We've all heard the saying "you are what you eat" and this is especially true when it comes to your skin health. How your skin looks, feels and responds to skin treatments and skincare relies heavily on what to you put into and how you treat your body.
Enjoy this photo of Morgan enjoying some raw vegetables back in 1990 while Mum prepares dinner.
If your diet is heavy in processed foods high in sugar and saturated fats, then you may notice that your skin may appear dull, feel dry or you may be more prone to oiliness and breakouts.
On the opposite end of the spectrum (or food pyramid) if you're eating a balanced diet full of lean protein, leafy greens and low fructose fruits then your skin will not only look and feel healthier but be better balanced too !
Now lets get started on that grocery list.
Here are some delicious superfoods that you can add to your breakfast, lunch and dinner to balance your gut health and give your skin a boost.
Believe me, your skin will thank you for it !
Wholegrains (brown rice, oats , quinoa, corn) They’re packed full of iron, magnesium, B vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and fiber. We all know that fiber supports healthy digestion, and feeds your beneficial gut bacteria, but did you also know that magnesium and b vitamins work together to reduce oiliness and improve skin tone, while antioxidants reduce inflammation, speeds up skin repair and boosts collagen production.
Chia Seeds Delicious in a smoothie or sprinkled over your breakfast, these little guys pack a nutritional punch. Small but mighty, they're one of the richest sources of Omega 3 fatty acids which help to create building blocks for healthy skin cell function and new collagen production bringing back the youthful glow and plumpness to your skin.
Cinnamon More than just a topping for your morning chai, cinnamon is a powerful skin loving spice is packed full of beta carotene (yes, the same stuff that's in carrots), an antioxidant that stimulates circulation and blood flow as well as vitamins B and K that work together to reduce oiliness, improve skin tone, speed up the healing process and support collagen production.
Ginger Widely known for its anti -inflammatory properties that help to support gut health and soothe an upset tummy, ginger is also packed full of skin loving magnesium, potassium and vitamin C. Magnesium helps to reduce oiliness and improve skin tone, reducing the likelihood of break outs, while potassium supports rapid cell growth (hello young, healthy skin!) and Vitamin C to help brighten, hydrate and reduce pigmentation.
Leafy Greens Leafy greens are excellent sources of fiber and packed full of vitamin A, C and K and folate. Not only do they improve overall gut health, but Vitamin A and C are 2 skin loving ingredients that help prevent break outs, speed up the healing process, boost hydration and brighten the skin, while folate helps to promote healthy cell growth and slow down signs of ageing.
Egg Whites Who doesn't love eggs on toast for breakfast!? Did you know that they're packed full of body loving and skin health boosting benefits too ? Eggs are not only a great source of protein, but full of amino acids that support the immune system, boost hydration and protect against free radical damage and B vitamins that reduce inflammation ,dryness and balances skintone, while folate works to facilitate the development of healthy skin cells.
Lean Protein (fish, poultry, lean meat, tofu) Whether you're a carnivore, pescatarian or make friends with salad, there is a source of lean protein out there for you you. Not only will it boost your iron levels and your energy, but they're also packed full of skin loving zinc and essential fatty acids that help to boost red blood cell production and healthy cell growth as well as skin loving B vitamins that help to balance oil production, brighten and fight against infection.
Low Fructose Fruits (berries, citrus, bananas, rock melon, papaya, avocado) They’re all high in fiber which is great for overall gut health and colon function, but did you know that the antioxidants in berries help protect the skin from free radical damage and fight against signs of premature ageing, the vitamin C in your citrus fruits and papaya brightens the skin and reduces pigmentation and the vitamin A in rock melon speeds up healing and boosts hydration?
Fermented Foods (sauerkraut, tempeh, miso, kefir, kimchi) Fermented foods are antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants which are not only amazing for supporting stronger gut health, but also help to reduce signs of ageing, even out skin tone and brighten the skin.
Turmeric Not only is it delicious in latte form, turmeric is also a powerful superfood to add to your daily diet, sweet or savory, it packs a punch. It contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that combats free radicals that dull the skin, promotes collagen synthesis, renewing the skin, stimulating skin elasticity and firmness and fighting against fine lines and wrinkles.
Now if the thought of getting all these in to your daily routine is overwhelming, don't worry we feel you! We stock the beautiful organic Mayella Super Nutritional Powders to help reduce the overwhelm and increase the power punch of your meals and morning smoothies. This one below contains Organic Dehulled Hemp Protein, Organic Kelp, Kakadu Plum, Maitake Mushroom, Rosehip, Papaya, Pineapple, Kiwifruit, Mango, Blood Orange, Banana, Black Carrot, Orange, Carrot, Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Kale. I don't know about you, but I don't have time to prepare let alone eat all those fruits and vegetables everyday. That's why I throw one tea spoon of the Sunshine blend in to my morning smoothie.
Still feel like you need additional support ?
We have an in salon library that you can borrow from with a wide selection of books on nutrition, balancing gut health and how to achieve glowing skin through healthy eating.