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Healthy Skin From The Inside

09 May 2015, by Cathy Blackburn in Anti Ageing, Articles, Beauty

Nutrients for skin healthMany of us spend a fortune on expensive skin care products, but it is important to look after your skin from the inside. Diet and hydration are just as important as what you put on your skin.

A diet high in processed foods will be low in essential vitamins and minerals. Aim to eat unprocessed foods, preferably organic and try to include dark leafy vegetables, fruit, nuts meat, fish, eggs and full-fat dairy products.

Refined sugar is probably the most harmful item that you can consume as far as your skin and general health is concerned. Try to develop your palate to accept less sweet foods.

Essential nutrients for healthy skin

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is crucial to the formation of collagen and the reduction of oxidative stress which can be caused by sun exposure and pollution. Many fruits are high in vitamin C, broccoli is also high in vitamin C. Cook broccoli very lightly to preserve the vitamin content.

Vitamin A

Lack of vitamin A can lead to over keratinization of the skin resulting in scaly dry skin and a condition called hyperkeratosis pillaris which leads to dry scaly lumps particularly on the backs of the arms. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, dark leafy greens such as kale; animal sources are all types of liver, tuna fish.

Zinc

Zinc is anti-inflammatory, assists in wound healing and protects against UV radiation. Good sources of zinc include wheat germ, dairy produce, meat and shellfish.

Omega 3

Omega 3 essential fatty acid is a major contributor to skin health and health in general. The modern western diet tends to contain too much omega 6 and not enough omega 3 which can lead to inflammatory conditions in the body including inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rosacea etc. Omega 3 also helps with cell hydration. Good sources of omega 3 are walnuts, organic eggs, flax and flaxseed oil, oily fish, organic grass fed beef.

Water

Good hydration makes for plump healthy skin. Water is essential to every single cell in your body (even fat cells contain water!). Without adequate water, skin cells can not function properly and flush out toxins that can leave the skin looking dull, flaky and shrivelled.

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