I believe that food is most healing when it has properties to repair and nourish the body, while still being purely delicious to eat.
Unfortunately, many people can get caught up on the latest superfood or diet trend that they can overlook the simplest ingredients necessary for vibrant health and glowing skin. One of these is protein. Protein is the key nutrient for ageless, beautiful skin. Your skin, hair and nails are made up of protein, so it’s important to include it in your diet to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. The amount you consume each day varies slightly depending on your age, weight and activity level. You can find out how much you need from my protein calculator.
THE VALUE OF PROTEIN
It's important to understand the value of protein in our diet. Protein is a "macronutrient," meaning that the body needs the right amounts of it every day, because it is necessary for tissue repair and for the construction of fresh healthy new tissue.
Almost every cell in the body is made from the building blocks of protein, such us our hair, skin, bones and muscles. Your body also uses protein to make enzymes and support hormone production such as growth hormone, testosterone and thyroid that can be suppressed by ageing, stress and poor diet. Hormones such as testosterone help boost lean muscle and bone mass as well as reducing fat mass. It also assists with insulin function and glucose metabolism.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, maintaining a balanced diet is not only necessary for the prevention of chronic disease and normal cell functioning, but may also have the additional benefit for skin appearance and improved skin health.
COLLAGEN - THE KEY TO FIRM, SUPPLE SKIN
Protein consists of 20 amino acids, 2 of which are called glycine and proline, which are used in the production of collagen. Collagen gives strength and structure to the skin and as you get older, your collagen breaks down, which may lead to saggy dehydrated skin and pronounced wrinkles. Including enough protein in the diet fortifies your collagen levels and therefore makes your skin firmer and less prone to wrinkles.
The amount of protein you consume each day varies slightly depending on your age, weight and activity level. You can find out how much you need from The Healthy Chef protein calculator.
MY FAVOURITE WAYS TO HAVE PROTEIN
The most obvious way to get enough protein is through the wholefood proteins that you eat every day. These include organic or grass fed meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds etc.
For me personally and based on my own health routine and crazy work schedule, I also incorporate my Pure Wholefood Protein Powder into my eating plan. For me it's a quick and convenient way of getting enough protein that also helps curb my sweet cravings and supports my metabolism.
For a delicious satisfying drink I love to combine 1 serve of Healthy Chef Protein into a blender bottle and add water, coconut water, almond or cashew milk for a delicious creamy and nutrient rich shake. You can also boost antioxidants and add a serve of Organic Matcha, Cold-Pressed Wheatgrass Juice or my Superfood. These help to boost my metabolism and have an incredible protective effect on my skin, helping nourish a dewy complexion.