Probiotics, sugar and fabulous skin | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

If you are not gluten-sensitive, there is no reason to avoid carbohydrates. But stick to the good carbs for energy.


In the world of wellness, there are many approaches to achieving good health and ultimately, general well-being. All you need is an open mind and a willing heart.


How can I achieve fabulous skin?


Do you know that the consumption of the wrong kinds of fat can contribute to saturated fat overload in your body?


Basically, too much animal-based fat from pork, beef and chicken will not contribute to good skin. In fact, it lead to what you fear—bad skin.


Essential fatty acids


Focus on the good fats from fish and plants and good oils from olives to achieve visible results in your skin condition and quality.


By focusing on EFAs or essential fatty acids, you also derive the following health benefits:


  • Stronger heart
  • Alleviation of depression
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced inflammation in the body
  • Lower risk of diseases like cancers of the breast, colon and prostate


Your regimen:


  • Fruits high in vitamin C like citrus, kiwi, guava


  • Omega-3-rich food, such as deep-sea fish, olive oil, flaxseed oil


  • Ten to 15 glasses of water a day


  • Daily 20 minutes of exercise


  • Seven to eight hours of sleep


How true is the carbo scare? I am afraid to eat carbohydrates as a result.


If you are not gluten-sensitive or allergic to gluten, there is no reason why you should avoid carbohydrates. But stick to the good carbs.


You need carbohydrates for energy. Do not cut it from your diet so radically.


White rice, the staple of most Asian meals alongside noodles, undergoes more processing.

Better to keep “whites” like white rice, white bread and white noodles to a minimum.


Instead, go for brown rice, brown bread and buckwheat/multigrain noodles. The popular soba is buckwheat, so don’t avoid this nutritious noodle.


Glycemic Index


All carbohydrates turn into sugar/glucose in the body, and the rate of conversion into sugar determines its Glycemic Index (GI).


The less “whites” one consumes, the lower the GI. Consuming low-GI food keeps your blood sugar steady, so avoid white sugar in any form—cakes, candies, even the sugar you add to your coffee.


Choose muscovado sugar, wild honey, stevia (a natural plant-based low glycemic sugar) and coconut sugar (from coconut, which is considered safe for diabetics).


Why all the fuss over probiotics? Are these really necessary?


There has been research on the efficacy of probiotics and their potential to prevent many health challenges.


People whose diet has been found to be rich in probiotic foods seem to enjoy an enhanced immune system. But relying only on probiotics isn’t enough.




New research focuses on the urgent need to utilize probiotic bacteria against disease and infections, given the growing incidence of antibiotic resistance.


Many doctors worldwide recommend the use of live fresh yogurt for gut/intestinal health; just avoid the ones with sweeteners, stabilizers and thickeners.


Added sugars only encourage the growth of yeast in your body.


Consider taking probiotic supplements like lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidus, b-lactic, bulgaricus, etc. The good news for weight-watchers is that these assist in weight loss.


How can I lose weight gradually?


The best way to maintain your figure is a long, consistent and gradual regimen that conforms to your lifestyle.


Proven formula


Try this proven formula:


  • Increase the intake of raw food like vegetables and fruits.


  • Decrease the consumption of processed foods, or eliminate them completely.


  • Exercise daily.


  • Eliminate carbohydrate intake at night—nothing after 6 p.m., if possible.


  • Eliminate oily and fried food.


  • No midnight snacking unless you will consume something considered healthy


Healthy sleep tonic


Prepare the following ingredients:


  • One ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp raw oatmeal
  • 1 c soy, goat, almond or rice milk
  • ¼ tsp spirulina (optional)
  • ½ tsp barley grass (optional)


Mix in a blender. Drink up.


This week’s affirmation: “The sun always rises in my heart.”

Love and light!


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