Diet for Healthy Skin

So what's in a diet for healthy skin? Is diet the four-letter-word that some people think it is?

Healthy skin really does begin within. Some people claim there's no link between nutrition and skin, but I haven't found that to be true. That would be like saying that diet has an effect on all of the body's organs, except for the largest one, which is the skin.

Now, that doesn't sound right, does it? Take a break to think that through, if you need to. I'll wait right here for you.

If you want to have healthy skin, your diet needs to contain certain foods. Vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy skin so make sure you are getting enough of these micro nutrients.

Are you on a diet so you can lose weight? Then listen up. If you are controlling your calorie intake, chances are you are also reducing your intake of vitamins and minerals. If this is the case, you will probably find that you tend to get tired quickly. This has a negative effect on your skin.

To remedy this, take a course of vitamins and minerals, preferably those that have come from natural sources. Even if you are not on a diet for healthy skin or weight loss, your skin will benefit from taking high-grade supplements.

What food groups do you need to include in your diet to improve the look of your skin? Glad you asked.

Fats are good for the skin. Yes, you read that right - your skin needs some fats. Cell membranes need to have fats because the cells harden if they don't have enough fats. When cells become hard, the skin dries out and wrinkles make a grand entrance. You probably don't want that!

To stop this happening, you'll want to eat more vegetable oils. Not barrels of it, of course. You only need to add a spoonful of say, olive oil (or, alternatively, corn or groundnut oil) to your salad to help restore the skin.

You can also eat oily fish as part of a diet for healthy skin. The fatty acids contained in oily fish are important for skin. If you don't like fish, it's a good idea to take a fish oil supplement - choose a good quality brand because not all fish oils are created equal.

Let's look at healthy skin supplements. Your body can't produce these and so you have to get them from food or from supplements. These all form part of a healthy skin diet.

B-group vitamins are important for cell renewal. Wholewheat cereals are a great way to get vitamin B.

Vitamins A, C and E are great for skin too. We'll take them one by one. Vitamin A helps improve skin moisture content and promotes cell renewal. It can also help reverse the signs of premature aging. Fruits and vegetables that are orange in color contain vitamin A and beta-carotene.

Vitamin C is vital to the production of collagen. Studies show that it also regulates pigmentation and boosts the skin's immune system.

And vitamin E helps to protect the skin's moisture barrier and smoothen dry skin. Almonds, walnuts, artichokes, celery, eggplant, broccoli and spinach are all rich in vitamin E.

Some supplements are especially good for certain types of skin. If you have oily skin, zinc can help control the production of sebum or oil. And sulphur can help eliminate toxins.

If your skin is stretched and dry, selenium can help slow the aging process.

The bottom line: if you want beautiful skin, be sure to follow a diet for healthy skin. Make time for internal and external skin care.

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