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Nutrition Web Chat with the Nutri Centre

For those of you who missed our nutrition web chat with the wonderful Nutri Centre back in May – here’s a round up of everything we discussed.

1. I’ve noticed recently that I’ve developed a lot of small bumps under the skin. Just wondering if there is any way I can get rid of them? I do try to eat healthily but I’m rather fond of ice cream!

2. How can I increase my intake of Omega 3?

3. I’m hypermobile everywhere and it is severe in my shoulders at present. They crack and click at every move and hurt so much. What could I do, diet wise, to help these clicky bones.

4. Is it true that certain foods are linked to acne? Which foods do you recommend for clear skin?

5. What’s the best natural supplement for skin?

6. What kind of food or supplement would you recommend to people with dry skin and breakouts?

7. I have been recommended Udo’s Oil for balancing skin and eczema. Would you recommend this or is hemp oil better for skin?

8. I get ‘angry’ spots every month… I have a very healthy diet so think it could be a hormone imbalance (I also have lots of pigmentation). What do you think and how can I tackle this through diet?

9. My skin is mostly clear, with the occasional inflamed pimple, but I have a terrible amount of small raised bumps on my cheeks and chin. Could something in my diet be causing them?

10. I’ve read before that skipping dairy, gluten and egg can help in fighting spots, is it true? Is there anything else that we can do, how about becoming vegan?

11. I’m taking hemp seed oil to help support my omega intake but I wonder if you know of any other alternatives?

12. Are there any foods or supplements that I could eat or take to speed up skin healing from blemish marks?

13. Are there any foods that help your skin recover and heal and also revive your glow? Also if cows milk products aren’t doing me any favours, are there any alternatives that would be better for my skin.

14. I have oily skin with small white bumps under the surface. What can I do?

15. I have acne scars, is there anything I can eat or take that will help them?

16. I’m a vegetarian with quite bad acne. Could my skin woes be linked to my diet?

17. Being a vegetarian, do you have any tips for supplements that I should be taking that are currently excluded from my diet?

18. What is most likely to be ‘The Super Anti-Aging Food’…?

19. I have combination oily skin with acne and enlarged pores. I love sweets and chocolate, can they really affect my skin?

20. My skin sometimes gets quite hot and I have some spider veins. I don’t really drink alcohol or eat spicy foods. Could there be another cause?

21. Is it true that eating dairy products cause acne? Would cutting it from my diet be beneficial?

22. I’ve got combination/oily skin that is often left irritated and dehydrated as a result of the cold outside and central heating indoors? I try and eat healthily.

23. I suffer from red blotches in summer especially when the pollen count rises and my hay fever starts. Do you have any tips?

Q1: I’ve noticed recently that I’ve developed a lot of small bumps under the skin. Just wondering if there is any way I can get rid of them? I do try to eat healthily but I’m rather fond of ice cream!

A1: I’d have your doctor check your spots to make sure there’s no underlying issue occurring first. If it’s nothing serious, then have a look at whether you are eliminating properly.  Are you having a bowel movement everyday? If you’re a little sluggish I’d suggest doing a gentle bowel cleanse.

Q 2: How can we increase our intake of Omega 3?

A 2: I would recommend having two portions of oily fish a week alongside a flaxseed capsule or a fish oil capsule. I wouldn’t recommend having fish more than x2 a week due to the risk of mercury poisoning.

Q 3: I’m hypermobile everywhere and it is severe in my shoulders at present. They crack and click at every move and hurt so much. What could I do, diet wise, to help these clicky bones?

A 3: I’d definitely recommend a fish oil. There’s an amazing lady in London called Nicole Parsons (nicoleparsons.co.uk) who’s a specialist in conditions like hypermobility so might be worth a visit.

Q 4: Is it true that certain foods are linked to acne? Which foods do you recommend for clear skin?

A 4: Junk foods, particularly sugar are not great for the skin at all – and contribute to both premature ageing and breakouts. It’s worth keeping a food diary to see if your reacting to certain foods, as even healthy foods can trigger skin reactions if you’re intolerant to them. I don’t think there’s any point cutting out healthy foods if you’re not reacting to them, but a diet rich in a broad spectrum of fruits and vegetables, and essential fats will certainly help!

Q 5: What’s the best natural supplement for skin?

A 5: If we would only pick one it would be Viridian Clear Skin Complex & the Oil that goes with – it’s really comprehensive and has been put together by other experts.

Q 6: What kind of food or supplement would you recommend to people with dry skin and breakouts?

A 6: Are you getting enough essential fats in your diet? A lack of them can lead to dry skin. If you are, then it may be that your body isn’t absorbing them properly. Try taking Lecithin granules as these help break down fats. A glass of lemon juice with water in the morning (drink through a straw as lemon is very acidic on the teeth) can also help cut through fats.

Q 7: I have been recommended Udo’s Oil for balancing skin and eczema. Would you recommend this or is hemp oil better for skin?

A 7: Both would be helpful but Udo’s Oil is a better balance of Omega 3 & 6.

Q 8: I get ‘angry’ spots every month… I have a very healthy diet so think it could be a hormone imbalance (I also have lots of pigmentation). What do you think and how can I tackle this through diet?

A 8: You definitely need to cut out the sugar and booze! Try taking Agnes Castus and chromium rich foods, try a teaspoon of cinnamon a day, maybe in a smoothie, that should help you out.

Q 9: My skin is mostly clear, with the occasional inflamed pimple, but I have a terrible amount of small raised bumps on my cheeks and chin. Could something in my diet be causing them?

A 9: It’s actually worth visiting a nutritional therapist as there could be a huge number of things that could be causing the clogged pores. A therapist will go through a 5-7 day food diary with you to identify any problems. Also what kind of skincare and make-up products are you using? They could all be contributing.

Q 10: I’ve read before that skipping dairy, gluten and egg can help in fighting spots, is it true? Is there anything else that we can do, how about becoming vegan?

A 10: I wouldn’t have thought eggs would be a problem unless you’re specifically intolerant to them – they actually can be helpful due to the sulphur content. We would not recommend taking on a vegan diet unless you have a consultation with a nutritional therapist as you can the risk of protein and other nutrient deficiencies. Adding a broad spectrum of brightly coloured vegetables to your diet for best changes you can make for clear skin.

Q 11: I’m taking hemp seed oil to help support my omega intake but I wonder if you know of any other alternatives?

A 11: Flaxseed Oil, Seabuckthorn capsules or combined Omega 3,6,9 in capsules would all be great alternatives.

Q 12: Are there any foods or supplements that I could eat or take to speed up skin healing from blemish marks?

A 12: I would recommend taking Zinc supplements alongside eating Zinc foods including dark green vegetables, nut, seeds and sea food. Pai’s Rosehip Oil is also very healing and fantastic for scarring.

Q13: Are there any foods that help your skin recover and heal and also revive your glow? Also if cows milk products aren’t doing me any favours, are there any alternatives that would be better for my skin?

A 13: Yes, eat loads and loads (10+ portions!) of dark green veg and bright foods – think beetroots, berries, fruit and it will help revive your glow. With regards to milks – you can try oat milk, coconut milk and almond milk, all great alternatives

Q 14:  I’m a man with oily skin, I have small white bumps under the surface of my skin. What can I do?

A 14: It sounds like you may be helped by a zinc supplement, Nettle Root and Saw Palmetto for male hormones.

Q 15: I have acne scars, is there anything I can eat or take that will help them?

A 15: It sound’s like you need to eat more sulphur-rich foods including eggs, onions, garlic, broccoli and cabbage. Pai’s Rosehip Oil is also very healing and fantastic for scarring

Q 16: I’m a vegetarian with quite bad acne. Could my skin woes be linked to my diet?

A 16: Try to reduce your intake of starchy carbs and try and eat of wide range of vegetables and make sure you’re having enough protein in the form of eggs and vegetable proteins such as chickpeas, lentils, seeds and nuts.

Q 17: Being a vegetarian, do you have any tips for supplements that I should be taking that are currently excluded from my diet?

A 17: We’d recommend taking extra B-12 as this is mostly only found in meat and dairy products.

Q 18: What is most likely to be ‘The Super Anti-Aging Food’…?

A 18: Interesting question! Proteins (plant and animal), oily fish, berries and dark green vegetables would be my all time skin saving foods

Q 19: I have combination oily skin with acne and enlarged pores. I love sweets and chocolate, can they really affect my skin?

A 19: If your blood sugar’s better balanced you’d be less likely to want things so we’d recommend supplementing your diet with magnesium, zinc and chromium. If you want a treat, try to choose dark chocolate and have a look online for recipes for cakes made from coconut sugar (this has a low glycemic load).

Q 20: My skin sometimes gets quite hot and I have some spider veins. I don’t really drink alcohol or eat spicy foods. Could there be another cause?

A 20: It sounds like that could possibly be a reaction to something. I would recommend visiting your GP and potentially having a referral to a dermatologist. In the meantime eat loads of berries for the bio-flavonoid content which may help to support the collagen.

Q 21: Is it true that eating dairy products cause acne? Would cutting it from my diet be beneficial?

A 21: I’d recommend visiting your nutritionist to have a lactose-intolerance test. If you find you’re producing more mucus after eating milk and cheese products then it may be that you’re body isn’t responding will to them. Dairy can be good for many people, but not if you’re intolerant to it.

Q 22: I’ve got combination/oily skin that is often left irritated and dehydrated as a result of the cold outside and central heating indoors? I try and eat healthily.

A 22: Are you getting enough essential fats in your diet? A lack of them can lead to dry skin. If you are, then it may be that your body isn’t absorbing them properly. Try taking Lecithin granules as these help break down fats. A glass of lemon juice with water in the morning (drink through a straw as lemon is very acidic on the teeth) can also help cut through fats.

Q 23: I suff
er from red blotches in summer especially when the pollen count rises and my hay fever starts. Do you have any tips?

A 23: You can eat loads of Quercitin rich foods and berries for the bio-flavonoid content which will support and strengthen your immune response.

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