Tracy’s Pick of the Week: 1/20/14 – 1/26/14

Eat more greens for clear skin

Photo by Stacey Spensley

Welcome back! Hope you enjoyed a great and warm weekend.

This time’s news update is very much food-related. We cannot stress the importance of foods too much, as they nourish our body from the inside. You may be wondering: why is nourishing our body from the inside important? Well, I came across a video last week which exactly explains this for us. Let’s jump into the first update right now.

1. Dr. Howard Murad Teaches Skin Structure and Encourages More Consumption of High Water Content Foods.

This may not be new to you. Yet, the message says so much that it is worth mentioning for another time: how Nature designs our skin structure tells us it is way too insufficient if we only use skincare products to take care of our skin, as  they only take care the top 20% (or even less) of our skin. We should put more efforts in taking care of our skin from the inside. Now, at this moment, if you are in a hurry and have only about 20 seconds to go through the video, I urge you to start from 1:19 and learn more about your very own skin structure and what it means to truly take care of the skin. After watching the video, how about making “consuming more high water content foods” a habit from today?!

2. Katrine van Wyk Reveals 20 Classic Toxic Load Symptoms (Acne Is One of Them)!

This Norwegian model turned holistic health coach shares a list of 20 symptoms that might suggest signs of chronic toxicity and a need for detoxification for your liver, intestines and the gut. Skin problems like acne, eczema and hives have been added the list. You see, just like Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners who views acne breakouts as a sign of imbalance inside the body, Katrine also believes that acne on the skin can be a reflection on internal health issues. In fact, the notion that our skin condition is a reflection of our internal health status has already been widespread even in the West (especially in the nutritional world). Yet, if you didn’t know about this before, it is never too late to jump on the bandwagon. Let’s become more educated on skin health together. We’ll well on our way to restoring glowing skin and achieving excellence health!

Skin should radiate exquisite freshness, thus expressing the inner truth of excellence health. – David Acocado Wolfe, one of the leading authorities in nutrition and author of Eat For Beauty

Alright, by now we have had Dr. Murad telling us the importance of taking care of our skin from the inside; we have also realized that having a nourished body will inevitably lead to great skin. Why don’t we get started from eating the right foods from now on? Below are several food tips I have collected over the past week for us to get started. Let’s continue with our exploration.

3. Master Chef Franco Lania Encourages Us to Cook Something at Home.

The first thing to do regarding eating the right foods is appreciate the beauty of Nature. What I like about this post is that you can smell some “zen” as you read along. In the post, Chef Franco Lanis encourages us to slow down when we can, develop more awareness toward Nature, and appreciate the shapes, colors and smells of fresh produce in a local farmers’ market.

4. Forty-eight Foods to Balance Your Hormones & Give You Glowing Skin

Next, as you walk in a local farmer’s market, make sure you look for these 48 foods. The author has kindly summarized four big categories of foods we should pay attention to, including clean protein, healthy fats, antioxidant-rich vegetables and healthy spices and herbs.

The following two posts are a very good extension of this post, as one talks about the benefits of sprouted chia seeds (a source of clean protein) and the other touches upon the healing power of herbs.

5. Why Everyone Should Try Sprouting Chia Seeds.

In this post, I have learned the value of micro-green (or sprouts), which can contain 4-6 times more nutrients than the mature leaves of the same plant. And sprouted chia seeds contain cholorophyll, which is an effective blood cleanser and blood builder. According to the author, this nutrient “replenishes and increases our red blood cell count and increases the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen and deliver us increased levels of energy”. After reading this, I think I will start sprouting some chia seeds right after I publish this new blog post ; )

6. Five Powerful Healing Spices

Believing that “the real secret to preventing disease and prolonging life is a diet rich in whole foods and spices”, Dr. Frank Lipman, a pioneer and internationally recognized expert in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine, introduces to us 5 easy-to-find spices to get started. They are: cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, funnel and ginger. These spices can balance blood sugar, reduce inflammation and ease digestive discomfort. All of these benefits are synonyms for clear skin. These days, I am slowly adding more spices to my meals (e.g. soups, quinoa and even fruits) and enjoying the flavors in my experiments. And, I welcome to you join me in the journey, too.


Spices for clear skin

A spices carousel in my pantry. Loving it! ; )

7. Not All Seafood Is Equally Rich in Omega-3s; and Some May Contain Too Much Mercury.

If you like eating fish, this is a piece of news that you have to pay close attention to. Environmental Working Group (EWG) has recently published a post that the federal government’s guidelines on seafood consumption might be misleading. The recommendation does not necessarily guarantee an enough amount of Omega-3 intake and can especially do hard to children and pregnant women. Below is a sheet shared by EWG on good seafood choices and types of seafood to avoid.

People who follow the federal government’s guidelines on seafood consumption are likely to consume too much mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin, or too few beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, according to a new EWG analysis of fish contaminant and nutrient data.

 EWG Seafood Consumption Chart

Photo from Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Hope you enjoy my “food-ful” news update this time. I look forward to bringing you more exciting news next time we touch base. Before then, why don’t we pick one food we haven’t tried to start our journey to clear skin. I’ll start with sprouted chia seeds. What about you?



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