Examining sugar and your skin
When someone comments that beauty comes from within, they're generally referring to a kind, warm and genuine personality. But aside from being a nice person, outer beauty really can come from inside; and it all comes down to what we eat.
The world is currently going through a sugar scare, with the sweet stuff popping up in way more foods than many of us are aware of. From your healthy breakfast cereal to the sauces used with pasta, sugar lurks in more than just sweets and fizzy drinks. As well as rotting your teeth and piling on the pounds, sugar is also not so great for beautiful skin.
"Sugar is very dangerous if we overdo it," nutritional health coach Madeleine Shaw explained to Cover Media. "Obviously a little here and there is fine, but most of us are eating it for every meal. It is hard to eat well all the time as convenience food is mostly rubbish, so eating well takes time and preplanning!"
Madeleine is one of many spearheading a healthy eating revolution and is keen to highlight the importance of eating well. She's penned her own book which hits shelves in April, but is available for pre-order on Amazon now. With over 100 recipes aimed at nourishing you from the inside out, Get the Glow will fast become your kitchen go-to.
Time, money and social life are the three most common excuses she hears from people shunning a healthy lifestyle, but the health guru insists splashing the cash is worth it.
"Totally, health is wealth. You will save money on health care, doctor bills and sick days. Plus you'll feel better and be happier," she enthused. "It can be super easy too. If you have the right cupboards so much magic can happen."
Madeleine's top foods to feed skin are chia seeds, avocado, oily fish, sesame seeds and almonds. If it's enhanced hair you're after, she suggests opting for protein rich foods such as quinoa, grass fed meat and hemp seeds.
Nutritional therapist Gabriela Peacock echoes the sentiment, telling Cover Media that the right food can work wonders for your image.
"Food can certainly help you feel and look beautiful," she smiled. "By choosing whole foods and the right fats you are nourishing your body from within and that is going to show on the outside – whether it’s hair, skin, nails and how you feel – your moods and energy. The old adage is correct - you are what you eat!"
Gabriela also suggests a diet rich in protein is a sure fire way to get skin glowing and hair healthy.
"Skin and hair are both made up of protein so make sure you are getting enough – choose lean meats, fish, especially oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel, sardines) lentils, beans, nuts and seeds.
"Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and known to help the immune system and support the skins integrity so choose berries, citrus fruits and a multi-coloured range of fruits and vegetables," she added.