The GPnutrition Guide To The Secret to Inner Radiance Gabriela Peacock 15 May, 2015 Expert, Health & Fitness, Living Skincare Nutrition for Healthy, Radiant Skin If you’re searching for a way to cruise through life without a blemish, dark circle or wrinkle, you may be out of luck. But using food as medicine can actually help keep you and your skin healthy and radiant. Eating too much processed, refined and sugary foods can cause inflammation in your body, which in turn results in breakouts, dryness and excess oil on your skin. Three times a year, give up caffeine, dairy, sugar and alcohol for five days. It will help to keep your body young and give your liver a break. Replace tea and coffee with herbal teas such as lemon and ginger, nettle, dandelion and fennel. Limit Alcohol to Special Occasions Try to cut down on alcohol generally, saving it for holidays and special occasions. Alcohol kills brain cells and damages your liver, which will affect your skin. Even low levels of alcohol can really affect your mood and sleep patterns – doing you no favours. Fiveaday Fruit & Veg Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables to at least five portions a day. Shop for foods that contain super skin nutrients vitamin A, C and E. For a golden glow (and to keep deep wrinkles at bay) vitamin A is the ticket. You’ll get plenty of it in both orange and green foods like carrots, spinach, broccoli, and kale. Omega-3 Omega-3 fats from oily fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel are also important for healthy skin. The omega-3 fats form part if the cell membrane that helps to hold the skin cell together. A healthy cell membrane translates into a healthy skin cell. Keep Hydrated! When you wake up in the morning, squeeze half a lemon into some warm water; add a little ginger and a teaspoonful of turmeric. This drink will cleanse your liver and will also start the digestive process. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, which is good for the skin. If you’re trying to cut out caffeine, ginger will replace that instant kick. The lemon is very alkalising and detoxing too. Superfood Drinks Try juicing green superfoods like kale, broccoli and spinach or make a berry smoothie containing fruits bursting with vitamin C. The combination of all the nutrients obtained by eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help skin repair itself, whether you are suffering from acne, scarring, broken capillaries or blotchy skin. Cut Down on Dairy Many people have problems with wheat and dairy, which can have ageing effects, so try to cut down. Dairy inflames the gut, triggering an immune response that can affect the skin. If you want milk, opt for a nut milk. It’s super easy to make, simply put soaked, rinsed nuts in a blender with water, whizz it up and sieve it. It transforms porridge in a flash! Don’t Forget Your Beauty Sleep! Sleep is crucial to healthy body and healthy skin. Turn off your phone and avoid using your phone/laptop/tablet before bed. For those who struggle with insomnia, try a few drops of lavender on your pillow, a short meditation/breathing exercise before bed or a warm bath with Epsom Salts – the magnesium helps the body to relax. Gabriela and team For more GPnutrition news and features, why not visit our website or connect with us on Instagram,Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn by clicking the links below.