Biohacks for Better Health

Forget Flaxseed Botox: Eat Your Way to Healthier Skin
Written by: Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS
Published on: 05/07/2024

Social media trends may come and go, but when it comes to genuine, lasting skin health, eating flaxseed offers benefits that no topical application can match. The latest craze on TikTok, ‘flaxseed botox,’ has beauty enthusiasts raving as they apply homemade flaxseed gel to their faces, hailing it as nature’s answer to Botox. While these videos garner significant attention, with claims of skin tightening and enhancing glow, medical experts suggest that the effects are superficial and temporary. True Botox involves a neurotoxin that relaxes muscles to smooth fine lines, which flaxseeds simply cannot replicate.

I say the real advantage of flaxseed lies not in its external application but in its consumption. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds can significantly reduce inflammation in the body, a fundamental cause of many skin issues like acne and eczema. In my book, The Living Beauty Detox Program, I highlight the importance of a nutrient-rich diet for detoxification and vibrant skin health, which is where flaxseeds truly shine. Integrating flaxseeds into your diet can help improve skin hydration and elasticity from the inside out, thanks to their ability to decrease skin sensitivity and enhance moisture retention. Moreover, the fiber in flaxseeds supports gut health, crucial for effective nutrient absorption and overall skin wellness. By embracing flaxseeds in your daily diet, you not only embrace a holistic approach to beauty but also leverage their full potential to fortify your skin against daily stresses and aging.

Also… discover the tastiest (and healthiest) RECIPES that incorporate these miraculous seeds in my book, The Fast Track Detox Diet!

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