Healthy Skin, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Part 2
So, we have now nailed our healthy skin springtime skincare routine, it’s time to look after ourselves from the inside.
Our daily food choices affect our health, how we feel and how we look. Nourishing the body from the inside will boost our immune system, among other things, which have a positive impact on our well-being.
Benefits of healthy eating:
1. Increased Energy Levels and Productivity
There’s a strong connection between nutrition and energy levels. A poor diet with lots of sugar, fried and processed food can lead to lethargy, irritability, lack of motivation and increased stress levels. Everything we want to avoid.
Whole fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts will naturally boost your energy levels to keep you going throughout the day. Think leafy greens, whole grains, omega-3 fatty acids, from fatty fish and flaxseed for example, and antioxidants from fruits and nuts.
2. Improved Mood and Well-being
This one might be the most worthwhile.
It’s all down to science: A healthy diet rich in nutrients, especially vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats, will nurture the brain and balance mood, helping us to feel good and positive.
3. Reduced Stress
A healthy diet can keep your cortisol (the stress hormone) levels under control. This is because you will avoid fluctuations in your blood sugar which can trigger stress.
4. A Better Night’s Sleep
Which let’s face it, makes us all feel better. Consider not eating just before you go to bed and keep your evening meals light. Light, healthy dinners will provide lots of nutrients without overloading you.
5. Healthy Skin
Diet has an impact on your skin, and it is true ‘you are what you eat’. Sugar, dairy and processed foods can wreak havoc on your skin.
Good nutrition and proper hydration will allow you to glow on the outside, by keeping your skin soft and rejuvenated. Great fatty acid sources like flaxseed, walnuts and fish are known for their skin-boosting benefits.
Here are a few quick skin, health, and immune-boosting recipes for you to try…
Carrot Cake Smoothie
This carrot cake smoothie is great for breakfast, a post-workout treat, or served instead of a more conventional dessert. Simply pop all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Check the consistency and, if you find it too thick, add a little more milk.
Ingredients (serves 1)
- 1 banana, peeled, chopped into large pieces and frozen
- 2 medium carrots – washed/peeled and chopped small or grated
- 150ml almond milk (or your preferred choice)
- 120ml Greek style yogurt
- 2 tsp maple syrup, honey or your preferred sweetener
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ inch fresh ginger or ¼ tsp ground ginger
- freshly grated nutmeg or a large pinch of ground nutmeg
Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.
Green Detox Juice Recipe
This vibrant green juice is best enjoyed whilst fresh, but may be refrigerated and consumed the next day.
You can adjust the quantities and ingredients according to your own taste. If you would rather have a sweeter juice, just add more apple. If you don’t like ginger, reduce the size or just leave it out.
Rinse and chop the apple, cucumber and celery, discarding the apple core. Peel and chop the lemon, leave the pith as it contains important nutrients, but discard the seeds. Wash the spinach if necessary but dry it, as much as possible, to reduce adding additional water to the recipe.
Put all ingredients into the juicer, according to manufacturer’s instructions. Alternate the harder items with the soft spinach so that it juices most effectively.
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 1 x Green Apple
- 150g Baby Spinach
- 1 x Cucumber
- 1/2 Lemon
- 1 x Large stalk of Celery
- 1 inch piece of fresh Ginger