Beauty from Within

Many of us are obsessed about aging:

Some will go to the extent of injecting toxins into their face.
Some will waste a lot of money on products that make unrealistic promises.
Some will maintain unhealthy lifestyles while complaining that they are getting old or looking old.

In my practice I have seen the gamut.

Hopefully, we are all going to age, because IT IS BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVE!!!!!

How we age is an option open to all:

As an Esthetician and Holistic Nutritionist, it’s obvious that I would advocate taking an inside/outside approach along with lifestyle choices.

Our aging process is accelerated by chemical irritants from pollution, smoking (including second hand cigarette smoke), pesticides as well as excessive consumption of alcohol and medications. A diet high in refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, preservatives and additives from processed foods can result in deficiencies in the essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and EFAs needed to support the body and adds to this acceleration. Poor digestion and elimination also contributes by building up toxins within the body and inhibiting the assimilation of nutrients.

The fact that the skin can show signs of internal disease is now a generally an accepted concept in medicine- a good clinician takes this into consideration when making a diagnosis.

The nutrients you consume first go to the tissues and organs of the body before they get to the skin, hair and nails. Cleaning up your act in terms of diet takes time and has to become part of your lifestyle – you can’t expect to get quick results.

A Holistic Nutritional consultant can provide education and guidance regarding diet, nutritional support and lifestyle changes, based on one’s unique nutritional needs to achieve a state of optimal health. A well-nourished body can handle stress better, be more vibrant and active. Is that not what youthfulness is all about?

To keep this post short, I will not list the sources of these nutrients, since I have covered foods in past blogs and will cover more in the future.

Enough to say, there are no super foods! If you consume a well-balanced diet with a variety of vegetables, fruits, berries, whole grains, meat and fish (unless you are vegetarian or vegan) you will get all of these nutrients.

Here are some signs of poor nourishment along with their possible causes:

Dry flaky skin:
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Not consuming enough EFA
  • Deficient in Vit. A
  • Deficient in Vit B3
  • Hypothyroid – have your thyroid checked to see if you need thyroid medication,
  • Sulphur deficiency
Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis (sometimes accompanied with Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis):
  • Not consuming enough EFA
  • Allergies – get checked for both allergies and sensitivities
  • Deficient in Vit B3
  • Low selenium levels
  • Smoking
Erythema (intermittent redness), Dilated Capillaries, tiny red spots and Rosacea
  • Often a result of poor digestion
  • Not consuming enough EFA – there it is again!
  • Deficient in Vit C
  • Not consuming enough Fibre
Loss of Firmness and wrinkles
  • Deficiency in Silicon
  • Deficiency in B2
  • Deficiency in Vit C
  • Deficient in Bioflavonoids – they stop the action of hyaluronidase, an enzyme that degrades Hyaluronic acid and allow pathogens into the cell. Hyaluronic acid is part of the connective tissue. A healthy connective tissue keeps the skin firm.
  • Vit. C – needed to build collagen in all tissues of the body
  • Excess sugar
  • Smoking
Dull complexion, dark circles under eyes
  • Smoking
  • Liver issues – not necessarily disease but weakness and digestive issues.

I can help you beautify your skin, from within, as well as without. 

Vitamins and Mineral Supplements – Myth Buster No. 4

“We don’t need to take vitamin and mineral supplements.”

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Sheldon Cooper believes taking vitamins simply produces expensive urine. But should we accept the opinion of a young man who eats only take-out unless his cola addicted mother is in town?

 

 

RDA’s ( Recommended Daily Allowances) were established in the 1940s. Now we have the DRI ( Dietary Reference Intake) system which, broadening the existing guidelines, provides daily recommendations for all of the nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, healthy individuals need.

One key word here is “healthy”.

A few considerations that are neglected by this system are:

  • What is your stress level?
  • How do you handle stress?
  • What is your energy level?Unknown copy
  • How are your skin/hair/nails?
  • Do you have illnesses or conditions now or in the past.
  • Do you exercise?
  • Do you live a hectic lifestyle?
  • What do you put in your body?
  • What are your eating habits – what kinds of food do you eat?
  • How was your food grown: Organically/GMO/Pesticide laden?
  • How far has it traveled – was it picked ripe?
  • How long has it been sitting in the grocery store?
  • How long has it been sitting in your fridge?
  • Do you smoke and/or drink alcohol?

To only name a few.

So let’s say, based on your lifestyle and health situation, you decide you need to take supplements.

What should you take?

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  • I would suggest you not only look at the levels of nutrients in the supplement but also the list of ingredients.
  • Avoid supplements that contain sweeteners and colouring.
  • I prefer capsules to caplets because caplets often contain unnecessary binders and capsules are easier to digest so their contents are more readily absorbed.

How much?

Only a natural health practitioner such as a naturopath or a holistic nutritionist, can really help you determine how much supplementation you need.

A holistic nutritionist will provide an individualized assessment to determine your deficiencies and not only recommend supplements if they are necessary but also help you make better food choices.

I would also recommend buying supplements from a health food store. Most (but not all) attendants will have graduated from either a naturopathic college or a holistic nutrition school. Although they cannot take the time to do as thorough an individualized assessment as one can do in a clinic, these attendants are very knowledgeable.

So! Do you want a professional nutritional assessment? I am a phone call or an email away.