Beauty from inside out

Updated: Feb 21

Would you believe that I used to do my shopping in the frozen food store!?

Hello, my name is Yana – founder and owner of ShaNaMetics.

Welcome to my 3rd blog post.

When I lived alone, I didn’t concern myself with cooking.

I was too busy having fun and enjoying my busy life in London.

Even though I wasn’t much of a chef, I ate fruit and veg every day and I did yoga, salsa and went for run during the weekends.

I was raised in a family where we grew our own food and every meal was prepared from scratch.

I learned to cook healthy when I started exercising with dumbbells.

After a lot of reading and researching (knowledge is power) I got to the conclusion that eating and working out are all connected.

I often say that the best skin care in the world wouldn’t matter if we follow a poor diet.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine said, “All disease begins in the gut”.

More than 80 percent of the body’s immunity is in the gut and we all have hundreds of naturally occurring bacteria in our gut. Some of these are harmless ‘good’ bacteria that help with digestion, while others are not so harmless ‘bad’ bacteria, which may contribute to causing diseases.

Many of the usual suspects to blame for compromising gut flora are sugar, heavy carbs, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods.

Dermatologists John Stokes and Donald Pillsbury first established the relationship between gut flora and healthy skin more than 70 years ago. They began to notice gut flora was altered in people with severe acne. “We forget that the skin is our largest functioning organ and it says a lot about our health,” says Wake, and continues “Skin conditions like acne, eczema and dermatitis are actually symptoms of something else that’s going on in the body, like a warning light.”

Researcher Whitney Bowe has researched further the link between gut health and both the brain and skin. She suggests that the ability of the gut microbiota and oral probiotics to influence systemic inflammation, oxidative stress, glycaemic control, tissue lipid content and even mood itself, may have important implications in acne - and that the intestinal microflora may also provide a twist to the developing diet and acne research.

There is no doubt in my mind that maintaining good and balanced diet is essential not only for our well-being but for the health of our skin.

Another big enemy of healthy skin is stress.

High stress levels and a lack of sleep can have negative impact on our body by affecting the microbial load thanks to altered levels of the stress hormone cortisol, weakening the body’s anti-inflammatory response.

I have noticed that every time I am under pressure, a spot is about to appear on my face. It is difficult to live stress free life nowadays. I usually avoid stress and I don’t think about it, but it happens to all of us to feel stressed out from time to time.

The good news is, there are number of ways to relieve stress.

Exercising leads to the release of endorphins, natural “feel-good” chemicals that combat the effects of stress. Exercise also helps to regulate your body stress response so you become less reactive when faced with stressful situation. A good sweat fest releases endorphin and lowers the stress hormone, cortisol.

Regular exercise will also help you sleep better and boost your metabolism.

Try getting into a daily meditation or yoga practice, taking a walk in the park, listening to music, reading and doing anything that you love and keeps your mind busy in a positive way.

Since I have started exercising daily and eating right, I feel healthier, happier, more energetic and I sleep better.

One of my favourite ways to deal with stress is essential oils. I use essential oils daily as part of my skin care routine. I have essential oils diffuser which I also use every day. I love the smell of Frankincense after a long day and Patchouli puts me to sleep within minutes. Relaxing in a warm bath with lavender essential oil gives me a sense of harmony.

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