Many people find New Year’s resolutions helpful, they can kick start us into doing something a little different, but the pressure to come up with a strong resolution can be all too great. After all, why can’t we resolve to improve ourselves any time of the year?
We’ve put a blog together just to ‘remind’ ourselves of the different ways we can love our body which helps to nourish our mind and overall wellbeing!
Oh Christmas, you naughty little occasion! We definitely overused the ‘Oh go on then, it's Christmas!’ saying farrrrr too much this past month. Perhaps it’s time to start introducing those little colourful vegetables back into the diet! Talking of colour, did you know that the colours relate to their nutrients? Mother nature is a very artistic and organised woman!
These little gems are among the highest in vitamin C. Vitamin C, is one of the most effective and safest nutrients. It is a powerful antioxidant for the synthesis of collagen, which helps to make blood vessels and body muscles strong. The human body doesn’t have the capacity to generate Vitamin C. Therefore, we needs to receive it through food and other supplements.
They also contain high levels of Pro-vitamin A, this is vital for good eye health, it boosts immunity, and fosters cell growth. It also thickens and stimulates the dermis – where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are – so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. Vitamin A actually increases the deposition of collagen; therefore it slows the normal ageing breakdown of your collagen and elastin.
These boost your iron levels, iron is an essential mineral used to transport oxygen to all parts of our body. You might have to keep in mind that the iron in plants called non-heme iron is not as easily absorbed as that from animal sources, so stock up on more iron containing vegetables (I know, we just said eat more food. Bonus!) Also by adding a vitamin C source to a meal increases non-heme iron absorption up to six-fold which makes the absorption of non-heme iron as good or better than that of heme iron.
There is also a high level of vitamin K in greens, this is important for the production of osteocalcin, a protein essential for bone health. Ever wonder why Popeye was so strong?
As well as looking amazing, blue and purple fruits and vegetables bring considerable nutritional value to the table. The blue compound that makes blueberries blue is a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin that may protect against cancer and heart disease. The fruits and vegetables also contain lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, Vitamin C, fibre, flavonoids, and quercetin all help to fight inflammation, improve the bodies ability to absorb calcium and other nutrients, helps to lower LDL cholesterol (which is the “bad” cholesterol), supports eye health, specifically for the retina and helps to boost the immune system. And breatheeeeee.
So as well as all the fruits and vegetables you will need some lovely protein. Lentils, broad beans, tofu, bulgur wheat are all full of protein and will give you nutrients that are vital for growth and tissue repair in the body. Don’t forget fibre and carbohydrates either, these our main fuel sources.
Essential fatty acids aren't so bad either, these are vital for healthy glowing skin, hair and nails. Try adding a combination of cold press oils or seeds to your diet, especially flax, hemp, olive, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower.
We also like to take a good high potency probiotic. Adding healthy bacteria, or probiotics to your diet can support the health of the gut and immune system. They also help you digest and better assimilate the nutrients from your food. That means your skin receives more of the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals it needs to be healthy, giving you a glowing complexion. Good supplements to try are: Jarro-Dophilus EPS 5 Billion by Jarrow Formulas.
Try to increase your water intake too! We are sure you all know the benefits of being hydrated.
Why not try to minimize the use of chemical-based household cleansers and beauty products this year and substitute with natural organic alternatives. Our skin, the largest organ of the human body, absorbs 60% of the ingredients used on our skin. Look a little harder into the products you are buying, some of the chemicals used are found to be toxic and have ingredients that can seriously risk our health, some are even carcinogenic. Making it extremely important that we use chemical free organic skincare products on our skin.
Have a look back on our ‘Christmas skin’ blog, just find some you time, use to unwind, why not try some mindfulness techniques.
We love a good bath too, try a detoxification bath, this will release toxins and help with circulation and energy. Try using our Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub, it will boost circulation, remove dead skin cells and improve skin tone. Massage using circular movements. Start from the ankles and work up the body. Rinse away with warm water, then turn the shower to cold for 1 minute then back to warm again. This will further boost circulation and help the detoxification process. Then relax in the warm bath water and slowly breath in the wonderful essential oils from the body scrub. Your skin will be left silky-smooth, and moisturised.
Just be a more mindful you!
The Lulu & Boo Team
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