Who else watched the Biggest Loser last night? I never usually watch these shows but I was interested to see how the coaches dealt with eating junk food for a week and how it effected their bodies. First of all it was incredible how quickly their skin was effected, in particular Tiffany Hall. Her skin had a red tinge and had broken out all over. She also developed a small beer gut from bloating.
All of the coaches were also emotionally distraught and stressed at what they had to endure which led to sleeplessness and low moods. So here is why I found all of the above interesting.
When I was growing up I was lucky enough to have pretty stable skin but a few months ago I started getting blemishes and had no idea why. I researched for hours about possible causes such as the pill, exercise, weather, skin care and diet until eventually I wanted a conclusive answer and went to see a doctor and an iridologist.
The iridologist looked into my eyes for about 2 minutes then proceeded to tell me my symptoms (all 100% accurate) and the cause which was that my gall bladder was not working effectively, therefore my digestion wasn’t great leading to bad skin and bloating. I was given some natural digestive tablets to take for 2 months and within a week my skin had cleared up and bloating completely disappeared.
The iridologist had told me the reasons for my poor digestion could be attributed mainly to lack of sleep and stress, however to be sure i did some research into the food I was eating on a regular basis to ensure that internally I was 100%. During the time I had broken out I was eating porridge with honey for breakfast so I swapped back to my blueberry smoothies and immediately felt better.
Basically, what I am getting at is that it is so important to consider what you are eating not only for your physical appearance but internally and emotionally too. The better your body is functioning internally, the better you will look and feel externally. Dairy, processed sugars and fats (the fast food kind) are known to cause breakouts. The above scenarios give me all the more incentive to stay away from bad foods and lead a healthier life. It’s not just about being skinny, it’s about be healthy.
Here are some foods I came across in my research that can help to make your skin glow.
Blueberries contain antioxidants in the form of Vitamin C, are low in calories and fats and rich in fibre. The fibre ensures proper digestion of food and antioxidants help to improve your skins appearance, and help to prevent acne.
Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids and a mineral known to increase the production of collagen improving your skins texture.
Broccoli is high in vitamins C and E. Vitamin C in broccoli aids in collagen production and helps to keep your skin healthy and supple, while vitamin E helps to protect your skin cell membranes and is known to help to guard against UV radiation damage.
Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.
5. Green Tea
Green Tea is high in antioxidants which can help fight inflammation and redness.
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