The most powerful tool you have to change your health and your skin health is your fork. Food is not just calories or energy. Food contains information that talks to your genes, turning them on or off and affecting their function moment to moment. Food is the fastest acting and most powerful medicine or cosmetics you can take or use, to change your life. We call this nutrigenomics. Think of your genes as the software that runs everything in your body. Your individual genetic makeup determines what you need to be optimally healthy. Consider that you only have about 30,000 genes, but those genes contain about three million tiny variations called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that make up who you are. These variations make your individual needs slightly different from any other individual needs. Put another way, we all have different needs for food, vitamins, rest, exercise, stress tolerance, or ability to handle toxins. The key, then, becomes personalizing a program based on your strengths and vulnerabilities – your individual needs. By analyzing where you are out of balance and then applying the science of nutrigenomics to help reestablish balance, you can design a treatment matched to your individual needs. The first step is to take out the bad stuff, or the things that create imbalance. Those imbalances include a nutrient-poor, processed diet, toxins, allergens, infections, and stress. The second step is to add the good stuff, including high-quality whole foods, nutrients, water, oxygen, light, movement, sleep, relaxation, community, connection, love, meaning, and purpose. When you add those good things, the body’s natural intelligence and healing system will take care of the rest. This strategy works for one simple reason: the body and the brain are one system. Shifting from a nutrient-poor diet to a nutrient-rich diet abundant in plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains improves the expression of hundreds of genes. To use just one example, the vast array of colors in vegetables represents over 25,000 beneficial chemicals. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate over 800 varieties of plant foods. Today, we don’t even consume a fraction of that amount. We need to make an extra effort to eat many different foods to get the full range of benefits. An optimal diet to prevent and treat skin ageing also includes healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, avocados, and omega-3 fats, along with modest amounts of lean animal protein. This is commonly known as a Mediterranean Diet. It is a diet of whole, real, fresh food that has been prepared in a kitchen, not a factory. This way of eating has been shown to bring benefits for our health, affecting our entire physiology, reducing inflammation, boosting detoxification, balancing hormones, and providing powerful antioxidant protection. Nutritional supplements are just what the name suggests; SUPPLEMENTARY. We can’t make up for poor dietary habits, a negative attitude, a lack of exercise and poor sleep by taking pills – whether the pills are drugs or nutritional supplements. However, nutritional supplementation can make a strong impact on our health and quality of life when done right. You may be thinking, ‘well, I’m doing everything right, so why would I need to add supplements on top of that? The reality is, is that even when we’re very conscientious about eating a well balanced diet, we can often fall short of the mark nutritionally. Technically, a whole foods diet should provide us with all the goodies that we need for optimum health, but unfortunately, there’s a whole host of modern day environmental and lifestyle issues that make it much harder than it was for our ancestors. In essence, our fishing and farming methods have changed drastically. In the past, harvests fully embodied the vital nutrients of the soil and sea, and those nutrients nourished people fully. With the combination of modern intensive farming methods, our modern lifestyles and the urban environments we live in, there are many reasons it may be necessary to consider adding supplements to your health regime. Many nutritional supplements have been proven to prevent or aid in the treatment of health conditions like high cholesterol, arthritis, birth defects, and cancer. We must also consider that in many areas of the world, land has been intensively farmed without allowing nutrients to naturally replenish in the soil. Some areas with low quality soil are also being farmed where plants might not have normally grown well too. Soil microorganisms are needed to make minerals and other nutrients available to plants, so hence when these are lacking in the soil, the resulting food is often much lower in nutrient content. Also, our bodies require extra nutrients to process pesticide residues that remain inside the foods. As soon as food is harvested, the levels of certain nutrients begin to diminish. It can be weeks between when the food was picked, transported, packed, stored, and then finally eaten. Food processing often drastically reduces nutrient content too. For example, the refining of wheat to make white flour removes approximately 80% of its magnesium, 70-80% of its zinc, 87% of its chromium, 88% of its manganese, and 50% of its cobalt. Similarly, polishing rice removes about 75% of its zinc and chromium. Artificial flavours, colours, stabilisers and preservatives are added to a large proportion of foods available. While some are harmless and may even increase the quality of food by preserving it, many are toxic and can deplete the body of nutrients. You always have to consider Supplements as an “investment” in your long term health of your cells. The FRAME® selection of Applied Nutriceuticals and Skin Dietary Supplements are specifically designed to support well-being at the cellular level and healthy immune functions, to improve cognitive skills, enhance skin’s vitality and fight free radical damage. The perfectly dosed daily combination nutrients works from the inside out to nourish and reveal healthy, glowing skin while improving overall health. They are all vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and contains no artificial colors or flavors and are made of Mediterranean botanical extracts.