The skin is an excretory organ, much like the liver and kidneys and they all help to remove heavy metals, toxins and impurities from the body. The skin is very much an expression of what is happening on the inside, so if your skin is looking worse for wear, it may be time to clean up the diet, and look at what could be causing inflammation and/or dehydration.
Here are Emily’s Top Tips for healthy glowing skin!
Drink more water! Aim for 1.5-2 litres of water per day. After a work-out, coconut water re-balances your electrolytes and keeps the body sufficiently hydrated. Drinking herbal teas that support the liver can also help, especially nettle, fennel, dandelion or even green tea. Pukka Cleanse is a good combination of these herbs to help support the liver and aid in water retention, puffiness and skin health. Another option is to try having warm water with half a squeezed lemon in the morning before breakfast. This helps to detoxify the body and re-alkalise it, and it can help to fire up the digestion.
Superfoods added to your diet will contribute to overall skin health. Wheatgrass and Barleygrass are rich in alkalising minerals and contain lots of fibre. They are packed with protein, vitamins, minerals, and are an excellent source of chloryphyll. Spirulina, a blue green algae, is rich in chlorophyll, packed with protein, all the essential amino acids, vitamins A, B Complex, C, D, and E, potassium, and other trace minerals. Chlorella is an incredibly effective detoxifier helping to remove alcohol, chemicals, heavy metals and even environmental pollutants from the liver. Especially useful for helping your body cope with any alcohol consumption. Chlorella contains zinc and Vitamin B2, two nutrients known to help promote glowing radiant skin. Aloe vera is great for healing, soothing and cleansing the skin, both externally and internally. Acai is a powerful and nutritious super food that is incredibly high in antioxidants, polyphenols, anthocyanins, amino acids, dietary fibre as well as vitamins and minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, beta-carotene and vitamin E. Add to smoothies, shakes, porridge, desserts and raw desserts such as raw cheesecake.
Green leafy vegetables are cleansing, detoxifying and alkalising to the body, and help to cleanse and nourish the blood. Greens remove toxins from the body’s system, detoxify heavy metals and pollutants, bring the body towards an alkaline state and away from being too acidic. They can even help bring down areas of inflammation within the body. For more on this, see our blog post on Greens!
Increase the amount of GOOD fats in your diet! Increasing your omega 3 is a great way to bring down inflammation as well as being useful for ailments such as arthritis pain, joint pain, psoriasis, eczema and dry skin. Omega 3s are also great for hormone balancing. Omega 3 rich foods include chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines). Other good fats include avocados, almonds and coconut oil (for its skin-friendly oils and MCT fats). Algae oil such as Testa Algae Omega caps are a great vegan-friendly alternative to fish oil tablets, plus they are long-chain fats meaning they don’t need to be converted into the EPA and DHA, they are already there!
Increasing antioxidants in the diet can help the body fight against disease, inflammation and the signs of ageing. High antioxidant foods include,blueberries, green tea, acai berries, goji berries, pomegranates, spinach, raspberries, purple grapes, mulberries and green algaes to name a few.
Eat the rainbow! Enjoy colourful foods, ranging from beta carotene rich orange carrots and red/orange peppers, lycopene filled red tomatoes, curcumin filled yellow/orange turmeric, detoxifying cleansing greens, anthocyanin-rich beets and resveratrol filled mulberries. Including raw foods, fermented foods such as Kimchi, Sauerkraut or Kefir help to boost enzyme levels which ultimately help with digestion of food and assimilation of nutrients. Preferably choose organic where it is possible so as to reduce pesticide exposure, which may cause unnecessary toxic build up in our bodies. If you are struggling with eczema or psoriasis, it may be worth avoiding all dairy for 2 weeks and seeing how this affects you. A lot of people find that dairy causes a lot of inflammation which is resulting in their inflammatory skin conditions.
Reduce inflammatory and dehydrating foods and beverages
Such as refined sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods. It is not necessary to avoid them completely, but instead enjoy them every once in a while. These substances are the main players in inflammatory conditions, building up toxins in the body and dehydrating the body, and therefore the skin. Instead, opt for healthier versions, such as coconut sugar/date syrup/raw honey/maple syrup instead of refined sugar. Try coconut flour, brown rice flour or buckwheat flour in baking instead. Replace coffee with green tea, herbal teas and matcha tea, or opt for a green juice/smoothie as an ultimate switch over! If you cannot remove coffee entirely, try just having one before or up to midday. Any time after midday can affect your body and affect your sleep quality. Poor sleeping habits can play havoc with your skin.
Happy gut health
Include a daily probiotic to restore the good bacteria in the gut. Fermented foods, such as kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir are all natural probiotics. A happy healthy gut will ensure optimal digestion of food, followed by complete assimilation of nutrients therefore creating a healthy body great energy levels and glowing skin!
*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.