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For over thirty years, Dr. Steven Gundry has been one of the world’s pre-eminent experts in heart surgery; he was a driving force behind major breakthroughs that revolutionized the way doctors save lives. He believes he has discovered some unconventional truths about nutrition, his discoveries are a radical departure from the traditional dietary “wisdom” which has failed so many over the past few decades.
Dr. Gundry spoke with BITB about how his breakthrough nutritional research can help those who have struggled for years with their health, bodies and energy levels.
1. How does diet affect the way we look?
Your skin is your largest organ but what most people don’t know is that their intestines are their skin turned inside out! In fact, your intestines occupy the surface area of a tennis court! And what goes on in your inner skin is reflected on our outer skin! So the key to great looking skin is taking care of the inner skin with proper food choices like I detail in my upcoming book, The Plant Paradox.
2. What are your top 5 beauty foods?
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (foods: avocado/olive oil/sardines): Helps protect skin from the sun’s rays. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (October 2007) found that adults who consumed a diet rich in Omega-3’s had significantly fewer sun-induced lesions than those who did not.
And Omega-3’s are also shown to help strengthen your skin’s lipid barrier…to keep moisture in and irritants out.
Vitamin A (Foods: carrots, sweet potatoes): Chances are, you’ve heard of retinol. It’s a compound that’s been used in skin treatments from acne medication to anti-wrinkle products.
But you may not be aware that retinol is known by another name…Vitamin A.5 And retinol actually binds to skin cells. This is thought to not only strengthen skin, but it may minimize the appearance of fine lines.
Vitamin C (Foods: kale/broccoli): As you know, one of the most visible signs of aging is the dark spots that appear on your skin with time and sun exposure.
Luckily, Vitamin C can help prevent UV-related photodamage. While it’s not a substitute for sunscreen, it may help slow the formation of dark spots.
Polyphenols (foods: dark chocolate 75% cocoa or more/pomegranate seeds):
Polyphenols fight off free radicals that cause all sorts of aging, from slowing production of collagen to premature wrinkling.
Probiotics (kimchi, sauerkraut, raw kefir) – If you keep your gut bacteria happy, they will keep you happy, including your skin. By getting enough probiotics in your diet, it helps the GI tract work more efficiently—thus eliminating toxins that can cause skin problems, such as acne. Also, in order for those probiotics to work, you have to feed these good bugs what they need to grow and that is resistant starches (prebiotics – artichokes or dandelion greens).
3. What exactly is Progeline?
Progeline is a powerful peptide – able to help increase the production of collagen, reduce the look of wrinkles, and diminish the appearance of sagging. Not only that, it plays a vital role in the replacement of your skin’s dead cells.