Get beautiful skin from regular Omega 3 consumption
Ok, we’re on the road to natural beauty – day 1. This is a quick report about something you’ve probably heard about ad nauseum! You likely already know that Omega 3’s are critical to your health, but we rarely hear about how they can affect our beauty.
There’s a reason for the frequent bombardment we get from the media about these essential fatty acids. Manipulating our dietary fat intake directly influences the inflammatory response in our body. Inflammation is the silent instigator of most modern diseases, and virtually all skin issues involve inflammation as well. I wrote about these healthy fats last year when I was focussing specifically on heart health. Turns out that omega 3’s in particular are equally important when it comes to your skin and enhancing your natural beauty.
I think Nicholas Perricone, M.D., one of the most renowned anti-aging experts and author of The Wrinkle Cure and Forever Young, sums it up well when he says:
“If women understood that eating a simple, inexpensive small can of sardines, or salmon would give their skin an unrivalled radiance, softness, and suppleness, like nothing else in this world, those foods would fly off the supermarket shelves.”
And of course this goes for men too. Doctors recommend eating a minimum of two servings of small mouthed, cold water fish a week. The highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids are in:
- Lake trout
- Albacore tuna
Jonny Bowden suggests in his book, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, that the Ideal ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3′s in our bodies should be somewhere between 1:1 and 1:4. The average person consuming a Western Diet get’s 25:1 of Omega 6:Omega 3′s in their diet. That’s far too much Omega 6’s! We need to restore the balance.
If you don’t eat fish or other seafood, you can get omega-3s from ground flaxseed or flaxseed oil, chia seeds, and walnuts. One to two servings per day can help you avoid a deficiency of omega-3s.
Dale Pinnock, author of The Clear Skin Cookbook, says that Omega 3’s allow our skin to function much better as an organ. We get better oxygen delivery, better transport of nutrients to the area, and also the skin’s ability to retain moisture is greatly improved. As the skin starts behaving better, the topical products we put on the surface are also greatly enhanced.
Most of the green smoothie recipes you’ll find here on this blog contain chia seeds, ground flaxseeds are both. I find a daily green smoothie a really easy way to get some of the omega 3’s you need for radiant skin!
Natural Beauty Tip No. 1: Eat at least 2 servings of small mouthed, cold water fish every week. Add 1-2 Tbsp of chia seeds or ground flax powder into at least 3 meals a week.