Skin

Updated 11 June 2014

Is the Tim Noakes Diet affecting your hair, skin and nails?

The Real Meal Revolution is taking the dieting world by storm – and it has a few unexpected benefits.

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Your fridge has never been as full of double cream yoghurt, Hellman’s full fat mayo, bacon and butter, but what effect is The Real Meal Revolution having on your hair, skin, nails and breath? Beauty specialists Rubybox did some digging and found some very good news.

The skinny on skin

It’s been proven that sugar, often found in carbohydrates, accelerates the glycation process in your skin, which results in more prominent fine lines and wrinkles.

So, when you signed up for this zero carb, high fat diet you also signed up for plumper, more glowy skin.

Dr Leslie Baumann, dermatologist and best-selling author has also found that patients who curbed their carbs and increased their helpings of animal protein saw an improvement in acne too.

You can also boost your nutrient intake and maintain a healthy glow with NATRX Radiant Complexion, a supplement packed with skin-friendly calcium, alpha lipoic acid, collagen and zinc.

The skinny on hair

Both hair and nails are made of a protein called keratin, which means your hair needs protein to help it grow. Hair growth happens in phases, right now about 90% of your hair is growing.

This usually lasts between two and three years and then your hair enters a resting phase for about three months.

If you don’t eat enough protein, you may notice more of your hair is in the resting phase and hair loss is more apparent.

However, if you’re wolfing down steak but your hair isn't feeling the Bob Martin effect, eat more foods rich in iron and vitamin D such as milk, cured meats and mushrooms.


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Dr Suretha Kannenberg holds a degree in Medicine and a Masters in Dermatology from the University of Stellenbosch. She is employed as a consultant dermatologist by Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, where she is involved in clinical duties and the training of medical students and dermatology residents. Her areas of interest and research include vitiligo, eczema and acne. She also performs limited private practice work in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town in general and cosmetic dermatology.

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