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Healthy Food: Natural Skin Care from the Inside Out

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The “external” approach:

The belief has always been that in addition to expensive plastic surgery (Botox included), topical beauty products were the only options to help you with your beauty regimen and maintain the health of your skin. Statistics prove that both men and women spend an exorbitant amount on a variety of creams, serums and lotions aimed at achieving that “great” look and for ageless, flawless skin.

The only time “food” was ever mentioned as a beauty product, was when someone was giving advice to mash up food into a bowl to apply topically to your face in an effort to rejuvenate your skin. But recent clinical research into the relevance of food is turning conventional knowledge on its head. Instead of the benefits from external applications, the study claims more benefits from food from the inside, through regular consumption. Curious but skeptical? Read on.

 Hydration- Key to Healthy Skin:

The key to “food for skin” lies in the abundant water content in most fruits and vegetables, providing nourishment and hydration for critical body functions, especially related to skin health. Dehydrated skin tends to develop a raisin like appearance (wrinkly), look flaky or dried out and forcing you to look older than your true years. Along with your daily quota of 8 to 12, 8 ounce, glasses per day, munching on fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables will do wonders for your satiety and overall health. It’s the elixir to good skin.

 Skin Food: Nutrients that Matter

Nature’s beauty product is found in the vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that help with the health of your skin. These include omega-3, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E and Sulphur which is critical to collagen production. Omega-3 fatty acids top the list providing protection from free radicals and inflammatory ill effects. Olive oil, avocados and its oil, tuna, and salmon are great to get the omega-3 that your skin craves. Examples of sulphur rich foods are green and black olives, fresh cucumbers and celery stalks. Working together with the sulfur, vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A help keep collagen levels high. Carrots and sweet potatoes are great foods to consume to obtain vitamin A.

We all know that the more freely blood circulates and energizes the nooks and corners of our body, the better our health. Blockades due to plague and other physical causes, hampers the blood’s effectiveness to nourish, repair, and detoxify body cells leading to imbalances and quick degeneration. It also carries vital oxygen that aids overall cell growth including the dermis. Zinc rich foods help the body implement this vital function. Cooked oysters, meat, spinach, toasted wheat germ, seeds like pumpkin, and nuts like cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, and pine nuts provided the much needed zinc to help nourish and replenish the skin cells.

Eating meat and seafood makes zinc more bio-available, meaning it is easier and readily absorbed by your body. On the other hand, vegetarian sources of zinc, like whole grains, are high in phytates, which reduce zinc absorption. If you can’t afford seafood, or want to eat less meat, then eat more eggs, which have zinc that the body readily absorbs.

 Eat Right to Look Bright:

Citric fruits like oranges and grapefruits are rich in Vitamin C, which prevents sagging of the skin and keeps it healthy. Recent medical reports have noted that the body does not store vitamin C, so eating a fruit with vitamin C every four hours while awake, is the best way to feed your skin what it needs to stay supple, firm, healthy and youthful.

Whatever skin issues you have – whether it’s acne, wrinkles, dry or oily skin – you can find your beauty product in the foods you eat, which in turn will help feed your body’s largest organ internally, so that it delivers the results you want on the outside of your body.

Randy Brittell

My name is Randy Brittell and I am owner of - Savor the Food and Your Health and a nutrition expert at CureJoy. I have looked too naturopathic medicine and alternative medicine because of my own person health problems. I had diabetes at which doctors never gave me options only medicine. I took things into my own hands and am now 7 years symptom free. I have studied since 2006 about the nutrition of food and herbs, and their ability to cure. At this time I currently hold an Advanced Learning Certificate in Human Health – Diet and Nutrition. I am also working to get a certificate in Healthy Living. I currently live in Boise, Idaho (USA). I am married and have two boys, at which my oldest I put through collage and who is now a Medical Assistant working in a cancer hospital in Rosarito Baja California, Mexico.

Randy Brittell

My name is Randy Brittell and I am owner of - Savor the Food and Your Health and a nutrition expert at CureJoy. I have looked too naturopathic medicine and alternative medicine because of my own person health problems. I had diabetes at which doctors never gave me options only medicine. I took things into my own hands and am now 7 years symptom free. I have studied since 2006 about the nutrition of food and herbs, and their ability to cure. At this time I currently hold an Advanced Learning Certificate in Human Health – Diet and Nutrition. I am also working to get a certificate in Healthy Living. I currently live in Boise, Idaho (USA). I am married and have two boys, at which my oldest I put through collage and who is now a Medical Assistant working in a cancer hospital in Rosarito Baja California, Mexico.

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James Lisbon
James Lisbon 5pts

One of the things that stuck out to me was when it talked about drinking water to help your skin out.   It would seem like there are certain things that people can do to make their skin healthier.   However, it would probably be something that would depend on the person as well, so finding different options might not be a bad idea. http://www.sweetpskincare.com/prickly-pear 

correysmith321
correysmith321 5pts

Randy, the foods that you mentioned about sure sounds like they could help out with skin care. It seems like you have had personal experiences where some of those foods have helped you or a friend out. Well, how often would you intake each of those foods? http://townsville.ellabache.com.au 

sfreddson2156
sfreddson2156 5pts

I never realized that staying hydrated could have such a dramatic impact on your skin. Is this true of all skin conditions or are there some that hydration doesn't affect? I'll have to keep this in mind as I get ready to start a new skin care regimen. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us! http://www.botanyessentials.com.au/p/7

CaseyJones1
CaseyJones1 5pts

Wow, I didn't realize diet played such a large role in skin health.  As I am getting older, I am doing everything I can to ensure that my skin looks healthy.  I will try and make my diet healthier.  Also, what do you think about tns essential serum? 

 http://www.premierlook.com/brands/SkinMedica.html 

Clear60Skincare
Clear60Skincare 5pts

Well, my skin is almost fine with all the creams and ointments, all thanks to the major part of my life in hostels. But know that I am back home, I have been steadily making sure I use natural skin care options, the things you’ve mentioned are therefore a good beginning.

 

JordanJohnson2
JordanJohnson2 5pts

It is refreshing to see a blog talking about natural skin care. While I am certainly okay with creams and ointments it seems like we should be thinking more about treating our bodies well. When we get the natural resources that our bodies need they will slowly revitalize and invigorate themselves. http://phyris.com.au

RachPfenni
RachPfenni 5pts

Love this content! If you're looking for natural products, but you don't want to make them, you can check out the product line at RealPurity.com too - they take the same approach to their formulas, and they cater to men and women with especially sensitive skin. Keep the great tips coming!

JaydenEden
JaydenEden 5pts

I am actually wondering if I can help my sister with her skin. She has had a lot of problems with acne, and I don't think she has been able to fully get rid of them. Is there anything you would recommend she tries?
Jayden Eden | http://www.skyedermatology.com/

savorthefood
savorthefood 5pts

@JaydenEden Mix 2 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt w/1 tsp. raw organic honey. Apply to face & message gently. Leave on up to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Yogurt & honey both help balance bacterial activity on the skin.  


You also can try "Apple cider vinegar" which can kill bacteria, and reduce or eliminate toxins that cause acne. Add 2 tsp.of apple cider vinegar to 8 ounces of fresh water and drink, twice daily.


Avoid antibacterial soaps that contain triclosan, it will only dry your skin out, and bacteria can become immune.


I hope this is helpful. 

RazaAkram
RazaAkram 5pts

Thanks for such beneficiary information