Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Skin Care Essentials - Nutrition and Supplements

I want to carry on with my favourite topic - skin care essentials.

Our skin is a reflection of our lifestyle and choices. What we put into our bodies dramatically influences our skin colouring, texture and it also can affect how we feel.

It took me sometime to realise that creams and potions can't give me a magic effect, if my diet is a not healthy one. If you don't give your body enough from the inside, beauty products won't really help. In the begining it is always a simple things.

Nutrition and supplement

Water and other beverages. Water is a fundamental part of our lives. It's the universal solvent, aiding in digestion and absorption of food. It also ferries nutrients and oxygen to every cell in the body while flushing out toxins and other wastes that accumulate. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day has been a mantra for many years. Drinking this amount of water will keep your skin clear and assist in keeping your muscles toned and healthy.

Ladies and gents low water intake is known to be one of the main culprits in speeding up the ageing of the skin.

I always wanted to have a habit of drinking a lot of water, knowing how good it is for you. But myself as probably some of you I substitute water with tea and other drinks.

I would love to do one week water challenge. Well, why not to start it from tomorrow?! Join me in! I will keep you posted on my Facebook page and I am looking forward to hear from you at any time.

Before we start the challenge take a moment to think how do you feel, take a look in the mirror or even better take a selfie to keep the track of changes. We will need to consume 8 glasses of water in one day. So it will be one glass of water first time in the morning, second glass with your breakfast. Third in the mid morning, fourth with your lunch, fifth in mid afternoon, sixth with your supper, seventh in the mid evening and eighth just before you go to bed. I am typing and thinking that is a lot of water. I think I will start with a smaller glass first and when increase it to general size, just to keep my body our of a shock.

Please, if you have any health condition not good for too much water intake don't try to take a challenge. I am not a doctor or nutritionist, always listen to your body what ever you do.

A healthy diet. When I say diet I don't mean reducing amount of what you eat, but eating the balanced way. We all know that eating unhealthy diet, such as one high in fat, salt or sugary foods, will not give us the nutrients to build muscle effectively nor will it enable us to generate the energy or enthusiasm that is necessary for your personal well being and active daily life.


I believe what you eat is your personal matter. The diet and supplements that work for one person may not be appropriate for another person. My advice is to eat a variety of different foods in moderation. Our bodies need protein for growth and repair, so make sure you eat one or two portions of good quality protein. I like chicken, fish or egg, if you like beef, select the lean cut, turkey is also great.

Vegetables and fruits high in fibre are always a safe choice for a healthy lifestyle, so remember your five a day. The vitamins and minerals in fresh fruits and veggies are great for feeding your skin.

Anti-ageing supplements

Caution: Because everyone's biochemistry is unique, it would be prudent for you to consult with a nutritionist before embarking on any antioxidant supplement programme. It goes without saying that no pregnant woman should take any vitamin, mineral or food supplement without first consulting her doctor.

We all heard about antioxidants, but what they actually do and where can we get them from?!

Simply said, antioxidants are compounds which aid the body in disarming the free radicals and they can also help to repair sun-related damage. They are vitamins, minerals and other substances found in a variety of common foods. Here is a list of some of the top antioxidants:

Selenium: containing in seafood, meat, Brazil nuts, tuna, wholegrains, cottage cheese and chicken.

Betacarotene: you can find in orange and dark green vegetables, such as spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes.

Vitamin C: this can be found in fruits and vegetables but particularly good sources are citrus fruit, broccoli, green and red peppers and strawberries.

Vitamin E: nuts and seeds are hight in vitamin C, including peanuts, almonds, sunflower and sesame seeds.

Other antioxidants like Vitamins B12 and A, folic acid are also beneficial.

So remember a rainbow on your plate will supply you and your skin with vitamins and minerals; will help you to stay healthy; will make you feel and look younger and will give you energy you need to enjoy your life.

Do you take supplements or try to have a varied diet?

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