So many tips that we think of for good diet and general health are also perfect for ensuring your skins always looks vibrant and healthy to. Here Pippa Mitchell’s top tips for heallthy lookingskin thi s summer…
Keep your body clean from the inside out!
- What you need to do: Start the day with giving your liver support.
- How do you do it: On rising sip 1 dessertspoon fresh lemon juice in a glass of warm water.
- Why do you need to do it: The liver is the main organ of detoxification (along with the skin) so you need to keep it functioning so it can do its job. Lemon juice will also help stimulate digestion so you get the most nutrients out of your food.
- What you need to do: Drink enough water every day (6-8 glasses).
- How do you do it:: Try to drink throughout the day. Start with you morning lemon juice (above). Have another glass of water mid-morning, one after lunch, another mid-afternoon and one more after supper. Have a final glass about an hour or two before bedtime. You will need to drink more if you are exercising.
- Why do you need to do it: Helps to keep skin clear by avoiding constipation and keeps kidneys functioning well.
- What you need to do: Include lots of fibre in diet
- How do you do it: Eat at least 5 fruit and vegetables a day but preferably more. Eat fruit at breakfast and for snacks; eat one salad a day and eat at least two green leafy vegetables with you main meal and a couple more root vegetables. Experiment with different wholegrains such as barley, rye, quinoa.
- Why do you need to do it: Fibre helps you avoid constipation so you can eliminate waste products from your body efficiently. Fibre also encourages the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut.
Fight free radicals
- What you need to do: Include lots of antioxidants in the diet.
- Why do you need to do it: Eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables to take full advantage of the different nutrients available.
- Why do you need to do it: Antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals that can cause ageing and susceptibility to disease.
Good fats Bad fats
- What you need to do: Reduce saturated fat but increase essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6.
- How do you do it: Make sure you diet includes oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon. Cold pressed seed and nut oils (pumpkin, safflower, flax and walnut) can be used on salads. Cook with olive oil.
- Why do you need to do it: Essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties so are good for conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. They can also help with dry, flaky skin.
Caffeine and alcohol
- What you need to do: Avoid excess amounts of both these stimulants
- How do you do it: Stick to government healthy drinking guidelines that recommend no more than 14 units of alcohol per week for women. When you are out try to alternate alcoholic drinks with fizzy water. Spread your 14 units throughout the week rather than ‘bingeing’ at weekends. Cut down on coffee and replace with herb or fruit teas
- Why do you need to do it: Both alcohol and caffeine ‘stress’ the liver and act as diuretics that dehydrate the body. Alcohol is also high in sugar so can cause weight increase.
- What you need to do: Enhance your digestion and immune system by making sure you have a good balance of good and bad fats
- How do you do it: Include plain fat free or low fat bio yoghurt as part of your daily diet
- Why do you need to do it :The gut is the first line of defence for the immune system so ensuring a healthy digestion will help you absorb all nutrients from your food, including those that support your skin, more effectively.