Nutrition including purified water is the base to nourish the skin. The saying is true ‘you are what you eat’. But it goes a step further. Digestion is not only digesting food, but it is also absorbing and utilizing the nutrients from those foods. New cells are created from these nutrients, millions each second.
Berries & Fruits
Nature’s antioxidants. Antioxidants scavenge for free radicals keeping the molecular structure in-tact, thereby, protecting the cells and keeping us young.
Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, and Cranberries. All berries and fruits like cantaloupe, watermelon, kiwi, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, contain antioxidants and vitamin C. Add any of these superfood berries: goji, incan, mulberries, acerola cherries, rosehips, camu camu, acai.
Superfoods are super-duper concentrated nutrient dense foods, a little goes a very long way.
Green Leafy Vegetables and Sea Vegetables
It is Essential for Moisturized and Supple Skin. The thyroid needs iodine to function properly
Hempseeds are mild buttery smooth nutty goodness. Add a tablespoon or three to your daily routine. Skin, hair, nails, hormone balance.
Good fats for healthy skin, and much more: for the heart, cholesterol, hormones, weight loss/ management.
Essential fatty acids must be consumed because their body does not make them. Omega 3 and 6 are the good guys and you want them every day.
Other fats for healthy skin
Coconut Oil, Organic – Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom
Kitchen: use it raw, for cooking, baking
Bathroom: body moisturizer, hair care
Choose raw, organic.
Cold Pressed EVOO
A few of my personal favorites:
Silver Leaf Olive Oil http://stevesproduce-organics.com/products.html
and Rallis ice pressed Olive Oil www.rallis.com
Tip: if you aren’t getting enough raw olive oil in your diet, by this I mean eating it in its raw state not heated, take 1 tbsp right off the spoon!
Black Olives, organic
Silver Leaf has a variety of exceptional olives/ paste http://stevesproduce-organics.com/products2.html
Polyphenols, particularly EGCG acts as a “fountain of youth” for the skin. Green tea catechins are potent antioxidants that fight inflammation, DNA damage, and LDL oxidation. Rich in antioxidants, high in Vitamins C, D, K, as well as riboflavin, zinc, calcium, magnesium and iron.
Mushrooms are gaining recognition for their incredible properties as functional medicine from immune regulation, to alleviating allergies, to helping sleep and balance hormones, to yes Beauty!
Chaga “King of the Forest”
One of the most important anti-ageing foods yet discovered, contributing to elasticity, moisture, and firmness from within. Rich in the powerful antioxidant SOD (superoxide dismutase) which reduces cellular damage slowing down the ageing process. Keeps the skin beautiful and supple. Protects the DNA.
Reishi “Queen of Immortality”
Rich in alkaloids, triterpenes, polysaccharides, ganodermic acid, therefore, promotes clear skin, anti-ageing, elasticity, and improved skin tone. Praised in herbal medicine for thousands of years for their effects on longevity.
Quality is always key. Check out Four Sigmatic, a cool company who has done it right; dual extraction method using the fruiting bodies to bring you the best there is. Quality, synergistic blends that taste good and give you the boost or relaxation you need, and healthy skin as a bonus. Just add hot water and sip away… www.foursigmatic.com Canada: www.rawelements.ca use code VP for 10% discount
And, best of all…..
I’m talking about raw cacao free of processed ingredients and dairy. Organic is best. Raw is even better. Chocolate is a superfood loaded with antioxidants, contains “feel good” bliss neurotransmitters, and rich in magnesium. (just in case you needed more reasons to eat more chocolate).
Giddy Yoyo makes amazing raw organic chocolate bars with lots of options, oh and they have an awesome moisturizing body butter called Love Butter (smells like chocolate and you can eat it!) www.giddyyoyo.com
Victoria Pumphrey is a Registered Acupuncturist, Certified Reflexologist, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Reiki/ Energy Worker. Helping clients with needs and goals using a combined approach for whole health. The services she offers are Acupuncturist, Reflexology, Holistic Nutrition, Reiki, and part of the wellness programs she offers Herbal Supplements are available.
With close to twenty years experience in the natural health field from being behind the scenes working in natural health products distribution to working one on one with clients, Victoria Pumphrey Acupuncture is happy to be serving clients in the greater Parry Sound area.