Beautiful skin comes from within! Our skin is a reflection of what we feed our body and one of the most neglected parts of our nutrition - Essential Fatty Acids - can impact on our skin's natural look and feel. Udo Erasmus states "Lack of Essential Fatty Acids constitutes the most neglected aspect of a nutritional program for healthy, radiant skin"
You will probably have heard of Omega 3 and 6. They are the Essential Fatty Acids largely missing from our western diets. Without enough of these in our diet we can become prone to:
- Dry Skin
- Inflammatory skin conditions
- Cracked heels
- Stretch marks during pregnancy
Essential Fatty Acids and Skin Cells
Youthful skin is full of plump, water-filled cells. A skin cell’s ability to hold water decreases with age. A healthy skin cell has a healthy membrane, which keeps good things in, like water and nutrients, and allows waste products to pass out. It is a fatty acid’s job to keep that cell healthy and its membrane functioning. Not getting enough essential fatty acids results in unstable membranes that cannot keep their buoyant shape, which in turn leads to saggy, aged skin.
The cells integrity is also determined by the type of fat we eat. Researchers believe that diets containing large amounts of saturated or hydrogenated fats produce cell membranes that are hard and lack fluidity whilst diets rich in Essential Fatty Acids Omega 3 and 6 produce cell membranes with a high degree of fluidity allowing the membrane to work at its best.
For the full natural beauty of our skin to shine through our skin cells need protein, water, vitamins, minerals and Essential Fatty Acids. However, with todays modern diet of processed foods, carbohydrates and low fat meals they tend to lack the Omega 3 and 6 they need to work at their best.
How it works
Essential Fatty Acids work in three ways:
- They allow the cells to retain water, essentially moisturising the skin from within
- Omega 6 helps the body maintain hydration which also helps with retaining the skin's look and feel
- Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory so helps to reduce inflammatory skin conditions
Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend provides the cells in our skin with the Essential Fatty Acids they need so that the skin can look and feel its best.
"When I started using Udo's Oil and eating a more natural diet my skin looked better than ever."
Amanda Hamilton, TV Nutitionist
"Good fats help us to look more beautiful because they moisturise the skin from the inside."
Janey Lee Grace, Broadcaster & Author
If you have sufficient Essential Fats in your diet and still experience skin problems there are a number of other potential causes but many can be attributed to diet. Udo's Choice is focussed on providing people with products that help maximise the nutrition they get from their diet and so you may wish to read more about the Udo's Choice range of Microbiotics, Udo's Choice Digestive Enzymes and Udo's Choice Beyond Greens.
How to use Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend
Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is easily incorporated into your daily diet, just pour two or three tablespoons as desired onto hot or cold food, mix in with a smoothie or yoghurt or stir into porridge, mashed potato or casseroles always after cooking. Visit our recipes page for ideas and inspiration.