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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Essential Fatty Acids for Healthy Skin

Did you know that the right kind of fats won't make you fat!??
Did you know that every cell emembrane in our body contains essential fatty acids?
I wonder what happens to our cell membranes when we starve our bodies of these essential fatty acids?
Did you know that essential fatty acids can also make you leaner?? Now there's a thought .....
What is the wrong kind of fat?

Well, simply.... junk food fat .... or trans fatty acids are the culprits for weight gain and unhealthy effects on the body. Highly processed golden polyunsaturated oils like sunflower, corn and safflower are your typical trans fatty acids. These fatty acids in combination with sugar = heart disease. They also play havoc with our cell walls and hormones.

Essential Fatty Acids cannot be synthesized by the body, hence the need for us to regularly supply our body with these wonderful EFA's.
So what are the best essential fatty acids that we should be having in order for our skin and body to beam with health and vigour?

Omega 3 (wild fish, game, flax seeds, flax oil, walnuts) and Omega 6 (avocadoes, nuts and seeds) are required regularly for a healthy cell membrane. Just think, if your cell membrane is not functioning as it should, oxygen, nutrients and waste will not be able to pass through the cell wall as intended for healthy function. Your cells walls also keep moisture in side your cell keeping your skin plump and hydrated. A deficiency in essential fatty acids can make the skin look dull, lifeless, dry, dehydrated and stressed. If the acid mantle (which is your skins barrier to the external environment) if compromised, then your skin can become flaky, dry, itchy and irritable because your skin cannot protect itself from the outside forces or wind, pollution, harsh chemically laden skin care products and make up. Now you can start to see how important the omegas play in your diet.

They also increase the bodies metabolic rate - great for fat burning. They are also great for arthritis sufferers, healthy brain function, and dealing with stress.

tip: always look for extra virgin oil or cold pressed oil. Nutritionists recommend no more then 2 tablespoons a day.

There is a fantastic product that I prescribe my clients who have a EFA deficiency. Click here to read more. My clients add this serum to any cream or serum they are currently using and it will give you very quick results. My skin feels hydrated, plump, soft, very resistant to outside influences like heating/wind etc and even better, I don't break out as much! I mix my EFA serum with my daily sunscreen. Hydrate and Protect, my skin loves me for it and my makeup goes on smoothly and with ease.

If you think that you are EFA deficient, send a post!

Happy Skin Days,

Sarah Wilkinson

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