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6 Important Food Tips To Nourish The Body As Well As Your Beauty | Amoils.com

Added September 26, 2011, Under: Diets, Nutrition, Skin Conditions, Women's Health

The appearance of our skin on the outside is often a reflection of what is going on – good or bad – on the inside. Healing Natural Oils will treat the symptoms of so many skin conditions such as acne, cellulite, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, stretch marks, wrinkles and more but what we put inside is very important too.

Healthy on the inside means glowing skin, shiny hair and a beautiful smile

1. Green veggies are great for external beauty, containing vitamins A, E, fibre and iron. Vitamin E is an essential element helping maintain the skin’s elasticity – extra important as we age. Vitamin A helps the skin, mucous membranes and even our eyes keep up their moisture levels while a high iron content is vital to produce red blood cells. Eat brightly colored and dark fruits and vegetables for all their antioxidants.

2. Liquids because if you want to look good, staying hydrated is essential. Water especially improves the way you look on different levels. One is by working with fiber to carry toxins out of your body which would otherwise wreak havoc on your appearance – think puffy face; red, dry, and puffy eyes; dull and dry skin, hair, and nails; and even acne breakouts and dermatitis. Another is by protecting your skin cells as the more water a skin cell contains, the less vulnerable it is to invasion by potentially harmful bacteria. Green tea is another product to improve those looks on the inside while reducing the risks of certain cancers with all the antioxidants it contains. Milk (especially if it is raw or at the very least organic and free range) is another drink to add to your beauty aids, providing calcium and vitamin D to nourish the skin and strengthen the hair. Be aware that caffeine should be limited because it can cause you to become dehydrated, and your skin needs to be fluid to look and feel healthy.

3. Vitamin C, which can be found in most citrus fruits such as blueberries, lemons, limes, and oranges, helps to boost the immune system. It also aids in the production of collagen which fights wrinkles by keeping the skin firm. This incredible vitamin helps the body absorb calcium and iron and has also been shown to reduce acne flare-ups.

4. Fatty acids are a must in your diet to improve the overall condition of nails, hair, and skin. You can get these fatty acids in fish (from a safe source) such as salmon, mackerel and sardines as well as pumpkin seeds, chickpeas, nuts, olives, olive oil, flaxseed, eggs and sunflower seeds. Omega 3 supplements are also an excellent source of essential fatty acids. By maintaining cell structure, fatty acids keep bad things out and good things in. If you don’t eat enough of these fats, your skin will become dry, cracked, scaly and itchy.

5. Zinc fortified proteins will help to prevent dull hair and brittle nails. Sources are beans and lean meats along with oysters, clams, mussels and lobster. The protein you eat has a lot more to do with how you look than you may think. Your skin, hair, and nails are all made of protein but if you are not getting enough, your body will divert the protein nutrients to more essential body parts first, leaving your skin, hair, and nails deprived of their essential building blocks. They will be come weaker and look less than attractive. Skin can become dry, flaky, dull, and irritated; nails will break more easily; and your hair might start to fall out. The zinc in portein is an important mineral for skin, hair, and nail health. Seafood, shellfish, lean red meats, dark meat poultry, nuts, and eggs are all protein sources that contain high levels of zinc. If you are a vegetarian, you can also get your zinc from peaches, onions, whole grains, fermented soybean paste, and some legumes.

6. Ditch the sugar if you want to look 10 years younger as sugar is responsible for almost half of all aging that takes place inside skin cells. Sugar binds with collagen (the protein that makes up 75% of skin) and activates a chemical reaction called glycation which damages elastin and collagen – the two substances your skin needs to stay supple and elastic. In the end sugar will lead to wrinkles and sagging skin. Sugary foods can also trigger increased sebum production which will clog your pores and result in acne breakouts.

Beauty is not just skin deep – you have to nourish your body from the inside in order to make the outside look the best it can.

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