine. For example, people who suffer from severe acne are usually heavy consumers of milk and dairy products.
When a large intestine is healthy - when it is not carrying undigested food matter and instead contains healing, cleansing phytonutrients (like chlorophyll from fresh fruits and veggies), it is going to perform its function well. A person with a healthy large intestine will have a clear and young looking complexion. So the number one recommendation I would give as a health coach to people who would like to have glowing skin is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The same things that irritate the skin also irritate your digestive tract. When our digestive system gets healthier, our skin will reflect that improved level of health.
So the next time you are grocery shopping load your cart with nutrients that have skin-hydrating, sun-protective and even wrinkle-preventing powers. You will be amazed at the transformation your skin will go through.
Here are my top recommendations for lustrous skin, hair and nails:
Consume enough water. In addition to keeping your cells hydrated, water helps cells move nutrients in and toxins out, which automatically leaves skin looking younger. DEHYDRATION - sagging skin, dark circles under the eyes
Load up on antioxidant rich foods. Foods like berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, acai, goji berries, orange and grapefruit) and spices like ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. They are all wonderful sources of antioxidants that help maintain healthy skin. (Smoothie: raspberry, aloe vera (skin, digestive system - most amazing)
Eat a diet rich in greens. Greens like spinach, kale, collards, bok choy, Swiss chard have important anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects that help block sunlight-induced inflammation in the skin (which leads to wrinkles for example).
Make an oil change. Let go of the cheap, heavily refined vegetable oils like corn, canola, soy, sunflower, safflower, peanut and cottonseed oils. They are high in inflammatory omega-6 EFAs and very low in the anti-inflammatory omega-3 EFAs. Stick with healthy fats like cold water fish (wild salmon, sardines, anchovies), raw nuts and seeds (hemp, chia, flax seeds), olive oil, avocado, coconut oil.
Cut back on sugar. Sugars are beauty busters. Eating sugar and foods that convert quickly to sugar (bread, white rice, pasta, muffins) will make you age faster! Excess sugar in the blood stream binds to cellular proteins and hardens them in a process called ‘glycation’. This causes tough and wrinkled skin. Aim for a low glycemic diet - this will slow down the aging process plus help you live longer and healthier.
Incorporate high quality protein. The lack of protein is first visible in the face. Without protein we lose contours and definitions of our faces. Opt for high quality protein like that found in fish (wild salmon is one of the best choice for glowing skin), organic and pasture raised poultry, pastured eggs and grass-fed beef.
Eat lots and lots of vegetables. For healthy, young looking skin pick brightly colored, seasonal vegetables and stick with low sugar fruit. Top picks for gorgeous glowing skin: asparagus, lemon, lime, cucumber, red peppers, broccoli, leafy greens, garlic, onions, carrots, sea vegetables like kelp, nori and hiziki, jicama.
Consume collagen rich foods like home made bone broth (yep, this one rocks!), pure gelatin, egg whites ... etc.
Eat a diet that is rich in probiotics. Skin glows with a probiotic rich diet. Scars soften and disappear. Breakouts happen less frequently, if at all. A diet rich in probiotics will help to break down food, reduce inflammation, heal and repair the lining of the intestinal wall, help to transform and shuttle out toxins from the body, keep yeast overgrowth and pathogenic microbes in check. Best probiotic rich foods?
Cultured vegetables like sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, homemade kefir, cultured butter, miso (NOT Dannon Activa yogurt). These foods may be your number one ally in your quest to age youthfully and healthfully. Beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus acidophilus, which are found in these fermented foods, can help heal intestinal permeability. Start slowly if your gut is compromised.
Support and balance your organs through seasonal cleansing and seasonal clean eating.
Sign up for me weekly email list to find out when my next seasonal cleanse is coming up here: http://tinyurl.com/c3qxymm
And last check out this fun video I created through FaceBook about my Skin Workshop I offered earlier this week. The class was sold out so fast, so I am planning on offering another one late August or September.