Beautiful Insides (Part 3): Beautiful Skin

April 2015, Xtend-Life Expert

Summary

Okay, so skin isn’t inside us, but the reason why I wanted to end the Beautiful Insides series with skin, is because it is a perfect physical example of how it all starts with our inner health – beauty from within. Whether we like it or not, our diet and lifestyle choices are often apparent when someone looks at our skin.

Our skin is one of the most overlooked and undervalued organs of the body. However, it is the largest and fastest growing organ and it is one of our primary detoxification organs. Our skin can even ‘taste’ what we put into it, literally. If you rub a garlic clove on the bottom of the foot, for example, some people can actually taste garlic afterwards, as if theyhad eaten it. That is why we make sure the ingredients in our Xtend-Life Skin Care products are safe enough to ‘eat’.

We know that a quality skin care regime is important to glowing skin, but our diet is just as, if not more, important!

So what should we be eating for healthy skin?

Macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and lipids) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) can work together to help ensure a properly functioning epidermal barrier against environmental assaults. The skin’s typical ailments range from dryness, photo-damage, inflammation and sagging.

Dry skin?

A lack of either lipid or water content means rough, flaky and vulnerable skin. A diet rich in essential fatty acids may assist skin with retaining its organized structure. Dietary fats are processed by the liver for delivery to skin and other tissues. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential for skin function and can even support the skin’s inflammatory response. Chronically dry skin, such as eczema, may also benefit from a diet rich in EFAs (essential fatty acids) from oils and whole foods.

Stock your grocery basket with:

  • Wild-caught fresh fish - high in Omega-3s, vitamin B12, vitamin D and a great source of protein
  • Flaxseeds – high in Omega 3 fats, vitamin B1 and fiber
  • Walnuts – high in Omega-3 fats, manganese and biotin
  • Coconut oil – high in medium chain fatty-acids, lauric acid

Stock your Xtend-Life basket with:

  • Omega-3/DHA Fish Oil – 300mg/day DHA content, fresh and more concentrated than standard fish intake

Photo-damage?

Our skin acts as an endocrine gland by making Vitamin D3 from 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC), a process that requires sunlight or UVB radiation. However, we know that the sun is a powerful star and too much sunlight is definitely not a good thing. UV rays penetrate through clouds, windows and our own skin layers; and can deplete antioxidant levels in the skin, including ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and alpha tocopherol (vitamin E). A diet rich in antioxidants can be part of a well-rounded approach to limiting photo-damage. Vitamin C is also a necessary component of building collagen in the skin.

Stock your grocery basket with:

  • Bell peppers – high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A and vitamin E
  • Broccoli – high in vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium and folate
  • Kiwifruit and oranges – high in vitamin C, fiber and flavonoids
  • Tomatoes – high in vitamin C, biotin and antioxidants
  • Pawpaw (Papaya) – high in vitamin C, folate, fiber and vitamin A

Stock your Xtend-Life basket with:

  • Omega-3 Premium Fish Oil – has antioxidants Astaxanthin and Lycopene which may support against photo aging
  • Age Defense Day Cream with Natural Whitening – has Extrapone Nutgrass which naturally helps to lighten sun spots

Inflamed skin?

The skin is a physical barrier (that not only keeps things in – thankfully!) but also keeps things out. It prevents bacteria, viruses, fungi and other toxins from the environment from entering the body; while preventing water from leaving the body and therefore preventing severe dehydration. When this barrier is broken, inflammation and irritation are more likely to occur. This can be common with sensitive skin and can also be due to a compromised immune system.

It is important when this happens that you use a skin care regime that is free from BPA and parabens and is suitable for sensitive skin. It is also important to strengthen the immune system with supplementation and pay careful attention to your diet. if you have inflamed skin, I recommend trying out a different laundry powder and putting a humidifier in the bedroom as dryness in the air may make inflammation worse.

Stock your grocery basket with:

  • Green tea – good source of antioxidants and alkaloids
  • Avocado – high in pantothenic acid, oleic acid, carotenoids and fiber
  • Cherries – high in antioxidants, vitamin C, may support inflammation management
  • Spinach and other green vegetables – high in chlorophyll

Stock your Xtend-Life basket with:

  • Omega-3/DHA Fish Oil – high in DHA, good for supporting cardio and general health
  • Immu-Stay – Indian Echinacea, Turmeric, supports the immune system
  • Zupafood GREENZ – essential ‘greens’ such as wheat grass and spirulina cleanse the body and support your health and energy
  • Men's Facial Fluid – witch hazel which soothes inflamed skin and may reduce redness

Aging skin?

As we age, it is natural that our skin ages too. However, modern diet, lifestyle and environmental factors can accelerate this aging process. The best way to slow this down is to target the aging processes that occur in our bodies. This can be done through quality supplementation such as SAMe and CoQ10, reducing sugar intake and processed foods, drinking more water, and cutting down on alcohol and smoking.

Stock your grocery basket with:

  • Olive oil – high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs)
  • Berries – high in vitamin C and anthocyanins
  • Lean beef – high in vitamin B12, selenium, zinc and a good source of protein
  • Avocado – high in carotenoids, phytosterols and vitamin E

Stock your Xtend-Life basket with:

  • Total Balance – has a large number of age-defying nutrients to support you against premature aging that target cellular health and function
  • Zupafood SKIN – marine collagen and polypeptides to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Restorative Night Cream – rich and hydrating, penetrates with key age-defying ingredients to stimulate production of collagen and elastin in the skin

Isn’t it great that nature has provided us with so many nurturing foods? The best thing is these foods don’t just support skin health. They are all superfoods in their own right and target many other aspects of health.

I hope you have found this Beautiful Insides series enlightening. I have certainly enjoyed writing it! Let’s continue taking care of ourselves – physically, emotionally and mentally – for truly beautiful, healthy insides.

In good health.

Reference:

  1. https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/for-kids/about-skin
  2. http://www.whfoods.com/index.php

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