Skincare and Diet – what are the rules?
Silly question really isn’t it?! As any trying to look after their skin will know, there are no standard rules that apply to everyone; as everyone's skin is unique and what they eat will affect them in many and varied ways! However, there are some good basic guidelines for a diet that will help keep your skin healthy, and which stand a good chance of making a difference to its condition.
For anyone really serious about the health of their skin, processed foods are a no-no. Processed foods are those which have been drastically altered from their natural state, often through chemical processes that change how they look, last or taste. There are so many reasons why these kinds of foods can be damaging, but in the context of a skin-friendly diet a major problem is the effect they can have on your gut and digestive system. The microorganisms living in your digestive tract form an important “inner ecosystem” that influences many aspects of your health. Processed foods disrupt the microorganisms in your digestive tract, which can lead to all kinds of problems.Gut health is vital for a healthy immune system, which in turn can keep your skin functioning effectively.
Essential Fatty Acids:
At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, do not underestimate the importance of the fatty acids in a skin-friendly diet! Essential fatty acids play a vital role in creating a healthy, effective skin barrier; however, we do not create EFAs in our bodies naturally, they come from what we eat. It can be really easy to add these to daily food, even for kids. Try sprinkling hemp or flax seeds in food; they have a very gentle flavour so can go unnoticed if necessary! Use hemp oil in salad dressings, dips or pesto. Eat as much oily fish as you like; tuna is a nice easy one to add to a meal that many children will eat. Many green leafy vegetables - like spinach, kale or broccoli - contain good amounts of EFAs. You might also want to consider a fish oil vitamin supplement for a real daily boost.
Most forms of sugar in food or added to food are processed and should be avoided as much as possible if you're aiming for a skin-friendly diet.
Try substituting sugar for some natural alternatives, some great ideas here: "Purepotions Top 10 Alternatives to Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners"
While not everyone is sensitive to dairy, research suggests that a dairy-heavy diet can cause skin problems. If you are struggling with looking after your skin there is no harm in trying going dairy-free for a while to see if it makes a difference, so long as you're caeful to keep your protein and calcium levels well-maintained from other food sources. There are so many dairy-free products on the market it is now easier than ever to live dairy-free. Some great advice available here www.puredairyfree.co.uk/dairy-free-life
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