Skin Signs Bitter Sweet

Well the toxins need to exit somewhere and of course, it had to choose stage left…. of my face.  Whilst the skin break outs on my chin (yes attractive) were not ideal they were nicely noted by a naturopath as the liver area.  This would indicate that my detox is officially working.  So I thought that I would greet this post with some of my favorite skin friendly foods.

5 Foods that are some of “my” must  have companions

Apples

Told by a lecturer in my first year of Uni that a granny smith apple would work better than coffee I laughed.  I now credit this theory as it really does work.  Not only this, an apple is full of fibre and antioxidants which are great for the skin (looking back at my previous comments).

Cucumbers

Made up of about 96% water this is a great way to hydrate the body.  Cucumbers are also a great source of silica which is an essential component of conne ctive tissue (muscle, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones).  These two factors will both contribute to a healthy glowing complexion.  Ever wondered why cucumbers seem to be an essential part of a facial mask?  Caffeic Acid and Abscorbic acid are two compounds found in cucumbers that are known to reduce water retention.  Hence decrease puffiness and redness of the skin.

Chia Seeds
Another super food that is worthy of the title!  Chia Seeds are a tiny power pack of nutrients.  Many vegetarians have a false belief that they can simply live off vegetables (myth).  Our bodies need a combination of essential amino acids (building blocks of proteins) for our bodies to repair and grow.  These essential amino acids (namely: arginine, cysteine, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine) must be in the right proportion and available simultaneously for the body to utilise them efficiently for protein synthesis (to grow and repair).  A vegetarian needs to be smart about how they are combining their protein sources as nature provides few foods that contain all the essential amino acids. Chia Seeds are one of the super foods for vegetarians as they contain all the essential amino acids and is also high in omega 3 and dietary fibre.


Brazil Nuts & Almonds

Nuts are a great source of good fats and protein and essential vitamins and minerals.  These are simply my two favorites.  A cup of Brazil Nuts is arguably one of the richest sources of dietary Selenium which has been correlated to a possible decreased risk of breast and prostate cancer. Brazil nuts are also a key source of magnesium.  Magnesium is required for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, supporting the nervous system, a steady heart beat and keeping blood sugar levels stable. Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E (24mg per 100g) as well as being a great source of monounsaturated fats which are responsible for lowering LDL cholesterol.

Fish

Some will beg to differ when it comes to detoxing however, good quality seafood makes up a strong portion of my detox.  Fish oils have taken the spot light in the last decade when it comes to research on the effects of nutrition and disease prevention.  There is no doubt that oily fish sources are rich in quality protein and the important omega 3 fatty acids.

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