Glow from the Inside-Out

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Who is behind ‘Good Egg Nutrition’?

Hello there! Let me introduce myself – my name is Mollie, Clinical Nutritionist (BSc) & foodie who is passionate about helping women create a better relationship with food and their bodies. Located in Margaret River, I work with individuals here and online across Australia through my private practice Good Egg Nutrition specialising in the areas of gut health, emotional eating, sustainable weight loss, women's hormones and creating a healthy relationship with food.

Are you confused, stressed & anxious about what to eat? Or perhaps you are constantly battling a bloated stomach? And maybe even baffled by the skin breakouts and flare-ups that seem to pop out of nowhere?

I have been there…

It all begun with my eczema and gut health issues as a child, which continued throughout my teenage years and early twenties. Food became less of a joy, and more of a stressor as I became unsure with what was causing my flare ups, bloated belly and constant changing in bowel movements. This was not only confusing and stressful, but further skewed my mindset towards food and created an unhealthy relationship with food.

Suffering from personal health issues has put me in a position where I can truly empathise with yours through the appropriate education, support and empowerment.

The Secret to Radiant Skin

Spoiler – there is no secret.When we are looking at skin inflammation such as eczema, acne and psoriasis, I always bring it back to the basics first.

So, what can we do to help out skin glow?

1. Food

Now, I am sure you have been led to believe that dairy and gluten are the sole causes of your skin issues – and I am here to tell you, that is simply untrue! The fact is, everyone is so different, and that is why your triggers may also be so different than the person next to you. Instead of focusing on what you need to cut out of your diet, try focusing on foods that you can add in. See below for the 5 Best Foods to Promote Glowing Skin.

2. Stress

I don’t know about you, but my eczema flare-ups seem to tell me when I am stressed or overworked even when I am unaware of it. Stress can have a negative impact on our skin’s inflammation response, permeability and barrier function leading to an increase in eczema, psoriasis, acne and other dermatological issues (2). In a society where we are often functioning on stress and adrenaline, I urge you to implement some stress reducing techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, gentle exercise and good-quality “me-time”.

3. Topical creams

Not only are topical creams a great way to soothe the itch, heat and discomfort of skin issues, but it can also aid in reducing the inflammation from treating the root cause. Your skin is your bodies biggest organ, absorbing everything that it comes in contact with. It is so important to use products that will help with the root cause, rather than mask the symptoms of potential underlying issues of skin inflammation. That’s why, I have loved using the DermaGen products as they are nourishing and soothing on the skin whilst actually addressing the cause of my eczema with naturally derived ingredients.

The 5 Best Foods that Promote Glowing Skin

The first step to healthy skin comes from within. Whether you are looking at increasing the vitality of your skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, reverse the effects of sun damage, or treating your skin issues such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea – nutrition can be a valuable aid to this.

Add the following foods to your grocery list to promote that skin glow.

1. Blueberries

Berries (in particular, blueberries) are antioxidant powerhouses are packed full of compounds called anthocyanins which help keep your skin radiant and glowing (3).

2. Fish

As a direct anti-inflammatory, you should be aiming to get at least 2-3 serves of fish in your diet every week. Fish is also a great source of Omega-3 which is important for skin integrity – keeping it supple and moisturised (4). This is particularly important for those who suffer with eczema or psoriasis.

3. Walnuts

Nuts and seeds have an abundance of antioxidant properties in general. However, walnuts have the additional bonus of a much higher concentration of omega-3 and omega-6 fats in comparison to other nuts and seeds.

4. Tomato

Tomatoes provide us with not only vitamin C, but high amounts of a compound called Lycopene. Lycopene has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which helps protect the skin against sun damage (5).

5. Dark chocolate

Saving the best for last – dark chocolate is rich in a compound called flavanols which improves blood flow to the skin, contributes to the maintenance of skin health and may have anti-aging effects to the skin (6).

So, What Next?

Dealing with your skin issues can be downright overwhelming and stressful!

The good news? You are in the right place to start.

With the right guidance and support, you will be able to find your personal triggers, the root cause of your flare-ups and use appropriate topical creams to soothe the discomfort. Watch the video below identifying the importance of nutrition and lifestyle in glowing skin, the best foods to reduce inflammation and topical creams you can use to help treat these issues naturally. In addition to this, we will be releasing a recipe per month to help inspire and motivate you to make some healthy meals in the kitchen.

Author

Mollie Caughey-Wade
Clinical Nutritionist (BSc)

www.goodeggnutrition.com