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Healthy Food for Better Skin

Posted by Kanu on 2/4/2014 to Kanu News
Vibrant and glowing skin is a quintessential sign of good health. Healthy looking skin is often indicative of the inner health of the body while skin in poor condition can reflect quite the opposite. Sallow, dull and broken out skin often is reflective of poor health and/or dietary habits. Following a few guidelines for a healthier diet can help bring new life back to a waning complexion. 

Learning about the basics of a healthy, well rounded diet is a good start to attaining a better complexion. Avoiding processed and junk foods and replacing them with foods that are unadulterated and close to their natural state provides a good start. Some foods have been shown to be especially good for skin health. 

Foods that produce a significant antioxidant effect work well to improve skin appearance. Berries such as blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants work by disabling free radicals of oxygen that are a major source of cell damage in the body. 

Dairy products that are low in fat are also helpful in replenishing the appearance of skin. Vitamin A is an important nutrient found in dairy that is essential to skin health. Yogurt products that contain acidophilus provide a double bonus for skin, in addition to Vitamin A. 

Natural foods that contain fatty acids work toward producing better skin. Fatty acids help develop healthier cell membranes which is reflected in more supple skin. Good dietary sources of fatty acids include flax seed, canola oil, salmon and walnuts.

Other dietary products that help skin to look younger are healthy oils. Oils keep the skin from drying out and are also a good source of fatty acids. Healthful oil choices include olive oil and canola oil.

Selenium has also been shown to be beneficial to skin health. Research has shown that test subjects that carried higher levels of selenium were less prone to skin damage due to sun exposure and carried a decreased risk of skin cancer. Selenium rich foods include tuna, whole wheat grains, turkey and Brazil nuts.

Green tea has become recently popular due to its many benefits; and one of those perks is healthier skin. Green tea has been shown to have protective properties toward cell membranes and good anti-inflammatory effects. Green tea is proven to protect the skin from UV damage whether it's applied to the skin or ingested. 

Water is essential for skin health. Daily needs are determined by an individual's size and age and water helps to keep skin cells plumped up and full. Care should be taken when ingesting fluids such as soda and coffee that are high in caffeine. Caffeine acts to dehydrate the body and skin, and therefore increases water intake needs to keep up with daily requirements.

Many natural foods that help improve the health and appearance of skin are readily available and easy to find at the corner supermarket. Making a conscientious effort to avoid bad food choices and work toward a healthier diet and lifestyle will most certainly show in a vibrant, glowing complexion.

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