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Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails!
by Michelle Ovens, Naturopath
Summer is a great time to shed some layers, expose a
little bit more skin, and enjoy those sensational balmy nights. It is
usually the time when you realise your hair, skin and nails need a bit
more attention also. The condition of your hair, skin and nails can be
outward signs of your overall health and can indicate where you may be
lacking in the nutritional department.
and nails reflect the health of the body two to six months previously.
Skin reflects any imbalances much more immediately. The skin is the
largest organ of the body and is responsible for the elimination of a
variety of toxins. This of course means that much of what is going on
inside will quickly be reflected in the appearance of your skin.
The good news is, you can help your body with foods and nutrients.
is the building blocks of all cells in your body; all 73 trillion of
them. An easily digested and absorbed protein is Ezy Protein
Biofermented Brown Rice Protein Powder. My recommendation is the
chocolate one as it has added cacao powder. Raw cacao has over 70
minerals and vitamins.
Iron: Tired and lacking in energy? This may be a
symptom of low iron. Hair, nails and skin can also suffer if you're
lacking in iron. Skin may be very pale, become itchy, or there could be
cracking at the side of the mouth (this could also be a Vitamin B
deficiency). Nails can become brittle and develop vertical stripes, or
even become spoon-shaped. You could shed more hair and it will be
noticeably more dry, brittle and dull.
Lentils, cashews, tahini, almonds, figs, dates and pumpkin seeds are high in iron.
is essential to make collagen, the structural cement of the body. Under
the skin, collagen is the fibrous tissue that plumps it up giving
support and shape. As skin ages it loses collagen. Kiwi fruit, oranges,
guava, capsicum, dark leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower and brussel
sprouts, papaya, strawberries, mango, blueberries and tomato are high in
natural vitamin c. Acai and rosehips are also high in Vitamin C. A
great superfood supplement is the Berry Ultimate Antioxidant Blend or Merry Berry Superfood blend.
A combination of silica, manganese, magnesium and
calcium with zinc are essential for strong and healthy hair skin and
nail growth. There are a lot of supplements on the market, including
some Practitioner Only products that promise the world and are not worth
the money spent on them. I’ve been in the Health Food Industry for over
17 years now and I’ve seen just about every claim made. Herbs are
usually the better way to go as opposed to a capsule or tablet. If you
do decide to use a supplement, look for ingredients that are ALL
chelated. Herbs such as Horsetail (filled with natural silica) are great
for encouraging fast and strong growth, though if there is any metal
plates, pins, pacemakers, aortic stents etc, they will be dissolved by
the horsetail. Also known as Equisetum, this magnificent plant can
dissolve gold if left in solution! It is fantastic for gout crystals,
kidney stones, excess uric acid, calcium spurs etc. It does come with a
warning; ensure you only use it for a short time. Best used under the
supervision of a Medical Herbalist.
is another product you can add into your daily meals. Sulphur is the
building blocks of all cells. It is used in every enzyme process, in
every hormone production, in every metabolic pathway within the body.
Sulphur is also in beans, eggs, fish, garlic, lentils, onions, and
Nettles: as in Stinging Nettles. According to Sergi
Boutenko, Wild Edibles expert, nettles are one of natures most
nutritious wild foods, they are rich in iron, silica, calcium, vitamins
A, D & K. Nettles soothe and prevent hay fever and allergies.
Regulates blood sugar and improves circulation. Nettles also help
rheumatism and arthritis; in many cultures people would thrash
themselves with nettles to help these conditions. Eating them is said to
be helpful for stiff muscles after exercise. And of course, they are
magnificent for glowing skin, luscious locks and healthy nails. Best in
the form of herbal tinctures if you cannot get it wild, though drinking
1-2 cups of tea a day could be beneficial also.
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Kelp Noodles with Avocado, Broccoli Sprouts and Tahini
Spirulina is a complete protein
consisting of 65-71% protein. It contains all eight amino acids and
eighteen amino acids in total.
While protein is useful for
building muscles and strength, it is also beneficial for building
endurance, balancing blood sugar, balancing brain chemistry for
neurological health, for rapid healing, building strong bones and
Unlike animal foods, Spirulina is a
pure raw source of complete protein. It is rich in Vitamins A (beta
carotene), B1, B2, B6, E and K. It is an abundant natural source of
chlorophyll, salts, phytonutrients and enzymes. Spirulina is the best
source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) – an anti inflammatory
essential fatty acid necessary for a healthy nervous system.
Spirulina As A Blood Builder
Clinical experience has taught me that all the studies conducted
about the anemia alleviating abilities of spirulina are true – even
for our animal friends! I've found that spirulina has been extremely
effective in alleviating anemia, increasing hemoglobin, increasing
red blood cell formation, reducing platelet aggregation and improving
the overall quality of the blood.
This is due to the following reasons:
spirulina contains high concentrations of chlorophyll – a well
documented blood builder
it is high in iron
it is rich in phycocyanin – a brilliant blue polypeptide. It is
this wonderful blue pigment that helps induce the production of more
stem cells found in bone marrow. Stem cells are the beginning
rudimentary cells that can develop into both red and white blood
Spirulina As A Powerful Immune
Spirulina is a powerful tonic for the immune system, accelerating
production of the humeral aspect of the immune system. This increases
the production of antibodies and cytokines including interferons and
interleukins (white blood cells) allowing the body to better protect
itself agains invasive microbes and viruses.
of bone marrow stem cells, T-fighter cells, macrophages (immune
system 'mops'), B-cells and the anti cancer Natural Killer (NK) cells
Gamma-linolenic Acid in Spirulia
In an excerpt taken from Paul Pichford, Healing with Whole Foods:
“The richest whole food sources of GLA are mother's milk,
spirulina microalgae and the seeds of borage, black currant and
evening primrose. GLA is important for growth and development and is
found most abundantly in mother's milk. Spirulina is the next highest
whole food source”.
GLA is an essential fatty acid, hence it promotes beautifully
soft skin and hair whilst also encouraging shiny and strong hair.
GLA inhibits the formation of inflammatory prostaglandins, spirulina
is an excellent choice in reducing the inflammatory symptoms of
When purchasing spirulina, select a product with a 'fresh smell'.
When spirulina starts to go bad, it smells sour and rancid.
Avoid products that use 'tableting agents' which help keep spirulina
tablets from crumbling to powder. Spirulina naturally clings to
itself and can be pressed into tablets without tableting agents.
Can you dose with too much spirulina? Yes, of course you can. You
will know if you have too much as it will pass straight through you.
Spirulina is also non fattening – at only 4 calories per gram, it
is a low calorie, nutrient dense superfood.
GREEN HIT NOODLES
Serves 1-2 people. Keeps for a day when refrigerated in a sealed container. I
like to change my sprouts around a bit so I'll often change the alfalfa
sprouts to Sunflower sprouts. Have fun with your sprouts
Put the oil, tahini, spirulina, apple cider
vinegar in the bowl you'll be eating out of and mash together. Add the
seeds and mash again. Add the sprouts and mix. Rinse the kelp noodles
and add those, mixing for a final time.
Eat with love and appreciation for all
things green, knowing you are feeding your body some pretty amazing
nutrients. For an alternative, you may wish to substitute all marinate
ingredients with Namu shoyu & tamari.
About Broccoli Sprouts
past studies, compounds in broccoli sprouts have been shown to reduce
the risk of getting breast and colon cancer and to act as an
anti-bacterial agent against Helicobacter pylori, an organism associated
with causing stomach ulcers. As reported in the May 10, 2004 edition of
Time, a new study indicates that eating broccoli sprouts may cut the
risk of stroke, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Broccoli sprouts contain phytochemicals called
isothiocyanates including sulphorophanes, which induce enzymes that
reduce inflammation and detoxify carcinogens. They're also rich in
fibre, vitamins and minerals (while being low in calories). So far,
research shows this combination of nutrients and phytonutrients means
cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli sprouts, may prevent cancer and
help soothe airway inflammation.
We hope you had a great Australia Day and that 2012 has started nicely for you. Are you familiar with the latin quotation: Mens sana in corpore sano (A healthy mind in a healthy body)? You know, it's so true that what we eat is so important, not only to our physical health, but also to our mental well-being. One Raw Food blogger that we really like is Lori Clayton who is a regular contributor to the We Like it Raw site. Here's a great article by her titled "Healing Mood Disorders with Food". In it, she lists some Good Mood foods:
Sesame Seeds: High in calcium, magnesium, tryptophan
Kelp: High in calcium, omega 3, protein, zinc, magnesium
Cashews: High in tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin
Greens: High in calcium and folic acid
Guava: High in vitamin C, tryptophan
Figs: High in calcium, magnesium, fiber
Cacao: High in magnesium, also makes opioids that make you happy!
Avocados: High in essential fatty acids, tryptophan, folic acid
Foods and beverages to avoid are the usual suspects: artificial sweeteners (much better to substitute our low-GI sweeteners), foods high in saturated fat, sugar, caffeine and wheat. Lifestyle is also an important factor with exercise increasing endorphin levels, meditation helping to keep you relaxed, and being in the sunshine increasing serotonin and helping your body generate Vitamin D which has been proven to help with depression. You can also supplement Vitamin D.
Speaking of Vitamin D, a new meta-analysis study published shows that adequate circulating Vitamin D reduces the risk of all-cause mortality by 29%. Furthermore, it lowers colorectal cancer risk by 40%! Read more here >>>