Victoria Beckham has been looking particularly relaxed and clear-skinned recently – despite heading up a rapidly growing fashion empire, whilst juggling four children and two decades with husband David.
As well as keeping a positive mindset, the British designer believes that what you put in your body is as crucial as what you put on your body when it comes to feeling good and for overall health:
“I don’t think you realise how important [a healthy lifestyle is] until you get older,” she explains. “You realise how vital it is to wear sunscreen; to drink lots of water; to cleanse, tone, moisturise; take vitamins; make sure you’re eating the right food. I eat lots of good fats, in avocados, nuts, seeds, salmon. I’ve also started seeing [nutritionist] Amelia Freer.
“I’ve learned so much about food; you’ve got to eat the right things, eat the right healthy fats. I usually get up about 6am, do a bit of a workout, get the kids up, get them changed, give them breakfast, get them to school, then do a bit more working out before I go to the office. And to do all of that, I’ve got to fuel my body correctly.”
Victoria adds that the secret to her glowing, spot-free skin is eating salmon every single day, as well as taking vitamins and eating healthily:
“I see a dermatologist in LA, called Dr Harold Lancer, who is incredible, I’ve known him for years – he sorted my skin out,” she told Net-a-Porter’s The Edit. “I used to have really problematic skin and he said to me, ‘You have to eat salmon every single day.’ I said, ‘Really, every day?’ And he said, ‘Yes; breakfast, lunch or dinner, you have to eat it every single day.'”
Can it really be that simple? We decided to take a deeper look at the omega-3’s that have been helping Victoria’s skin.
Fresh salmon is packed full of omega-3’s, which are great for glowing skin, glossy hair and for a brain-boosting sense of wellbeing. But, eating salmon every single day simply isn’t an option for most of us, who tend to eat on the run without a private chef, nutritionist, (or, indeed, an A-list food budget) to fall back on, so a growing number of people are relying on taking omega-3 in supplement form.
Since 2004, sales have risen by 40 per cent, with the bottles of cod liver oil that our grandmothers used to swear by being (thankfully) consigned to the annals of history.
Fish oil-based supplements have received some bad press recently, with the inventor of the popular 5:2 diet, health guru Dr Michael Mosley, telling Britain’s Mail on Sunday newspaper that he doesn’t think much of them.
However, an excellent way of ensuring you’re getting enough omega-3 in a supplement is by taking one which contains flaxseed oil – which a lot of people prefer due to fears over all the contaminants in our seas.
We asked Lumity’s creator, Dr Sara Palmer Hussey, PhD, what the benefits of flaxseed oil over fish oils are and which one is better for your health.
Sara says: “Flaxseed oil contains one of the highest concentrations of the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is needed by every cell in the body. It helps cell membranes (walls) stay flexible so that nutrients can enter easily.
“Omega-3 fatty acids have also been demonstrated to reduce inflammation, stabilise sugar levels, lower insulin levels, increase the radiance and elasticity of the skin, improve cardiovascular health, increase energy levels and boost the immune system.
“The body uses ALA to make all the other omega-3 fatty acids that it needs, including both EPA and DHA (the form found in fish oils), but without the possibility of contaminants. Contaminants in fish oils might include mercury, arsenic, dioxins and PCBs.
“Ideally, you might actually eat fish, such as salmon, once or twice a week and combine with a plant source of ALA, such as flaxseed oil, for optimum levels of all omega-3 fatty acids.”
So there you have it; if you want the easy way to the glowing, blemish-free skin that omega-3 gives you, then take a daily supplement that contains flaxseed oil, and eat fish just a couple of times a week – instead of every single day like Victoria Beckham.
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