Can you look in the mirror each day and honestly say, “I love you?”
Too often we find ourselves saying, “I’ll be happy when I lose 5kg,” or “I’ll be happy when my skin is clear of blemishes.”
Many of these problems are fixable, with a little help from your diet.
Skin problems can be due to a number of reasons, the most common one being poor detox channels. Our skin is one of our detox organs- along with our lungs, kidneys, bowel and liver and is responsible for detoxifying the chemicals we produce naturally through daily metabolic processes. Therefore, a diet high in processed foods, sugar, and alcohol will directly exacerbate skin inflammation.
You’ve probably heard the notion that what we put into our bodies determines the way we look and feel. I believe and live by the adage of Hippocrates, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than to witness many clients turning their health around, just by making a few simple changes to their daily eating habits.
Here are some basic guidelines to help you be the best version of you, whether it’s your ideal weight, increased energy levels, or healthier lustrous hair, skin, and nails.
Nutrients to Support your Shine
Start with Water
In the morning- the best start you can give yourself is water. Super-charge it with a squeeze of fresh lemon and a dash of apple cider vinegar to wake up your digestive system, hydrate your brain, and get your joints moving. After a night’s sleep, your body will be dehydrated. It is not coffee you are craving, it is water. Start your morning with 2 cups of this lemon cleanse drink and you probably won’t crave that wake-up coffee anymore. A properly hydrated body performs better, the skin is clearer, your mind is sharper, and digestion functions more easily.
Eat 4-6 Cups of Vegetables
Vegetables provide your body with most of the essential vitamins, minerals, and fibre that you need for healthy detoxification and cell renewal.
That is why green smoothies have become so popular, providing an easy way for us to get these 4-6 cups of nutrient-rich foods in our busy lives.
Omega 3 and 6 fats are essential for many functions in the body. The omega 3 fats that are found in fish, walnuts, and chia seeds are our anti-inflammatory fats. An adequate intake of these will protect you against cardiovascular disease, improve cognitive function, and support healthy skin and hair.
These are particularly important for eczema, psoriasis, acne, or dandruff sufferers as they work in tandem with water to plump moisture levels and keep us well-hydrated.
As we only have one body and one life we need to learn to respect and treat it kindly. Feed yourself with foods that work as medicine and see the results, as you enjoy better moods, more energy and glowing, clear skin.