Great skin and good nutrition is the power combination to achieving the skin you want. What is happening on the inside will reflect on the outside and it all starts with the gut. I know there is a lot on gut health out there and can be confusing, which led me to study nutrition.
Correcting the gut is how I cleared my acne ( see Amanda's skin journey) and it is linked to many other skin conditions. If your gut is unhappy than you won't be getting the most out of your product and skin treatments. That is the ultimate reason why I combine skin and nutrition.
Slippery Elm Powder
Slippery Elm is a tree and the inner bark has been used for many years for its medicinal properties. Healing the GUT is one of them!
When mixed with water, Slippery Elm forms into a thick paste. This coats the mucus membranes in the gastrointestinal track, alleviating inflammation and irritation. When it comes to healing and repairing the gut, slippery elm really is the forgotten hero.
Here are two ways you can give slippery elm powder a try. Just remember it will continue to thicken so best drink it straight away.
Essential Fatty Acids
Who can't resist avocado on toast with lemon, salt, and pepper? But did you know that this yummy light meal is providing you some super important fatty acids?
Did you know that dry, dull, itchy skin, acne, and other skin issues can be a result of Essential Fatty Acid deficiency due to a lack of "essential fatty acids" in your diet? There is a lot of research on essential fatty acids, and I could be writing for days about it, so I'm going to give you a brief understanding of why they are so "essential."
What are Essential Fatty Acids?
Essential fatty acids or what we are more familiar with omega 3 and omega 6 hold the key to healthy skin cells, nerve function, hormone production, brain function and aiding the body in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, D, E & K.
Along with that they also play an essential role in suppressing immune and inflammatory responses within the body. Fish and marine oils are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). A study found that PUFA had a positive effect in immunologic and inflammatory diseases. Increased consumption of these fatty acids leads to a suppression of immune and inflammatory responses within the body. Immunologic and inflammatory diseases can be psoriasis, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune diseases and even aging can speed up by inflammatory processes.
Alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) is a plant based omega 3 essential fatty acid because the body doesn't produce this naturally it relies on us eating foods high in omega 3. EPA and DHA are also omega 3 essential fatty acids which the body can convert from Alpha-linoleic acid. Therefore, they're not technically classed as "essential." However, the conversion is still not enough to provide the body with the required amount.
Why do we lack these good fats?
Unfortunately, we live in a world that is all about reducing fat intake everything is "fat-free." However, cutting all types of fat from your diet means that we are missing out on the essential fats that our cells rely on to function properly.
So how can we increase our intake of essential fatty acids? Add these excellent sources of omega 3, and 6, to your diet:
- Dark Leafy vegetables such as broccoli and spinach
- Brussel sprouts
- Olive oil
- Avocado and avocado oil
- Flax seed oil
- Fish – sardines, salmon, mackerel
- Natural almond and nut butters
While there are many essential fatty acids, sourced from different foods, the trick is avoiding the fishy after-taste. If you can stomach it taking a teaspoon of fish oil is a quick and easy way, but doesn't taste great. Instead, try and add a teaspoon and gradually increase to a tablespoon of either fish oil or flax seed oil to your smoothie or yogurt. Another way to increase your intake is by adding flax seed or avocado oil as your salad dressing, it is a lot healthier than salad dressings.
Food of the Future
I'm super excited to be introducing Nutrition into the clinic.
To launch Restore Nutrition I'm introducing the "food of the future" cricket protein bars! Now before you think I've gone a little crazy, I've put together a little info on why crickets are the food of the future.
I will admit I was a little unsure myself but when I tasted a cricket bar I was amazed at the taste. Further reading into it I discovered that these little critters are full of nutrients I never would have thought.
Have you heard of the term “Entomophagy”? Well, until my friend told me about her new business venture making cricket protein bars I never heard of it before. Basically, its is the practice of eating insects! I know what you are thinking “yuck” not for me. That is exactly what I thought when I heard about people eating insects. So I had to investigate this new food of the future of insect-eating and see what it was all about. Let’s hop (sorry had to throw a pun in) right into what I found. After reading through the research what I found was really interesting. So this doesn’t turn into a 1,000 word essay I’ll break it up into dot points
Environmentally Friendly and Sustainability
Not all people who choose a vegetarian or vegan diet do it because they don’t like meat but rather as an environmentally friendly and sustainable living decision. Livestock production is responsible for producing massive greenhouse gas emissions. Insect production is more environmentally friendly as crickets require less water, less land and feed to survive, therefore produce a lot less greenhouse gas emission which makes insect production a more sustainable viable option.
What I wasn’t aware of was crickets provide a good source of protein, B vitamins, minerals, fibre, essential amino acids and essential fatty acids. Again for people who don’t consume red meat, crickets can provide key nutrients essential for optimum health.
Insect protein has a high digestibility so if you find meat heavy and has that feeling of sitting in your gut, cricket protein could be an alternative for getting adequate protein
Yes! of course, gut health had to get a mention. Insects contain chitin which is a source of fibre that has been shown to influence gut microbiota.
Approximately 2 billion people (80%) of the world’s population regularly consume insects!