EATING YOUR WAY TO BETTER SKIN!
We spend time & money on purchasing the best serums & treatments in a bid to have clear, healthy skin. However, our diet also plays a significant part. It is important to feed our skin the right nutrient it needs, similar to managing our diet for better overall health. If you are wondering how you can eat your way to better skin, here are some handy tips to keep in mind.
Hydration is paramount
Lack of hydration can manifest itself as dry, flaky & tight skin. The benefits of drinking adequate water have been shown in several studies, from aiding digestion to regulating body temperature & circulation. The same applies to the health of your skin. In addition to dryness, lack of hydration can also affect your body’s resilience, making it more prone to fine lines. Hydration does not have to be limited to water. Fruits & vegetables with high water content such as watermelon & cucumbers along with beverages such as green tea are great for incorporating into your diet & keeping your body hydrated.
Keep your diet colourful
A diet based on fresh unprocessed food is a great start. Feeding your body a colorful diet helps you achieve your recommended daily vitamin intake which is essential for skin health. Fruits & vegetables yellow & orange in color are rich in vitamin C & other antioxidants. Vitamin C has been shown to encourage collagen synthesis & in some cases, treat UV induced photodamage. Superfood additions such as organic cacao are great inclusions as well. Not only does cacao have incredibly high levels of Vitamin C & antioxidants, it can also provide hydration for your skin. Data published in Journal of Investigative Dermatology supported this by showing increased skin hydration & collagen levels. According to the 2016 CSIRO Healthy Diet Score Study, Australians’ diets are falling behind with only 49 percent meeting their recommended fruit intake & less than 7 percent consuming their recommended vegetable intake. For those dealing with dry & red skin conditions such as eczema, avoiding spicy foods whilst having a diet rich in healthy fats such as avocados & nuts can help them calm their skin & provide relief from the inside out. These foods are also rich in Omega 3 & vitamin E, which help to protect your skin from oxidative damage.
Your gut health counts
Our gut is tasked with absorbing the nutrients from our food, to fuel our body. With that in mind, many skin conditions such as rosacea, dry skin & acne all have a common link: gut health or rather lack of. With our gut being responsible for absorbing the nutrients needed, if our gut is not in good shape then our bodies are working at a disadvantage even if we are eating the needed foods. To keep our gut in its best shape ensure a steady supply of fibre -rich foods such as whole grains, fruits such as pears in addition to prebiotics either through dietary intakes such as yogurts & kefir or supplements.
The right nutrition is key to your skin’s health. While there are many topical treatments, the first step to healthy skin is by feeding your skin the nutrients needed & giving it care from the inside. With the right balance of foods, you can give your skin the support it needs today.
LIVING ANATOMY - PELVIC FLOOR
A critical area of women’s health and quality of life yet one that most of us know very little about. Are we doing what we think we're doing?
Join Veronica in this workshop that looks at how the pelvic floor relates to the abdominal wall and the diaphragm. Learn how we can facilitate proper organization of the body so we can move spontaneously and naturally to improve pelvic floor function every day. Learn how we can unintentionally do damage to our Pelvic Floor even during the Curves Workout which provides one of the safest exercise environments. Look at research on the pelvic floor and see the misunderstandings many people have and new ways to focus on alignment instead of contracting muscles.