Healthy Food Equals Healthy Skin

| December 27, 2012

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We all know that our diet plays a big role in our health. Often times it has a direct effect on our organs. Believe it or not, the biggest organ that food effects is our skin. Balanced, healthy foods equals healthy skin. On the other hand not so healthy foods equals unhealthy skin. So, the next time we’re pondering what to eat, take a few minutes and think about what that food will do to our skin.

Eating healthy food means eating those foods regularly which provide us the right amount of nutrients that we require for our health. There is RDA for every element of food–carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamin, mineral etc. We don’t always follow this protocol. As an example, we may get carried away eating chocolate and forget the serving portion mainly because it does have some health benefit. What we should recall is that most chocolate bars, drinks, or pastries are crowded with sugar. This combination explodes on our skin in the form of acne. Recall that health experts advise us to avoid products that contain chemicals or synthetic additives. Like chocolate, it applies to every processed food.

Healthy food choices

Protein

Eating enough protein should not be a big problem for some being that we tend to consume quite a bit of meat. The good thing is even if we are a vegetarians we can still get our protein. Other than meat, protein can be found in beans, nuts, flaxseed, peanut butter, and other sources. The amount of protein we should consume each day depends on our daily activity and body weight.

Berries and plums

Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries as well as plums are all very high in antioxidants. There are other fruits, vegetables, and beans that’s also high in antioxidants; however these berries rank the highest.

Walnuts, canola oil, and salmon

What do all three of these things have in common? The answer is quite simple; they all have essential fatty acids which helps us to have healthy cell membranes. Having healthy cell membranes is very important to the skin because these cells help to hold in moisture. Without them, we would all be dealing with very dry skin. If our skin is dry we should try increasing our daily intake of essential fatty acids.

Whole grains

We probably already know the benefit of whole grains when it comes to dieting and eating right, but it also works wonders for the skin. Whole grain foods  such as bread, rice, and cereal contain a mineral called selenium. Selenium is a major player when it comes to healthy skin cells. People who spend a great amount of time in the sun should definitely eat plenty healthy food with selenium because it’s known to reduce the damage sun exposure causes to the skin.

Green tea

Convenient and Ready to EatWhether we choose to take it orally or apply it directly to the skin, either way the benefit of green tea is amazing when it comes to healthy skin. Green tea reduces the damage that ultraviolet light brings. Ultraviolet light comes from the rays of the sun. These are the rays that cause skin cancer. So green tea will help to reduce our chances or even prevent us from getting skin cancer if we’re exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Anti-Inflammatory properties found in green tea is what makes it so beneficial to the skin.

Water

The amount of water we need to consume a day varies from person to person. It all depends on our size and activity level. As a start, we should at least try to drink 6-8 glasses a day or half our body weight in ounces. Water helps to keep the skin hydrated. Pure water is best when it comes to skin care, not water that has extra additives. Water is also responsible for helping the cells to move nutrients into our body and toxins out of our body.

It’s time to really pay attention to what we’re putting in our body. Not only does it affect our overall health but it also have a great impact on our skin. The next time we’re planning our menu, make sure we include lots of skin healthy foods. Remember that everything we eat becomes a part of us. Eat healthy and our skin will thank us.

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  1. Now that I think about it, I see that when I’m hydrated and eat regularly, my skin looks moist. I guess food does impact this too.

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