Do you remember how some people say that the food you eat will reflect who you are? This is actually true. The food that you affect can greatly affect your appearance. And even if you religiously stick to the beauty treatments and routines that you have to keep your skin healthier, keeping your skin healthy should was start from within. This means that the nourishment that your skin needs should not be coming from the different things that you apply on your skin but from the food and drinks that you feed your body. It is common knowledge that the old cells in our body are constantly being shed. They are being replaced by younger cells. If we are to be supporting this rapid growth, then it is necessary that we never run low on micro-nutrients. If you eat the right kinds of food then you are giving your skin everything it needs to stay free of blemish, soft and supple.
What are the different nutrients that you should take in every day to make your skin healthy?
Fruits and vegetables: It is recommended for a person to take in at least five servings of this food group on a daily basis. It may sound like a lot but you need all the antioxidants that you can get from fruits and vegetable to help you ward off any skin problems due to free radicals. There are many causes of free radicals and among them are: pollution, smoking and sunlight. These free radicals are great at making your skin wrinkly and it can give you age spots. Some of the fruits and veggies that you should eat regularly include carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, papaya, kale and even spinach.
Vitamin C: This is another powerful antioxidant needed by your body. There are many reasons why vitamin C is needed by our body. Some of these reasons include better ability of our skin to recover from blemishes, a better immune system and glowing skin. Blueberries, blackcurrants, guava, broccoli, oranges, papaya. Kiwi, sweet potatoes and strawberries are great sources of this powerful antioxidant.
Selenium: This is another antioxidant that is greatly needed by our bodies. It works hand in hand with the other antioxidants like vitamins C and E in order to make our immune systems stronger. You will be protecting yourself from skin cancer, age spots and damage caused by the sun if your diet is rich in selenium. Great sources of selenium include wheatgerm, fish, tomatoes, shellfish and broccoli. If you eat four Brazil nuts, you are already meeting your required amount of selenium for the day.
Vitamin E: This is needed by your skin to avoid cell damage and it promotes the healthy growth of your skin. Good sources of vitamin E include avocado, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower, pine nuts an corn oils.
Hydrate yourself with water: For your skin to remain flexible, you need to make sure that it is moisturized. Even a little dehydration will give your skin a dry look. It will also look tired and even seem a little grayish. It is necessary that you drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Even though all the other fluid you take in can be counted as part of your fluid intake, it is still best that you limit the fluid intake count to water only.
Fats: Yes, we still need fats in our body. However, the fatty acids that we need to keep our skin moisturized naturally. The fats that we need are polyunsaturate and monounsaturated fats and these fats can be found in fish, nuts, avocados and seeds. Vitamin E can also be found in these fats.
Phyto-estrogens: These are natural chemicals that are found in foods from plants. It plays a big role of keeping our hormones in balance. There are different types of phyto-estrogens. Isoflavones are found in products made out of soya bean. Lignans are found in whole grains, vegetables, fruit and flax seeds.
Omega-3 and omega-6: These are important fatty acids that cannot be made in your body which is why it is important that you take in enough of these important fatty acids. Good sources of omega-3 are oily fishes, flaxseed oil, walnut, rapeseed oil and linseeds.
Applying creams on our skin, chemical-based or natural ones, can greatly improve our skin. But nothing beats nourishing your skin by eating the right kinds of food and drinking the right amount of fluid to stay hydrated. SO if you want to have healthy skin, start eating foods that contain the nutrients needed by your skin to stay healthy.