Supplements: do we need them?

By: Sue Dewes

I feel you really need to look at what you eat, when you eat, where has your food been sourced and how it is stored, packaged and prepared. Then look at what stresses you are under, your health and what stage of life you are at.

With all of these answered, you can make an informed decision. Are you adequately fulfilling your bodies nutrient requirements?

Remembering your skin is the largest organ of the body, it will often get the last of the nutrients from our foods. A healthy skin starts from within. Skin health and nutrients go hand in hand, so we often encounter a skin condition that has manifested from a lack of nutrition.

One very important nutrient is water, as we are continuously losing it so we must replenish it. Other skin conditions we encounter are dryness, eczema, psoriasis, impaired barrier function (your skin’s own natural protective layer) and inflammation.

The skin requires Omegas (which are lacking in our diets) to provide Omega 3 to restore our barrier. Our body doesn’t produce Omegas, so they need to be taken in our food, and if we are not getting sufficient quantities we have problems. 

We also work with a lot with acne and congested skins. Good levels of spirulina and kelp help to heal, providing a cleansing and detoxifying action as it is a natural antioxidant and has essential vitamins.

Aging is a decline in the skin’s function, so we need to supply the nutrition to the skin with powerful antioxidants, supporting hydration, increasing elasticity and regenerating cells.

Tissue-inducing collagen production assists with firmness and promotes general skin health and normal skin function. 

“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” Hippocrates, 460-370BC.

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