Why do you need to take supplements if I’m already healthy?
Your skin is like a machine, and what you put in you get out and that includes your skincare and your nutrition. Therefore, supplementation is a key part of your routine because it supplements your diet, therefore giving you better skin.
The next question I always get hit with is “Well I’ve already got a great diet and I drink lots of water, so I don’t need supplements.” Um – yes you do. Everyone thinks they’ve got a great diet and I’m not questioning that you do. I’m sure we all eat 3 portions of oily fish a week and run every day whilst drinking upwards of 3 litres of water, all whilst having a life and a job (sure).
But simply put, your skin needs more than you are feeding it. The skin needs such high levels of specific ingredients within your food that you really need to be eating an awful lot of it to get the levels that you need within your skin. For example, to get 2000mg of Vitamin C – enough to make a difference to your skin – you can either take one capsule of Vitamin C Plus from Advanced Nutrition Programme or you can eat 25 oranges or 250 apples, daily. That’s a lot of apples.
The point I am trying to make is that you need very high levels of vitamins in your diet (which means a lot of food) in order to get the high levels of vitamins that you need in order to make a physical change in your skin.
Recently what is becoming even more interesting, is that those 250 apples that you are eating may have been farmed in unfertile soils. Due to increased farming over the last 50 years, which means that you may have to eat more like 300 apples in order to get the same level of nutrition that you would have received from them 50 years ago. Simply put, our food is losing nutrition.
Farming methods have changed dramatically over the last few years, most importantly we have started producing a LOT more food which means our soils are becoming less and less fertile. This means that even though we might think that we are getting a lot of nutrients from our blueberries, you may be getting a lot less than you think, this is why supplements are also so beneficial as you know that you are receiving exactly the right amount of vitamins for your skin to make a difference. Not just guessing.
Another factor to consider when it comes to the nutrition that you collect from your food is cooking and storage methods. For example, when vegetables are boiled, they can lose 20-50% of their B vitamin, 50% of their vitamin C and 20% of their minerals. So those carrots that you cook, unfortunately are not going to make you see in the dark as they’ve lost 50% of their vitamin C already.
Also, the way you store your food can have an effect on the level of nutrients it holds. Vitamin C is particularly vulnerable to nutrient loss during storage, a sliced cucumber for example will lose 50% of its vitamin C in 3 hours – that’s a lot.
In addition, unless you buy your vegetables locally they have most likely travelled hundreds of miles, and during that time lost even more of their nutrition.
Therefore if you take into account
- Farming methods
- Air miles travelled
- Cooking methods
Imagine how much nutrition your food has lost before it reaches your lips. And then once it gets there you need to be eating a LOT of it in order to see benefits to your skin. This is why you need skincare supplements to really make a change in your skin.
Wishing you happy and healthly skin, Ms. Glow X