“You are what you eat” is a commonly heard phrase that speaks the truth. Do you suffer from dull, blemished, dry or pre-mature aging skin? Are you a woman who wants radiant, glowing, clear, and healthy skin? Did you know your diet and level of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals absorption will determine your appearance of your skin?
First and foremost, problematic skin can actually be an inflammatory reaction. Chronic inflammation is due to the poor choice in foods that you are consuming. It is a good indication that your body is telling you it’s had enough.
Inflammation is an immune response by which the body’s white blood cells protect us from infection, and/ or injury, and foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria. This is actually a helpful response as it enables our bodies to fight off disease. However, the alarming issue is when inflammation actually becomes chronic.
When we overly consume highly refined sugars, refined carbohydrates, processed meats, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, processed and fried foods (hydrogenated oils) full of harmful chemical, processed foods and are exposed to pollutants in our air and water, with prolonged prescription drug use and synthetic supplements, inflammation becomes chronic.
Chronic inflammation means that your body’s inflammatory response is always on, thus leading to illness and disease, and pre mature aging. Slowly it can speed up the aging process causing disease such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease. Common symptoms are obesity, joint pain/ stiffness, memory loss, congestion, acid reflux/ heartburn, asthma, allergies, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, dry itchy, dark circles, pre mature aging, loss of elasticity, and or dehydrated skin.
Since my main focus is on skin, I would advise you to start with eating smarter and taking notice to your body’s reactions to foods.
With inflammation comes an off balance of the body’s PH (potential of hydrogen) level. Did you know that every food and beverage we consume is either alkaline, acidic, or somewhere in between?
Now think of when your body becomes too acidic from acid-forming foods, chronic stress on our bodies, and the toxins and chemicals we are exposed to daily.
With chronic acidity comes chronic inflammation and illness. The body begins to take vital minerals and nutrients from internal organs, muscles, and bones to neutralize the acid, lowering immunity and making you more susceptible to sickness.
How do you know your body is overly acidic?
If you feel chronically tired, have low energy, poor digestion, food sensitive or allergies, low sex drive, depression, frequent headaches, indigestion, constipation, mood swings, anxiety, depression, and/ or experiencing problems with your skin, or frequent colds you may be experiencing over acidity.
Here is a list of alkaline foods: Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Green peppers, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Lettuce, Potatoes, Radish , Spinach, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Cherries, Kiwi, Peaches, Pineapples, Raisins, Watermelon, Mineral water, Nuts, Lentils, Beans, Healthy fats (neutral)
Did you know that in your body you have six organs that are responsible for having youthful and healthy skin? These organs are you small and large intestine, liver, kidney, thyroid, and adrenals.
You also want to incorporate green foods that include dark green leafy veggies, foods eaten whole, and or through cold pressed vegetable juicing; Broccoli, spinach, kale, and dandelion greens.
Other foods that will improve the appearance of your skin are nuts, red vegetables, and citrus fruits.
Did you know nuts such as almonds are an antioxidant food consisting of vitamin E that helps right free radicals in the body. Nuts also help keep your skin moist and hydrated.
Citrus fruits are full of vitamin C, which actually help your body produce collagen. When the collagen in your skin breakdown, you are left with sagging skin. I know I know, the most hated area is the back of our arms☺
Lastly, you want to stay hydrated as much as possible. Find water from a filter or glass bottle, and avoid plastic bottles as much as possible.
Laura Michelle Prestin R.P.N