I haven’t started my healthy skin diet in the fact that I haven’t done the three day cleanse yet but I am trying to incorporate a lot of the guidelines into my diet as it is. One being ‘eat moisturising foods’ – ie fats. Fats get a raw deal and are often avoided through fear of putting on weight but the right ones play such an important role in our health and we really can’t do without them. They are also imperative to the health of our skin. (of course the bad ones are getting the right deal and should continue to be avoided….)
I have actually been trying to include the right kinds of fat in my diet for a while now, particularly fatty acids. Some of these can be made by the body but two essential fatty acids – Omega 3 Alpha-Linolenic Acid and Omega 6 Linoleic Acid cannot, therefore we have to get these from our food. However, as well as often lacking these essential fatty acids, modern diets tend to contain more 6 than 3 which is the wrong balance and can upset skin too. Dryness, dandruff, inflammation and acne can all be results of not enough of the fats or the wrong ratio of the fats.
Udo Erasmus is a man who knows a thing or two about the right kind of fats. His book ‘Fats that heal, fats that kill’ is well respected in the nutritional world. I’m not sure how easy a read it is, but fascinating and eye-opening no doubt. Fortunately it is not essential to read his book to benefit from his knowledge. An easy way to tap into Udo’s research is to include his oil in your daily diet. Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is a mixture of many very beneficial organic oils which provide the essential fatty acids we need for optimal skin health and in the correct ratio.
When I first used it on my food, I have to admit I wasn’t bowled over by the taste. I had been using a hemp oil before which had a nice nutty flavour and I used it quite liberally; I used Udo’s Choice in the same manner and the taste was not what I expected. I definitely used too much for a first try! However it didn’t take long for it to grow on me, so much so that I put it on whatever I was eating. I particularly like it drizzled on hot soup.
I have noticed a difference in the strength of my nails since I started including more omegas in my diet. They grow ridiculously quickly, I have to trim them weekly. I’m not a fan of long nails on myself, it can be difficult with work as well, which is a shame as I could quite easily have a set of nails to match any gel tips! My skin is also better when I am including the right fats in my diet.
The oil isn’t cheap at £20 for a 500ml bottle but if your diet isn’t giving you everything you need then it is worth it and a real investment in your health. Udo’s Choice are doing a six week challenge in which you include the oil in your daily diet for six weeks and then submit your feedback at the end. This is a good amount of time for the oil to have got into your system properly, nourished anything that was lacking, and therefore hopefully see and feel results.
There is also a great monthly competition on their website where you can win 12 products from the range. I enter quite regularly, haven’t won yet but here’s hoping….
Going back to what I posted before about diet playing such an important role in how our skin looks – you need to be just as choosy with what you put inside as you do outside. It makes sense to start your beauty regime with your diet as it can have such a great effect on how your skin looks and therefore how your make-up will look. It could even effect how much make-up you actually wear!