Holistic Nutritionist Kate Nisbet from ‘Food as Medicine’ shares her secrets for healthy glowing skin, including the Top 3 Superfoods for skin.
Kate Nisbet is a Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, especially gluten free and vegetarian food. She has developed a passion for helping others heal from illness through nutrition after her own journey to health.Kate managed to heal from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, after years of suffering, and trying to find answers, she made a complete overhaul of her lifestyle, where she decreased her stress and changed her nutrition. She states her mission is to help people heal their bodies with proper nutrition, eliminate disease and promote wellness. She hopes her recipes inspire people to eat REAL food. Contact Kate at http://foodasmedicinenz.wordpress.com
Before we start, I’d like to say thank you to Kate for taking the time to answer some of our questions about how nutrition affects our skin.
Q) We know that nutrition can have a serious effect on our mental and physical health, have you seen first hand the healing benefits of foods, with skin conditions such as eczema and acne?
A) Yes my mum suffered with Psoriasis for years until she went gluten free and increased vitamin D containing foods in her diet. She’s had some amazing results! I’ve also seen many other people improve their skin when they cut out sugar and increased the amount of fresh vegetables and water in their diet.
Q) What are 3 superfoods for skin that you recommend we add to our daily nutrition?
A) Vitamin C – eat lots of veggies containing vitamin C. This is essential for vibrant skin! Acai berry is a good source of this as it’s a super food with the highest concentration of vitamin C – twice the amount of blueberries. Acai berry is also known to be effective as a detoxifying agent that helps remove toxins from the body.
Coconut oil – moisturise the skin from within, with coconut oil. (It is also amazing for good gut health!)
Spirulina – High in chlorophyll which helps rid the body of toxins (leading to glowing skin) and lowers inflammation in the body, and EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which moisturise the skin from within.
Q) Apart from the obvious foods to avoid, such as fried foods, and refined sugars, what other foods do you think people should stay away from when thinking about the health of their skin?
A) Gluten and dairy and too much meat. I personally have found a real improvement in my skin when I stopped eating gluten. I know for some people this is the case with dairy also. And eating less meat and more veggies is a big one because meat is very constipating (as it contains no fibre) and of course constipation causes toxins to be reabsorbed back into the bloodstream and this shows up in our skin, either being very pimply, inflamed or dull looking.
Q) It’s recommended we drink around 2 litres of water a day for optimal health, and glowing skin, how do you fit this into your lifestyle?
A) For me, I fill up a water bottle and sip from it through the day so I don’t forget. I also like to add CMD mineral drops to it for an extra boost.
Q) Can you share a quick and healthy recipe that we can try at home using some of the super foods you recommended?
A) My energy smoothie is a great way to get a range of super foods into your diet in one swoop while still tasting yummy!
Kate’s Energy Smoothie Recipe
1 and a ½ Frozen Banana’s (or 1 and a ½ fresh banana plus 5 ice cubes. Being cold really does make all the difference taste-wise when it comes to smoothie recipe
1 Cup Coconut water plus 1/4/ to 1/2 a Cup pure water depending how thick you like your smoothie (if I can’t get my hands on coconut water I will buy organic coconut milk and spoon out the cream part and just use the water plus add some pure spring water or a little milk)
1 Handful of Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
1 heaped Tablespoon Raw Honey
2 teaspoons Spirulina powder
1 Tablespoon ground Flaxseed
1 Tablespoon Raw Coconut Oil
Blend all ingredients in a blender and then serve.
You can read more about Kate’s amazing journey, discover some amazing healthy recipes, or book a consult or cooking class with her by visiting her website http://foodasmedicinenz.wordpress.com/about/ or follow her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/foodasmedicine.net.au
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