It’s often said that your appearance is the reflection of everything that is going on inside your body. Naturally, what is considered true beauty, such as clear, smooth skin, lush hair, a pearly white smile, plump lips – these are all results of your lifestyle choices. Think of them as two sides of the same coin, the coin being your overall well-being, and you will start to understand why your sugar cravings are not just harmful for your digestion, but how a diet high in sugar also leads to skin issues and unhealthy teeth.
To get a better insight into the matter and to become a master of your health and beauty dynamic duo, take a look at the following essential tips for a healthier, prettier life!
Vices are more than skin deep
Enjoying an occasional glass of red wine is a beautiful way to savor life, but binge drinking, smoking and similar vices are extremely harmful for your health. These bad habits can cause a range of health problems – from damaging your lungs, causing toxins to build up in your body, pushing your filtering organs such as liver and kidneys into overdrive all the way to causing dehydration.
However, have you ever taken a look in the mirror after an insane night at the club? Your skin would appear drained and dry, wrinkles and eyebags much more prominent, and the consequences of continuous alcohol consumption and smoking would only keep piling up over time. And no fancy-pricy cream in the world can erase the effects of your binges.
Working out for more than toned legs
It’s no coincidence that the famous rosy post-workout glow is considered a symbol of pure, natural beauty – it’s the endorphins, dopamine and serotonin rushing through your body, your circulation pushing blood into your muscles and skin, your blood pumping oxygen into every cell of your system, making you look and feel invigorated, radiant and youthful.
When you lead an active lifestyle, you will enjoy more than just impressive cardiovascular endurance or a six-pack. You’ll also provide your skin with a regular natural cleanse through sweating, reduce the effects of everyday stress with the help of those happy hormones, sleep like a baby (and never underestimate the power of beauty sleep!), and your collagen production will soar through the roof.
Warding stress off
While we’re on the subject of stress and anxiety (and what a lovely subject that is), whether you’re under pressure at work, or your relationship is on the verge of a breakup, we all need to find effective ways to become more resilient to stress. It’s the leading culprit of numerous chronic illnesses, from heart attacks, strokes, all the way to depression, but it also wreaks havoc on your appearance.
Stress will flood your body with cortisol, which is known to increase your junk food cravings (goodbye carrot sticks, hello Oreos!), cause insomnia, and chronic inflammation. Since there’s no way we can completely remove stress from our lives, you can improve your diet with a supplement such as Nature’s Plus Mega-Stress Complex designed to relieve stress. Also, you can incorporate meditation into your daily life and surround yourself with positive people that will support and encourage you.
Amp up your water intake
Every single process in your body heavily depends on water – digestion, detoxification, collagen production, hair growth, healing processes, they are all H2O-dependent. Add to that the fact that dehydrated skin is dry, easy to bruise and your hair and nails will suffer, as well.
More water in your life means more energy, better metabolism, fewer headaches, and of course, no more chapped lips or dull skin. Take care of your basic nutritional needs, your water intake included, and your beauty will be forever grateful!
Trust your gut feeling
The fact that approximately 70% of your immune system is located in your gut should be more than enough to inspire you to keep it happy with the right foods. However, if you need more incentive, remember that your skin, as the largest organ you have, makes a significant portion of that immune system of yours, and it’s the first line of defense for many harmful microbes you encounter every day.
Feeding your gut with healthy probiotics through yoghurt such as Chobani, kefir, kimchi and the like, as well as prebiotics through fresh veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds, means that you will keep your gut flora flourishing and your healthy bacteria thriving.
Blog post written by Amy Mia Goldsmith