Nutrients and Skin
Nutrition is almost never thought of when it comes to beauty and skin health. We are bombarded with creams, lotions secret anti-aging formulas yet we fail to give our bodies the fundamental building blocks our bodies need to have truly healthy tissue. The topical application of the right nutrients is absolutely necessary for healthy skin, however the majority of factors that determine skin health are internal. Make sure you know your supermarket isle before you know your pharmacy Isle.
At BodyWorks Lifestyle we often recommend that our clients consume high doses of omega-3 fish oils to decrease inflammation for certain illnesses and to protect the heart. We find also that these high doses of omega 3 create unbelievably smooth skin. We personally recommend a combination of both Omega 3 fish oil and also Krill oil. Krill oil has less omega 3 but because it is attached to phospholipids vs triglycerides in fish oil it is more quickly and efficiently absorbed into the body. For best results we recommend combining them. Krill oil also has astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for a multitude of functions within the body, from nervous system health, to endocrine and cardiovascular health. They are also essential for the health and elasticity of our skin.
Omega-3 fatty acids - and particularly eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) - are essential for healthy skin and hair. EPA helps regulate the oil production in your skin, and having plenty of this essential fatty acid in your body keeps your skin hydrated and prevents it from drying and flaking. The fatty acids not only protect against sun damage, they actually help repair it. When you're exposed to the sun's harmful UV rays, EPA can help prevent the release of enzymes that destroy collagen, warding off sagging skin and wrinkles. The anti-inflammatory function of omega-3s can also help relieve skin conditions like rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. Ann Yelmokas McDermott, PhD, a nutritionist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston states: "These fatty acids are responsible for the health of the cell membrane, which is not only what acts as the barrier to things that are harmful, but also the passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell".
What are BodyWorks Lifestyles recommendations for obtaining adequate Omega-3s in the diet?
1. Eat wild caught salmon twice per week
2. Eat raw walnuts every day
3. Eat avocado every day
4. Supplement with a high quality purified fish oil such as Paradise Herbs Omega-3.
5. Supplement with high quality krill oil that contains astaxanthin
What are the other factors that contribute to skin health?
Massage- Massage increases blood flow to the skin, allowing better oxygen delivery and cell regeneration. Massage also helps the skin produce natural oils which promote health and elasticity of the skin. Massage also helps reduce cortisol levels. Excess cortisol can cause skin to dry and inelastic.
Diet, specifically follow a gluten free diet. It is estimated that 60-80% of people in America have some level of sensitivity to gluten. Gluten sensitivity (and food sensitivity in general) has been linked to skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, flaking dry skin, chronic acne and rosacea.
To keep your skin glowing and firm, make sure you eat a diet high in raw fruits, raw nuts (not peanuts) and raw vegetables. The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and co-factors contained in these foods will decrease the rate of cell turnover and destruction and keep the skin from aging prematurely.
Finally, make sure that all the protein that you are eating is high quality. Protein is essential for the maintenance of healthy skin and the essential fats that are contained in the meat will vastly improve your skin (animal fats are essential for health, no they don’t cause disease as has been reported).
So to keep your skin beautiful you need to make sure that you keep your whole body healthy. Your skin will reflect the overall health you are in.
Thanks for reading,