Recently, the three naturopathic doctors of StoneTree Clinic attended a local function together. In the weeks that followed I received numerous comments about how 'vibrant', 'healthy' and 'glowing' we look.
In today's society we tend to attribute a healthy glow to youth, but two of us are in our 40’s! So what’s really going on?
Your skin quality, it turns out, is an excellent barometer for your internal health. While we each use a wonderfully rich, nearly-edible, organic moisturizer every day (Manuka Therapy Cream by Thorne Research), the truth is that great skin comes from behaviour, not bottles.
Our “secret” at StoneTree is that over time we’ve all developed simple habits that make a difference to the health of our skin from the inside. They do more for our healthy glow than any prescription.
We recognize the importance of hydrating our bodies from the inside out. Did you know that your body is ~80% water? We each drink at least half our body weight (lbs) in ounces (oz) of water each day.
Movement is essential for healthy blood flow to all of our tissues. We each engage in at least 30 minutes of pleasurable physical activity every day, from simple walking and hiking to soccer, yoga and cycling. Activity doesn’t have to mean sports and gyms!
We love food! And more importantly, we love good food. Looking around the table at lunch time it is evident we prioritize a healthy diet in our lives. Colourful, delicious meals (often leftovers from the night before, on a bed of leafy greens) filled with fresh veggies & herbs, whole grains, good proteins and homemade dressings are evident at each seat (and generally each of us has an avocado too!).
Making good food choices for your skin include consuming..
- good oils; avocado, raw nuts, coconut & olive oils
- fresh, local, in-season foods... when possible
- plenty of fresh veggies & fruits; for the items listed on the Dirty Dozen list (www.ewg.org) or those that may contain GMOs (corn, sugar beets, zucchini, soy, canola) be sure to select organically-grown varieties
- each colour of the rainbow; every pigment has its own benefit in your body. Be sure to include red (tomato, bell pepper, yam, raspberry), orange (carrot, bell pepper, orange), yellow (bell pepper, lemon), green (spinach, broccoli, peas, beans, kale, sprouts), and purple (beets, cabbage, blueberry) daily. These pigments are powerful antioxidants that are essential for eliminating wrinkle-causing free radicals (caused by sun damage, smoking, pollution, burnt foods, etc.).
- meals made from food, not from packages; this will limit preservatives, sodium, sugar, poor oils and other ingredients lacking in adequate nutrients
If these suggestions are new to you, start with one and then add more as each becomes habit. For a more personalized treatment plan contact your naturopathic doctor. For some healthy recipe ideas (including chocolate!) visit my Recipes section.
Your skin is a living organ... feed it!