Eat Your Way to Better Skin? Yes, please!

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What if we told you that you could eat your way to better skin?

There is no doubt our skin is one of the best indicators of our overall health. 

The skin is our largest organ, and it provides a true reflection of any nutrient deficiencies, food intolerances, hormonal imbalances and digestive function issues that might be going on underneath the surface. 

When most people experience problems with their skin, they immediately start looking for the latest and greatest solution in the form of a skincare product. However, the price tag of your skincare products has very little to do with how great your skin looks, because good skin starts on the inside, with what you eat. 

For glowing skin, you need to consume abundant amounts of nutrient dense foods, predominantly from plant sources. These foods contain live enzymes and phytonutrients, which are considered great fuel for your skin. Processed foods, coffee, sugar and refined carbohydrates, on the other hand, are “dead food” with very little nutrient value.

If you want to have glowing skin, implement these five nutrition tips into your routine, and watch your skin be transformed: 

1. Alkalise yourself 

The first thing you should do in the morning is drink a big glass of warm lemon water. Drinking lemon-water alkalises your body and helps keep your liver and digestive function in tip-top condition. Both of these systems are incredibly important for healthy skin. Lemon is also high in vitamin C, which is necessary for collagen production.

2. Eat plenty of vegetables and some fruit 

As we know, fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of fibre, water, vitamins and minerals, which are essential in maintaining the elasticity and glow of your skin. Aim to consume 5-6 cups of seasonal vegetables and one piece of fruit. When eating fruit, always have it first thing in the morning; otherwise, it can cause fermentation in the gut, which can contribute to breakouts. 

3. Eat more good fats 

If you want to improve your skin, then replacing trans fats and poor-quality vegetable oils (such as canola, sunflower, soybean oil) with healthy sources of fats is essential. These oils are found in most processed foods and commercially-produced meals. They cause inflammation in the body and can contribute to cellulite. Replace them with good fats such as avocado, olive oil and most importantly, omega-3 fats found in oily fish such as salmon, along with walnuts, flax and chia seeds. These fats are anti-inflammatory and will improve the quality of your skin. 

4. Avoid processed white carbs and sugar

Consuming sugar is one of worst things you can do for your skin. Sugar has the ability to age and kill cells, and promote wrinkles. If you have a sweet tooth, then replace your processed sugar with natural sugars coming from fresh fruit and use sweet herbs such as stevia in your cooking. Yes, it’s possible to make delicious desserts without any added sugar. 

Try my Clear Skin Blueberry Sorbet with these healthy skin-boosting ingredients: 

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup purple cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • 4 walnuts
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut water (add a little more if needed)
 Get the full recipe here

5. Only use organic products on your skin 

Did you know that the average woman is exposed to hundreds, if not thousands, of chemicals before she even leaves the house in the morning? Our skin absorbs everything – and our body then stores it. We are surrounded by chemicals, parabens and heavy metals with literally everything we touch.
Think about the face wash, deodorants, moisturiser, hair products, and makeup we use every day. Each ingredient listed on your favourite products may contain dozens of other unlabeled chemicals. These endocrine-disrupting chemicals can contribute to serious health problems such as hormonal disorders, weight gain, thyroid problems, infertility, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS, early onset menopause, breast cancer and of course, acne.
My rule is, if I can’t eat it, I don’t put it on my skin. I love using organic coconut oil as a body moisturiser and makeup remover, and using organic rosehip oil as a face moisturiser. Give it a try and your skin and your entire body will thank you for it.
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Nik Toth

CONTRIBUTOR

Nik Toth is the Lean Body Coach, a nutritionist, personal trainer and wellness coach based in Bondi. Originally from Hungary, Nik’s journey to wellness certainly wasn’t easy. After years of leading an unhealthy lifestyle in Budapest and then as a VIP host in Las Vegas, Nik turned her life around when she fell in love with an Aussie during her travels and had a miracle visit to a naturopath, who cured their ailments with food alone. She ended up moving countries for the third time and found herself studying nutritional medicine in Sydney – and the rest is history. When she’s not helping women transform their bodies, Nik loves travelling and spending time in “health-conscious” Bondi. Above all, she dreams of “inspiring and touching as many lives as possible and changing people’s thoughts about food and their relationships with their bodies.”

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