Home' Clinical Aesthetics : CA issue - 3 Contents FIGHTING FAT
One study that will be of special interest to the medical industry
comes from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), which
showed there are specific groups of microbes living in our gut that
can protect against obesity.
Ultimately this indicates that, despite a healthy diet and
exercise, gut microbes could be working against us when it comes to
dropping those stubborn last 5kg.
If we can figure out how to change their balance we might be
able to tip the scales in our favour.
A professional diet system that has been reaping consistent
results for nearly 20 years, UltraLite, has also been serving to heal
unhealthy guts, long before it became a mainstream concept.
Adelaide naturopathic practitioner Lynn Riedel has been
successfully using Ultralite with her clients for 16 years.
“ The diet hinges on eating all fresh and whole food, which takes
pressure off the gut and allows bacteria to normalise,” she says, for
the follow ing reasons :
• There are no refined sugars in the diet. Sugar is the biggest
driver in the gut flora as it stirs the balance of bacteria
(imbalance indicated by wind and bloating).
• It is gluten free. Gluten causes inflammation of the gut and
bowels (indicated by constipation).
• It is yeast free. Yeast also causes inflammation of the gut and bowels.
“Being over weight and a poor-functioning gut go hand in
hand,” says Lynn. “ They drive each other. The body gets toxic with
poor gut function, meaning nutrients are not absorbed and the
liver get s overloaded.
“ Toxins are tucked away in fat cells and, once the liver is
overloaded, the body won’t release fat cells. A well working liver
equals effective fat loss.
“ The whole body is affected when the body is low on nutrients,
including the brain, resulting in lethargy, low energ y, stress,
depression, and anxiety.
“Once my patients embark on the diet, they see results ver y quickly.
“For instance, within a week most women lose 2-3kg, and men,
2-4kg. Reflux generally disappears also within a week, as does
bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, and insomnia improves.
“But there are other remarkable improvements. A female client was
taking six super-strength painkillers a day due to chronic back pain.
“Due to the anti-inflammatory effect of the diet (not only in the
gut, but systemically too) she had completely eliminated the meds
within a week.
“Clients with depression and anxiety often request a long
appointment at their initial consultation. A fter a week of being on
the program, many of these clients have reported their distress
disappearing and so do not request long appointments.”
BEAUTY BEGINS IN THE BELLY
There is an inextricable link between
healthy digestion and beautiful skin, thus
the motto of The Beauty Chef ’s new-
generation probiotic supplementation:
“Beauty begins in the belly”.
The brand’s founder Carla Oates is
a naturalist who has been researching,
writing and teaching about organic beauty
and healthy living for over a decade.
Collaborating with many of Australia’s
best natural health practitioners and
formulators, Carla developed a range of
inner and outer beauty products based on naturally fermented
wholefoods and probiotics that work to heal and rebalance the
digestive system and replace beneficial flora to nourish the skin
from the inside.
“I am a big believer that beautiful skin starts in the belly,” she
says. “It’s where hormones are metabolised, where 70 percent of the
immune system lies, where nutrients are manufactured and toxins
are eliminated. For good health, the gut requires a proliferation of
good bacteria, which can be found abundantly in fermented foods.
“ The skin, hair and nails are the last places to get nutrients that
go to more important organs first; therefore the skin is the first place
where gut imbalances or signs of under nutrition will manifest.
“Fermentation is a time-honoured custom that has been
practised by many cultures for thousands of years,” she says. “ While
the process is simple, it has a powerful, biologically enhancing effect
on ingredients which increases their nutrient value.”
Beauty Chef products are gaining traction w ith medispas to
adjunct patients' aesthetic protocols and overall health, such as at
cosmetic surgeon Dr William Mooney's Face Plus clinics in Sydney:
" We offer patients packs that include supplements [such as Beauty
Chef products] and vitamins to support them through the healing
process after treatments and to improve their health and wellbeing."
Most people are aware of the
benefits of probiotics. What
isn’t widely yet grasped is that
skin can’t perform either of
these basic functions without
microbes. Probiotics are now
being harnessed to strengthen
the skin and slow the ageing
process by topically feeding it
“good” microbes so they can
out- compete “ bad ”, thus slow
the ageing process.
Leading the charge are ethical, organic brand Esse, from
southern Africa, and The Beauty Chef.
“ The Human Microbiome Project discovered that optimal skin
health is dependent on the presence of trillions of microbes living
on, and in, skin,” says chemist Trevor Steyn, founder of Esse, which
has produced the world’s f irst live probiotic serum.
“It is now clear that microbes are integral to maintaining
optimum skin pH (thus barrier function). They also modulate the
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