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Skin Health - A reflection of your inner soul

Sheenam Sahni
Sheenam Sahni
Your skin is a reflection of your inner soul.
Alongside, your lifestyle, sleep cycle and genetics, what you eat plays a big role in your skin health.
Good nutrition and diet not only enhances your natural beauty
Adding the right foods and keeping a balance of good nutrition and diet not only enhances your natural beauty but can help you minimize or avoid skin issues like acne, inflammation, minimize wrinkles and pre-aging.


Be sure to add the following to your diet often and feel the difference.

ANTIOXIDANTS

The best defense against the free radical damage due to oxidation is a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals. 
Certain antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium and Vitamin A nourish and protect the skin to extend its youthful appearance.

Vitamin C, although naturally found in the skin is constantly affected by the exposure to sun and its important to replenish your skin by eating plenty of Vitamin C rich foods on a regular basis. 
Common Foods: Bell Peppers, lemons, tomatoes, okra, kale, broccoli, kidney beans, Berries.

Vitamin E helps protect cell membranes and guard against UV radiation damage. Vitamin E in combination with Vitamin C provides the extra boost of anti-aging skin protection. 
Common Foods: Nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, beet greens, broccoli, avocados.

Selenium is an antioxidant mineral that helps to safeguard the skin from sun damage and protecting the skin quality and elasticity. 
Common Foods: Sea foods, whole wheat bread, poultry, eggs, mushrooms, cottage cheese.

Beta Carotene is another nutrient that is critical for skin health and is converted to vitamin A in the body to aid towards growth and repair of body tissues, including skin. 
Common Foods: Green leafs, sweet potatoes, cherries, watermelons, bell peppers, apricots, tomatoes.

ZINC

Our Skin contains about 6% of all the zinc in our body. This mineral is needed for protecting cell membranes and helps maintain the collagen that keeps the skin firm. It also helps towards keeping skin fresh and youthful as possible. 
Sufficiency of zinc in your diet has a major impact on balancing your hormone levels as well and is directly linked with growth hormone, thyroid hormones, estrogen and testosterone.
Common Foods: Poultry, lentil pulses, beans, dry fruits, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS

They are the polyunsaturated fatty acids that are important for normal metabolism and healthy lifestyle, alongside it helps maintain cell membranes allowing the water and nutrients in and keeping the toxins out of the body. An anti-inflammatory effect on the body, Omega-3s have also been shown to protect the skin against damage from skin.
Common Foods: Salmon Fish, Chia Seeds, Nuts, Spinach, lettuce, canola oil, soybeans.

 WATER 

The most crucial of them all and the easiest to incorporate in the routine, water is important when it comes to skin’s health and beauty. It helps the body flush away toxins, clear the skin and nourish a smooth flow of nutrients in the cells. Cells that are well hydrated are plump and full, making your skin look firmer and clearer. 
You can not only add water in its liquid form but also add through some foods that have high water content contributing towards hydration.