Posted by: Stephan | 2009-09-12

Dry skin &  training

Hi, I struggle with dry skin. Im a runner and run 40-60km a week. I have cholesterol. I dont use skin cream too often...only when my skin becomes to itchy.
Can I eat better to improve my skin dryness but still give enough enrgy to run and prevent my cholesterol from going higher?
Hope to hear from you.

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Hi Stephen

Dry skin is often an indication that your intake of good fats (omega 3 & 6) is too low. Fats should make out 20% of your daily calorie intake – which will certainly address your cholesterol problem, unless it is familial cholesterol. Of this 20% only 1/3rd should come from saturated fats (animal origin – butter, cheese, meats, milk etc) and the rest from good fats (avo, olives, olive oil, seeds & nuts) – please adjust your diet likewise and you will see the benefits within 2-3 months. Also take 2 x 1000mg omega 3 capsules at night. Good fats in fact help with lowering cholesterol and they act like fat burners so don’t be worried that they will have a detrimental effect on your energy – in fact it will boost your energy.

Good luck and take care!

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