9 Tips Your Naturopath Knows About Flawless Skin

Leading Australian naturopath and iridologist, Will Shannon, has shared his insights into how to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and get flawless skin at any age.

“We seem to be on an endless search for skin perfection. What few Australian women realise is that flawless, wrinkle free skin is achievable without the need to blast your face with chemicals,” Will says.

1. Use jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is golden with little odour as it comes from the jojoba seed which makes up about 50 per cent of the content. It can be used as a makeup remover, a lip balm and occasionally as a hair treatment. Massage in jojoba oil into any dry spots for some extra hydration.

 2. Take magnesium

Magnesium is a muscle relaxant, sometimes used to relive constipation and also in cases of people suffering depression.  It will help release the muscles holding chronic states of tension, which in the face, will reduce the signs of wrinkles.

3. Drink water

Although an easy one, you must drink at least 2 litres of water a day. We breathe out half a litre of moisture a day, and our bowels need 1.5L of water just to function properly each day.

4. Take circulatory supplements

Cayenne pepper, ginger and garlic are all good for the skin as they drive circulation around the body help to prevent cold hands and feet. Use such supplements to boost your memory, as it is difficult for the heart to drive blood (against gravity) to the brain, and are very good for the skin. Nervous states shut down peripheral circulation which will ultimately have an effect on your skin.

5. Avoid Botox

My advice would be to avoid Botox as it is the most deadliest poison for the skin. Your body needs to eliminate the poisons via the blood stream which can potentially cause more health challenges. Botulinum toxin is from a bacteria that used to grow in rancid meat. It inhibits nerve function, and hence the nerves that control that muscle can’t fire. Botox dampens the muscles that fire in the face to produce emotion, hence you feel, and look, less emotional.

6. Get rest/stress less

Meditate, enjoy your time with friends and family and get proper amounts of rest. Resting and stressing less relax the nervous system which in turn allows the body to get into deeper states of relaxation to heal itself – letting your skin bounce back quicker each day.

7. Take horsetail

Forget inorganic silica, take horsetail herb which is full of copious amounts of horsetail making the skin, hair and nails very bright. Horsetail has traditionally been used by herbalists and it’s great for the kidneys and for flushing excess oedema (fluid retention) away safely and naturally.  Even if you don’t have fluid retention take it for a safe, and naturally healthy glow.

8. Use a dry skin brush

The skin is sometimes called the third kidney and has to eliminate 1 billion skin cells a day.  Brush the dead skin away to reveal a cleaner layer underneath. Brush towards the heart every day in the bath or shower to give your skin a helping hand.

 9. Avoid soft drinks and alcohol

Although repeated to us often, it is best to avoid these drinks as they dehydrate the skin, clog up and strain the kidneys and hence put a toxic load on the skin.

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September 4, 2014

Q&A with Nutritionist Emma Sutherland

Emma Sutherland is not only a naturopath, nutritionist, and busy mum, but she is also the co-author of 50 Foods that Will Change your Life and the expert Nutritionist for Wagner’s Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract. It is Emma’s mission to encourage and inspire women to take control of their lives through advocating healthy eating and making positive lifestyle choices – she is such an inspiration for all of us who feel like we need that little extra motivation.

Emma recently had the chance to visit Japan, the home of Aged Garlic Extract, and experienced first hand the garlic aging process and the research behind its benefits. Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract is the only aged garlic product in the world and recent studies have shown that taking Aged Garlic Extract supports healthy immunity and maintains healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is fast becoming the secret super unique extract that everyone should be taking.

Recently, SheSaid had the opportunity to catch up with Emma to get her advice on healthy eating, her time in Japan and the benefits of taking Aged Garlic Extract.

You’ve just released your book, the ultimate guide to healthy eating, 50 Foods that Will Change You Life. What have been the key foods that have changed your life?
Avocado would be the number one food that has changed my life. As a child I didn’t like it but once I hit puberty I couldn’t get enough. Full of beautiful monounsaturated fats, avocado supports optimal hormone health for women. Avocado also contains high levels of vitamin E, vitamin B6 and fibre.

Fennel is another favourite due to its ability to reduce bloating. The essential oil anethole combats digestive complaints such as IBS and works beautifully to alleviate painful menstrual cramps. I love fennel finely sliced with orange, walnuts and rocket.

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What are your top 3 tips for maintaining a balanced and healthy diet and lifestyle?
1. Avoid chemicals in any form and eat clean, fresh wholefoods instead of packaged, processed foods. A book called The Chemical Maze is a great user friendly guide to avoiding chemicals.

2. Practice mindful eating – take 5 deep breathes before each meal, avoid multi tasking and put your utensils down between mouthfuls.

3. Have a huge side splitting belly laugh at least once a day.

You are the expert nutritionist and naturopath for Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract and recently had the opportunity to go to Japan. What did you take from the Japanese lifestyle and their approach to health?
Japanese people have a completely different approach to health – it’s hugely preventative and they are very proactive about preserving good health rather than waiting until they are sick to take action. They walk instead of drive, eat small portions of a wide variety of foods, practice regular tai chi and they really take the time to care for their health. Its no wonder Japan has the lowest rate of cardiovascular disease in the world!

What did you learn about the ageing process behind Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract?
First of all the 20-month ageing process takes away the strong odour that raw garlic has. Harsh compounds found in raw garlic that cause nausea and stomach upsets are eliminated. The antioxidant properties are boosted which results in AGE having more antioxidant capacity than vitamin C! The process also produces new compounds that are incredibly beneficial – S-allylcysteine is a great example which is responsible for the blood pressure lowering effect of AGE.

What are the key health benefits of taking Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract?
Research from over 700 scientific papers shows that AGE will boost immunity, increase your antioxidant levels, reduce stress, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

Who would you recommend to take Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract?
I thing everyone would benefit enormously from taking AGE. It has so many proven benefits that it will not only support your immediate health by improving immunity and resilience to stress but also lower your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, Australia’s number one killer. Personally I have been taking it every day for nearly two years as I have a young child and need to boost my immunity and avoid getting infections.

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December 1, 2013

Natural Solutions for PMS

Put your hand up if you’ve ever suffered from PMS? I’m imagining a lot of hands in the air, as anywhere up to 80% of us experience significant changes in the lead-up to our period.

What is PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome is as a collection of physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms that occur throughout the menstrual cycle, usually appearing 1-2 weeks before the start of your period. The symptoms may last 1-2 days, but for some women it can be much longer.

Hormone balance plays an important role in PMS, particularly progesterone, oestrogen and prolactin. These hormones vary naturally during the course of your menstrual cycle, which is why symptoms appear at different times of the month. There is much more to PMS than just hormones, however, including your stress levels, whether you exercise, what you’re eating , your body fat percentage, whether you’re on medication or supplementation, etc… all of these can have an effect.

What are PMS symptoms?

PMS symptoms can differ greatly from person to person, however some of the most common include:

Abdominal bloating
Fluid retention
Change in bowel function
Sugar cravings
Breast tenderness
Lethargy and fatigue
Depressed mood
Back pain

How can I get rid of my symptoms?

First of all, it’s important to understand the underlying cause of PMS symptoms. For example, is it because of hormonal imbalance or because you’ve been under more stress than usual? By working this out with your healthcare practitioner, you can also work out the best course of treatment, specifically for you.

However, happily there are a number of general health changes you can make that will help with PMS and also improve your overall wellbeing.

1. Eat well

You need to get rid of processed foods, immediately.

Pre-packed and processed foods have very little nutritional value, are often high in sugar and full of preservatives. This is no good for health generally, can mess with your energy, upset your metabolism, and exacerbates PMS symptoms. Cut it out.

Focus on increasing the amount of whole foods and fresh produce in your diet, include plenty of leafy greens! Eat good quality protein with all your main meals, such as grass-fed meats, free-range poultry and eggs, sustainable fish, natural yoghurt, legumes, nuts and seeds, etc. Also make sure you’re having plenty of healthy fats in your diet, including nut and seed oils, fatty fish, avocado, coconut oil, yoghurt, grass-fed butter, etc.

Lastly, keep your fluids up. Drink water regularly – throughout the day, every day. Hydration is one of the most important factors in maintaining good health and will also help with PMS.

2. Move your body 

Regular exercise is important for more than just fitness. It also keeps your heart healthy, improves circulation, can help to reduce inflammation and does wonderful things for mood. Incidental exercise (e.g. taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking partway to work, or chasing your toddler) counts too! Aim to move your body every day, doing whatever works for you – that might be running, riding, hiking, swimming, dancing, yoga, Pilates, etc. If you can factor in some relaxation as well – e.g. long bath, meditation, massage – even better.

3. Get some sunshine

Regular doses of delicious sunshine will help to boost your vitamin D levels. This essential nutrient is important for many body processes, including calcium absorption, immune function, cardiovascular health, blood sugar metabolism and hormonal health. Unfortunately, many of us are deficient and, as it’s hard to obtain large amounts from the diet, sunshine is your best natural option.

What’s more, getting a regular dose of sunshine in the early part of the day helps to balance your sleep-wake hormones, which helps to regulate your sleep-wake cycle… which can also improve energy, mood and hormonal balance. Plus, it feels nice to sit in the sun!

4. Natural medicines

There are a lot of herbal and nutritional interventions that can help with PMS, you’ve probably tried some of these already. However, it is important to speak with a practitioner before supplementing, as every woman’s needs will be slightly different. That’s the beauty of being an individual!

What’s your best tip for improving PMS?

Kathleen Murphy is a clinical naturopath, practicing out of Sydney’s largest integrated medical centre Uclinic. In practice, Kathleen focuses on optimising day-to-day living through diet, lifestyle and herbal therapy. She loves working with people from all walks of life, helping them institute changes that can become life-long health habits. Kathleen blogs regularly, on health, herbs and nutrition, over at Your Health. Your Life. She also lectures nutrition and herbal medicine, occasionally writes for media publications, and is a contributor to academic health journals and clinical texts.

October 7, 2013