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5 Nutrients for Gorgeous Skin

Posted Apr 11 2011 4:23pm

Practically all health experts agree that vitamins and minerals play a vital role in the health of your skin and general complexion. The manifestation of many of your body’s internal needs and disease states can be identified by signals which appear on the skin, from psoriasis and acne, to eczema and flaky dryness. The skin has also been referred to as the body’s third kidney, as it filters out so much of the waste products produced by the body.

Now with all the work that the body has to do, not mention protect the entire internal body from the external environment, pollution, extreme heat and cold and keeping us waterproof to a certain extent, it needs a lot of nourishment to keep it in peak condition.

Here we have 5 recommended nutrients which can help you to improve the condition of your skin. Please bear in mind though that if you have a skin condition, it is always advisable to find out the cause of the problem. As a practitioner of holistic health I would always recommend you treat the root of the problem instead of trying to get rid of the manifestation of it. A good nutritionist, aromatherapist, homeopath or general complementary therapist should be able to find the cause of most skin eruptions and conditions if the following foundations nutrients don’t improve your condition.

Drinking water is essential for clean skin and your overall health. Water is essential for carrying waste material out of your body and is quite possibly the single most important contributor to healing and preventing acne flare-ups. How much water should you be drinking every day? Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day for beautiful skin.

Your body is made up of 70 percent water. Water is literally your body’s life force. It is involved in nearly every bodily process, including digestion, absorption, circulation and excretion. Water is also the primary transporter of nutrients throughout your body. If not enough water is consumed, toxins can build up causing breakouts. Water flushes these toxins out.

Without adequate water, we would poison ourselves with our own metabolic wastes. Your kidneys remove waste products that must be dissolved by water. So, by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, you are flushing out the toxins that would normally escape through the pores of your skin… thus preventing acne breakouts. Your kidneys cannot function properly without enough water. When they do not work to capacity, some of the load is dumped onto your liver. One of your liver’s primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for your body. But, if your liver has to do some of the kidney’s work, it cannot work at full capacity. A liver that is not performing at its best can worsen acne because it cannot break down and clear excess hormones from your body.

Water helps maintain proper muscle tone, by giving muscles their natural ability to contract and by preventing dehydration. Shrinking cells are buoyed by water which plumps your skin and leaves it clear, healthy and resilient.

Vitamin B Complex.
As biotin, one of the vitamins in the B Complex, is the nutrient that forms the basis of our nails, skin and hair, they will really suffer if you are deficient. Niacin, another B vitamin helps your skin to retain moisture, giving a fuller glowing complexion after just 1o days of use. You can find creams enriched with b vitamins or get them in your foods, like tuna, brazil nuts, bananas and avocado to name a few.

Vitamin C
Among the most important new dermatologic discoveries is the power of vitamin C to counter the effects of sun exposure. It works by reducing the damage caused by free radicals, a harmful byproduct of sunlight, smoke, and pollution. Free radicals gobble up collagen and elastin, the fibers that support skin structure, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging. Make sure your diet includes plenty of vitamin-C rich foods (citrus and vegetables, among others), which can replace the loss of the vitamin through the skin. You can also take vitamin C supplements, up to 500 to 1,000 milligrams of per day, according to the AAD. Combined with vitamin E (see below), vitamin C supplements can also protect skin from sun exposure.

This is a very important nutrient for people who sufferer with acne, acne is even thought to be a symptom of a zinc deficiency. You can find good levels of zinc in seafood, chicken, turkey, lentils, adzuki beans, chickpeas pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, pecans, pine nuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, kelp and dulse. Whether eaten or taken topically, zinc reduces the oil production to help clear skin, reduces the formation of the acne lesions and helps scars heal sooner

Essential Fatty Acids
If your skin is dry and you suffer from regular white and black health, you would probably benefit from boosting your friendly fats aka essential fatty acids. These oils, which are called essential because our body cant manufacture them on it’s own so we have to get them from our diet, are necessary to the production of skin’s natural oil barrier. A deficiency leads to the skin producing a more irritating form of sebum, which can result in skin conditions. The best thing to do is get a good balance of Omega 3 and 6 oils. Even though many people tend to get too much Omega 6 which is found in cooking oils, grains and poultry, many people are often lacking in Omega 3 oils which can be found in cold-water fish, including salmon, sardines, and mackerel, flaxseed, and flax and safflower oils Increasing the Omega 3 rich foods in your diet or finding a good omega blend is a good way to improve the condition of your skin.

Take care and stay healthy

Leah Salmon
The Naturally You Coach

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