I am a firm believer in introducing more and more plant-based foods into diets. This won’t only be beneficial for the planet but also for our health. As a nutritional therapist, my role is not to “convince” clients to go vegan or vegetarian but to balance their diet and suggest changes to achieve health goals….
3 STEPS TO HEALTHIER SKIN
by Lucia Stansbie
One of the root causes of clogged and problematic skin is an excess of toxins which can overwhelm two of our primary detoxification organs: the liver and kidneys.
If this is the case, extra toxins will be eliminated via our largest detoxification organ, the skin.
The skin can easily become overwhelmed, resulting in eczema, impurities, excess oil, and general lack of radiance.
To restore skin health and radiance we should:
*Reduce toxins that enter our system
*Nourish the body
Switching to a CLEAN, non-toxic lifestyle (as best we can) goes a long way to reducing the workload of the body and the waste that needs to be processed.
Starting with personal care products is a first step in the right direction. Remember: anything that goes on your skin goes into your body, just as if you are eating it. Many natural products are as – or more – effective than overly elaborated conventional ones.
The liver is our main detoxification organ, so it is very important to support its function.
Detoxification pathways required adequate nutrition, especially B vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, and sulphur based compounds found in cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, rocket, cauliflower…).
In order to support elimination of toxins via urine, it is crucial to drink plenty of water and further ensure adequate hydration through consuming plenty of vegetables and fruits.
NOURISH THE BODY
When choosing which foods to eat, we want to make sure that we are providing nourishment as well as hydration. 10 portions per day of raw fruits and veggies will tick both of these essential boxes, whereas things like processed foods, caffeine, dairy, excessive animal proteins, sweets, and excessive grains will not.