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Eat Your Way To Great Skin

We have a guest blogger today, Cynthia Watson, RHN, talking shop about healing your skin from within with the types of foods you ingest to help with clean, clear, flawless skin!

 

Eat Your Way To Great Skin

By Cynthia Watson, RHN

 

Great skin is something we all want; clear, clean, refined and dewy skin has come to be associated with beauty. How do we achieve radiant and resilient skin? Our diet and lifestyle play a huge part. Adequate sleep, reducing stress and limiting alcohol can help, but like any of our other organs, skin is deeply effected by what we eat. So, what should you eat for great skin?

 

Protein- protein is the building block of everything vital in our bodies, including skin. Animal and plant proteins are great sources.

 

Collagen- Type 1 collagen is a major component of skin; type 1 collagen can only be found in animal sources of protein; beef and chicken bone broths are excellent sources of this nutrient

 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids- help build collagen and help the skin to retain water, keeping it plump and hydrated. Foods rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids include: flaxseed oil, walnuts, sardines and wild salmon.

 

Omega 7 Fatty Acids- increase cell regeneration and resilience to stress and environmental toxins and is also a powerful antioxidant and can help balance hormones. Animal sources of Omega-5 Fatty Acids are full fat, grass fed dairy and wild salmon. Plant sources are pomegranate, coconut and palm oils and macadamia nuts and avocado.

 

Silica- a major component of collagen increases skin elasticity and can strengthen hair and nails, too. Organic (plant) sources include leeks, green beans, chickpeas, strawberries, cumber skin, mango, celery, asparagus and rhubarb.

 

Bioflavonoids- also known as the super antioxidant. Bioflavonoids enhance the effect of other antioxidants like Vitamins A, C and E. This group of nutrients scavenges the “free radicals” or unstable molecules which damage skin from sun and other environmental effects. Food sources include blueberries, red berries, red and blue grapes, red peppers, spinach and broccoli. Bioflavonoids can also be found in bee pollen and bee propolis.

 

Water- purified or spring water is necessary for cellular function and keeps cells plump, including skin cells.

 

A whole food diet rich in fresh and vibrant fruit and vegetables and lean, high quality protein can go a long way toward great skin. Adequate sleep and relaxation is also important to reduce the effects of stress on the skin. What we put on our skin is important, too. Look for products that are clean and free from parabens, SLS/SLES and synthetic colours and fragrances.

 

Bio: Cynthia Watson is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Nutritional Consultant and Wild Food Fermenter. Cynthia lives with her husband and two children in beautiful Chilliwack, BC.



Article written by Victoria Wong

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