Here’s to a new you!

Daily demands challenge us modern day women with information overload about nutrition and wellness. Constant bombardment of advertisement from the beauty industry is no exception. The most important thing to remember is that beauty does indeed come from the inside, meaning that what you put in your body will reflect on your skin.

Have you noticed that beauty products in the last few years seem to be boasting their natural ingredients as their selling point, i.e. Vitamin E, Omega 3, collagen, Vitamin C. While these are unquestionable beauty enhancers, coating your outermost shell will still make it completely out of reach to your insides, you have to EAT these ingredients! Every single nutrients has to be absorbed to work it’s magic. A harmonious running digestive tract is paramount to beautiful skin.

Here are some tips:

  1. Eliminate all things white in your diet, such as white bread, pastries, potatoes and sugar! All those can wreak havoc on your body at a cellular level, affecting digestion , mood, weight, libido and skin
  2. Drink filtered water! Preferably room temperature as to not stop our natural digestive enzymes from doing their work….especially in our cold, dry climate nothing will plump up your skin better. Did you know that signs of dehydration include, fatigue, low energy, and a sluggish digestive tract? Drink up, ladies!
  3. Introduce “Good Fats”….. yes there is such a thing! Avocados, salmon, sardines, almonds, coconut oil, flax oil, and olive oil. Their healthy benefits are numerous. Each and every one of the outermost layer of our cells are coated in lipids and proper body function is reliant on Essential Fatty Acids. These EFAs are essential for growth, healing, nervous system function, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and cancer and overall well being.

Load up on fibre. Fibre is essential to facilitate proper colon function, is found in plants and comes in two forms, insoluble and soluble. Soluble fibre dissolves in water, while insoluble does not. Soluble attracts water to form a gel thereby slowing down digestion, delays stomach emptying and makes you feel full. This is beneficial both for weight loss, satiety, and helping to control blood sugar levels, which will also helps with cravings.

Soluble fibers include oatmeal, apples, pears, nuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, psyllium( my fave!) cucumbers, carrots, celery and legumes such as navy, kidney, and lima.Insoluble includes, brown rice, green beans, dark leafy greens, cabbage, broccoli. These fibres are considered gut healthy as they prevent constipation and keep the colon healthy by preventing bacteria buildup.

One of the most important things to remember is that a quick change to a high fibre diet may cause bloating and gas…as your body gets used to a new way of eating it will adapt.

Increasing fiber in your diet will also increase the need for water.

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