To help you on your way to a better skin, there are some simple dietary and lifestyle changes you can implement. Remember herbal supplements may support eliminatory function, but also following these simple changes can further improve your skin.
Adequate Intake of Plant-Based Fibre and Water are Essential
Enjoy a minimum of three cups of fresh vegetables daily: Choose from a variety of vegetables and aim to have a rainbow of colours on your dinner plate.
Enjoy a minimum of two pieces or one cup of fresh fruit daily: Berries are an excellent choice as they are rich in antioxidants.
Limit starchy carbohydrates bread, rice, pasta, cereal or potatoes.
Include nuts and seeds in your diet such as chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and almonds, walnuts and cashew nuts.
Add fresh vegetable juices or smoothies to your daily diet regime. Vegetables like beetroot, cucumber, rocket, kale, ginger and celery are all good for improving elimination.
Drink a minimum of eight glasses of pure water daily. To add flavour, opt for natural flavourings such as fresh lemon, lime and mint in water instead of soft drinks and cordials.
Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine, alcohol, sugar, processed and deep fried foods as these place extra burden on eliminative channels.
Regular exercise helps promote peristalsis in the bowel required for efficient elimination of toxins. It also increases blood flow to the skin, and encourages the removal of toxins through sweat; so make daily exercise a part of your skin health program today! Exercise regimes like yoga and tai chi are particularly useful for toning the body organs of elimination thereby improving their function.
Brush your Skin
Dry skin brushing prior to your morning shower is a simple technique to stimulate lymphatic circulation, helping your body to clear the build up of waste products that can aggravate skin conditions.
Choose Natural Skin Products
Avoid using commercial soaps and body washes which contain a cocktail of chemicals. Choose natural soaps, shower products, moisturisers and make up. For those prone to breakouts, healing clay soaps can be useful to tone and promote the removal of oils and toxins.
Remember to Breathe
Breathing not only helps to relax the body but promotes circulation and oxygenation to the bodys tissues which is crucial for removal of waste products from the body.
De-stress and Spend Time Outdoors in Nature
Stress can have adverse effects on our digestive, immune and hormonal health and lead to a variety of diseases which in turn affect our skin health. One in particular is thyroid disease, which not only affects our metabolism but leads to skin and hair problems. Spending time outdoors in nature, meditating or doing things you love all help to reduce stress levels which in turn improve our immune and hormonal balance.