Our skin is our BIGGEST organ, that means it needs ALOT of attention!
As a nutritionist (and fellow human) I know the human body thrives on good nutrition.
Most times we can tell if our health is impaired because we can see it in our face (acne, eczema, dark under eye bags, greyish tones) or we can feel it (aches, pains, headaches, colds).
In the modern world there's a few causes to poor skin health, many of them we can't do much about. Think about the air we breathe as an example. At home we can buy air purifiers but if you're walking the streets of downtown Toronto how are you protected? (Not to mention the stress a busy city can bring upon a person = acne too!)
This is where SUPERFOODS come to the rescue!
Superfoods are like super hero's for our cells! They get their name "super" because they're essentially packed FULL of nutrients.
Because superfoods are SO concentrated with a wide variety of nutrients they will provide us a wide array of health benefits!! FOOD IS SOOO NEAT << I am 100% a food nerd lol
So not only can they improve our mental wellbeing...
Many superfoods are rich in vitamin C. This vitamin plays an important role in our body to naturally produce collagen (collagen repairs and renews our skin cells).
Want to know what superfoods to eat to achieve a long lasting glow...from the inside?? CLICK HERE to grab my *FREE* guide detailing what superfoods you can start incorporating into your diet for clear healthy skin!
I hope this guide gives you the courage to venture off of your regular grocery list and explore new and exciting superfoods! Your body will thank you!!!
If you're a coffee drinker like me, I'm sure you have you wondered whether your coffee consumption was ruining your health, right?
"Is coffee a superfood? A potentially harmful diuretic? Is its full of antioxidants or full of chemicals? Can I drink this everyday and still be healthy?" << These are actual thoughts that have gone through my mind while drinking my morning cup.
For the longest time I was worried that my favourite morning drink was the direct link to my acne (and in a few ways it was) let me explain:
I used coffee creamer in my coffee...every single morning.
At that time it was the only dairy in my diet AND because I was *still* getting acne I figured it had to be the root cause. Sooo I replaced it with coconut oil. I was using about 1/2tbsp to replace my coffee creamer in the morning and then I would use more coconut oil in my elixirs at night. My body was getting up to 4tbsp of coconut oil every-single-day....To me that didn't seem like a problem, because I knew it was full of good fat, provided lasting energy and included many vitamins/minerals.
Fast forward several months of crying...not knowing WHAT I was doing wrong in my life to get this terrible, painful and uncontrollable acne...I ended up taking the coconut oil out of my diet. **Which was really hard for me, because to me, if was a nutritious powerhouse, there was no reason it should be doing me any harm!
I went a couple weeks without a trace of it and what happened? Clear Skin!!!!
For years I have been sensitive to coconut and I never knew until I took it out of my diet (and this year I got an accurate food sensitivity test that confirmed this).
So in other words coffee and I have had quite a complicated relationship. When I took the coconut oil out of my diet I was trying black coffee and hated it so I cut it out cold = HUGE frustration. Nowadays I've found what works for me and continue to drink a healthy cup of coffee that promotes a healthy complexion!!
But the burning question: IS coffee good for us in the first place? Every time we turn on the t.v or check our phones someone different is saying it’s good for you and then it’s bad for you. But remember- what works for one person doesn't mean it will work for another. Everyone is different. This is why I preach so much about being intuitive with your body.
So for example:
Some people will get anxiety, the shakes, headaches, etc after drinking a coffee. If that’s you, then you're likely sensitive to the caffeine (it’s also important to note that just because you’re sensitive to it right now, doesn’t mean that later on will still be sensitive). I recomend giving yourself a bit of a break/coffee cleanse and then test the waters. >> If you don’t suffer with any of the listed symptoms, it’s very likely that you’re not sensitive to it, simple as that. Be aware that YES coffee is a diuretic so be mindful of how much of it your drinking (and by being mindful I mean don't abuse it. If you feel you're drinking too much of it, you probably are).
A few tips:
Before & after you drink coffee make sure to drink lots of water + take vitamins at a different time b/c you don't want them to be flushed out of your system + don't drink coffee 6hrs before bedtime (it takes about 6hrs for caffeine to be eliminated).
For nutritional value:
Coffee by itself is actually full of antioxidants (think of antioxidants like: the good cops in your body that capture the bad guys a.k.a “free radicals”). Decaf coffee tends to include chemicals (because of the process needed to remove the caffeine) if you want to drink decaf look for an organic "Swiss water processed" blend for a chemical free choice.
A not-so-healthy cup of coffee should go without saying >> full of white granulated sugar, low fat cream, artificial sweeteners and “natural or artificial” flavours (think: flavour shots, flavoured coffee creamers, flavoured stevia, etc).
I've created a free guide on how-to make a healthier cup of coffee that promotes the health of your skin (because I think you should be able to enjoy your coffee all while improving your acne)!
My *free* online course explains exactly how to make a healthier cup of coffee. This *free* mini course teaches you how to drink coffee all while balancing your blood sugar, promoting cell repair & renewal AND how to make ANY cup taste better!! Click the link below!!
GRAB My Go-To Coffee Hacks For Clear Skin!!
There’s a lot of fancy words advertised on food packaging lately, don’t you agree?
How do you evaluate what product is better for you, when you’re grocery shopping? Do you buy it because it says 100% natural? GMO free? Gluten free? Sugar free?
Today I was looking at a coffee alternative made with awesome herbs…(and I don’t really know why I was looking because I’m totally obsessed with coffee and I will probably never stop drinking it lol). But me being the health nerd that I am, I read the ingredients- just to be disappointed to see the words, “Natural Flavouring”. So scratch that idea.
I see this everywhere! When I was less educated on nutrition, I used to think, “oh good it’s natural flavouring not artificial”. I’m here to tell you to NOT think that.
Comparing natural flavouring vs. artificial is like choosing between a coke or a diet coke. Neither are good choices- one is just more processed than the other. Natural flavouring gets it’s name because it is derived from a natural source but- it is highly processed! Processed more times than artificial flavourings are! And…if you didn’t already know artificial flavours are chemical based so think how UN-NATURAL these flavours really are!
ALWAYS check the ingredients! Just because it claims to be 100% natural, it doesn’t mean it's free of chemicals, preservatives, artificial flavours, ETC. *it's important to note these can all cause allergies, inflammation, acne and other health issues!
So where do these flavours sneak into our food?
Natural flavouring is in ALOT of common products like: taco seasoning, pop/juice, gum/candy, sauces/syrups, chips/crackers, ice cream/popsicles, baked goods, specialty drinks like hot chocolate and even food that doesn’t need extra flavours like pickles!! ugh.
Here’s your homework: literally pick up something in your kitchen with a label and look at the ingredient list. Is their natural flavours? Artificial? What about preservatives? How many items in your kitchen include these? Is it worth buying again?
Food for thought!
I’ve talked about natural beauty products and their importance on our health- here on the blog before, but I’ve heard ALOT of people saying lately, “Oh it’s natural it’s definitely not going to work”. Deodorant and face wash being (probably) the most judged on that…and I believe one person’s opinion shouldn’t limit others from learning/trying it out for themselves!
It’s normal to think that natural products won’t work. Big drug store companies are constantly on social media, TV or whatever boasting about their products. Unfortunately these big companies use SO MANY chemicals, perfumes, preservatives, aluminum and so so much more in their products. Together these toxins harm our health and our environment. As simple as it is- these ingredients are not natural which means the body can’t do anything (good) with them. A few health issues caused by toxins in beauty products include: acne, weight gain/unable to lose weight, brain fog, hormone disruption, low quality of life/low vitality, etc.
If you have in the past or are turning to natural cosmetics now, please know that it’ll be a journey. I say this for a number of reasons:
So let’s get back to talking deodorant. I want to clarify a few things…If you smell while using a natural deodorant it’s not because the deodorant isn’t working. But Bailey… if I stink, then it’s not doing what I bought it to do! First of all there’s a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant. Antiperspirant blocks your pores so you don’t sweat…which I’m sure can’t be that great for your health. Deodorant on the other hand allows you to sweat. So if your smelly it’s either from sweat mixing with the bacteria on your skin OR it’s because you’re naturally detoxing - through sweat - which can smell depending on what’s leaving your body. If this is the case, then clean up your diet by adding in some lemon water, dark leafy greens and even a probiotic.
Years ago when I began to clean up my beauty products, I started with deodorant. I hated the smells of the drug store brands and read a lot about the scary toxins hidden in them. I bought my first natural deodorant at winners and luckily for me, I fell in love. The feel of it took a bit of getting used to and at the start I was a little disappointed the smell wasn’t as strong. BUT- I started to *slowly* fall in love and have been using it ever since LOL.
I’m still on a mission to use 100% natural cosmetics (currently searching and trying toxic free makeup, body lotion, body wash and perfumes- if you have any favourites please let me know).
Here’s a list of my approved every-day beauty products THAT WORK:
Deodorant: Green Beaver Stick or Spray (Lavender, Citrus or Rose)
Face Wash: Sukin Gel Wash (Original, Charcoal or Sensitive Skin)
Face Moisturizer: Skin Essence Organics (Light) & Living Libations Best Skin Ever (Sea Buckthorn) *you can also use these as a face wash/exfoliant.
Face Toner: Thayers Witch Hazel (Rose)
Toothpaste: Green Beaver (Frosty Mint, Spearmint or Cilantro Mint)
Hand Cream: Woolzies (Rose) & Nova Scotia Fisherman (Sea Fennel + Bayberry)
Lipstick: Clove & Hallow LipVelvet (Uptown, Sugar Bear, Cupcake) & Cocokind Maca Beet Tinted Moisture Stick
Lipchap: Dr. Bronner’s (Lemon + Lime)
Concealer: Clove & Hallow Conceal + Correct
Bar Soap: The Soap Works (Camomile, Evening Primrose)
Today’s blog post is dedicated to all of you who suffer with dairy. Whether your lactose-intolerant, allergic or sensitive... your not alone on this one.
Let me start by saying, that this message has nothing against dairy farmers! I highly respect the hard work they do and I believe if individulas can digest and absorb dairy products then it’s a great source of energy and nutrients. Please make the effort to buy your dairy local and always Canadian.
My first dairy incident happened one day in church.
I drank a cup of milk before hand and I remember sitting there and my nose was running like a facet and wouldn’t stop! This was probably around the age of 7? I remember in high school, I would get acne literally the next day after consuming it and always on my face. So at that age it was becoming a lifestyle issue. For one, I didn’t know a thing about makeup and two, I was always active and working right after school (hoping to look presentable).
When your first faced with the reality that a food you have been eating for your whole life might now be a invader in your body, things get complicated. I made a conscious effort to stay away from it, but I still indulged in Greek yogurt, sometimes ice cream, various dips, etc. And to be honest, I still find dairy to be the hardest food to stay away from because it’s similar to gluten in that they’re both in everything! (Even cough syrup, shampoo, lotions- always check the ingredients!!)
Fast forward 22 years and I finally had a food sensitivity test done. Turns out I’m sensitive to casein, the protein in milk products. Before I confuse you- milk has two major proteins named caesin and whey. I’m sure you’re familiar with whey protein due to its high popularity in sports supplements.
As I’ve been nerding into this, not all dairy products are high in the protein caesin. So I’m still able to enjoy dairy products with a higher fat content like butter and cream, yum!! *addicted to butter*
So what does this mean?
When your sensitive or allergic to a protein, your body cannot digest it. It then gets triggered as an “invader”. Now, your body works overtime to rid this invader from your system. This is where the inflammation comes from. So for me, that inflammation promoted acne, flem, digestive and intestinal disturbances.
What does this mean for people with lactose intolerance?
It’s not so much the same. Lactose is a carbohydrate found in dairy products (milk sugar) not a protein. To digest this carb we humans need the lactase enzyme. Without it, we have again something we cannot digest and thus characterized as an “invader”. This is where the diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, etc comes from. If this is your case I recommend that you incorporate a digestive enzyme that will help provide the lactase enzyme so you can digest and absorb the lactose.
Regardless of your relationship with dairy, these are my go to replacements:
Coffee Creamer: Grace or Cha’s Organics Canned Coconut Milk. Grass Fed-Bovine Collagen and Ghee Butter (used together for optimal creaminess).
Yogurt: Homemade Cashew Yogurt or Yoso’s Unsweetened Almond or Coconut Yogurt.
Milk: Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, Oat Milk, Cashew Milk or Coconut Milk.
Ice Cream: Frozen Banana’s (to make “nice cream”).
Cheese: Nutritional Yeast or Refridgerated Daiya Products.
I hope this helps you to enjoy your favourite foods and live effortlessly with your food sensitivities!
Energy balls are the best! They're sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth - but also FULL of nutrients. WIN WIN
I have a love/hate relationship with energy balls...I have a tendency to throw everything together and hope they turn out 🤷🏻♀️ This time it worked and these are 100% loved! They are a fudge-y, creamy, sweet & salty ball of joy! Recipe below 👇🏻
- 1c almonds
- 4 pitted medjol dates
- 1tbsp chia seeds
- 1.5tsp cacao powder
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 2tsp goji berries
- 1-2tbsp brewed black coffee
- 1/2tsp pink Himalayan salt
Mix all in a food processor until dough-like and roll! They keep in the fridge for about a week ☺️
Do you have time in the morning for breakfast? I defiantly don't - that's why I'm hooked on chia pudding! It's really not pudding but the texture will sure remind you of it!
I’ve been experimenting with breakfasts this month because I’m just not feeling the gluten free toast every morning 😅 and my life has been so busy - just like yours i’m sure! I should also point out that I wanted something that would keep me filled for hours, tasted SUPER good and was very easy to make!! Recipe below for the best chia pudding everrr!
1/4c chia seeds
1/2c vanilla unsweetened almond milk
*Stir and let sit for a minimum 4hrs or overnight.
*Top with: 1/4c yogurt (I use cashew cream) 👅 frozen or fresh berries and granola if you’d like!!
Skin care secret! Natural oil's will break down makeup particles so no aggressive scrubbing is required. Too good to be true? Nope!
I’ve been using coconut oil for 1.5 years now as a eye makeup remover and I will not use anything else! (I'm hooked!)
First of all it’s a lot cheaper- you only need 1tsp or less, each day so it will last you a longgggg time!
Second of all, it nourishes your lashes because it's high in fatty acids! Since using, my lashes have increased in both length and volume. I wish I had a before and after picture to show you but I don't so I'll paint a picture in you mind: I heavily used (crappy & cheap) mascara in my teens and very often left it on overnight... so my lashes were brittle and falling out on the daily.
Third of all, it takes almost 0 effort to take the makeup off. You slide it over your lashes and 90% of your mascara is off, it's wonderful (especially when the last thing you want to do in the evening is take the time to take off all your makeup, wash your face, use a toner, a moisturizer, etc....)
My one and only rule about this is to buy unrefined, organic, and cold pressed coconut oil. Your putting this on the very thin skin around your eyes so you want to make sure it’s as natural as possible!
Here’s how simple it is:
Coconut oil can also be used as an all-over-face makeup remover. Just dampen the face and use the same way as above. It's important to note that coconut oil can sometimes cause breakouts as can any new skin product. But using on/around the eyes hasn't caused me any issues (I have oily/combination skin).
How much do you know about mental wellness?
Here is a little bit about Jeremy and his business before we dive in:
My name is Jeremy Paplinskie and I am a Master of Human Kinetics graduate from the University Ottawa, current professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA), and Mental Performance Consultant (MPC). I work for the Renfrew County Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN) and the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families and am currently in the process of launching my own company called Headwind Mental Performance.
At its core, Headwind is a business focusing on the development and refinement of mental and psychological skills as they relate not only to sport and work performance, but to everyday life as well. Put simply, what I do is all about helping clients develop the mental (thinking) skills necessary to increase their performance and personal wellbeing. We spend so much of our time thinking about improving our physical skills; but often don’t realize mental skills work much the same way.
Although mental skills are typically thought of as skills for sport performance, I want to challenge this notion with Headwind to help people realize the usefulness of these same skills in everyday life. For example, there are always points in our life where we feel overwhelmed – whether with work, school, family, or anything else. When this happens, learning and applying mental skills and sport psych principles can help you to feel better prepared to manage expectations and “perform” to the best of your ability.
Hi Jeremy! I’m so excited to interview you on a subject I am so passionate about! Mental wellness is near and dear to my heart and I cannot wait to hear your thoughts about it.
I often talk about mental health and wellness in my business because it is just as important as our physical health. I find 'we' as a society are lacking education on mental health and that’s why there is such a stigma around it.
A quote that caught my attention when I was studying natural nutrition stated that, “Our physical body needs more than wholesome nutrition: mind and consciousness play a significant role in our well-being.” This cannot be more true. As a nutritionist, I could recommend a list of supplements and foods specifically aimed to improve one’s mental well-being but without a mindfulness protocol it would be ineffective.
I have so many burning questions, however I’ll start with: what made you choose this career path, and what it entails?
Hi Bailey, thank you for having me! I’m extremely excited to speak with you and Stage Nutrition and to talk a little bit about the work I do.
Growing up, I spent much of my time as an athlete. As I got older and took competing more seriously, I started to notice how my performance from game-to-game would fluctuate tremendously. Sometimes I felt like I could do everything, and other days like I could do nothing at all. I think these experiences really helped me to develop an interest in sport psychology and mental performance, even though I didn’t know how I could pursue that path at the time.
Fast forward a few years later to completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa (Human Kinetics). I had the opportunity to meet and speak with several wonderful professors (Dr. Terry Orlick and Dr. Diane Culver), who introduced me to a graduate program focusing on mental performance and applied sport psychology. As I went through grad school I took my initial interests as an athlete and started to realize how sport psychology principles could be applied outside of the sporting arena as well. As a result, a fair bit of my time isn’t spent just working with athletes, but rather using the same principles to help people explore other aspects of daily life (i.e. becoming more active, managing job stress, preparing for college/university presentations, etc.).
Fast forward to the present, where I’m now launching my own private business called Headwind Mental Performance.
What do you love the most about your job?
At the end of the day, I love getting the chance to work with people to achieve the things they want to achieve most. Whether that’s becoming more physically active, improving sport performance, or simply becoming more mindful, we all have things we feel we can improve upon. At its core, the type of work that I do isn’t about TELLING people what to do; rather, it’s about EMPOWERING that person to explore certain principles or techniques and think about how they best apply to him/her/them on a personal level. Ultimately, I feel that the field that I work in can be useful and important for everyone, and I want to be there to help people explore these ideas on a deeper level. We all have the potential to be great, it’s about understanding how to best move towards what our personal definition of “greatness” is.
I understand that you take a personalized approach when working with others to improve their mental health, what regimen do you put in place to set specific goals?
At the foundation of my practice, the goal is to empower my clients to think about mental skills in a way that is personally meaningful. Like you said, I’m a huge believer in taking a personalized approach when working with others as I think you’re doing a massive disservice to your clients when you approach work with a “one size fits all” mentality.
Like most mental skills, goal-setting is something that at its very core is incredibly person-specific. Something I really try to stress with clients when goal-setting is understanding the importance of looking not only at the goals you have for yourself long-term, but also looking at how you can subdivide that larger goal into smaller goals over the short-term. Sometimes we can get so caught up in thinking about our ultimate goals, that we lose sight of what we can do on a day-to-day basis to keep moving towards where we eventually want to be. In the end, it’s not always about moving quickly towards your goals, but rather moving consistently towards them.
What is your favourite activity to teach or do yourself to achieve a positive mental state?
My approach for maintaining such a mental state is probably going to seem somewhat counterintuitive at first. For most of us, maintaining a positive mental state 100% of the time is unrealistic. We all have times when we don’t quite feel like ourselves – whether that’s because we’re feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, embarrassed, etc. – and that’s perfectly okay. I believe that one of the first steps to attaining a more positive and healthy mental state is to learn to recognize negative thoughts, but not necessarily do anything to try to stop them from occurring. Often it’s not the thought itself that leads to a negative or destructive mindset, but rather how we react to that thought.
For example, doing something embarrassing might make you feel… well… embarrassed – that makes sense. However, have you ever felt embarrassed and then afterwards spent hours/days/weeks/etc. mulling over that experience? In times like that, its not only the event itself that had a negative influence on your mental state, but also the constant thinking about it over and over again. It’s important to realize that our thoughts do not define us, they are simply thoughts – nothing more, nothing less.
Given this, and once you identify that you’re having a negative thought, try to slowly return your attention to whatever it is directly in front of you, in the moment. Don’t worry if the negative thought starts to slowly creep back in, that’s normal. Instead give yourself the time to practice redirecting your attention back to what matters most in the present. As you practice this, you’ll find you will become much better at doing it efficiently. At the end of the day, improving at this isn’t something you need to rush. Like anything else in life, there will be many ups and downs along the way – the key is more about continually trending upwards and staying consistent with it.
What are some successful ways we could end the stigma around mental health?
I think we have made some incredible strides in reducing the stigma around mental health, and I feel a lot of this is due to our increasing familiarity with it and understanding how truly impactful mental health is. Like with any worthwhile cause, I think we make the most progress when we each work, on an individual level, to contribute something positive and constructive to the conversation. Whether that’s doing something publicly like creating a blog/website, or something more private such as taking the time to reach out to a friend or loved one to let them know you care, you are doing something great to continue the conversation in a positive way. I think as we continue to have these conversations, even though they may seem extremely difficult, we are playing a part in collectively ending the stigma around mental health.
I preach a lot about mindfulness, positive thinking, meditating, etc. What is your take on these techniques?
Absolutely a huge proponent of all three and I love the fact that you take the time to promote them.
One of the things that I try to stress with people is that no matter what you are working on, or what technique you might be using to help get there, try to experiment with them in ways that are personally meaningful and sustainable. I know a lot of people think about meditating or mindfulness in the traditional sense – but it doesn’t necessarily have to be. For me, I find the best time to practice mindfulness is in the gym or while going for walks. In a nutshell, I’ve taken the principles of meditation and mindfulness and applied them in the aspects of my life that give me the best opportunity to practice them consistently.
I think most of us have heard the saying “work smarter, not harder”, and I think it applies here quite well. You can have the greatest plan in the world to practice mindfulness, meditation, or positive thinking, but if you don’t look for ways to do it that are personally engaging or fulfilling, it’s going to be much harder to stick with it. Like I mentioned before, adopting these skills is much more about being focused on small, manageable changes we can make consistently over time, rather than rushing through everything half-heartedly. If we do this consistently, we find we make much more progress towards where we ultimately want to be.
Self-love has become a popular subject on social media. Some share pictures of materialistic items and others share morning yoga rituals. How can we start loving ourselves so that it becomes a sustainable lifestyle?
This is such a great question, and something that I feel is unbelievably important. I think one of the biggest things we can do when it comes to any kind of sustainability is looking at what we are able to accomplish day-in and day-out, rather than just looking at where we want to be way down the road.
Specific to self-love, I think many times we need to sit down and have a serious (and often difficult) conversation with ourselves. By asking “what are some of the things that bring me joy that I haven’t taken the time lately to appreciate?”, I think we open the door to developing a greater understanding of where our values lie and what means the most to us. A lot of times we may think of something extravagant; however, I would challenge you more so to think about something what is more accessible in the here and now. For me, one of the things I love to do is be active, so I try to prioritize that in my life – and I do that 100% for myself. Always remember, it’s not selfish whatsoever to make yourself a priority every now and again.
Some of the topics I have worked with clients on:
There you have it folks! I hope this brought you the absolute best feelings and energy. If you have any questions for Jeremy he would be more than happy to answer them for you. You can contact him via facebook by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/HeadwindMP or send him an email at: email@example.com
Ever wonder what an antioxidant is? Or why they're essential? Good... because today I'm giving you a bit of a lecture.
We know antioxidants are good, but why? Antioxidants neutralize damaging cells before they cause any negative effects.
Basically an antioxidant is exactly as it sounds it is ANTI (which means against) OXIDANT (oxygen stealing electrons). So to make you think in terms we can all understand... think of the rust on your car. An antioxidant kinda works like an anti-rust treatment for your car. Rust is formed from oxygen stealing electrons from iron, an anti-rust treatment protects the remaining iron and/or or prevents further damage. Antioxidants in the body protect and prevent us from getting rust (a.k.a cancer, disease, etc).
PHYTONUTRIENTS contain antioxidants. Phytonutirents are nutrients found in plants! They are responsible for the beautiful and bright colours in our fruits and vegetables, they also act as the produce immune system, cool right?
"Beyond the realm of traditional nutrients exists another world of nutritional curatives in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, ad herbs. These powerful plant compounds are potent agents formed by nature to work with the body to fight disease, rather than working against it, as drugs often do." Phyllis A. Balch
What does this have to do with your skin?
Each phytonutrient has been broken down and studied for all it's benefits, uses, etc. Here are some of their skin health benefits:
- prevents inflammation = less painful acne, lessens eczema, quickens the healing process
- positive impact on blood vessels and capillaries = main supply of nutrients for skin cells (nourished skin celss = glowing skin)
- maintains healthy cell membranes = slows the aging process (prevents wrinkles)
- stimulates the synthesis of melanin = gives skin a tanned colour (carotenes: orange, red and yellow produce)
- help prevent skin from UV ray damage = keeps skin moisturized and healthy and free of sun damage
Hopefully this convinces you to eat more fruits and vegetables for bright, glowing and healthy skin!
Unitl next week,