Nourish Your Skin From The Inside Out

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Are you craving to feel the warm sun on your back, relax your muscles and feel that calm in your body?

Summer is coming! Getting regular dosages of vitamin D  from the sun nurtures your skin, bones and protects you against infection, bacteria and viruses.

Health Canada reports that one in seven Canadians will have skin cancer in their lifetime. A frightening statistic and with climate change, greenhouse gases, UV index, pollution in our environment and chemicals in our personal care products, the fear of going outside is crazy!

You need the sun’s power on your skin.

When you make vitamin D in your skin from the sun, it lasts two to three times longer in your body.

Exposing your arms, legs, back and abdomen is beneficial to your health and moderating your facial exposure is key. Wrinkled skin is an indication of poorer health and a signal of insuffucunet nutrients in the body such as collagen production. It can cause stiffening of veins and arteries which need to be flexible to control blood pressure and maintain circulation.

One way you can protect yourself is to nourish your skin from the inside out with food and self-care.

Using good nutritious whole foods moisturizes and feeds your skin.

First, avoid foods and lifestyle that are not nourishing your skin such as processed foods and oils, flours and grains and sugars. Make sure you get enough sleep and watch your caffeine and alcohol intake too.

Here are some tips for nourishing your skin and body from the inside out:

  1. Hydrate daily drinking lots of water.

When you sweat, breathe, urinate your body is depleting liquids. Add more water into your daily routine with regular drinking habits.

  • Drink 6-8  12 oz glasses of water  a day.
  • Add a twist and squeeze of cucumber, lemon, lime, berries, orange, ginger, mint leaves, watermelon, frozen grapes to name a few.

Caffeine drinks such as coffee and teas are diuretics they pull the moisture out of your skin so consider herbal teas or root tasting coffees that aren’t depleting your liquids.

2) Eat foods high in Omega 3 oils such as cold water fish (salmon, sardines, trout and mackerel (if you can stand it (or take a supplement), nuts and seeds, avocado and coconut

  • diversify your oils with sunflower, flax and hemp seed, avocado and coconut

3) Eat vegetables and fruits in your meals that are the colours of the rainbow! They are loaded with antioxidants. Dark leafy greens, Coloured squashes, zucchini, Carrots (beta carotene foods), radishes, eggplant, pepper, Cruciferous vegetables cabbages (red and green), Brussel sprouts and fruits such as berries, apples, peaches, plums etc.

  • Plants produce phytochemicals for their own protection from oxidation that gives them their antioxidant properties. It’s the vitamins A, C and E and the minerals selenium, manganese and zinc that are all antioxidants
    It’s not about eating these nutrients one at a time but collectively. The synergy between these vitamins. minerals and phytonutrients offer the highest benefits!
  • Collagen, a protein that has enormous benefits for regenerating the cells in your skin. It is the major component of connective tissues that make up several body parts, including tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles.
  • Zinc helps protect your skin and manufactures collagen. It heals skin sores, scar tissue and wounds and when you have those white spots on your nails, dandruff in your hair or a dull complexion from deficiency in zinc.
  • Magnesium is collagen replacement and relaxes muscles and joints.
  • Stress rapidly depletes Vitamin C and A and magnesium which may cause some people to become wrinkles after a period of extreme stress. so increase vitamin C and vitamin D.  The stimulation of collagen encourages new cell growth when your skin is drier, especially in the winter from a deficiency in vitamin D.
Be selective about the sunscreen you choose to lather on.

Most sunscreens completely block the body’s ability to manufacture Vitamin D. Many are loaded with chemicals that are toxic. Select natural products with quality mineral based ones or check out the best sunscreen products and how to protect yourself against the sun’s high uV exposure on certain days, go to https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/

Join me at eMbody Fitness on Thursday June 6th at 11:30 am if you’re intersted in knowing more.

If you’d like a one-to one consultation, contact me at wellness@raniglick.com for a free discovery call.

In the best of health,