How A Healthy Gut Makes For Gorgeous Skin

If you have tried everything to get your skin in order and nothing seems to be working, we’ll let you in on a little secret: as above, so below!

Most people understand that eating an unhealthy diet can cause oily skin, acne or dry, flaky skin. It follows on that eating a healthy diet promotes fabulous skin, thanks to all nourishing the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that we get when we eat fruits and vegetables.[1] These compounds help all parts of the body to function optimally, including the skin.

But then how can it be that some people have poor skin regardless of the fact that they are eating a healthy diet? The answer lies in gut health.

A Brief Explanation Of How Your Gut Works

They say your body is your temple, but it’s actually easier to think of it as your home – a home that you share with trillions of microorganisms.

Most of these organisms sit in your gut and they help you to digest your food. It’s a win-win strategy for both them and you; as they get the food they need, while making your food easily digestible by producing enzymes that help to break it down. This environment is also known as your microbiome.

Without these beneficial bacteria, you can hardly absorb any of the nutrients from your food. This includes the building blocks for keratin, biotin, elastin and collagen, the four prime proteins for amazing skin (hair and nails too!).

Aside from sleeping well, staying hydrated and detoxing, the best way to get results with your skin is to make sure your gut can absorb nutrients properly and then to increase foods in your diet that promote the production of the above proteins in the body.

A healthy gut also comes with the following body benefits that help your skin to glow [2] [3]:

  1. Improved Immune Function
  2. Reduced Inflammation
  3. Allows the Production of Vitamin K2
  4. Naturally Treats Eczema, Dermatitis and Psoriasis
  5. Weight Loss and Easier Detoxification
When something happens that alters the balance of these organisms in your gut, it leads to a state known as Dysbiosis.

Dysbiosis is really bad, as it means your gut lacks these beneficial bacteria and is likely overrun with harmful ones such as E. Coli. This decline in gut health can be caused from anything that changes the pH of your gut or that kills the good organisms, such as:

  • Sugar
  • Processed Foods
  • Antibiotics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Stress
  • Eating Grains
  • GMO Food
  • Unfiltered Tap Water
  • Chemical Exposure

After having Dysbiosis for a while, your body uses resources without being able to absorb nutrients to replenish them and this results in poor skin, or even, rapid aging. Other negative effects of Dysbiosis are a bloated tummy, gas, abdominal pain and the occasional runs.

3 Quick & Easy Ways To Boost Gut Health

Now that you know why a healthy gut is important for your skin, here are 3 quick ways you can bring your gut into balance!

  1. Eat Fermented Foods

Specific fermented foods contain probiotics, which are the cultivated strains of bacteria that should be lining your gut. Foods that are fermented with whey, salt or strains of these bacteria are probiotic, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, organic yoghurt, kefir and kvass (an Icelandic whey drink).

However, foods that are fermented with sugar, such as bread with yeast or alcohol, will destroy the lining of your gut – in fact, sugar in general does by causing rapid inflammation, changing your guts pH and attracting these type of destructive organisms.[4]

An easy way to make your own healthy sauerkraut:

  • Start by placing some sliced cabbage in a jar and any other vegetables or spices you’d like (beetroot, carrot, ginger, garlic, herbs, onions, peppers, leeks, egg plant, etc).
  • Then dissolve two tablespoons of salt (preferably pink Himalayan salt) and 1 tablespoon of whey (optional) into the right amount of liquid and fill the jar. You can add healthy oils too such as fish oil for an extra healthy boost.
  • Let sit for a week before eating. If you don’t like the taste, you can let it mature for several weeks until you do, it only gets better for you after that point!

  1. Feed Your Microbiome

Aside from populating your gut with probiotics from fermented foods, you can also help to feed the organisms that are already there. This is achieved through eating prebiotic foods, also known as foods high in soluble fiber.

Soluble fiber draws water from the gut, aiding digestion, but also helping to create just the right kind of eco-system inside your gut for your microbiome to flourish. This being said, make sure to drink enough water so that these foods can be truly effective!

Examples of great prebiotic foods include[5] [6]:

  • Chia seeds
  • Leeks,
  • Onions,
  • Leafy green vegetables like kale, cabbage and spinach
  • Legumes like lentils, chickpeas and peas
  • Avocados
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Bananas
  • Fresh Herbs
  1. Use A Probiotic Supplement

A short cut is to use a probiotic supplement. These are typically dark brown liquids that you keep in the fridge and they should be consumed 15mins before meals.

In the beginning, particularly if you have tummy troubles, start with a tablespoon before breakfast and dinner. After a week or two, or when you feel an improvement, switch to taking a teaspoon instead.

Aim to increase probiotic and prebiotic foods into your diet, so that by the time you have finished your supplement, your gut is healthy and just needs maintenance.


Now you know both how to look after your gut and how to feel beautiful inside and out!








Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are the ultimate natural medicine and I try to incorporate them into my diet daily.  I eat them raw or add them to my smoothies and salads.  These are the reasons why:

They are amazing for your skin

Pumpkin seeds have a lot of minerals and oils – such as Omega-3 and Zinc – which keep skin healthier than ever and prevent you from premature aging and skin cancer.  While Omega-3 help to revitalize skin and restore lost fat, Zinc helps is stay free of acne.

They are also excellent for your hair

Pumpkin  seeds have so many minerals that improve the health of your scalp by eradicating different types fungus infection.

They improve the health of your inner organs

The minerals, vitamins and proteins pumpkin seeds bring to your body can upgrade the health of the liver, the heart and the brain. They also decrease the minerals and acids that form kidney stones.   Pumpkin seeds are great for men’s prostate health.   And they fight against malignant cells to prevent breast cancer in women.

They give you all the vitamins you need

We already mentioned Zinc and Omega-3, but they are not the only minerals pumpkin seeds offer.  Pumpkin seeds are also packed with Iron, Omega-6, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K and magnesium!

They control all your stats

Sugar level in blood, cholesterol and PH levels just to name the few!

And the antiviral and antimicrobial properties pumpkin seeds have boost your immune system, which is especially important during cold and flu season.

Pumpkin seeds are also credited with controlling insomnia, anxiety, and depression.   And they are amazing energy booster!


Sugar and Skin

You must have heard about that extra intake of sugar adding up to your belly fat smashing all your dreams of a perfect waistline. But to your surprise, that added sugar to your diet does, even more, harm to your skin than you can probably imagine. It contributes to your puffy eyes, patchy and wrinkled skin and that pesky acne and pimples you always hated to see on your facial skin. Yes, you heard that right!

Recent research reveals the harmful effects of sugar intake on the skin. When you take a bite of your favorite flavored cake or even an apple, what happens behind the scene or to be specific under your skin is that your body quickly degenerates the carbohydrates into glucose thereby raising the insulin level in your blood stream. The spike of insulin causes an inflammation burst throughout the body thereby producing enzymes that attach with and break down collagen and elastin fibers leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. This permanent attachment of digested sugar to collagen, a process known as Glycation, creates harmful molecules called AGEs (advanced glycation end-products). AGEs formation, in turn, exacerbates the skin damage thereby reducing insulin resistance of the skin. Results are excess vulnerability to sun damage, sagging, and fine lines.

So, if you want to look young for a longer lifetime, avoid eating foods that are proinflammatory, have high saturated fats or have high glycemic such as white bread, candy, ice-cream, fried foods, packaged foods, sugar, and sodas. Rather eat foods rich in complex carbohydrates such as brown rice and fresh vegetables, have low glycemic such as beans, whole grains, and nuts; and rich in fiber that delays sugar absorption in the blood.

And as you work out a better diet plan, don’t forget to have plenty of sleep, keep stress at bay, consume a balanced diet, follow healthy food preparation habits, eat protein rich meals first as they delay insulin spikes, and include healthy fats in your meals.

Whatever be your age, it’s never too late to reverse the signs of aging with proper diet intake and maintaining reduced stress levels. So, embrace a healthy skin by cautiously planning your sugar intake!

The Benefits Of Massage

Feeling stressed? Maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a massage. They really can work wonders!  Massages relieve stress, reduce anxiety, promote relaxation and can even help you sleep better. And that’s not all…

What makes massages so great? Well, they have a whole range of health benefits – both physical and mental. Massages can be used to manage pain, help heal injuries, speed up recovery, and promote overall wellness.

I’m most definitely a fan of massage and a great believer in taking time out to look after yourself.   I found that a regular massage does my body and mind the world of good.

It Helps You Feel Good

Massage has numerous physical and mental benefits.  Research shows it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins. Both serotonin and dopamine are released through massage. That’s why you feel so calm by the time you’re done. Through physical touch, massages produce feelings of caring, comfort and connection too.  I try to indulge in the aromatherapy massage regularly because how wonderful I feel afterwards.  It leaves me relaxed, refreshed and revived!

It’s Good For Recovery & Stress Busting

You might think that massage is just used for sore muscles and aching joints but actually massage is wonderful for a number of different ailments.  Yes, many years ago massage was purely used in alternative medicine but nowadays it is regular practice in the medical world and certainly, many medical procedures involve massage for full recovery.  This is because massage is especially efficient for loosening muscles, alleviating pain and it’s also a superb stress-buster.  It’s especially calming and helpful in reducing stress levels, bringing a feeling of relaxation.   For those who suffer with insomnia, a regular massage can  help to induce sleep in the right circumstances.

Massages also have a number of health benefits for athletes and people who exercise regularly

Massage can increase range of motion and flexibility, decrease muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise and even help prevent injuries. Just make sure to give yourself a few rest days before getting one. It’s important to make sure you don’t have any lingering aches, pains or serious injuries first.

If you work at a desk, getting a massage is a great way to relieve postural stress and counteract imbalances caused by sitting. They can help manage lower back pain and relieve tension in the neck and shoulders.  Studies show that massages can decrease the frequency and severity of tension headaches too.  Headache sufferers often report a dramatic reduction in attacks.

It’s Wonderful For Your Skin

A very good facialist will usually massage the skin, neck and shoulders during a treatment.  This is because massage is well-known for boosting a flagging complexion.  It’s excellent for circulation too, stimulating nerve endings and pumping blood around the body.  This helps your body to rid itself of toxins and impurities.  As well as luxurious moisturisers and serums, facial massage is one of the reasons why your skin glows with good health after a session.  My skin definitely looks plumper and firmer after facial massage!  If you’re looking for a natural way to beat lines and wrinkles, I can’t recommend facial massage enough.   It slows down the aging process, prevents pigmentation and halts sun damage.

It’s A Fat-Buster

Believe it or not, some massages are especially designed for digestive problems, they reduce bloating and swelling. When an experienced masseuse applies pressure to your body, it creates a gentle heat.  This heat speeds up the breakdown of fat and helps you to digest food better hence the belief that it’s good for digestive disorders.  Of course, when a masseuse uses pressure on specific areas this helps them to stretch out muscles gently and increases flexibility.  I believe that regular massage gives my muscles better definition,  and  help reduce body fat.

It’s Good For Overall Body Health

You may have heard of lymphatic drainage and for you to feel healthy your lymph system needs to work efficiently.  When we are run down or feeling tired, our lymphatic system doesn’t work as well as it should.   This is why we experience lethargy.  The lymphatic system is essential in ridding the body of waste.  When it doesn’t work properly, our tissues swell up with waste, affecting our immune system and making us more susceptible to mild illnesses.  A good lymphatic masseuse will stimulate the system to operate effectively by applying gentle pressure on specific areas.  When I  feel low on energy or have recently suffered from illness or just need a wellbeing boost this type of massage is my favorite!


Massage today is becoming so popular that you can enjoy it almost anywhere you go!  I remember being at the airport recently and noting that massage therapists were available before flight and even in-flight!  For me there’s no excuse to avoid it, it’s just a matter of building it into my schedule.  The positive mental and physical benefits are enormous – I’d love to know what you think?

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Probiotics: The Building Blocks for a Strong and Healthy Immune System

A strong and healthy immune system depends on probiotics. However, many people don’t get enough probiotics. Not getting enough probiotics or the “good” bacteria puts you at risk of developing gastrointestinal infections to colds. In order to avoid an unhealthy immune system and build a strong and healthy immune system, incorporate probiotics into your daily diet.

What are Probiotics?

You have probably seen television or magazine advertisements talking about probiotic supplements or yogurt with healthy bacteria. These ads are directed at consumers like you for one reason: to build a strong and healthy immune system. In order to get a strong, healthy immune system, you need the building blocks of probiotics.

  • Probiotics are live yeasts and bacteria that are good for your health.
  • Probiotics are fundamental building blocks for a healthy and strong immune system.
  • Probiotics are “good” bacteria that help prevent and treat some illnesses.

Why do I need Probiotics?

You may feel healthy and strong, but inside your body a fight is going on between good and bad bacteria. When you don’t get enough “good” bacteria, your immune system breaks down and cannot fight off illnesses such as digestive problems. Getting enough probiotics promotes a strong and healthy immune system.

  • Probiotics help build up your immune system.
  • Probiotics aid in digestive health.
  • Probiotics reduce the risk of infections.

 What are the Benefits of Probiotics?

Making probiotics part of your daily routine affords you several benefits.  When included into your daily dietary routine, probiotics jumpstart your immune system by providing healthy bacteria.  Incorporating probiotics on a daily basis provides preventive measures against immune deficiencies. The benefits of probiotics outweighs the risks of getting and staying sick.

  • Probiotics boost your immune system, preventing health problems.
  • Probiotics aid in digestive health, providing less risk of colitis or other gastrointestinal illnesses.
  • Probiotics create a defense barrier, protecting your immune system.

What are My Health Risks without Probiotics?

As you age, so does your immune system. Immune breakdowns wreak havoc on your system, leading to a variety of health problems, including urinary tract infections, colds, and digestive issues. Without a regiment of daily probiotics, the immune risks are greater than with probiotics.

  • Probiotics protect your urinary tract from serious infections, such as bladder infections.
  • Probiotics prevent reoccurring colds in addition to chronic sinus infections.
  • Probiotics provide a defense against digestive issues like gastritis.

Should I to Talk to My Doctor?

Before you make changes to your dietary routine, seeking the advice of your doctor is always a wise decision.  When you go to the store and pick up a container of yogurt or a bottle of probiotic supplements, you have to ensure your immune system can handle probiotics. Checking with the doctor provides correct information.

  • Ask questions, such as how, what, when, and why provides a health checklist.
  • Know your body, such as any health issues.
  • Make a plan, such as what type of probiotic to take.