A Guide to What to Eat Right Now to Have Gorgeous Skin this Holiday Season

The holidays are right around the corner and of course everyone wants to look their holiday best! For many that includes trying new skin care products that promise a beautiful complexion. However; if you really want to get your glow on for the holidays, you should start incorporating some of these changes into your diet now. You will be doing a double take in the mirror as you head out to your holiday festivities!

Do you know the saying “You are what you eat”? The saying should really be “You are what you absorb.” Your gut health is critical to having beautiful skin. Your skin is your largest organ and what you eat in your diet reflects onto your skin. If your diet is lacking in nutrients one of the quickest areas it will appear in is in your skin, hair and nails as your body saves nutrients for vital organs. Good gut health is vital to improving digestion of nutrients into your body.

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One of the easiest ways to upgrade your gut health is to take a probiotic daily. Foods that are probiotic rich include fermented foods such as :

  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Miso
  • Tempeh
  • Yogurt- including non dairy yogurts
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Foods that are nutrient dense such as fruits and vegetables are an important part of having a beautiful complexion. Fruits and vegetables are also high in fiber. The fiber in your diet helps you eliminate waste from your GI tract. The elimination of this waste also helps to establish good gut health. You can also find fiber in oats, nuts, seeds and beans. Enhancing the quality of your gut health will also improve your mood and give your immune system a boost as well!

Stay hydrated and aim for half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. Skin that is dehydrated will appear dry and tight. This is the time that you want to be plump! Water will plump skin and make it more resilient to wrinkling.

Healthy fats are also necessary to give your skin that youthful look that comes from beauty from within. Choose from the following daily:

  • Avocados
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Salmon
  • Flaxseed
  • Olive Oil
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Gluten, dairy and sugar are all inflammatory foods and should  be avoided.  Eating large amounts of sugar often leads to a dull complexion. The American Heart Association recommendation for sugar intake daily is 25g per day for women and 36g per day for men.  I would also recommend the book Inflammation Nation by Floyd HChilton and Laura Tucker. The book explains the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet for not only better looking skin but also better health.

One thing to remember is that you should stick with any new changes in your diet to see improvements in your skin for at least 6 weeks. Start now and you will be delighted with the results you experience in a brighter complexion for the holidays!

Last but not least, do not forget the importance of beauty sleep. Aim for 7 to 9 hours per night. While you sleep, your skin heals itself from the day. Your body boosts blood flow to your skin and increases collagen levels which means fewer wrinkles and fine lines.

Enhancing your diet now through improving gut health, increasing nutrients, drinking more water and getting more sleep will have you looking like the Belle of the Ball this holiday season. Share this with a friend! Remember, tiny changes lead to bit results. Which one of these tips can you easily incorporate into your day? Comment below, I would love to hear!

 

Six Surprisingly Simple Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Heading into my fifties, I definitely started looking for way to boost my metabolism. I was actually astounded by what I discovered. Your metabolism starts slowing down as early as age 25, and can actually decline by as much as 2 to 4 % per year. However; that does not mean that it is inevitable that you will keep gaining weight as you get older. Along with diet and exercise, there are other surprisingly simple ways to give your metabolism a boost.

Deep Breathing:

Studies show that dedicating even 3 minutes per day to deep breathing can spark your metabolism to increase by as much as 27%. Try inhaling through your nose for a count of four. Hold and exhale through your mouth. Exhale twice as long as your inhale. This is something that can easily be accomplished while watching TV, before bedtime or after waking in the morning.

Drinking Water:

Did you know that drinking one extra glass of water daily will increase your calorie burn by 200 calories daily? If you are not certain how much water should you drink;  aim for half of your healthy body weight in ounces every day. Studies show that drinking 2 liters   of water daily could actually increase your calorie expenditure by 96 calories per day  academic.oup.com .

 

Reducing Stress:

Chronic stress can increase your cortisol levels and increase your metabolism. The added effects of stress can lead to weight gain. This is often not just from nervous eating; but due to an imbalance in your stress hormones. Self care is an important part of any wellness plan. Take time to walk, practice yoga, meditate, slow down. Do whatever you need to do to take care of you!

Reducing Toxins:

A toxin is anything that accumulates in your body and you can not use for energy. There are toxins in the air you breath, the food you eat and in your daily routine. Be sure to choose botanically based skin care and makeup and natural cleaning products. Learn  to read labels on the  products that you use daily in your home and beauty routines.

Eating Real Food:

Packaged and processed foods slow down your metabolism. Eat whole and real foods. Shop the perimeter of the store where you will find foods that are not packaged. Go to your Farmer’s Market. Choose organic when you can. Fresh produce is also high in fiber and will help eliminate toxins from your GI tract. Also, resist eating after dinner. Giving your body time to rest will reset your metabolic clock. I aim for at least 14 hours per day between dinner and breakfast.

Getting More Sleep:

The more you rest and sleep the better your metabolism. Studies show that sleeping 8 and 1/2 hours per night versus 5 and 1/2 hours per night will actually burn an extra 400 calories per day. Eliminate distractions like watching TV and using a phone or computer before bedtime. Taking time for sleep is important for your overall health. If you need to rest, then be sure to rest!

Increasing your metabolism is possible at any age. A lifestyle that includes healthy eating and exercising are important to living a long and vibrant life. Increasing your metabolism so you can look and feel your best allows you to conquer your goals and dreams!

 

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