Claire Grady, Qualified Nutritional Therapist and advocate for healthy eating & lifestyle spoke at our recent Dr. Hauschka Health, Beauty & Lifestyle Event at the Hotel Meyrick.
Below, is an outline of what Claire spoke about on the night.
Chlorophyll plays an important role in making plants green and healthy. It also has vitamins, antioxidants, and therapeutic properties that can benefit the body. One of the main vitamins we need to get from our dark leafy green intake is Folate otherwise known as Folic Acid. Folate is the raw material used to synthesize your DNA, so the greens we consume actively working on upgrading your genetic software - so this positively impacts the anti-aging process keeping us looking and feeling happier and healthier for longer.
Chlorophyll is a green pigment present in plants, which facilitate the absorption of light from the sun. Plants cells store the sunshine and make it available to us for consumption. So we can harness the power of the sun and make it part of our cellular make up - giving us that glow from within.
Another interesting fact about chlorophyll is that its molecular structure is similar to that of hemoglobin, which is a critical part of human blood. The only exception is their central atom which is iron for hemoglobin and magnesium for chlorophyll. This means that a chlorophyll rich diet can restore and replenish red blood cells which enhances its ability to carry more oxygen around the blood stream.
The color green represents healing and nourishment, so it’s no wonder that green foods are “heart healthy.”
Dietary Sources: Cabbage, Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Sprouts (alfalfa / pea), fresh herbs Parsley, Dill & Coriander, Spirulina, Wheatgrass, Chlorella, Seaweeds (Dilisk, Sea Spaghetti, Sugar Kelp, Nori), Matcha whole leaf Green Tea
Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances that can provide protection against the effects of damaging free radicals on the cells in your body, including your skin, caused by the stressors of daily life
When it comes to antioxidants, no one "hero" ingredient will protect your skin you need to add an abundance of colour and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, a wide variety of herbs and spices and some herbal teas. To ensure that you’re getting complete antioxidant protection, start with a diet rich in plant foods.
So what are antioxidants? They are the immune system of the plant - the pigments, the leaves, the flowers and the fruit all have unique molecular compounds that we can avail of through our diet in order to protect our selves. How amazing is that - we can harness the power of the plant based world around us in order to protect our cells from free radical damage and support anti-aging.
Dietary Sources: Add as much colour and variety of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, nuts & seeds, a wide variety of herbs and spices and herbal teas especially Green & White Tea
Considered essential fatty acids because we must obtain adequate amounts of them through the food we consume daily since your body can't create them.
Every cell in our body is made up of fat - each one of our skin cells are made up of phospholipid membranes which are hydrophobic on the outside and hydrophilic on the inside therefore the natural balance of water and fat to keep our cells plump and healthy.
The main essential fat we need to consume for healthy skin is Omega 3. Every time we replicate and regenerate new skin cells these fats are required so it's important we have adequate amounts available for good skin health.
Sources: Hemp, Flax, Walnuts, Almonds, Dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach, Avocados, Eggs
We are 70% water so we need to ensure we keep our cells hydrated. Often we talk about complicated and expensive compounds, which really fuel the anti-aging process such as Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen - and these are very important compounds for structure and support but these are only beneficial when we are hydrated. We hear about hear about these compounds being beneficial for plump skin cells but they can only do their job once we have adequate hydration to fill out the cells.
Another benefit of having plentiful supply of water in the body is for the cardiovascular system bringing oxygenated & nutrient rich blood around the body, out to the skin and give its youthful vibrant glow.
Sweating is an important aspect of hydration - every time we exercise, go to the steam room or sauna we excrete and eliminate through our pores. Every time we clear out, we renew - out with the old and in with the new.
It may seem obvious that sleep is beneficial. Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we know that getting a good night's sleep can make us feel ready to take on the world.
Sleep provides an opportunity for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself. Many of the major restorative functions in the body like muscle growth, tissue repair, protein synthesis, and growth hormone release occur mostly, or in some cases only, during sleep. Other rejuvenating aspects of sleep are specific to brain health and cognitive function, helping us with memory, focus & concentration.