Anti-Inflammatory Olive Oil

Olive OilOlive trees live to be hundreds of years old, even after they have been burnt or cut to the ground – they can spring back to life! Olive Oil  is known as the “King of Oils” and has been used as far back as the Ancient Egyptians, who were among the first to use Olive Oil, regarding it as a precious gift and often entombed it alongside Pharoes, Tutankhamun was found with Olive branches crowning his head.

Olive oil is a “Monounsaturated” fat, this is the type of fat that can lower bad cholesterol and is extremely good for us, especially in the prevention of heart disease. Extra Virgin Olive Oil has the highest percentage of monounsaturated fat of any type of cooking and salad oil. It is also one of the best oils to cook with as it is highly stable at high temperatures, so ideal for the occasional fry-up!

Olive Oil is normally cold-pressed, which generally means that it is also un-refined (Just because it says “pure” on the label doesn’t mean it is un-refined), if in doubt look at the colour, the darker the oil – the more nutrients have been left behind, you also get what you pay for with Olive Oil, I always try and buy Extra Virgin or Virgin.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes from the first “pressing” of the Olives and has the darkest, greenest colour – this also has the most pungent smell, you either love it or hate it! Some Extra Virgin Oils cost as much as fine Champagne!

 The second “pressing” gives you Virgin Olive Oil, and is slightly cheaper but some experts still say it is just as good. Most of the very good Olive Oils now come from Spain, Greece, Italy and southern France, where the hot Mediterranean sun and rich soil is perfect for the Olive Tree (Olea Europa). The olives grown for pressing are soft and squishy, unlike the varieties grown for the table. Mediterranean countries seem to have a lower rate of cancer and heart disease and the reason for this could be their passion for Olive Oil – some even drink it by the glass as an aperitif!

One of the main reasons that Olive Oil is so healthy is its anti-inflammatory antioxidants and fatty acids that provide a crucial defence against the Free Radical damage that can affect us as we age. The main chemical constituent is Oleic Acid (a member of the Omega 9 family) which makes up around 75% of the oil, this helps Omega 3 to penetrate cell membranes and keeps them soft and supple – it is a very powerful membrane stabilizer. Olive Oil also has small amounts of Vitamin E (5mg per 100ml) which is also a very effective Free Radical Scavenger. Keep yourself healthy by regularly adding Extra Virgin Olive Oil to your diet, the bonus is youthful and supple skin.

Olive Oil is one of the longest lasting oils as it forms less of the degenerating peroxides that cause rancidity when exposed to heat or daylight, it is best stored in a cool, dark place.

Energy Boosting Trail Mix

A mix of Nuts, Seeds and Dried FruitsEating something every three hours helps keep your blood sugar levels stable during a hectic day, giving you a bit more energy to keep going. Making your own Trail Mix is one of the simplest things you can do. I make a large bowl every two weeks and keep it in sealed container in the fridge, when I am out and about I will decant a handful into a small zip-lock bag for a healthy snack, you can also add this to the kids lunchboxes.

The base for a Trail Mix is normally nuts and dried fruit. Whole Almonds are my favourite as they are one of the best sources of vegetable protein and high in mono-saturated fats and skin boosting Vitamin E, plus minerals Potassium and Magnesium.

For my Trail Mix I like to add….

  • Equal weights of Whole Almonds (with brown skins on), Pumkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds and dried Cranberries.
  • Add any other of your favourite nuts, I like a handful of Brazil nuts and Walnuts.
  • Add in some other tasty stuff, like dried Blueberries, Raisins and dried Apricots.
  • I like a sprinkling of age defying dried Goji Berries and Pomegranate seeds.

Mix it all together and store in a sealed container until you’re ready to eat.

  • You can add a few fresh berries if you’re eating straight away – Strawberries, Blackberries and Blueberries are great.

The list is endless, so hunt around your health food shop for ideas. There are so many health benefits from eating dried fruits, nuts and seeds, not to mention the boost in energy you will feel. You can be a bit naughty if making for your kids and sprinkle some choc chips or M&M’s in as well for a treat.

Get snacking!

Pomegranate Power

PomegranateThe beautiful Pomegranate is actually classed as a berry and can be between the size of a lemon and a grapefruit, it is native to southwest Asia but is now cultivated widely for it’s juice production.  The name  is derived from Latin – Pomum (Apple) and Granatus (Seeded), The seeded apple!

The important bits of a Pomegranate are the seeds inside, which are called “Arils“, these can range in colour, but most are a bright red colour. Scoop them all out and nibble on them throughout the day, or alternatively juice them for the ruby red coloured juice –  you will need at least 2-3 to get a decent cup of juice.

Pomegranate juice provides about 16% of an adults Vitamin C requirements, it’s also a good source of Vitamin B5, Potassium and potent Antioxidant Polyphenols.  It is a good source of Beta-Carotene and Polyphenol Catechins, and studies have shown it has been effective in reducing heart disease risk factors and boost Prostate health for men.

PomegreatI personally prefer the beautiful coloured juice as it’s easier than picking out all the seeds and it tastes amazing. I like “Pomegreat” juice and you can find this in most supermarkets, it also comes in different combinations like Pomegranate and Blueberry/Acai.

Remember to drink fruit juice through a straw to protect your tooth enamel!

For more information on Pomegranates, visit PomWonderful.com

How Much Water is Enough?

 

Drinking WaterThe whole drinking 2 litres of Water a day rule, originated from scientific research where they found out that this is how much fluid we actually lose, every day, through sweat and excretions. Although we lose this amount, research has shown that we don’t necessarily have to “drink” this amount to remain hydrated. I think most of us have come to the realisation that we also get water from many of our food choices and other drinks.

Drinking loads more than your body needs only results in lots of trips to the loo and in extreme cases can be very dangerous! Hyporathraemia or water intoxication can cause kidney problems and result in death – I’m talking extreme here though! So moderation is key, and small sips of fluid throughout the day is best, instead of glugging 1 litre in one go!

Food is Also a Source of Water

Some of the signs that you are dehydrated are headaches, lethargy and lack of concentration, I don’t like to let myself get to this stage of dehydration, so again it is about finding that balance and listening to your body, remember we are about 70% water. Part of your water intake can also be from your tea and coffee (I know, we have always been told they dehydrated you!), but again in moderation – up to 4 cups a day isn’t enough caffeine to cause the diuretic effect. Your food is also a huge source of water! think of all the fruit and vegetable choices, these can help make up your 2 litres a day.

Drinking Water will NOT Plump Your Skin!

As for hydrating your skin – well drinking water in huge quantities will not directly impact your skin and plump out dehydration lines! It is true our cells need to be constantly replenished with nutrients and water, but our internal organs will benefit first, and a good circulation is vital to get the water and nutrients flowing to your skin cells, exercise is the key here and will bring a rosy glow to your face! bringing nutrients and water to your skin cells.

 You are better off tackling dehydrated skin from the outside, topical products with Hyaluronic Acid are brilliant at hydrating and act as a humectant, binding more moisture to your skin which has a skin plumping effect. Also strengthening your skin’s barrier nutritionally will help prevent  Trans-epidermal-Water Loss (TEWL) through the layers of skin and will definitely have an overall effect on softness and smoothness –  try an Omega blend of 3.6.9 oils I like Udo’s Choice Omega Oil Blend and Viridian Organic Beauty Oil.

Perfectly Sweet Xylitol

Perfect Sweet - XylitolBy now, I think we are all well aware of the effects of excess sugar in our bodies, not to mention the effects on our skin with the cross linking of Collagen and inflammation that leads to wrinkles and premature ageing.

Xylitol is natures alternative to sugar and is also known as wood or Birch Sugar, it has been used to sweeten food and drinks for many years. The strange name comes from the Greek word “Xyl” which means wood, as in Xylophone, this is because it was first extracted from the bark of Birch trees after the 2nd world war, when sugar was in very short supply.

Xylitol is a 100 % naturally occurring sweet tasting substance, and it looks and tastes exactly like normal sugar, but has various healthy benefits. It is found in other things apart from the Birch tree, including – Raspberries, Plums and Strawberries and even our own bodies make small amounts.

Here are the plus points to switching from sugar to Xylitol!

  • Xylitol provides an alkaline environment that helps fight plaque and cavities, this is why it is many chewing gum and oral health products.
  • There are 40 % less calories compared with sugar, extra calories will get stored as fat.
  • There are 75 % less carbohydrates compared with sugar, so you can add sweetness without adding too many extra carbs!
  • Xylitol has the lowest G L  (Glycaemic Load) of any sugar alternative.
  • Diabetics can enjoy Xylitol with a trace effect on Insulin levels as it  releases it’s energy slowly.
  • You use exactly the same amounts as you would for sugar.
  • You can use it in baking and cooking.
  • Xylitol has a G. I (Glycemic Index) of 7, which is 10 times lower than sugar. The Glycaemic Index scores all foods on a scale of 1 – 100 according to how quickly they release glucose into your bloodstream. Foods with a lower G I value releases Glucose into your blood slower and provides steadier energy levels.

I have been a fan of a low Glycaemic Index way of eating, and for me is a sensible, healthy way of enjoying food! Not only that, but by eating low-GL you can reduce your risk of some of the most prevalent diseases of the 21st century – diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Although Xylitol is a far healthier option than sugar, and without the chemicals of artificial sweeteners, just replace your normal sugar intake don’t double the amount just because it has less calories!

Perfect Sweet is a trade name and is made of 100%  Xylitol extracted from Birch Wood, you can buy this in selected health food stores.

Antioxidants to the Rescue!

You have probably heard the word “Antioxidant” used lots of times in regards to skincare and nutrition, but you may not exactly understand exactly what they are or how to get enough of them! They have amazing health benefits and help prevent heart disease, liver disease and some cancers, they can also offer protection against other age related conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Antioxidants are also know as Free Radical Scavengers and are the best defence against oxidative damage and will help prevent wrinkles! That is enough reason to start guzzling the Pomegranate Juice!!
To understand what Antioxidants do, we must first understand oxidation, this is easy – imagine an apple that has fallen from its tree and laid on the ground in the sun – it soon goes brown and shrivels up! Our skin, unlike the apple has a constant supply of nourishment from within (as long as we eat well and hydrate ourselves!) but the effects of the environment will eventually take their toll. As our outermost layer, our skin is constantly exposed to environmental factors which influence its health and appearance. Ironically most of the oxidants in the body are actually toxic forms of one of our most essential elements – Oxygen.
Oxidants – also known as Free Radicals and Reactive Oxygen Species, are the body’s equivalent of nuclear waste which must be disposed of to remove the danger! Think of them as sparks being generated by our bodies burning glucose to make energy in our cells, or by pollution, UV and smoking. These sparks or oxidants, cause damage to cells and need to be put out! This is where Antioxidants play their part! they are like the fire extinguishers for the sparks.

Without being too technical (or boring!), here is a brief explanation of how oxidants wreak their havoc – first imagine millions of atoms in our bodies, and in the chemicals in the environment. Each atom has a paired positive and negative charge (electrons) which keep it nice and balanced. An oxidant is, in contrast unbalanced and highly reactive. It is an atom with one of its electrons missing, so it causes chaos by trying to steal one from a nearby atom. As you can imagine, the theft of an electron itself creates another oxidant and so the process continues in a cascade of damage to vital skin components (not to mention your internal bits as well). Oxidants are very destructive overall because they damage fats, proteins, connective tissue and DNA.

Some oxidants arise normally during metabolism, sometimes the body’s immune system’s cells create them on purpose to neutralize viruses and bacteria. Normally the body can handle them, but if Antioxidants are unavailable, or if the Free Radical production becomes excessive (UV damage and smoking!) then damage occurs.
By understanding this process, we can defeat it! and stay healthier and younger looking for longer! Smoking creates something like 500,000 Free Radicals at every puff! that is why smokers age at double the rate, and are at risk of more cancers than non-smokers – very scary!
“The Free Radical is the source for virtually all disease, illness and ageing itself”

Antioxidants to the rescue!!– The most well known antioxidants are Vitamins A, C and E, Beta-Carotene and in the minerals Copper, Zinc and Selenium. Dietary compounds are believed to be even more powderful, these include Lycopene (tomatoes), Anthocyanins (cranberries), Lutein (leafy greens) and Flavanoids ( Green Tea, White Tea, Rooibos Tea and Red Wine). Other excellent sources of antioxidants include Blueberries,Pomegranate and Acai fruits, and herbs like Turmeric, Ginger and Cinnamon. We should aim to get some of these from our diet as they are the most effective sources – however I think a supplement is well worth taking as we don’t always manage the perfect diet! While ingesting Antioxidants can effectively scavenge Free Radicals, our skin is often the last to get its ration of Antioxidants. That is when topically applied cosmetics come into play.
Scientists have been studying an entire host of plant antioxidants that, when applied topically, can help us fight Free Radicals and protect our skin, look our for some of the above ingredients in your skin care formulas and make sure the Vitamins are in a stable form to keep them potent especially in your sun care products – it has been proven that they give you further protection for your skin cells. Look for some of the same Antioxidants as above, especially Vitamins A, C and E, Resveratrol (from red wine) is the new super-antioxidant to watch out for and Green and White Teas are always a great choice. Antioxidants are a preventative measure only, and cannot make your wrinkles you already have go away!
Our body actually creates antioxidant systems as well, some of these are enzyme systems and others are amino acids, like Glutathione, which can stop Free Radicals in their tracks!
We need a healthy balanced diet for our body to do what it can to repair and heal itself, Antioxidants are basically like insurance for our skin and our health! prevention is better than cure!
Make sure you are including loads of Antioxidant rich fruit and veg and get a good Antioxidant supplement just to make sure – start from a young age and you will reap the benefits, but it is never too late too prevent further damage.

Right, I’m off for a cup of Green Tea!

Willie’s Delectable Chocolate

Dark ChocolateLast year I followed Willie Harcourt Cooze on his journey to make a very high quality Cacao, (a very condensed form of Cocoa) – to use in cooking and baking. There was a series of TV programmes on channel four entitled “Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory”, and showed his struggle to manufacture his Cacao. Willie has his own Cocoa Bean plantation is Venezuela, where he grows his organic beans for use in his cacao.
Recently there was some follow up programmes, which showed Willie trying (with lots of hiccups along the way) to make his own chocolate bars by 100 year old antique chocolate making machinery. The programme showed him attempting to teach a nation of chocolate lovers (mostly Cadburys or Galaxy) how wonderful and good for you real dark chocolate could be! This man has such a passion for chocolate; he literally puts it in most things he cooks!
Well not everyone is going to enjoy dark chocolate, but it’s not just about gorging yourself on chocolate, the real stuff is actually good for us! Why is chocolate so good for us? – Well here’s the science bit.
Recent research has shown that real dark chocolate can provide natural health-promoting substances called Flavonoids. These flavonoids demonstrate to have powerful antioxidant effects and contain flavanols and procyanids. These two compounds come from the Flavonoid family that includes Resveratrol – found in grape juice and red wine and EGCG found in Green Tea. When we consume these substances in chocolate, the antioxidant status of our blood increases, thus fighting Free Radical damage to our cells – these are destructive molecules that are implicated with a whole host of degenerative diseases including heart disease and cancer. Research has also found dark chocolate can help reduce high blood pressure, but remember the word moderation when you nibble!!
Theobromine is also found in products of the Cocoa Tree (Theobroma Cacao), this is chocolates caffeine cousin and gives you a very mild stimulation and feel good factor when you consume it. This chemical is toxic to dogs and other domestic animals, as they metabolise Theobromine more slowly than us, and this can lead to heart failure, kidney failure and death! Please do not feed your pets chocolate – it isn’t worth it!
Also those who eat chocolate regularly may have a higher sex drive!! Any excuse eh? The Aztec emperor “Montezuma” used to drink a goblet of chocolate before entering his harem each night, leading to the popular legend of chocolates aphrodisiac properties! Well it won’t hurt to try I suppose!
I have made a commitment to eat more of the good chocolate (I have bought some of Willy’s chocolate – it is lovely) I am also going to buy some of the Cacao and Willy’s chocolate recipe book, and try (I am normally rubbish at baking!) to make some lovely cakes and desserts. I do find that just a small piece of the dark stuff, stops me wanting to stuff Galaxy down my throat!, and I feel better about eating it.
Antioxidants are the key to ageing well, and you can never consume too many – make a conscious effort to ingest more and you will possibly prevent disease and premature ageing of your skin!
You can buy Willie’s Cacao and chocolate bars from Waitrose and Selfridges.
 
and Willie’s website – http://www.williescacao.com/

 

Green &Blacks Chocolate Recipes  is also a lovely read for the chocolate lover, with lots of chocolatey tips and advice! Yum!

 

The Nutritional Super Berries

Our skin is the bodies largest organ, so it makes sense to keep it nourished from within with a variety of health-giving foods including the wide range of colourful berries available today. Berries are full of Phyto-chemicals in the form of Antioxidants, plant estrogens and vitamins that can boost your health and protect the skin from damage.

Summer wouldn’t be summer without soft fruit – here’s some of the popular super berries and also a few unusual ones! –   The best of a beautiful bunch!

Strawberries

The fruit of Wimbledon and the most popular fruit in the UK,  the Strawberry is one of my favourites and extremely nutritious. Strawberries are found to be higher in Vitamin C than citrus fruits, Vitamin C is essential for Collagen formation and support – it is also a powerful antioxidant. Strawberries also contain Lycopene which gives them their red colour and can protect cells against sun damage, they also contain Vitamin A which is essential for healthy hair and skin. Ellagic Acid is also present in high volumes and is a powerful anti carcinogen, it can reduce damage to cells caused by tobacco smoke and air pollutants. Strawberries also contain natural Salicylates which also found in Aspirin, so could relieve a headache!

Blackberries

Blackberries are an ancient fruit, prescribed by the ancient Greeks to treat Gout! Also eaten by the Native Americans to relieve stomach ailments and digestive disorders, they are also mentioned in the Bible. Blackberries have been shown to contain the highest  level of Phyto-estrogen’s, followed by Strawberries. They also contain Ellagic Acid, which helps neutralize Free Radicals and prevent cancer cells. Blackberries are considered to be an astringent because of their high Tannin content, studies show that tannins tighten tissue, lessen minor bleeding and may help alleviate intestinal inflammation and piles!

The antioxidants that are in Blackberries are Anthocyanin pigments, responsible for the purplish-black colour,  Contains a powerful team of nutrients –  vitamin C and heart protective Vitamin E, also thought to strenthen blood vessels, one handful contains 8 grams of fibre including Cholesterol-lowering Pectin.

Blueberries

Blueberries have a long history of use as a medicinal plant, native to North America where they grow wild throughout the woods and mountainous regions of U.S and Canada. These nutritional super-berries are bursting with goodness, packed with antioxidant phyto-nutrient Anthocyandins, they will help neutralize Free Radical damage to cells and help support Collagen. They contain significant amounts of this compound that gives the fruit its blue and purple colour, they also contain Resveratrol, another powerful antioxidant. In addition Blueberries contain Ellagic Acid, which has shown to prevent cell damage and prevent certain cancers. A rich source of fibre, calcium and vitamins A and C, low in calories and low Glycemic Load.

You can buy Blueberry plants at good garden centres, so you can pick off your own juicy berries throughout the summer! Remember they need an acid soil, so plant in large tubs with Ericaceous soil.

Cranberries

Another of North America’s native fruits, the Cranberry is indeed a super-berry! Cranberries contain the antioxidant compounds Proanthocyandins which have powerful anti-cancer properties, they seem to contain the most antioxidant phenols and are leaders of fruits in phenolic compound content. More well known for it’s effect on Urinary Tract Infections, the reason for this is it’s unique ability to inhibit bacteria, including E-coli, from adhering to the urinary tract. This is why Cranberry juice and supplements are recommended for Cystitis, they also contain Hippuric Acid, which is antibacterial and helpful for warding off urinary tract infections.

Cranberries can also reduce the risk of gum disease and stomach ulcers. Uncooked ripe fruit is the best source of antioxidants (including frozen berries), the next best is dried Cranberries ,then the juice – but watch out for the sugar content! Like Blueberries, you can grow plants in tubs with acid soil and enjoy freshly picked berries.

Raspberries

Raspberries are thought to be  native to Asia and eaten since prehistoric times. They come in various colours – primarily red, but also may be black, purple and even golden! The antioxidants compounds are Anthocyanins and give them their rich colour, the antioxidant activity are 50% higher than Strawberries and also contain Lutein, which is good for vision. High in fibre, Iron, Potassium and Vitamins A & C, plus Beta-Carotene. Raspberries contain Ellagic Acid which has anti-cancer agents and helps neutralize Free Radicals.

The leaves of the raspberry plant are also used for medicinal purposes – Raspberry Leaf Tea is reputed to be effective for balancing the menstrual cycle and easing period pains.

Goji Berries

Goji Berries are found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia and the Himalayas in Tibet, they are part of the nightshade family, like tomatoes. They are rich in antioxidants – particularly Carotenoids such as Beta-Carotene, which is converted by the body into Vitamin A, vital for healthy skin. Goji’s also contain Zeaxanthin – which helps protect the retina of the eye from deterioration. Goji Berries have been used for 6000 years by herbalists in China and Tibet to promote longevity, help eyesight, boost immune function and improve circulation, they are rich in B vitamins. Numerous health benefits are claimed including protection against heart disease and cancer, also is said to help defend skin against sun-burn (like tomatoes).

They are best eaten fresh, but you won’t find them in the supermarket! so opt for the dried variety – they look red and shriveled like raisins and are found in all health food stores. I include them in a bag of trail mix, with lots of nuts, seeds and other berries, for snacking on during the day. If you want to try them fresh, the best way is to grow a plant and pick off the ripe berries! They are widely available in this country and ideal for a large tub on the patio!

Some of the more unusual Berries available are Acai Berry, Boysenberry, Lingonberry and Honeyberry! but don’t forget your currants as well! black, white and red currants are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants as are black and red cherries and don’t forget black grapes.

I like to have a mixture of some of the berries featured, so you get the best out of all their individual benefits, use them in a trail mix to snack on throughout the day, in a morning smoothie or on top of porridge or cereal. Frozen berries are available in most supermarkets and remarkably freezing doesn’t destroy the vitamins or antioxidants, so it makes them easier to use!

Suttons Seeds sells a good variety of soft fruit plants to grow in tubs, including the unsual super berries, so why not try a few?

If anyone has any berry recipes please share via the comments.

Sugar – Your skin’s Enemy

We are all well aware that sugar isn’t good for us – the reasons we try to avoid it are because it is “fattening” or rots our teeth, however the dangers of sugar go far deeper than that. Excess sugar in the blood is also very damaging on a cellular level, it doesn’t really have a nutritional value and is known as an anti-nutrient  as it can stop the absorption of certain vitamins.

Increased  blood sugar causes a number of chemical reactions in the body which results in Inflammation – this can easily escalate out of control, Inflammation is the basis of virtually every disease process from cancer, heart disease, joint problems and dementia. Sugar also slows down our immune response, which  means we are less able to fight off infections. 

Skin problems, such as Acne, Eczema and Skin Ageing can be triggered by inflammation in the body. The problems arise when we have excess sugar in our body, the sugar molecules attach themselves to proteins – remember that proteins are the basic structures of skin, blood vessels and  many other parts of our body. This process is know as Glycation – also known as Glycosylation, this causes not only hardening of the arteries and stiff joints, but – when sugar bonds to Collagen, the fibres become stiff and lose their elasticity leading to the loss of bounce-back. It gets worse as more Free Radical generation occurs which leads to even more damage and Inflammation – this inevitably leads to inflexible and cross-linking of Collagen, resulting in the birth of deep wrinkles and saggy skin.

We are not just talking about the sugar we put in our tea or found in biscuits, cakes and sweets. Starch and sugar are the two main types of carboyhdrates, which once digested turn into sugar in your body – so your bread, pasta and many other foods. Try to eat low GL carboyhdrates which release their energy slowly and avoid that sugar spike.

Sleep is also important, well not enough sleep really, as sleep deprivation releases a hormone called Cortisol, which pushes up blood sugar, stimulating the release of insulin, sending sugar to the cells – this can create cravings for sweet things and white bread, croissants etc.

The key is moderation, try to follow the Low Glyaemic Load way of eating and keep your blood sugar levels stable. Substitute the normal table sugar for  Xylitol  – this is a Low GI form of sugar from natural sources and much better for our teeth. Avoid artificial sweeteners, they can increase appetite and have some side effects.

For more information of the Low Glycaemic way of eating, read –  A Guide To Youthful Nutrition

Skin Deep Juice

This is one of my favourite juices from Michael Van Straten’s Super Juice book, he is the UK’s best known practitioner of complementary medicine, a leading osteopath, naturopath, acupuncturist and nutritional consultant.

I have been a fan of juicing for years with a little help from my old faithful Magimix Juicer, and love to experiment with different combinations, it’s also helpful to use up fruit and veg that you may otherwise waste! Beauty is definitely more than skin deep, and it’s pointless having anti-ageing treatments and using topical products if your not feeding your skin from within with antioxidants and nutrients!

I am a fan of the Apple, Carrot and ginger combo, but when my skin needs an extra boost, this really hits the spot! Here’s what you need  for the Skin Deep Juice

  • 4 Organic Carrots – unpeeled
  • 2 Asparagus Spears
  • Half a medium Iceberg Lettuce
  • 1 handful of Spinach Leaves

This is super rich in Vitamins A and C, Beta-Carotene and Folic Acid. Rich in Iron and Vitamin E, contains Potassium, Silica and some B Vitamins. Not only does it protect against skin infections thanks to its high Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene content, Skin Deep also provides plenty of Vitamin E, which helps maintain supple and wrinkle free skin! This juice is also a blood builder – which means more skin nutrients are carried to the surface where they’re needed.

Check out Michael Van Stratens Super Juice Book for more recipes, but I would love to hear your favourite juicing recipes, so please post below!