Youthful, Nourished and Glowing Skin

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Combine a healthy lifestyle with natural skin choices to nourish and keep your skin youthful and glowing.

Did you know that you can eat certain food combinations and make lifestyle changes that can keep you looking younger for longer?

In fact the latest research confirms that eating well could be better for skin health than applying lotions and potions.

To understand how best to nourish your skin it’s important to understand how your skin works. It basically is a major detox organ and it is a major reflection on what is happening internally inside your body. It helps protect the body from dangers such as ultraviolet rays, pollution and infections, and it constantly renews itself. As a qualified Nutritional Therapist I am trained to understand the signs and symptoms to observe on someone included their hair, nails and tongue.

 Imagine feeding your skin foods that strengthen the collagen fibres (the spongy protein that gives skin its underlying structure and plump appearance,) and keep you looking younger than you actually are!

The body makes collagen on its own, but production slows down as you get older, so getting some in your diet is a good idea to make up for a potential deficit.

The problem is that it’s really only found in animal skin and bones, hence the popularity of bone broth. Bone broth, however, is not that easy to find, and making it at home requires…well…bones. Not to mention hours upon hours of simmering.

You can also now buy collagen as a powder to add to your smoothies and I have had great results with Planet Paleo Collagen which is available to buy from Reboot.

There’s one other tactic: eating food that boosts collagen. These foods don’t contain the protein itself, but they deliver nutrients your body uses to make it.

But which vitamins and nutrients will yield the healthiest glow?

Vitamin C plays a major role in collagen synthesis, and foods like leafy greens, citrus fruits (plus broccoli, oranges and red peppers!) are filled with it. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant, so you get the added benefit of protecting your skin from free radical damage.

Seafood are rich in minerals, specifically zinc and copper, both of which activate molecules that are required for collagen synthesis. Bonus: oysters are one of the most sustainable seafood choices you can make.

The protein in meat is made up of essential amino acids the body can’t make on its own. But meats like beef and chicken also contain non-essential amino acids, some of which make up collagen. Eating meat, then, provides your body with additional stores of the amino acids it needs to produce collagen.

The bottom line? Sipping quality bone broth or adding collagen powder to your smoothies are both great strategies. But if you can’t make that happen all of the time, make sure you’re incorporating these foods and nutrients into your diet and increase your vitamin C supplementation. Also include vitamin D3 which you get directly from sunlight, eggs or oily fish, and vitamin E, carotenoids, lutein, and lycopene; and plant-based chemicals found in foods that range from soya and turmeric to chocolate and green tea.

I also recommend a good probiotic because the latest research confirms a link with our guts and the quality of our skin, and a finally a good quality omega 3 and this could range from natural flax oil to fish oil.

Also, I recommend using quality skincare and makeup without any harmful chemicals and companies I like to recommend are Inika and Lavera.

If you are looking to support your skin from the transition from summer to Autumn you can source all your needs from the Reboot store or book a free health assessment call with Sophie Wedlock-smith a Nutritional Therapist who is offering 10% off prices until the end of September TEL: 07975 759 031.

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