Home' Spa and Clinic : SPA Vol-67 October 2016 Contents Dairy Face: As we all know, most dairy
products contain lactose, which can’t always
be easily digested.
Lactose intolerance is one of the most
common food intolerances, as many people
lose the enzymes to digest lactose effectively
later in life.
Although some people have very obvious
bodily sy mptoms of their intolerance, many
people’s intolerance to lactose may go
unnoticed. However, with the help of face
mapping, sy mptoms can be revealed.
Symptoms of the dairy face, such as puffy
eyelids, under- eye bags and dark circles,
are caused by an inflammatory process
indicating intolerances or digestive issues of
Dairy products also contain a large
amount of hormones which can disrupt
the balance of sex hormones, triggering an
over-growth in skin cells blocking pores and
trapping bacteria as a result.
Treatment: Cut out all dairy products
for three weeks and try taking primrose
oil in the evenings, as it is a powerful
anti-inflammatory. Eating foods rich in
vitamin A, such as eggs, liver and carrots,
as well as vitamin E, found in nuts and leafy
vegetables, can also help to repair the gut.
Sugar Face: Symptoms of a high-sugar
diet include blotches and horizontal lines
on the forehead, which also indicate
This occurs as sugar in the blood can
damage proteins, including collagen and
elastin, which keep the skin firm and supple,
therefore resulting in increased wrinkling
on the forehead and sagging under the eyes.
Other symptoms of too much sugar
include pustular spots over the face, caused
by sugar creating an imbalance of bacteria in
the gut, and a gaunt look to the face caused
by excess sugar affecting fat distribution.
A pasty white face is often due to
increased levels of insulin which instructs
the body to divert energy to more essential
tasks, causing blood vessels around the face
to constrict, washing out the skin as a result.
Treatment: Sugar is in virtually every meal
we consume, so cutting out additional sugar
entirely, such as in cakes, fruit juices and
processed food, will have an amazing effect on
the skin. Even just cutting your sugar intake in
half will help improve your complexion.
Most people will begin to see visible
differences within two weeks of minimising
or eliminating “offenders” from their diet,
but Dr Nigma warns not to get disheartened
if the results are not immediate, as some
people have more stubborn skin than others.
She adds that cutting out dairy, gluten,
sugar and alcohol entirely before an event can
help reduce bloating; and dabbing on frozen
cucumber, aloe vera and turmeric in a face
washer can help reduce irritation in the face.
Now get glowing!
5 REASONS YOU’RE NOT
When nutritional biochemist Dr Libby
Weaver – the health expert who actor Hugh
Jackman has called “a one-stop shop in
achieving and maintaining ultimate health
and wellbeing” – was studying dietetics and
biochemistr y at Sydney University in the late
1990s, the prevailing wisdom on weight gain
and loss was calories in/calories out.
Then she started practising in the real
world and found clients who were running
marathons or calorie-counting obsessively
would be gaining rather than losing weight.
Thirteen years and hundreds of clients
later, Libby is conv inced there are lesser-
known but powerful reasons people can’t
“Calorie- controlled diets weren’t working
for [my clients],” says Libby. “That led me to
go back to my biochemistry textbooks with
the question in mind: what leads the human
body to get the message to either burn fat
or store fat”.
The author of Accidentally Over weight
(published by Hay House) and other
nutrition books, and who has a cult following
online and on TV, Libby says factors such
as stress level and how our bodies process
insulin are all too often overlooked by dieters
(and those advising them):
Stress: A one-time marathon runner, Libby
remembers her body under so much stress
that she gained 6kg. What was going on?
“ When we’re under stress we’re
constantly churning out the stress hormone
adrenalin and that prepares our body to
fight an attack or flee from it,” she says.
“Blood supply is diverted away from
processes such as digestion to the muscles
so we can run or fight and causes the body
to use glucose, not body fat as its fuel. It’s
why stressed people crave sweets as their
bodies need it for fuel.”
When stress is prolonged, the body starts
to make another stress hormone, cortisol,
which breaks muscles down – and having less
muscle subsequently slows down metabolism.
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