Monday, July 30, 2018

Nutrition and Skin Health-supplements for all skin problems

Good nutrition is vital for skin health

Nutrition is such a fundamental part of our health and well-being. Without proper nutrition our bodies cannot function properly and we will get ill.

I cannot stress it enough; we need to eat well to be well. With that I mean fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds in their raw states where possible. Drink plenty of water and limit alcohol and fizzy drinks. Eat much less meat, sugar, saturated fats and dairy. 

Nutrition is very important at every stage of our skin development. For healthy skin we need collagen which our bodies make from Vitamin C. To maintain healthy collagen and elastin we need anti-oxidants which our bodies get from Vitamin A, C and E and others. We need fatty acids to keep our skin’s sebum in good health which we get from nuts and seeds. I can go on and on….

As we all know by now, we don’t always get enough vitamins and minerals from our diet and therefore it is a good idea to supplement as well with at least:
  • A good multivitamin and mineral from a natural source
  • 1000mg Vitamin C
  • Cal/Mag in the correct ratio 1:2 ie 400g magnesium to 800g calcium
  • Omega 3 and 6
  • PLUS any other vitamins as discussed under each skin type/condition/problem

Eat healthy

Ageing skin
According to Dr Nicolas Perricone “ageing is just an inflammatory process”
So, we need to slow down inflammation in our bodies. With this mind, we need to look at nutrients that are anti-inflammatory and that will give our bodies the best change to fight oxidative stress.
The ideal anti-ageing diet will therefore be rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 and anti-oxidants.

For optimal skin care we need to supplement with the following:
  • Vitamin C buffered with Calcium -1000mg
  • Omega 3 –loading dose followed by maintenance load*
  • Good multivitamin of natural origin
  • Vitamin A-2000 to 2500 iu

Remember to take your supplements
Dry Skin
Contributing factors for dry skin (lacking in oil) include a lack of essential fatty acids, Vitamin A as well as water.  Diets should be high in essential fatty acids from seeds and their oils, but low in saturated fat.  Eat lots of fruit and vegetables that contain large amount of water. Limit alcohol and coffee intake.

For optimal skin care we need to supplement with the following:
  •  Essential fatty acids such as flax (omega3) and evening primrose oil or borage oil (omega6)
  • Vitamin A 5000iu                  
  • Vitamin E 200 to 400 iu
  • Vitamin B6
  •  Zinc
  • Vitamin C buffered with Calcium -500mg

    Fresh food is best!
Oily Skin
In treating oily skin we should respect the oil/water balance of the skin in order to reduce the oiliness, but keep the skin healthy and comfortable. By removing too much oil topically, the skin will try and re-adjust the lipid levels and produce more oil. It is much more effective to also help from within.

For optimal skin care we need to supplement with the following:
  • Lecithin capsules- 400mg
  •  Vitamin C buffered with Calcium -1000mg

Acne skin
Acne-prone skin should ideally be treated both topically and systemic. Vitamin A plays a major role in treating acne. Vitamin A has been used for many years and is a tried and tested regime. It, however, important to note the following:
Vitamin A is an oil-soluble vitamin and is stored in the liver.  Therefore it is possible to take too much and poison your body (hypervitaminosis). 

All Vitamin A therapies are prohibited for the following individuals:
  • Anyone who has been on Roaccutane or similar treatments within the last 3 months
  • Anyone who is trying to fall pregnant within a few months’ time.

Fruits are needed for good health and well-being

For optimal skin care we need to supplement with the following:
  • Vitamin A therapy
  •   Lecithin capsules

After the Vitamin A therapy to control breakouts:
  • Vitamin B3
  • Zinc

Please contact me for an appointment so that I can discuss the therapy with you and monitor your progress


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