Your skin is your largest organ, plays a vital role in regulating temperature and provides a shield against infection and disease. Yet, many of us forget that what we eat can impact our skin .

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A balanced diet and good nutrition is essential for maintaining the structure and function of skin. However, it's not just about balance, but also about gut health. Did you know that an underlying food intolerance can cause headaches, itchiness, eczema, redness and gut issues including bloating, diarrhoea, and constipation. 

A balanced diet is key yet there are key nutrients required to maintain the integrity and function of skin. Here's our top 5 nutrients needed for radiant skin: vitamin C, copper, iron, zinc, and vitamin A. Not sure where to find these nutrients in everyday foods? Book a Skin & Nutrition Consultation today!

Adequate fluid for your body is essential to maintain hydrated skin. Aiming for 2L for women and 3L for men can help. However, no matter how much we drink, the outer layer of skin also known as the epidermis, is not effected. This is where a good quality moisturiser is needed. To make water more appealing try adding lemon and mint to sparkling water.

Unfortunately there is not simple answer for this one. For clarity, sugar is a general term used to describe sweet carbohydrates not simply white sugar. At this point in time more evidence in needed to determine whether or not sugar increases the incidence of acne. It has been proposed that low GI carbohydrates (release energy slowly) may reduce the incidence and severity of acne by reducing the amount of sebum produced. 

    Collagen is an essential part of connective tissue required for wound healing. In skin, collagen actually represents more than three quarters the dry weight of skin. As we age, the strength and elasticity of skin decreases due to a reduced ability to produce and maintain collagen. A good diet can provide the right nutrients needed to support collagen formation. These including (but are not limited to) protein, fruit, nuts and seeds, oily fish and leafy greens.

    Everyone is different so there is no one size fits all for this answer. If you find dairy causes a skin reaction or exacerbates your eczema it might be worth replacing it with a calcium fortified nut or soy milk to see if there is any difference. However, there is no evidence to suggest that overall dairy causes bad skin. 

    Naturally occurring and artificial chemicals found in some foods can cause some people to develop a skin reaction. Symptoms may be similar to hay fever, result in redness, or itchiness. There is a diet that can help determine which chemicals cause a reaction but careful, it is complicated so do book in to see one of our approachable dietitians. 

    Wrong. Antioxidants can be described as a wide range of molecules known to protect other molecules from oxidation. Antioxidants protect good cells from free radical damage but  also protect bad cells so more is not necessarily better. Instead of a supplement, a diet and fridge full of fruit, vegetables and whole grains is going to be best.

    Please note this is generalised advice. 

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