January 6, 2015

Nutrition and Healthy Skin

People don’t seem to realise how much nutrition affects the whole body, from skin and hair to teeth and bones. Today many are eating fast food, not taking the time to think about what kind of chemicals and additives they are putting inside their bodies. These chemicals build up and cause your skin to flare up. Instead of looking to fix their overall behaviour, everybody wants some kind of a quick fix, . In dermatology, nutrition is seen as an important factor to overall health and that’s why it is important to have a well-balanced diet for your body to function without a hitch.


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Vitamins
Vitamin D can be found in fatty fish, Portobello mushrooms, fortified milk, egg yolk or beef liver. There are different variations of vitamin D and when the skin is exposed to sunlight vitamin D converts into another form of the nutrient. This nutrient then flows through the body maintaining healthy skin, teeth, bones and even aids the immune system. Vitamin A is found in many foods like meat, fish, poultry and dairy. Apart from aiding to eye, skin and mucous hydration, it’s also an antioxidant which means it prevents cell damage and is commonly used in acne treatments. Found in many fruits, vitamin C is important for healthy skin since it helps with healing. Sailors would often get scurvy before they realised the importance of vitamin C.  And zinc is important for hair growth and keeping your skin young and it can be found in many foods like spinach, nuts, cocoa and seafood. But before you start supplementing you must remember that too much of a good thing is possible so consult your doctor before taking any steps.

Creams
Even though sun is good for your skin you should use some kind of sunscreen to prevent long-term sun damage. To help your skin use thalgo products, they will aid with keeping your skin looking young and healthy. From time to time use mineral masks to feed and revitalise your skin and you could also make your own masks from fruits and vegetables. What’s most important is keeping your skin hydrated so it is suggested that you use water-based creams, if you have sensitive or oily skin.

Hydration
The importance of proper hydration is overlooked by far too many. For the body to function properly it needs a certain amount of water every day and this amount can vary depending on your lifestyle. It keeps your cells hydrated and makes your skin look healthy and younger. Another important role is that it flushes out toxins and excess nutrients your body doesn’t need.

Junk food
Studies indicate that junk food leads to acne. When they compared people with a high glycaemic diet to people with a low-glycaemic diet they came to the conclusion that the latter managed to subdue acne breakouts through nutrition. Also sugars and carbs raise the levels of insulin which can lead to inflammations. Omega-3 acids have been linked to decreasing acne breakouts. Fatty acids are important for healthy skin and an imbalance can also lead to inflammations.

Contributed by Laura


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3 comments:

  1. the health of your body depends on what you feed it on, just as a healthy plant or anything else will grow better in rich soil or conditions.

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  2. Aravind2:53 PM

    foods help to get rid of oils in the skin or make the skin look healthier
    green tea,Salmon,Blueberries,carrots, and drinking 2-3 liters of water best

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  3. - Keep up with 8 glasses of water +
    - More fruit and veg than the required amount

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