by FEM

Super cute skin that glows and looks amazing is not just the product of a good skin care regimen. Not by far. All those warnings about the effects of smoking, alcohol, and other bad habits are completely true. The next time you're on your lunch break take a few minutes and google the words "twins, skin, smoking". The results of studies of identical twins, where one part of the couple took good care of themselves and the other a little less, are fascinating. But for now, enough preaching. Let's look at matters from a more proactive perspective.

The impact of food on our skin and everything else is, of course, undeniable. It all starts and ends with food. "Poor nutrition can be a cause of hormonal and digestive problems, but it also has a huge impact on the thyroid, skin, cholesterol, and diabetes just to name a few of the most common and obvious ones," explains nutritionist Alja Dimic. But we already knew that, don't we? Interestingly, the majority of Alja's clients are women between the ages of 22 and 46 who have hormonal problems. This is manifested in irregular and painful menstruation, problems with pregnancy, and ultimately in problematic skin. The number of women struggling with problematic skin after the age of thirty is huge, and skin here is the first indication that something is wrong with hormones. "We usually talk about excess of the stress hormone cortisol, and the sub-optimal ratio of testosterone to progesterone, which is manifested as acne," says Alja. Hormones control everything, both how we look and how we feel. They control how our cells work and how we respond to stressful situations. For this reason, it is very sensible to monitor them, especially after the age of thirty. Instead of buying another new handbag you don't need, rather check your hormones. You'll surely find out something that can benefit you in the long run.

Problematic skin can tell a lot. "Rosacea, inflammation, and dermatitis are all autoimmune diseases and indicate an abnormality in the immune system. We need to strengthen our immune system and balance our intestinal flora. Bloating and have digestive problems are also a sign that something is out of order. Those pimples in our lower face area, especially around the chin and jaws indicate hormonal imbalance, most often elevated cortisol, and forehead and eyebrows are signs of intestinal problems resulting from malnutrition, excessive alcohol consumption, etc. Also, redness on the face is closely related to what we consume. Sugar, hot and spicy things should, in this case, be removed from the menu as they cause inflammation in the body, "explains Alja. Unfortunately, it all starts with food. Indeed, you may not notice your bad decisions in your twenties, as the body regenerates much faster. When we turn thirty, however, the joy begins. Every sleepless night, every glass of alcohol, every slice of pizza, manifests in the form of pimples, blackheads, gray skin and irritated stomach. It's best to eat soup in the evening, not spicy food. Heat-treated vegetables are the fastest to digest. Save salads and other raw ingredients for lunch as they are much harder to digest. It is best to go to bed before eleven o'clock and without a telephone in your hand, as this prevents the formation of melatonin, the sleeping hormone that restores us. 

Alja also suggests trying "Intermittent Fasting". It's not as scary as it sounds. Our moms and grandmothers are well aware of this. In this form of fasting, we limit our eating to 8 hours a day, while the other 16 we fast. If our last meal was at 6 pm, our breakfast should be at 10 am the next day. The philosophy behind this is to allow the body time to recover and self-detoxify. Before you start rolling your eyes, fasting is nothing new for the human body. It is a concept that has been around for centuries. The body is used to a lack of food and specific processes in the body start only when we remove the food from the equation.

In addition to eating healthy and drinking plenty of warm water (move away from cold or god forbid ice water), try adding cabbage juice, detoxifying nettle or dandelion tea, and healthy oils to your menu. But keep in mind that healthy oils are not cheap oils. Alja points out that the quality of nutritional supplements is crucial. If the product is not of good quality and contains a pile of harmful substances, then you should avoid eating it because it will load in your liver. She recommends that you know the origin and quality of the ingredients before purchasing the supplements. Not saying that all drugstore products are bad and at the same time not saying that all pharmacies are to be trusted. In principle, "the more you give the more you get" rule applies. Alya's suggestion is also to browse smaller health shops, where the quality of products is often better and more curated than in larger conglomerates.

Let's dive in deeper. We asked Alja to tell us three nutritional supplements she would recommend to anyone. Read carefully and write this down: zeolite, hydro collagen, and omega 3. To avoid excess heavy metals, omega 3 oil should be obtained from wild-caught fish. The same is true for hydro collagen. Choose one without many supplements such as vitamin C, MSM and similar. This way you'll know that the desired result came from collagen alone and not from other ingredients. One simple way to add vitamin C to your diet is by eating lemons, no? Novelius Medical is a good example of what you want from your supplement during a flood of colleagues. Peptides in hydro collagen are derived from wild, deep-sea fish, it's free of artificial sweeteners, preservatives or any other harmful ingredients. The reason for taking collagen in the form of a supplement is a natural decrease in the amount of collagen in the body that comes with aging. Indeed, you can also get it by eating collagen-rich foods but the absorption of collagen powder is much higher. In addition to the classically renowned benefits of consuming collagen (glowing skin, strong nails, joints, cartilage), its ability to regenerate the intestinal mucus is also very intriguing.  It all starts in the gut. The Holy Trinity also includes zeolite. A mineral that aids in detoxification, promotes cell regeneration and elimination of toxins. Zeolith MED is the one that Alja would recommend.

Finding nutrition and supplements that fit our needs is a process. The same as finding the right skincare. If you and your skin are not feeling so great, go test your hormones. Once you have that information, you can start thinking about the right diet to nourish your body. Also, keep in mind that dietary supplements should be taken at least a couple of months before you can expect results. This is not a marketing strategy. The body needs its time. Investing in health is a process and we must deal with it daily. Unfortunately, there is no quick solution that would hold for twenty years.