Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tips to Keep Your Skin in Tip-Top Shape

For ever since I can remember phrases such as, "You are what you eat" and, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", are freely used in everyday speech. So, you can already guess which direction this article is heading. The subject on healthy eating is nothing new, nor is the effect of nutrients and vitamins on your skin's appearance. Over time, nutritionists introduce new must-eat vitamin sources and new diets to the table. So much so that sometimes we forget the ultimate basics. Let's take a look at those basics of healthy eating for great skin:
First and foremost: water. Yes, plain old H2O. You can never get enough water in your system. Up to 60% of our human bodies are made up of water. 70% of our brains are made up of water and our lungs at a startling 90%. When we break it down into more scientific terms, we're talking cells. Every inch of our bodies are made up of cells which are largely made of water. A healthy cell is like a rubber ball full of water, an unhealthy cell is one that is like a half-filled rubber ball. Now imagine that millions of these rubber balls are what make up the skin on your face. Quite obviously, the more liquid your skin cells retain, the better your skin's health and the better you look. So drink up; lots and lots of water.
Next is none other than fibers. If you want great skin, never skip your greens. Fiber isn't just great for your skin but work wonders on your digestive system and helps prevent blood cholesterol and heart problems as well. This is where the expression, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" comes in. Apples, one of the simplest fruits known to man is high in fiber. Highly recommend you to eat it skin and all. As for other food high in fiber to include in your healthy-skin diet besides your green vegetables: whole grains, all sorts of beans and legumes and flax seeds.
Another source of fiber with the added benefit of vitamin C is oranges. Yet again, another of the simpler fruits known to men. Vitamin C work wonders for your skin. Rather than apply the vitamin on your face, you might as well eat oranges for the added benefits.
Now besides water, fiber and vitamin c, contrary to beliefs about its negative impact on health, are 'oils'. Don't skip your 'oils' if you want bouncy, healthy looking skin. Of course, stick to the good ones such as fish oil and those from walnuts and flax seeds.
Finally, something you should avoid eating too much of is sugar. Sugar is in fact one of the primary reasons for premature signs of aging. How so? Glycation. If you're new to this term, here's a quick explanation: the more sugar (glucose) that runs in your bloodstream, the higher chance those glucose molecules would stick to a protein molecule and damage it in the process. The new combined molecule from the glycation process damages skin collagen and everything else related to elasticity. The result: wrinkles, crow feet and loose sagging skin.
So to wrap it up, for healthy and young-looking skin: drink lots of water, eat lots of fiber, make sure you get enough vitamin C and healthy oils, plus really limit your intake of sugar and its counterparts.
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