Foods Your Skin Will Love
June 29th, 2011
FOODS YOUR SKIN WILL LOVE
We’ve all dipped into our fair share of snack and junk food, even if you sneak it in. As time goes on we find that we can’t get away with the snacking the way we used. You see how that chocolate bar leaves its traces on the hips and in the zits that tragically magically appear. You see your skin as oily as that last bag of chips you ate. We begin to think differently about what we eat as we age and maturity kicks in. You begin to think about how you want to be around to see your grand kids when your cholesterol level is in question. Even the most basic ailment like dehydration and a bout with an eczema rash can make us reconsider our diet as we get older.
You can choose healthy foods that help to defy the signs of aging and bring a feeling of vitality and overall well being. We really can find the medicines and remedies for all that ails us in the plethora of foods available to us. A healthy balanced organic diet allows you to look, feel and perform at your best.
Since I can remember I have heard the mantra “Vitamin E is the best thing for your skin.” This was the first basic lesson from my childhood for achieving and maintaining healthy skin. I had my own bottle of vitamin E oil since puberty- that’s how important it’s been in my life. It is that paramount vitamin for slowing the signs of aging on skin because it keeps your skin deeply moisturized while it adds elasticity skin tissue. Vitamin E is packed with antioxidants that, like a prized warrior, combats the damage caused by pollution, free radicals, malnutrition and naturally protects your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Antioxidants also stimulate renewal and repair for vibrant balanced skin.
You can find Vitamin E in those delicious fresh organic apples, blueberries, cranberries and strawberries in your summer fruit salad. The kale, spinach, squash, potatoes, and artichoke hearts you grabbed from produce stand on your way home from are also rich in Vitamin E. If you love almonds or cook with olive or sesame oil you are off to a good start for nourishing your body and satisfying your skin’s need for Vitamin E. Also, remember to heap your plate with legumes like pinto and kidney beans for added Vitamin E. People who have battled and survived cancer often choose foods rich in Vitamin E to rejuvenate their skin and bodies following chemotherapy.
The path to supple youthful skin is in choosing foods that promote and support the formation of collagen. Vitamin C acts like a sponge helping your skin to retain moisture so that it is less likely to form wrinkles and fine lines. That tall glass of orange juice you gulped before heading out the door is working wonders for you from the start of your day by stimulating cell growth and preventing dehydration for healthier skin. There’s a vast array of citrus choices including grapefruit, limes and lemons that will all perform their Vitamin C magic on your skin. Then there is organic broccoli, peppers, mango, tomatoes and kiwi that are the foods that don’t generally come to mind when we think of Vitamin C.
For Omega-3 fatty acids to nourish your skin foods like canola oil, walnuts and salmon deliver in plenty a necessary nutrient for your overall health. Other Omega-3 foods to try that will boost your skin’s ability to retain moisture include anchovies, soybeans, sardines, flax seed oil, and herring. A hefty dose of Vitamin A foods will help heal and maintain skin tissue when you eat eggs, papaya, oysters, and carrots. Top it off with whole grains, peas, cantaloupe, and sweet peppers all overflowing with Vitamin B that assists in the healthy functioning of oil-producing glands bringing the glow of youth to your skin.