Are you deficient in fatty acids? How it’s affecting your skin & how you can fix it with the right food

Dry skin and how to fix it from within:

Are you deficient in fatty acids? You might be if you’re on a low fat diet.

Cutting out oil and fats from your daily diet could be making your skin look dry and dull, something that’s made worse during the cold winter weather; this is mainly because of the wind and central heating. Common signs you may need to up your oil intake include: dry skin, dull hair, soft nails, bumpy skin on the back of arms, dry eyes and poor sleep…

Try eating these foods to help make your skin look and feel better when it’s becoming dry:


The ABC Detox Drink

Here’s a great recipe for the ABC Detox Juice, (ABC – where the ‘A’ is for Apple, ‘B’ is for Beetroot and ‘C’ is for Carrot), which is great for strengthening the immune system, helping problematic and blemish-prone skin conditions and also where acne, weakened eye vision and blood pressure are a problem:


Clearer Skin By Cutting Down On Salt?

For spot prevention, try cutting back on the amount of salt you eat…

Although essential in small amounts, salt encourages fluid retention (preventing you from having a ‘flat stomach’ and giving you a puffy face and eye bags! 😱 – yet another bad consequence of consuming too much salt!) and, it can also irritate the lining of your pores; this is because excess salt is eliminated through your skin via perspiration.

Iodised salt (table salt) exacerbates acne, so cutting back can really help clear up your skin.


Here’s How To Save Time With Your Green Smoothie In The Morning…

A great time saver for Green Smoothie lovers!

Here’s one shortcut to making sure you don’t need to put in extra effort every morning into being healthy!

When making a fresh batch of green smoothie in advance, simply freeze individual portions of the freshly made smoothie in an ice-cube tray or silicone cupcake baking tray. Divide the mixture among the ice cube tray or silicone baking tray sections; place the tray in the freezer and freeze until solid, (this takes about 3-4 hours).

When frozen, take out the frozen green smoothie portions from the tray and place in an airtight container; return this to the freezer until ready to use. Now you’re well prepared to make a green smoothie each morning if you’re short of time!

When you’re ready to make a smoothie, place 1 cup of water or coconut water and 4 or 5 green smoothie cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. For most blenders, its best to carefully slice the smoothie cubes into halves first before placing in the blender container to help make blending quicker and easier. You can cut the time further by making the green smoothie mixture in the first instance with an avocado and a tablespoon or two of coconut oil.

If you’re having trouble taking out the frozen portions, try placing the bottom of the tray in warm water for several seconds; just be careful not to thaw the contents.


Potatoes, Puffiness and Under-Eye Dark Circles

If you’ve had a heavy night and are now suffering from the dreaded ‘puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles’, try using raw potato slices to soothe your eyes. They’ll help reduce under-eye puffiness because they’re an astringent, (this helps to decrease any water retention which can cause puffiness), and they also contain catalase enzyme which helps lighten dark under-eye circles.

Simply wash and peel a potato. Cut two slices and place one slice on each eye for 15 minutes. Lay down, chill out and let the potatoes work their magic to help refresh and revive your eyes. Rinse the eye area clean gently afterwards.



Morning Energizer: Smoothie

Energy is beautiful; Have you got enough of it?

Being energetic and having a lust for life is a beautiful thing. That sparkle in your eye can disappear however if you’re feeling lacklustre and a shadow of your former self!

Feeling drained will always stop you from doing what you want to do and can slow you down. Start the day off pepped up with something delicious like this quick smoothie to give you back your energy and feed your sparkle!

(by @Shahena_Ali, Naturopathic Nutritionist & Naturopath)


The Health & Beauty Benefits Of Coconut Water

You may have heard rave reviews about how delicious coconut water is, but do you know how amazing it is for your face and body?

One of the best things about it is that it reduces food cravings, keeping your weight down with enzymes to aid digestion, and letting you lose weight without your wanting to binge on cakes or chips!

It also keeps you hydrated, keeping your skin looking smooth and nourished with beautifying vitamins. Not only that, but coconut water is fat free and anti-inflammatory (good news for those who suffer from acne or psoriasis).

(by Shahena_Ali)