5 Easy Tricks for a Healthy, Glowing Skin

Who doesn’t dream of a vibrant, glowing skin? A lot of people in our society today struggles with skin issues, either it is acne, eczema or redness. There can be many explanations to why you suffer impurities, and sometimes it can take time, effort and a lot of energy to find a solution. If your skin issues are caused by hormonal unbalance, leaky gut, gens, or other serious conditions, it may take more than just these simple tips to cure your impurities, however you will still benefit from following! If your issues are caused due to other reasons, such as bad diet, on the other hand, you may very well start to see some improvement in your skin if you follow these 5 guidelines. Btw guys, this also helps preventing aging of the skin!

1.     Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I can’t’ address the importance of water intake enough!  I know it sounds obvious, but so many people actually go about their day without drinking nearly enough water! Exactly how much water a person needs varies depending upon ages, sex, activity level etc. but considering that we are made up of 60-70% water it makes sense that we need to drink a certain amount in order to maintain. Lack of water can cause headache, tiredness, dry mouth and it will show on your skin. Some signs you may notice on your skin can be dryness, puffy eyes, bags under the eyes, red or dry eyes, eczema, redness. 

2.     Eat your fruit and veggies! Yes I know your mama told you when you where a kid, but have you taken her advice? Fruit and veggies are filled with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that helps support a healthy, strong and glowing skin. Unfortunately most of us don’t get enough fruits and veggies through our diet, and the produce we get from the convenience store are lacking nutrients as it has often traveled far and been sprayed with pesticides. For this reason I have added veggie, fruit, and berry capsules into my daily diet as they help bridge the gap between what I should be eating and what I am actually eating. The fruits and veggies used in the capsules has been freeze dried so that all fibers and nutrients are intact. They are also completely without any pesticides or chemicals, so no bad stuff goes into your body. What also happens during the process from farm to capsule is that the vitamins are being absorbed by the body much easier than whole fruits and veggies are, especially if you are struggling with gut or digestive issues. (I may make a separate post about these capsules later).

3.     Get outside every day! You don’t have to go about a crazy workout routine to get your body moving, to be honest I am questioning whether the way most people train today is any good. We are so stressed with our appearance and  physic that we often push through at the gym even when our body is begging us for rest. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that exercise is bad for you, just that it doesn’t necessary have to be so damn hard all the time. Getting out in fresh air every day for a 30 minutes’ walk may be exactly what you need, learn to listen to you body. Just consider this, while going for a walk outside you allow your body to move, your mind to relax, your lunges to renew the air and your pours to breath. Win, win I would claim, especially considering that the majority of us are spending most of our day inside in front of a screen. If you have a forest or park nearby, I would highly encourage you to go for a walk among the green trees and feel the fresh air. 

4.     Reevaluate the products you are using on your skin. A lot of the commercial sold beauty products out there are packed with chemicals, parabens and toxins which are finding its way into our bloodstream through our pours. Imagine your pores being gateways to your body, than what do you think happens to the products you apply to your skin?  Anything you put on your body counts, that being perfume, make up, make up brushes, deodorant, lotions, soap, shampoo, conditioner and more. It doesn’t matter how healthy you eat if you keep applying chemicals on your skin. Did you know that too much chemicals can trigger early Alzheimer’s or cancer f.ex?!  To narrow down the amount of chemicals you consume through you skin, you should opt to use natural alternatives where possible. Some suggestions might be mineral make up, perfume free soaps, natural hair care products from your health store, essential oils instead of perfumes, organic soap for cleaning clothes. In today’s society it is impossible to completely avoid toxins, which it is even more important that we do what we can to limit exposer directly to our skin. (Do you want me to write suggestions for brands?) 

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5.     Fermented foods. Ancient cultures used to have fermented food or drink to every meal and they did not suffer the same extend of gut problems that we are today  Several Asian cultures still have fermented food as a part of their daily diet, in Korea ex. the national dish is Kimchi, which is just fermented veggies . Fermentation is a metabolic process in which an organism converts a carbohydrate such as sugar or starch into alcohol or acid. It´s what happens when yoghurt, beer or wine are made for instance. Though beer and wine might not be on the top of the recommendation list, there are so many other foods and liquids that are really beneficial for your gut health, skin condition and immune system. Fermentation can easily be done at home, or you can buy fermented food at the health store (this does not involve commercialized pickles, sauerkraut or fruit yoghurts!). Any vegetables, milk, bread etc. can be fermented, but most heard of are probably kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, kombucha and sourdough bread. By incorporating fermented food in your daily routine you support a healthy gut and  help fighting leaky gut and IBS. This is due to the probiotic content in fermented foods that are essential to build a healthy bacteria flora in the stomach  . I once red that leaky gut = leaky skin, which I feel make total sense. By starting from the inside out, with building a healthy gut and bacteria flora, we give our skin the possibility to thrive.