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Default How your face can give away what you eat and drink

From The Telegraph
London, UK
23 September, 2018

How your face can give away what you eat and drink

It’s a little unnerving sitting in front of Dr Nigma Talib. Not because she’s the naturopathic doctor to Sienna Miller and Penélope Cruz. And not because, with her clear eyes, glowing skin and mane of glossy hair, she looks like a celebrity herself. But because, like some kind of holistic Sherlock Holmes, Dr Talib can read your face and discover your crimes. Dairy face, sugar face, gluten face and the dreaded wine face. If something in your diet isn’t agreeing with you, all will be revealed on your skin, according to Dr Talib, who is able to trace what she sees there back to what you’ve eaten.

Dr Talib first revealed this party trick – although identifying someone as having a wine face probably wouldn’t win friends at any party – in her 2015 book, Younger Skin Starts in the Gut. This was before guts got really trendy. Since then, you can’t go anywhere without people talking about their digestion and comparing probiotics.

‘I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and it has been an uphill battle trying to get to GPs and talk to patients about why they should do this,’ she sighs. ‘Now, I don’t have to convince anyone – they have to convince me to let them on as a client. It’s shifted in a way I can’t believe.’

Today, we’re more on board with Dr Talib’s theories about ‘digest-ageing’.

‘Internal wellness shows up on your face,’ she says over an an apple, oat and almond-milk smoothie in her west London clinic. ‘Poor diet can be responsible for lines, wrinkles and a dull complexion or redness.’ Her theory is that, by avoiding certain foods, you can improve your overall digestive health, and look noticeably better.

So how strict do you have to be, to reverse the signs of ageing? ‘You have to do it for at least two months. I think once people do it, they feel better, and they’re sold.’

And then lines will disappear? ‘First thing you’ll notice is the de-puff. I was at an event yesterday and met people I hadn’t seen for five years, and what I notice is that people start to puff up in the face – that’s ageing. So that will go first. And the fine lines and wrinkles, absolutely.’

Dr Talib doesn’t want people to inject themselves with Botox, but rather to work from within, by being kind to their digestive system and not overloading it. So, how ‘good’ is she?

‘Eighty per cent of the time, I’m as good as it gets, but my last supper would be a lasagna, a pizza or Indian food,’ she says. ‘I love wine. I won’t deprive myself, because life is too short – but the problem can be that you get into a habit, and then you’re too tired to get out of it. I have to have good food in the kitchen, so that when I’m hungry, I reach for things that are healthy. I have no sugar, fizzy drinks, milk or cheese.’

Yeah, that kind of good. But she says just try this for eight weeks and you’ll see the benefits – certainly, in her mid-40s, she’s a walking advertisement for healthy living. And she purports that the benefits will show up in more areas than your skin.

‘If I have a patient who’s struggling in a relationship, or is depressed, as soon as they turn their health around, things start working out,’ she says. ‘Do you know how many clients I see who have an awful fiancé or job, and after six weeks of working with me, they say they ditched their job, found a new boyfriend… I’m not joking. Because it starts with your health. If you’re not healthy, you can’t think straight, your decision- making is not good. Get your health right and everything else comes together.’

How to read your skin

Gluten face

Puffy red cheeks, dark pigmentation patches or spots around the chin

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. While relatively few suffer from coeliac disease (an autoimmune condition in which gluten triggers the body to attack itself), sensitivity to it will increase the chances of inflammation within the body, including the face. It can also disrupt the immune system and reproductive hormones, resulting in spots or dark pigmentation on the chin.

TRY Cutting gluten out for three weeks, drinking more water and eating more fibre. The puffiness will soon disperse.

Dairy face

Swollen eyelids, bags and dark circles under eyes, small white spots and bumps on the chin

Lactose in milk is a common food intolerance or sensitivity. The symptoms above could suggest that you are struggling to digest milk and dairy products – including cheese and yogurt. Dairy sensitivities tend to occur around the chin, which is connected in face-mapping to the reproductive organs.

TRY Taking a break from dairy for three weeks and see the impact on your face – but be sure to take a calcium supplement.

Sugar face

Forehead lines/wrinkles, saggy skin; gaunt and/or a grey look to the face
Excess glucose molecules attach themselves to collagen, making these normally elastic fibres rigid. Skin will sag and thin, and lines and wrinkles appear particularly on the forehead and under the eyes. Too much sugar impacts the balance of bacteria in the gut, which can also trigger acne on the face, shoulders and chest.

TRY Cutting your sugar intake in half and gradually weaning yourself off. These symptoms will decrease rapidly.

Wine face

Lines or redness between the eyes, droopy eyelids, feathery lines across cheeks (dehydration), red cheeks and nose, deep nasolabial lines
Alcohol dehydrates the skin, which worsens the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It is high in sugar, which damages the protein collagen that keeps skin elastic. If your liver is struggling to process alcohol, you might have deep lines or redness between the brows.

TRY Taking three weeks off alcohol and then enjoying the odd glass of wine one day a week to see a difference in your skin.
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24 September, 2018

How The Paleo Diet Can Drastically Improve Your Skin

The good skin cheat sheet

Meet the poster girl for the popular Paleo diet, Irena Macri.

As if her glowing complexion isn't proof enough, we asked the girl behind Eat Drink Paleo blog to explain why eating Paleo could put your facialist out of a job.

What is Paleo?

Paleo refers to a diet and lifestyle that draw their core principles from our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Paleo advocates a diet based on nutrient dense, whole, unprocessed ingredients including lots of protein and healthy fats as well as stress management, sleep improvement, regular, primal inspired exercise, lots of sunshine, and probiotics.

It's also about avoiding inflammatory, nutrient void foods such as grains, processed sugars and unhealthy vegetable and seed oils."

"It's not about re-enacting the Palaeolithic era (we don't run around with spears and cook on fire) but rather recognising our genetic predisposition and applying current scientific knowledge of how our diet and lifestyle choices affect our body and mind.

Everyone gets into Paleo for different reasons and experiences different results and changes in their bodies, mood and energy levels. Some of the reported and known benefits include improved metabolism and digestion, increased energy levels, sustained weight loss, improved sleep, mental clarity, clearer skin, feeling of vitality and overall wellbeing."

How does Paleo affect the skin?

"It's very interesting but one of the first things you notice when you meet someone who follows a Paleo diet is their skin. It's clear, smooth and supple looking. Skin is our largest organ and it's almost like a tool for our body to tell us it's happy or not.

If you get constant rushes, redness, dryness, itchy skin or blemishes, it's usually because something is wrong on the inside - it could be an allergy, an inflammatory response, a process of detoxification and so on. What we see with Paleo is that by avoiding foods that cause these responses and effects in the first place, we are able to achieve a healthier looking skin."

"Paleo also focuses on highly nutrient dense foods with lots of antioxidant rich vegetables and fruits, healthy fats from fish, avocados, coconut and olive oil, and essential amino acids and minerals from good quality meat and eggs—all of which help to support healthy skin, hair and nails and to slow down the aging clock."

What major benefits have you seen in your skin?

"Personally, I find that when I avoid wheat, gluten and sugar specifically, my skin is very clear and smooth. When I indulge in treats, I almost always see it in my skin and my mood. I also pay attention to sleep and stay active, which keeps me looking radiant and fresh."

What benefits have seen in other people's skin who've adopted a Paleo diet?

"I've heard so many success stories from people who suffered skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea and were able to clear those up or to at least manage them with the Paleo diet. There is a strong connection between gut health and inflammation and the food we eat, so I think that's where Paleo is very beneficial as it's both anti-inflammatory and healing for the gut."

The overall health and wellbeing benefits are:

"Wellbeing benefits experienced on the Paleo diet range from simple weight loss and increased energy levels to clearing up asthma, fighting diabetes, reducing join inflammation, fixing metabolic disorders, managing auto-immune conditions and improving mood and mental conditions. We're only now starting to conduct larger scale studies into the effects of this way of eating and living but the amount of individual success stories make for a convincing case for Paleo."
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Very cool---

would be hard pressed to give up cheese forever...... but wow, could be worth it IF there is a problem....
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