As a child, what you try to put in your mouth invariably ends up on your skin. Well, as we grow up what we eat becomes more and more important to our long-term health. That includes our skin health – what we eat will be reflected in how our skin looks. For Dermatologists such as Dr. Jessica Wu, what a person eats is “as important as the products they apply to their skin.” So, what should we be eating then?
Stage 1: Removing the Bad Stuff
Several types of products are known to cause bad skin outbreaks including acne. The two main food-based culprits are sugar and dairy products. Dairy may be controversial to some because there are many experts who recommend yogurt for improving skin care by improving digestion with probiotics, but others disagree. Sugar is less controversial. We do need sugars; especially for brain function, but they need to be good sugars, such as those from fruits. Spiking insulin levels in the blood can cause acne reactions.
Stage 2: Build a Sustainable, Healthy Diet
By sustainable we are not talking about ecological, though that would be great too. No, many diets are fads, so what you need is something which is varied and balanced. It feels good, but it is also healthy for you at the same time. There are, therefore, a range of superfoods which are good for your insides, but also good for your skin. Here’s a few:
Fruits: The best of the best, fruits are full of vitamins and minerals, but also natural sugars. Go for strawberries most of all because their Vitamin C levels are even higher than oranges.
Meats: Go for fatty fish over any other kind of meat. Tuna, salmon, and mackerel are the best options as they are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. They are fantastic also for repairing sun-damaged skin and wrinkles.
Vegetables: Plenty of options here. The best ones to go for include spinach, avocados, bell peppers, and tomatoes. However, surprisingly, one of the best of the best is the humble sweet potato. They are vitamin factories and are full of vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, biotin, iron, and potassium. Quite a haul.
Don’t Forget What You Drink: Green tea is a proven powerhouse in promoting healthier, glowing skin. This is because it has antioxidants and anti-inflammatories like polyphenols. This antioxidant has also been shown to reduce damage from UV radiation.
Children given an Omega-3 & 6 supplement show significant improvement in reading ability in just three months.
A randomised control clinical trial (RCT) by scientists at the University of Gothenberg in Sweden is the first to confirm that Omega-3/6 supplementation benefits children in mainstream school, not just those with behavioural or learning difficulties
Children given Equazen demonstrated a five times improvement in decoding nonsense words and 8% better visual analysis in comparison to a placebo group receiving a dummy pill
The clinical study is being showcased just before the Education Show at NEC Birmingham along with new UK research that shows 84% of children sometimes struggle with homework, with 54% of parents saying children today are under more pressure to perform academically
Encouraging more children to supplement their diet with omega-3/6 could be the key to boosting reading ability, according to new RCT study by scientists at the University of Gothenberg in Sweden. The clinical study is the first to confirm that omega-3/6 supplementation with Equazen will benefit all children, and not just those with behavioural or learning difficulties.
As part of the research study, the reading ability of 154 children who were split into two equally matched groups were assessed with half receiving Equazen and the other half receiving a placebo (dummy pill). Those receiving the supplement showed 64 per cent greater improvement in reading than the placebo group. The time they took to decode nonsense words showed five times the improvement of the control group and their visual analysis was 8 per cent ahead.
The results revealed a significant learning gap between the children taking the supplement and those receiving the dummy pill, with those who had taken the Omega-3/6 supplement (Equazen) experiencing major improvements in reading in just three months. In particular, children with attention issues showed treatment benefits.
The clinical study holds substantial value in the UK where a new survey finds that four out of five (84 per cent) children sometimes struggle with their homework putting families under intense pressure.
With over half of parents admitting their children are under more pressure to perform academically and are being tested more frequently than they ever were, Omega-3 supplementation has a significant potential to help relieve both parents and children of some of the homework stress.
Additionally, the survey has found that fewer than half (44%) of the children in this latest research survey read a book before bedtime and when they do read, attention spans are short.
On average, children concentrate on a book for just 30 minutes and one in eight (13%) can manage no more than 10 minutes. Only 13% are happy to read for an hour or more. This is in stark contrast to the time they can spend at a screen. On average, they can concentrate on their favourite computer game for 53 minutes — almost twice the time they will happily spend with a book. Similarly, just over a quarter (27%) can concentrate on a computer game for an hour or more, compared to a mere 13% who will focus on a book for that time.
So why is that the case? Dr. Hilary Jones joins us to discuss.
Patient Talk:- Can you tell us about the fatty supplements and why they are needed in our diets?
Dr Hilary Jones:- Essential fatty acids are essential for human health and we can’t make them in our bodies so we have to get them from our diet and they’re particularly important in terms of brain function and heart health. For example a growing baby, in the last trimester of pregnancy and until the first year of life, the brain is growing by 260%. 60% of the brain is fat, a high proportion of that is DHA, one of the Omega 3 fatty acids. So it’s essential the babies in the womb and mothers are provided with sufficient quantities of essential fatty acids in their diet and we know from a growing body of evidence that its importance, not just in cognitive function in childhood and as we grow older, it is important in protecting the heart against a number of disorders.
Patient Talk:- How the research conducted and what was were the main results from it?
Dr Hilary Jones:- Well this particular research was conducted on Ecquazen, a supplement with Omega 3 and 6 a particular ratio by weight, so a 9:3:1 ratio. The research on this supplement showed that in a randomised controlled clinical trial by the University of Gothemburg in Sweden, that they were able to increase reading comprehension scores by 64%, in just three months of taking the supplements. What they did was they divided the children into two groups; one group who took the supplements for three months and the other group who just took a placebo. The doctors were double blinded, they didn’t know what the children were taking and they got these significant results. Furthermore, they then swapped the groups around so the children taking the placebo group, took the supplement and they too, showed a significant improvement in reading comprehension, so it was a very well designed study and it’s been peer reviewed and published and its very convincing evidence, after a long line of other research suggesting that it’s not just children with diagnosed learning difficulties but mainstream children with no identifiable problems that can benefit in terms of reading and cognitive skills.
Patient Talk:- What are the best sources of Omega 3 and 6 that occur naturally?
Dr Hilary Jones:- Well, by far the best source is oily fish. Fish like herring, salmon, tuna, mackerel, pilchards, sardines and unfortunately it is difficult to get children to enjoy those foods and even amongst adults, particularly the UK, the US and other developed countries in the world, we know that many, many people, probably more than 95% are deficient in adequate levels of Omega 3.
Patient Talk:- Now are dietary supplements a good or bad idea for children, compared to a diet?
Dr Hilary Jones:- In an ideal world, you would get everything you need from a healthy, well balanced diet, but we don’t live in that ideal world. It is difficult to get affordable, plentiful oily fish, even if you can get children to eat it, so sometimes it is worth looking at supplements, provided they’re from a good sustainable source and they’re researched, they come from a reputable company and what you get on the tin, is exactly what it says it contains and you know it’s safe, then I think something you take (unclear wording) is very well worthwhile, particularly when we know from a survey carried out by Equazen, so many parents are worried about whether their children are getting the stimulation they need to maximise their education and maximise their concentration and reading skills. Even with good tuition, one in ten people in parts of the UK are paying for private tuition on top of their school education so clearly there is a worry that we are not doing what we can currently to maximise our children’s potential.
Patient Talk:- Now are there any risks associated with too much omega 3 and 6 in a diet?
Dr Hilary Jones:- No, you’d have to take very huge quantities, to even remotely come anywhere near causing side effects and I certainly have never met a patient that developed side effects as a result of taking too many Omega 3’s.
“Purition is not a diet, it’s a nutritional upgrade” I was told. Though, to be fair, I’m not 100% sure what that means. But Purition deserves a hearing as they do have something interesting on offer.
However, a week or two ago, I received an email from a lady at Purition asking me if I’d like to try out the new their new protein shake. Because it was a Friday afternoon I was feeling what might be called “PR friendly” so I said yes.
To my surprise a box arrived the next day. This is not a comment about Purition by the dire standards of delivery services in the UK. In it were six packets of their non-vegan Protein shake. Purition do do a vegan product but I’ve not tried it so don’t want to comment.
Well the way Leanne their PR lady described it was as follow “Our product is a healthy, wholefood protein shake, that’s an alternative to junk filled meal replacements and artificial protein shakes. We only use clean and natural ingredients, absolutely no artificial nasties. 70% of the product is made from a blend of seeds and nuts, along with Madagascan vanilla pods and other natural ingredients for our flavours. It is much more than just a protein powder. The shakes provide a quick, low carb, low sugar breakfast smoothie or lunch when you don’t have time to cook. We care about nutrition and ensuring that people are aware about what they are eating, and what can be hidden in their food products.”
Which I translate from PRspeak to “If you have one for breakfast you won’t feel hungry till lunch”. And as it weighs in at £12.99 for six packets seems quite reasonable price considering. (For Americans it is about $16.00 at today’s rate while for those in the Eurozone would play around 15 Euros). Though this is for what they describe as the trial box! I expect it is more if you by on a regular basis.
Okay so does it work? The answer has to be a resounding yes. Both my wife and I had lunch late on both the days we tried the product and I can honestly say I felt no urge to eat for over five hours. My wife backed this up and she had a morning of heavy meetings!
So yup it’s a winner from that point of view especially as it is seriously low in calories.
But there is a downside.
It tastes horrible and you get bits in your teeth. My advice, for what’s worth, is to down it in one. You can pretend you’re on a drinking bout somewhere just outside Tomsk rather than on a health kick.
So would I use it? The answer is yes. A few seconds of unpleasantness do help you lose a load of weight if used properly. (They also tell me that it’s useful for recover after exercise).
I also asked if T2 diabetics can use Purition. The answer came back “and I shall quote in full) “’Purition makes a great breakfast (or lunch) for anyone, not using insulin, to help regulate their blood sugar with their diet.
So for anyone diagnosed with a risk of developing type 2 diabetes or recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes looking for a low-carb dietary intervention, widely regarded now as the only way to reverse T2 without medication.
Purition is safe to use if medicating with Metformin but should not be used by diabetics using insulin or insulin releasing tablets without medical supervision.
The slow release nutrients are low in sugar and carbs and will keep most people satisfied between meals without the need for snacking. Purition is all about setting the right foundations for a great food day.’
So there you have it. I think it works. If you have any question please use the comments section below and I’ll as Purition to reply!
Oh and if you want to try it you can pick it up here.
Celebrated as one of the top programmes for weight loss in the US News & World Report’s 2017 Best Diet rankings, the Volumetrics Weight Control Plan is proof that losing weight does not mean going hungry, according to its creator Professor Barbara Rolls.
The Volumetrics Plan is a long-term approach to weight loss and feeling full on far fewer calories. Unlike most fad diets that are all about mood destroying food deprivation, Volumetrics is a science-based strategy focused on the power of feeling full and managing your hunger using high volume and low calorie foods, such as soup and vegetables.
Rolls tests how different food properties, such as water content and calorie density, affect how much people eat. Rolls has researched and written over 200 academic papers, and her lab includes a large research kitchen and dining area. Her studies have led to a better understanding of the importance of allowing people to feel fuller both physically and psychologically using foods like soup – which have a high water content and low calorie density.
With almost a third of people failing to stick to a diet because they never felt full (30.8%) and persistent hunger pangs causing even those with the strongest willpower to break, the Volumetrics’ diet uses ‘satiety’ as a key ingredient in weight management.
Here to deliver her four quick tips for feeling full and losing weight is Barbara Rolls – and drinking extra water is not on her list!
Professor Barbara Rolls, who advises how to be far more successful in shedding those extra pounds – using the science of feeling full. Professor Rolls – who has written over 200 academic papers on the psychological vs. physical effects of dieting – claims that eating foods like soup will help you to lose weight, in accordance with her Volumetrics diet plan.
Barbara Rolls has spent her career studying eating behaviour and weight management. As professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State University, she carries out research funded by the US National Institutes of Health. Barbara’s lab includes a large research kitchen and dining area testing how different properties of foods affect how much people eat. Barbara’s studies have led to a better understanding of which foods can help curb hunger without adding extra calories focusing on foods, such as soup, which have a high water content and low calorie density which make people feel full – both physically and psychologically.
Barbara has a very long and eminent history in the study of human ingestive behaviour. She is the author of more than 250 research articles and six books and has had previous roles as president of both the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour and the Obesity Society in the US.