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Purifying Your Diet...And Busting the Detox Myth

25 January 2016 17:48

Posted in: How To, Lifestyle, Nutrition

It’s nearing the end of January and by now many of us may be becoming a little bit tired with the word ‘detox.’ Although the desire to become the best possible version of ourselves is never stronger than at the beginning of a new year, it’s easier said than done! Here we’re sharing a couple of easy tips on how we can all improve our diets and skin care regimes throught the year, along with some of our favourite health retreats. But first, let’s bust some of those detox myths…

1) The word ‘detox’ is somewhat misused - ‘cleansing’ is in fact a more appropriate description especially when referring to diet. Our kidneys, liver, lungs and skin are all responsible for constantly detoxing, and do an exceptional job at naturally removing impurities. This means that there is in fact little requirement to ‘detox,’ and what we can do instead is aid this natural process by giving our bodies a break through limiting alcohol or irritants such as gluten, sugar and the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, chillies, red peppers) and suppleminting it with healthier alternatives such as a nutrient-rich soup diet.

2) January is not actually the best time to ‘detox’ or cleanse through diet. The weather is cold and our bodies naturally crave carbohydrate-rich foods to fuel internal body heat. Most people may also have a tendency to feel low at this time of year as a result of a number of reasons such as lack of natural sunlight, or the end of the holiday season, for example. If you want to give yourself a fighting chance, Spring is the ideal time of year to turn over a new leaf.

 

As we are constantly exposed to chemicals, toxins and preservatives through our environment, the foods we eat and products we use, it is always important to try and give our bodies a break to help avoid negative consequences on our health such as skin disorders, breakouts, exhaustion, and weight gain. Here are some of the key things we can do to help our bodies cleanse and be healthier for it. 
 

1) Add superfoods to your diet such as salmon, avocado, almonds, blueberries and spinach. Fermented foods are also brilliant for optimising the immune system and aiding our natural detoxification process. These foods have been around for centuries and are particularly well known for their outstanding nutritional benefits. Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Miso, Kambucha and Kefir are a particularly rich source of vital nutrients such as Vitamins B, K2 and probiotics. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are highly potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins. Foods rich in fibre and organic fruits and vegetables such as beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina and seaweed also all work to get skin glowing and boost overall skin health.

2) Introduce targeted supplements into your diet such as MSM, chlorella, sulforaphane or Vitamin C. MSM is associated with a host of detoxing benefits, from improving our ability to produce anti-oxidants, to helping our skin cells to flush out toxins, all whilst boosting overall energy levels and reducing stress. Our Pure MSM Supplements are specifically formulated to boost collagen & keratin production whilst nutritionally supporting the condition of skin, hair and nails. They are also a fabulous anti-inflammatory and help detox the skin cells to promote healthy, happy skin.

3) Replace caffeinated drinks with green tea, and make sure you drink at least 2 litres of water per day. The skin is our largest organ, and without sufficient amounts of water it can quickly become dehydrated, tight and prone to fine lines and wrinkles.

4) Certain diets can have a counteractive effect. Limiting our nutrient or calorie intake can actually prevent our key organs from functioning properly. We require diets rich in the following: B-Vitamins, Flavonoids, Vitamins A, C & E, Glutathione (found in avocado, watermelon, and fresh fruits and vegetables), Omegas and Phospholipids (from eggs, meat, fish, soybeans), to name a few.

5) Cut back on cigarettes and alcohol, which can both only do harm to both body and skin. Though we’re sure there is no need to even mention this, there’s no time like the present to kick unhealthy habits!

 

Stay tuned for more tips on purifying your skincare routine, along with a roundup of some of our favourite health retreats!

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Last Updated: 4 February 2016 14:21

GET SKIN GLOWING!

1 May 2012 22:28

Posted in: Nutrition, Ingredient Focus

NIACIN AND SWEET POTATOES

In connection with our desire to get skin glowing, this delicious recipe is based around the wonderful health and skin benefits of Niacin (Vitamin B3) or Niacinamide as found in our skincare products. A vital skin health nutrient, it is also a key anti-ageing topical ingredient: Niacinamide increases skin hydration by 67%, fibroblast production by 20%, collagen secretion by 54% and most importantly evens out skin tone and reduces hyperpigmentation by reducing the transfer of the melanosomes to the surrounding keratinocytes by up to 68%.

Specially designed for us by the wonderful Thomasina Miers, this delicious SPICY SWEET POTATO AND FETA FRITTATA recipe is a welcomed escape from chilly Spring days.

Thomasina says: “Sweet potatoes are a rich source of niacin but more importantly are incredibly delicious. Serve this frittata with a green salad, full of mint, coriander and basil leaf to complement the chillied sweet potato. I love to eat this at room temperature, but it is hard to have the patience to wait for it to cool down!”

We say: perfect for a wintery supper (or a soggy wet May's) snuggled up in front of a roaring log fire with a good book, cashmeres and a good glass of claret.

Spicy Sweet Potato and Feta Frittata

600g sweet potatoes
3 red onions, peeled
2 cloves garlic
2 dried red chillies
Olive oil
10 free-range eggs
50ml milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A small handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped
150g feta cheese
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C

You will need a large paella dish or a shallow circular ovenproof dish about 28cm in diameter.

1. Scrub the sweet potatoes and then cut them up into 2.5cm chunks, skin and all. Peel the red onions and cut them into one-eighths. Mash the garlic cloves in a pestle and mortar with a teaspoon of sea salt, the dried chillies and, when they are smashed into a puree, drizzle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss the sweet potatoes and onion wedges in the chilli oil and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes until cooked through and turning golden. When the potato is cooked, turn the oven down to 180°C.

2. Meanwhile break the eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk with salt, pepper and the milk. Stir in the mint, feta, onions and sweet potatoes when they are cooked together with another tablespoon of olive oil.

3. Heat the paella dish on the stove until very hot. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, allow to come up to heat and then pour in the egg mixture. Cook for 5 minutes on the stove before transferring to the oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the eggs look just set and the frittata is more or less firm to the touch.

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Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:22

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