Healthier Skin & A Healthier You

15 09 2011

Our society has an obsession with healthy skin.  We hate wrinkles, acne, & blemishes.  Your skin is an outside indicator for your internal health.  When we have skin based disorders those are very often outside manifestations of toxicity, mineral imbalances, oxidative stress, and inflammatory processes that are taking place within the body.   

Many natural food sources rich in anti-oxidants and minerals help to balance this internal stress and promote radiant skin.

The most important nutritional considerations for healthy skin is to eat a diet loaded with raw vegetables and a smaller quantity of raw fruit.  The fruit and vegetables will provide the three most important nutrients for healthy skin: water, trace minerals, & anti-oxidants.

Water is the arguably the most important thing we consume everyday.  It provides the medium for all chemical reactions in our body.  Additionally, it helps to cleanse and purify toxic debris and wash away rancid oils from the skin.  

Three critical minerals for healthy skin include silica, zinc, & sulfur.  These minerals are found in many plant based foods.  Foods rich in anti-oxidants are very important for the body to balance the oxidative stress is encounters each day and protect the skin cells from free radical damage.  Here are 5 foods that will help you build beautifully radiant skin.

Cucumbers are rich in water, vitamin C, and silica.  Silica is a trace mineral that is critical for strong connective tissue and amazing for skin health.  Silica deficiency’s lead to reduced skin elasticity which promotes wrinkles & age spots.

Radishes are loaded with water and the sulfur containing amino acids cysteine and methionine.  Sulfur is known as a beautifying mineral that helps our body detoxify.  Radishes are known for their ability to help the liver process toxins and produce bile.  Additionally, radishes also contain zinc, vitamin C, phosphorus, and b vitamins that are critical for skin health. 

Eggs are one of nature’s most incredible skin enhancing superfoods.  They are loaded with sulfur containing amino acids, zinc, fat-soluble vitamin A & E, biotin, selenium, and methyl donating B vitamins.  Zinc helps control the oil content of the skin and reduces the androgenic hormonal effects that produce acne.  Zinc is also critical to the formation of collagen which is a protein molecule that forms connective tissue and skin.  Selenium is an anti-oxidant mineral that helps promote normal tissue elasticity and protects the skin from ultra-violet damage.  Biotin is a B complex vitamin that helps promote healthy skin and vitamin A & E are critical anti-oxidants that helps protect the skin from oxidative stress.    

The Indian herb Tumeric is amazing for the skin and body.  Tumeric is loaded with powerful polyphenol anti-oxidant phytochemicals called curcuminoids.  Many experts have suggested that curcuminoids have 5-8 times stronger anti-oxidant properties than Vitamin E and other more well-known anti-oxidants.   Tumeric also helps to cleanse, purify, & nourish the skin to maintain its elasticity.  Additionally, it helps to support the natural flora that protects the skin from dangerous microbes. 

Spinach is very rich in water, vitamin C, magnesium, folate, and chlorophyll which help booster the skin.  Additionally, spinach is loaded with the anti-oxidant carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which are powerful at scavenging free radicals and protecting the skin from oxidative stress. 

 

Tips for Healthy Skin Nutrition

1.     Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of pure, clean water.

2.     Eat a big salad with raw spinach and hard/soft boiled eggs

3.     Snack on radishes or add them to your salad.

4.     Slice up some cucumbers and add Apple cider vinegar and herbs

5.     Add turmeric to hummus, brown rice, meat dishes, & shakes

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