Nutrition for Healthy Vibrant Skin

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Jul 24th, 2010
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If you want to achieve healthy, vibrant and clear skin, you need to protect it and provide your body with the substances it needs. After all, the skin is the largest organ of the human body.

You can’t drive your car without petrol, you can’t play piano without a piano, and you can’t have healthy clear skin without providing the body with the essential nutrients it needs.

For many, many years, dermatologists, doctors, nutritionists and scientists have all denied any link between nutrition and acne. Not so recently has research been conducted which clearly shows the link between nutrition and acne. The reason? What we put into our mouths affects how our body functions, whether the food we consume is good for us or whether the food is bad for us, it will affect the state of our hormones, insulin and overall health.

High GI sugar, for example, will spike insulin levels; this is something I’m sure most people reading are aware about. The insulin hormone influences the action of almost every single cell in the human body and considering that our body is completely made up of cells, this is a pretty serious function of the human body and research has extensively shown that consistent altering of the insulin hormone from the consumption of high GI foods, is the cause of nearly every degenerative disease known to man, including but not limited too;

  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Arthritis, and
  • Aging

To understand how acne can be caused, and cured by nutrition, check out this short article in a PDF document written by Dr. Loren Cordain. Loren Cordain is the scientist behind the extensive research conducted on the relationship between diet and acne.

Good nutrition is extremely important for good health, it is therefore also extremely important to keep the functioning and vitality of the skin.

Some of the fundamental nutritional requirements needed to keep skin looking healthy include:

Oxygen

We obviously need oxygen to survive, but if you exercise on a regular basis you will be increasing your overall oxygen intake. Too much oxygen can cause an increase in oxidation within the body, ever seen a marathon runner who looks 50 when they are 30? The points below on antioxidants and carcinogens are extremely important to apply in order to prevent the increase in aging of the skin which can be brought on by excessive exercise.

Water

Our bodies are made up of 60-70% water. Dehydration can affect the appearance of skin, causing it too lose plumpness, become itchy, cause dry cracks, cause roughness and/or flake or bleed. Dehydration can also be a condition caused by outside factors; weather and skin products have the potential to dry or dehydrated skin.

Good fats and oils

Good fats such as coconut oil and fish oil play an essential roll in keeping skin looking vibrant and young. Good fats participate in keeping the skin elastic, connective tissues strong, oily and hydrated while calming irritated skin, providing antioxidant protection and in some cases restoring damaged skin.

Antioxidants

Free-radicals are un-stable electrons which attack the cells in our body causing them to weaken and potentially become diseased. Free-radicals can be created through normal daily activity, such as breathing, eating and exercising, however free-radical damage can increase the more you are stressed, the more you breathe in chemicals and pollution, smoke, eat junk food and don’t get an efficient amount of sleep.

Antioxidants work by combating the free-radicals which bombard our system on a daily basis, reducing the rate of cellular destruction which causes aging and disease.

Fruits and vegetables are the best source of antioxidants. Within the beauty industry there is a big push to take synthetic vitamins such as A, C and E within topical creams, however if you’re not actually ingesting these vitamins through the intake of fruits and vegetables and other natural antioxidant sources, your body will never be able to absorb enough antioxidants through the skin to actually prevent cellular destruction and damage.

Protection and reduction of carcinogens

Carcinogens increase the rate of free-radical damage. Chemicals are one of the worst carcinogens for the human body as they easily make their way into the system and start destroying cells at a rapid pace.

Chemicals are found everywhere, in food products, in supplements and in beauty products. Fairly recently a study found many shampoo’s and lotions contained the chemical 1,4-Dioxane, which is very well known for causing cancer. Many other chemicals are found in products you probably consume or use on a daily basis; toothpaste contains fluoride (read article titled Toothpaste Warning), look at the ingredients list for your shampoo and conditioner and chances are about 90% or more of the ingredients are chemicals alone. Most shampoos, conditioners and toothpastes will contain the extremely harmful chemical sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), which acts as a foaming agent. SLS is extremely well known for its carcinogenic effects in damaging the formation of the eyes; potentially causing blindness, causing cancer and causing skin irritations.

By following the tips mentioned above along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, your amount of cellular damage will significantly be reduced and the functioning of healthy cell renewal will take place, as a result your skin will be healthy, vibrant and young.

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