Sunday, December 9, 2007

How Diet Affects Your Skin

How Diet Affects Your Skin by Franchis

If you want a healthy skin, it is important fo ryou to have a healthy diet- a diet which contains adequate amount of vitamins, minerals and proteins. Balance is the key word. Diet should supply all the nutrients needed to build health, namely, protein, carbohydrates, fats, essential fatty acids and all the essential vitamins and minerals. Choose foods with plenty of B vitamins like B-2 and B-3. Multivitamins are nutritional supplements subject to continued debate surrounding their efficacy. Most doctors agree the best way to get these value nutrients into your body is through food, which is good news, because the cost of vitamins can add up over time.These foods convert calories into energy for metabolism and are components of enzymes that maintain normal skin function. Vitamin C works by reducing the damage caused by free radicals, a harmful byproduct of sunlight, smoke, and pollution. Fish contains oils that will help nourish your skin. This diet includes fish options at lunch and dinner to add luster and softness to your complexion.

Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Not only are they full of the vitamins your skin needs, they'll have the side effect of helping you feel better and possibly lose weight in the process. This diet includes plenty of dark orange (carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash) and dark green (broccoli, spinach, kale) vegetables -- all of which are high in vitamin A. Zinc is for boosting the immune system and promoting optimum health.

Don't be surprised that even at your age, whatever it is, that you still aren't sure what type of skin you have. Sometimes it can be oily; sometimes it feels completely dehydrated, and yet moisturizers seem too oily even for your dehydrated skin. By putting your skin on a diet, it will help your skin revert back to its natural state, so you will be able to detect what its real type is, and what its needs are, helping you find suitable products that will work for you.

Healthy Skin Diet Tips

1. Vitamin B1 aids skin health by helping to keep the circulation normal.

2. Ground flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega-three fatty acids, which promote good skin health. This meal plan adds flaxseed to your breakfast cereal for a healthy start to your day.

3. Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine deficiency can result in dermatitis or eczema.

4. Vitamin E helps promote great skin, which is why this diet includes nuts such as hazelnuts and almonds -- which are high in vitamin E -- as snacks.

5. Eating fish can also be very beneficial to your complexion. The oils in fish will actually help to feed moisture to your skin. It is suggested that at least one meal per day include some type of fish, either fresh or canned. Even canned tuna qualifies in this department!

6. Don’t forget dairy products, especially milk, and make sure to include vegetable oils in your diet along with yogurts. Always avoid junk food as much as possible.

7. Water. As if you couldn't guess! Water flushes the toxins in your body out so icky stuff doesn't get stored inside - and start showing itself on the outside. We love water. Water loves us. It should be turned into some kind of song.If you are worried about your skin and you think that changing your diet might help, then you should talk to a doctor or dietician, who will be able to help you make the right choices.

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