Day: October 14, 2015

Beauty Tip: Healthy Skin

woman with beautiful skin from vitamin A

Healthier Skin from the Inside Out

Water

Moisturize your skin from the inside out, every skin cell consists of a little bag of water, not enough water leads to cells that look like raisins instead of grapes.

EFA’s

Every skin cell that is a little bag of water needs essential fatty acids to hold the water in. Omega 3 fatty acids from foods like avocados, eggs, nuts and seeds and fish are especially important.

Vitamin A, C & E

Because of their antioxidant value, vitamins A, C and E are important for healthy skin. The antioxidant effect helps fight free radicals that can damage the skin. Topical vitamin C cream has also been shown to improve skin quality.

Make it edible

I always recommend that you only use products on your skin that you would put in your belly. At least 25% of the chemicals that you apply to your skin are absorbed into your blood stream and the liver must then detoxify them and remove them. I like extra virgin organic coconut oil to protect my face and lips from winter’s dryness and wind.

Exfoliation

Exfoliation can damage the skin because it strips off protective oils that keep moisture in. It also removes layers of skin before underneath layers are ready, exposing tender new skin cells to the elements.

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By Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc,ND.

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Liver Food

Artichokes

The delicious artichokes from the Italian food store down the street inspired today’s post. Artichokes are very high in fibre, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and other trace elements important for a balanced system. They help poor liver function, gout and improve bile secretions. Artichokes can improve the appetite and digestion and are a natural diuretic.

Infusion: Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 12-15 chopped leaves and allow to brew for 5 minutes. Strain and drink 2 cups during the day.

Cooking: Trim the outside leaves (and use for the infusion above). Cook the artichokes whole, sliced lengthwise, halved, quartered or chopped, pre-cooked in a little water or broth and used in rice dishes, potato dishes, salads or as a topping for pizzas. They can be fried, steamed, boiled, stuffed, chopped with other ingredients for a filling for tomatoes, served with sauces.

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