Over the last few months I have been taking a closer look at various B vitamins. It’s fascinating how important these substances actually are for skin, hair and nails. I am staying with the letter B for now because I’d like to tell share more with you about vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid. Have you read about it before? This vitamin helps release energy from proteins and fats. Often though, you will also read that a vitamin B5 supplement can help prevent spots. This advice is popular, in particular, among people who frequently exercise, while at the same time suffer with their skin. You will see this quite often and may be for several reasons, for instance, diet, hormones or a combination thereof.
What food should you eat if you have acne or rosacea problems? Complete vegetarian? Should you, for instance, revert back to a primal diet or simply go gluten free? I’ve even heard that people with rosacea saw a significant improvement with a carnivore diet, meaning a meat only diet. Personally, I see a lot of benefits in the Mediterranean diet.
It still intrigues me. Gut health. And the role our gut plays in the way we feel. Did you know that the gut is also referred to as your second brain? But it can just as easily be labelled your second skin. Because this relationship, between the gut and skin, is being increasingly observed in science.
Do you often suffer from dry lips? From those cracks in the skin on your mouth and flaking? That in itself isn’t so strange at this time of year. The air is dry at the moment. So, apply a good film over your lips to prevent any moisture escaping from your skin. Sometimes Vaseline still works the best. I use it alongside my Repair Cream, which contains exactly the same oily substances that naturally occur in the waxy layer of your skin. But I’ve got another tip for you that you may not yet have considered: vitamin B2! (more…)
Time for science! I undertake research projects each year together with medical students from the Erasmus University. Soon I will be carrying out two more very interesting studies. What are we going to be doing in the next few weeks? (more…)
There has recently been a great deal of focus on Vitamin B12. This substance is important for several processes in your body including the proper functioning of the nervous system. A deficiency can cause symptoms such as fatigue, tingling and lapses in concentration, as well as menstrual problems and depression. Such symptoms are not always caused by a lack of vitamin B12 though. Therefore don’t increase your intake just because you recognise these symptoms in yourself. You should always consult your doctor first. It is commonly thought that extra or too much of it won’t do any harm, especially if it is a water soluble vitamin like B12. But this cannot be said with certainty. What I can say is that I have been asked a few times whether extra vitamin B12 can cause acne. This, I have been looking into… (more…)
This is the final part of the Happy Food series. I will keep it minimal, minute…
Because, as well as fermented products (part 4) you can probably make your gut happy with something minute like bacteria. We are talking here about probiotics, or supplements of good living bacteria.
Part 3 of my series about happy food: oily fish. I just think of sashimi or a delicious salad with fish… I just hope that you enjoy it as much as I do. And otherwise I might be able to persuade you to enjoy it, because oily fish contains a wealth of substances that can also be beneficial for your skin and brain. You get a lot of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D in oily fish. What has that got to do with your skin? Perhaps more than you think. (more…)
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