The days are getting longer and spring is on the way! Those New Year’s resolutions may have fallen by the wayside but not to worry! ’Tis the season of new beginnings, the perfect time to start afresh with our springtime makeover tips. As long as you’re spring-cleaning your home, why not show a little revitalizing love to your temple as well? Give your body a boost by incorporating the following tips and nutrients into your routine for the rest of the season:
A diet high in antioxidants is vital for glowing, ageless skin and shiny hair, and who doesn’t want that? Antioxidants help the body fight free radicals, those pesky molecules that damage the body’s cells. All fruit and vegetables are high in antioxidants and phyto-nutrients, so makes sure to include a variety of 5 + portions of fruit & veg a day into your diet. Better still; why not try a three day juice detox!
This B-vitamin promotes strong hair, and healthy skin and nails. B-vitamins are often depleted in the body due to stress, poor diet, excess alcohol, or smoking. To keep your hair and nails healthy, incorporate almonds, whole grains, oatmeal and natural yoghurt into your diet. Alternatively, try a biotin supplement, available in most health food stores.
3. VITAMIN C
A powerful antioxidant that helps prevent damage that occurs when skin is exposed to too much sun or pollution. Vitamin C is also integral in cell turnover, the development of new skin cells, a vital process to keeping skin youthful and fresh. Vitamin C is found naturally in strawberries, citrus fruits, broccoli, dark green leafy vegetables and red peppers.
These essential fatty acids are mainly found in fatty fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon, and can also be bought as a fish oil supplement. They have been shown to reduce inflammation, increase circulation and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. EPA, a specific omega-3, can even block the damage caused by enzymes that destroy collagen, helping skin stay smooth, supple and healthy.
5. VITAMIN E
This vitamin has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Wheat germ is a great dietary source of vitamin E, as are nuts & seeds, spinach, whole grains and olives. Include plenty of these foods in your diet to ensure you get enough of this fantastically skin-friendly vitamin.
6. JUICE FAST
Go hard or go home! Or don’t, we’re not your mother. But a juice cleanse is a great way to give your hard-working body systems a bit of R&R, so they can repair themselves and get back into the game revitalized. Embark on a one or three day juice detox. Guaranteed to put a spring in your step!
7. VITAMIN A
This vitamin helps maintain skin health and repair damaged skin. Retinoids, derived from vitamin A, promote skin turn-over, which keeps skin looking smoother, and decreases the effects of aging. Make sure your diet includes plenty of carrots, sweet potatoes, and green, leafy vegetables to ensure you’re getting enough vitamin A!
Increase your exercise regime, or if you don’t have one start one now! Exercise burns excess fat and tones your body, but it also helps alleviate stress, lifts your mood and makes your skin glow. Start with a brisk 30-minute walk every day (try before work or during your lunch hour if you are too tired at the end of the day). Do as much incidental exercise as possible. Take the stairs instead of the lift, leave your desk and walk around the office every so often, run up and down the stairs, get a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps per day, do some hand weights while watching TV. It all adds up!
Stick with a few (or all!) of these tips through the season, and you’ll be in fine form for a fun-filled summer! We’ll see you there!