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Follow these top 5 tips and you will not only improve the texture and health of your skin but your body will be brimming with vitality and energy. And they’re easy to follow!
As two thirds of the body consists of water, it is our most important nutrient. It helps balance and enliven the complexion and clear any blemishes. However, the body loses around one and a half litres of water a day to ensure toxins are eliminated, so our bodies need replenishing regularly. Water also happens to be the best anti-ageing ingredient, so try drinking 1-2 litres a day to plump up the skin and it will help to fill out those wrinkles better than any rejuvenating cream can. Your intake of water can be achieved by drinking herbal and fruit teas and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. Alcohol, coffee and (to a lesser degree) tea do not count as they cause the body to lose water. However, black, green and white teas all contain helpful antioxidants so do not omit completely from your diet. Peppermint, lemon and ginger teas are particularly enjoyable and have the added benefit of helping the digestive system.
In these times of high stress and polluted lifestyles, it is important to eat healthily. A toxic lifestyle can damage the immune system and nervous system, with possible muscle and joint problems. To help our bodies detoxify, eat healthy unadulterated foods, restore healthy flora in the gut with beneficial bacteria and cleanse the liver with low fat, antioxidant rich foods. Your diet should include fresh locally produced seasonal fruit and vegetables, seeds and nuts, fish and lean meat (omit if vegetarian) and fibre. Limit manufactured foods, particularly those made with trans fats such as hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils, as these prevent the body’s ability to use healthy polyunsaturated oils. These foods are often high in sugar and salt and force the liver to worker harder. Supplement your diet every few months or when your body requires extra help with a multi vitamin and a high dosage vitamin C. Strengthen the immune system with immune boosting supplements such as Echinacea and Propolis. (Always seek advice when using any supplement).
Limit stimulants such as alcohol and coffee as they cause the body to lose water, which is very dehydrating for the skin. They also rob the body of valuable nutrients and imbalances blood sugar levels. Stimulants are often difficult for the liver to cope with and we should remember that it is one of the most important organs in the body. It helps with digestion, synthesising proteins and neutralising the poisons we subject our bodies to. This includes processing all the toxins we take in from the environment, the chemicals we inhale and the junk food we consume, even medication we take to heal other parts of our body. So, help it to recover and work in your favour by cutting out alcohol, convenience foods, and other stimulants.
Exercise plays a large part in helping the body fight against ageing. It helps maintain the health of the lungs, muscles, joints, heart and brain. It is also exercise for the skin. It plays a vital role in reducing stress and increasing energy levels. Research has shown that it can add on average seven years to your lifespan (although of course the exercise should be continued late into life and incorporate aerobics to help keep the heart healthy). Do not overdo it but ensure you take adequate aerobic exercise which enables the heart to reach 80 per cent of its maximum for at least twenty minutes. This will help reduce blood cholesterol levels, pulse rate and blood pressure and increase mental function.
Whilst exercise is vital, relaxing and breathing properly are just as important. Oxygen is our most vital nutrient, yet most of us do not breathe properly and use only a third of our lung capacity. Deep breathing with relaxation energises the body and clears the mind, and just 10 minutes a day is extremely beneficial.
Breathing correctly helps build stamina, release tension and help the body feel revived and supple rather than exhausted and stiff. Use essential oils to fill the room with a relaxing aroma. Lavender and Bergamot are particularly useful for their calming, sedative and uplifting properties.
By Cherylin Nicholson