Healing the skin from within

You are what you eat. It really is that simple.

You don’t need to go to a dermatologist, celebrity esthetician, beauty expert of registered dietitian to tell you this.

How diets affect our skin

In my practice I provide my patients with the right tools to heal and nourish the body, what you put in into your mouth is just as important as what you apply onto the skin when it comes to beautiful skin health.

The food we eat gets digested and broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body uses to build a healthy skin. If you eat a diet high in processed foods, it will show up in your skin.

Why sugars are not not good for the skin

Sugars have a adverse effect in our bodies, it pushes up our insulin levels and glycemic loads which further exacerbates inflammation. Instead replace it with nutrient- dense foods like fruit, vegetables and healthy sources of Omega 3.

If you need a quick snack, opt for healthier alternatives like a handful of nuts, some whole fruit, nut butters or sustainable clean protein sources. This way you will be eating for better skin and you’ll feel more satisfied.

Does dairy cause harm to the skin?

A controversial topic, but yes I don’t recommend dairy. Either way, just like sugar, I see great results in health improvements when I completely remove dairy from the diet.

I believe the hormone levels in milk play a role in excess sebum production, which promotes acne. Sebum production is influenced by androgens and hormonal mediators, such as insulin – like growth factors found in milk and other animal products.

I always encourage my patients to look for non- dairy alternatives, I love vegan coconut yogurt and of course home- made nut milk.

The right foods for glowing skin

I believe in a wholesome diet. Eating a diet that involves a lot of variety, different colours for every meal and a green juice every day.

I wrote a few blogs that go a little more in dept on this topic, for more info go have a look at:

About the author

Qualified chef, Health Coach and Nutritionist based in Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

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