Ask Carla | What is the 3-step routine?

 

We get asked all the time how best to use each of our products and if they’re able to be used in combination. And the answer is, yes! Each product in the range is designed to work synergistically together, for maximum gut and skin-boosting benefits.

 

We’ve also tried to take the guesswork out and keep things simple. So, just like you have an outer beauty routine, our hope is that The Beauty Chef range forms your complete inner beauty routine…

 

Our Essentials range consists of GLOW and CLEANSE – and these can be thought of as your essential daily beauty blends, your inner beauty moisturisers. While CLEANSE Inner Beauty Powder is great for detoxification or those with particularly congested skin, GLOW is a great maintenance powder, to promote good gut health and support skin rejuvenation.

 

Our Boost range consists of COLLAGEN, HYDRATION and ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boosts. These beauty elixirs are like your inner beauty serums and target specific skin concerns – plus, they taste delicious! To improve skin texture and promote collagen synthesis, opt for COLLAGEN Inner Beauty Boost. If you have dry skin and want to promote deep cellular hydration, try HYDRATION. Or, if you have stressed, dull or sun damaged skin, our ANTIOXIDANT Inner Beauty Boost is a nourishing elixir that promotes naturally radiant skin.

 

The final step in your inner beauty routine should come from our Support range, which targets your specific lifestyle concerns. For those searching for a nutritious superfood supplement that helps to boost metabolism and support weight maintenance, BODY Inner Beauty Powder is a great option. While SLEEP Inner Beauty Powder is a delicious, nourishing nighttime tonic, designed to promote restful sleep and relieve mild anxiety and restlessness. Just like you would apply your night cream, think of SLEEP as a wonderful addition to your nighttime ritual.

 

What’s your inner beauty routine? We’d love to know!

The importance of eating seasonally

The Beauty Chef - The importance of eating seasonally

 

It’s often said variety is the spice of life – and when it comes to our gut health, research has shown this to be particularly true.

In fact, studies suggest that people with more diverse gut microbiomes enjoy better overall wellbeing, immunity and longevity. So, along with eating lacto-fermented foods, one of the best ways to encourage microbial diversity is to eat seasonally.

 

Have you ever noticed how tomatoes taste so much better in summer? Or felt the energising effects of switching to salads and spring greens as the weather gets warmer? How about the belly-warming, comforting benefits of enjoying more earthy root vegetables in winter?

Well, it’s not all in your head! According to research, your gut microbes also appreciate seasonal dietary switches.

One study of Tanzanian hunter-gatherers who followed a traditional diet for example, found that the microbes in their gut actually varied with the seasons. While most studies to date have focused on the microbiomes of people who eat a traditionally Western diet, the research that examined the diets of the Hadza people, revealed that their gut bacteria have an annual cycle, disappearing and reappearing in response to the types of foods consumed throughout the year. While the Hadza eat baobab tree fruits all year round, they eat tubers and plenty of meat in the dry season then forage for berries and honey during the wet season.

Researchers also found that many of the gut bacteria that fluctuate in the Hadza people are extremely rare in people living in developed countries. Plus the Hadza people’s gut microbiome is also about 30 per cent more diverse than that of people living in urban societies!

What this fascinating research shows is that we may have lost some species of gut bacteria when we began eating the same foods all year round. Processed foods, sugar, refined carbohydrates and taking antibiotics unnecessarily can also encourage the growth of bad bacteria and negatively affect our health.

While scientists still don’t fully understand the many complex ways in which our gut microbiome supports our health, studies have shown that encouraging the growth of good bacteria in our gut may play a key role in helping us manage conditions including asthma, eczema, obesity and autoimmune diseases. Furthermore, by encouraging gut microbial diversity we may also help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

 

The benefits of seasonal eating

Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners also believe we should eat in harmony with the seasons to avoid seasonal imbalances that impact our digestive health and overall wellbeing.

The trouble is many of us have forgotten what is in season because our supermarkets and modern food supply chains give us access to everything, all the time. Sadly, the truth is much of this produce has travelled thousands of miles around the planet, sat in storage for months or been artificially ripened.

To combat this, why not sign up to a weekly organic vegetable delivery service? Or, spend some time in nature by taking a weekend trip to your closest farmers market to buy local and organic produce. Locally grown produce that has ripened naturally contains more vitamins, antioxidants and bioactive compounds. Plus, when you buy direct from the farmer you can get information directly from the source and find out if their produce has been sprayed with pesticides, preservatives, waxes and chemicals.

While we’ve always known that eating the rainbow can be beneficial for our health, this new research shows how different foods can impact and feed different microbes too. By eating a diversity of foods every day – including colourful fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds and lacto-fermented foods like kimchi, kefir, miso and sauerkraut – we can help to support microbial diversity and promote a happy gut and healthy, glowing skin.

 

Do you eat with the seasons? Let us know in the comments below.

5 tips for gut health and glowing skin

The Beauty Chef - 5 tips for gut health and glowing skin

 

By Ema Taylor

Our skin can reveal so much about our inner health, so if you’re experiencing dry, dull or congested skin – it could be a sign something’s going on inside your gut.

Here are a few tips on how to nurture your gut and reveal glowing skin…

 

Check in with your bowel motions

Our bowel motions can tell us a lot about our overall health and although regularity differs from person to person, we want to aim to easily pass a formed stool once per day.

When we’re irregular, toxins begin to build up and re-circulate throughout our body – searching for other routes of elimination – and our skin, as our largest organ, is often left to pick up the slack. Frequent, or loose stools on the other hand, can also lead to skin problems as we’re unable to effectively absorb the essential vitamins and nutrients from our food that are required for beautiful, glowing skin.

Try: Sustainably sourced slippery elm powder and marshmallow root are considered demulcents and can help to bulk your stools if they are loose, or alternatively, encourage bowel motions if infrequent. Demulcents soothe and protect irritated or inflamed tissue in the digestive system. Just remember to drink lots of water when taking slippery elm or marshmallow root.

 

Move your body

Not only does exercise help keep our digestion regular and encourages the removal of waste products through our stools, but additionally, exercise promotes blood circulation, which carries oxygen and nutrients to our skin cells. Hello, glowing skin!

 

Manage your stress levels

Stress affects our skin both directly and indirectly. Have you heard of the gut-brain connection? Think of it like a phone line, where nerve cells in the gut receive and send information to the brain and vice versa. Chronic stress can cause inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome and a number of other digestive complications, which we now know affects our skin health.

Additionally, there is also brain-skin ‘phone line’. Skin mast cells are activated by stress and in turn, they produce stress hormones and inflammatory factors. This can sometimes lead to a vicious cycle of stress-induced inflammatory events, showing up as spots on our face.

Try:  Immerse yourself in nature, practise mindfulness and gratitude and deep breathe into your abdomen, as opposed to more shallow breaths in your chest.

 

Encourage collagen production

Collagen is a protein found abundantly throughout our body – in our skin, joints, bones, cartilage and in many organs including our digestive system. Collagen gives our skin strength and elasticity but unfortunately as we age, our collagen production decreases.

Many nutrient-rich foods can increase your natural collagen production such as vitamin A in sweet potatoes as well as chlorella, zinc in wild caught salmon and mackerel, or bone broth, which is loaded with collagen and other health boosting minerals.

 

Feed the army in your gut

Balance of our inner ecosystem is fundamental for gut health and glowing skin as our army protects us by eliminating pathogens and toxins, improving nutrient absorption, down-regulating inflammation, enhancing immunity and minimising hypersensitivity reactions.

You can feed and re-establish your pre-existing ‘good’ bacteria with prebiotics and probiotics, which are found in fermented foods and drinks, such as sauerkraut, kombucha and yoghurt.

 

Have you joined our #30DaysToGlow challenge? Head to The Beauty Chef for more info!

 

Health Magazine October 2018

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Choc, banana & tahini protein balls

The Beauty Chef - Choc, banana & tahini protein balls

MAKES 12

These delicious protein balls make for the perfect snack! Keep a batch in the fridge for a quick and healthy treat.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup (150g) sunflower seeds
  • 2 scoops of chocolate BODY Inner Beauty Powder
  • 1/4 cup (20g) cacao powder
  • Pinch Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 medium ripe banana, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (50g) Brazil nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup (40g) shredded coconut, for coating

METHOD

  1. Place the sunflower seeds in a food processor or high-speed blender and blend, until finely ground. Add the chocolate BODY powder, cacao powder and salt and blend to combine. Add the banana, coconut milk, maple syrup, tahini and vanilla and blend until the mixture begins to bind together.
  2. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add the Brazil nuts and cacao nibs and stir to combine.
  3. Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions. Using damp hands, roll into balls.
  4. Place the desiccated coconut in a shallow bowl. Add the balls in batches and toss to coat. Place on tray and refrigerate 1 hour, or until firm.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Alternatively freeze for up to 3 months.