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August

Ready for an overhaul? pt.1

17th August 2015
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe

Hello beauties!

This week’s posts are great for those of you who are sick and tired of simply average skin, hair, nails, health, fitness…  you get the picture! Perhaps you have done a pretty good job of getting yourself into good habits and only slip down the slope every now and again (compared to every 4pm sugar slump!). Read on to find out what you need to avoid if you are keen to kick things up a level and really start to GLOW!I have taken inspiration for this series of posts from Eat Pretty, Nutrition for Beauty, Inside Out‘s first chapter “Beauty Betrayer Foods”.

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Alcohol

Not only are you consuming empty calories but there is very little nutritional benefit to drinking. It steals hydration from you and, like sugar, it disrupts delicate hormonal balance. Your liver is very important for a glowing complexion and we all know the stress that drinking can have on that! You have to start thinking of hangovers as adding years to your complexion. The worse the hangover, the more your drinking binge has aged you!

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Caffeine

When you drink caffeine, the reason why you perk up rather quickly is because you have just signalled to your body to release the stress hormone, cortisol which contributes to wrinkles and belly fat around your middle! I will be writing a post of pH balanced eating soon but one thing you should know now is that coffee is very acidic for your body. It also puts stress on your liver. Sleep is so important to allowing our body to repair itself and caffeine can stop you from getting into the deepest sleep of all, REM sleep.

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Canned Food with Bisphenol A

This is why I love what I do! I keep learning really interesting things that EVERYONE should know. Did you know that most cans are lined with bisphenol A (BPA) which is endocrine-disrupting. The reason for this is that it mimics oestrogen in your body, throwing off your natural hormonal balance. Having balanced hormones is essential for clear skin, reproduction, and healthy ageing. You do get BPA free canned foods so keep a look out for those, or even better, eat fresh!

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Dairy

Did you know that after the age of 7 we all lose the ability to break down lactose to one degree or another. This means that although some more so than others, all of us are lactose intolerant. We are also the only species on the planet that drink milk throughout our lives and not only that, we drink milk intended to help a baby cow grown into a big cow! All of a sudden doesn’t seem so good for us, does it?! What you may not know is that hormones in conventional dairy are powerful enough to throw off your body’s natural hormonal balance. Milk consumption in particular may cause a 10 to 20 percent rise in a key oil-producing hormone in adults that can fuel unwanted acne. If you insist on diary then know that goat or sheep milk is easier for humans to digest.Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 10.25.45

Fried Foods

Know what free radicals are? Nope? Well me neither really, not the formal definition anyway. All I knew was that they were bad for you. Anyway, this is what they are

“Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules.”

The relevance that free radicals have to fried foods is this. Oils that have been heated to a temperature for frying purposes become a major source of them. What these free radicals do is literally steal electrons from healthy molecules in your body, causing cellular damage in the process. OMG… no thanks! Coconut oil is ok to heat up for frying purposes. Get yours here.

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Gluten

If giving up gluten is something you would like to try then make sure you read my article on living life gluten free. If you have ongoing skin issues then gluten might be something you consider cutting out. *raising my hand! It’s important to know that gluten sensitivity can also manifest itself in headaches, fatigue, and redness and advanced ageing of the skin. Give a two week gluten ban a bash and see how you get on!

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Stay tuned for the second instalment!

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