Do you believe beauty comes from within? You’d be right! Naturopath Victoria O’Sullivan reveals her top tips for getting your glow on – from the inside out.
1. Reduce your intake of pro-inflammatory foods. When we eat sugary or starchy foods, we trigger a release of sugar into our bloodstream that causes our bodies to store fat. Eating sugary foods also causes a spike in insulin levels, which in turn increases our appetite, setting up a vicious cycle of overeating. Steer clear of sweets, pastries, biscuits, milky chocolates, chips, breads and snack foods, including rice and corn cakes.
2. Up your intake of blueberries, garlic, spices and leafy greens. Berries of all types, but particularly blueberries, are delicious antioxidant – and anti-inflammatory – superfoods. Also try spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, onions and horseradish. Dark leafy greens are another antioxidant source that are high in folate, which supports cell regeneration. By replacing processed, starchy and sugary foods with foods high in antioxidants, you can neutralise inflammation in the body and slow down the ageing process.
To combat ageing you need to address what you’re putting into your body and fight the process from the inside out.
3.Improve your acid-alkaline balance. Another secret for glowing skin is to eat more alkaline foods, such as avocados, leafy greens, soy beans, radish and broccoli. These vegetables help regulate the pH of our blood cells. When we get too acidic, the body is forced to draw on its alkaline stores to balance the surplus acid. The acid then creates nasty things like yeast, harmful microforms, mycotoxins and bacteria, forcing the body to remove these pro-inflammatory toxins through the skin.
4. Lower your cortisol levels. Stress and lack of sleep can raise the hormone cortisol in our bodies, which regulates the anti-inflammatory response. In periods of high stress and little sleep, our body becomes less sensitive to cortisol and inflammation takes over. Try to get eight hours of undisturbed sleep every night and take up activities that reduce stress, like walking, yoga, meditation or swimming – whatever works for you!
5. Control your weight. Research shows that fat isn’t just the storage of excess energy that our bodies haven’t used. Instead, when not maintained at an ideal level, fat functions like an endocrine organ releasing hormones into the system prompting an inflammatory response.