Friday, May 9, 2008

Skin care - Nutrional Guidelines

The following is the list of recognized foods with powerful natural chemicals that will boost your skin capacity to recover and stay healthy. A rich diet will include:

WHOLE GRAINS FOODS: These are great source of fibers, vitamins and minerals.

SPINACH: Loaded with iron and foloic acid; it helps to reduce blood homocystine levels, s substance that may damage blood vessels. If contains phyto-chemicals that help prevent degeneration and protect your skin.

Contain abundant photo chemicals ( good protective substances found in vegetables and fruits) which may prevent skin cancer and balance the immune response.

PROTEIN: If possible include fish and soy products.

NUTS: ( if not allergic) - Nuts are rich in vitamin E, contain protective phyto-chemicals and good fats, all beneficial for your skin.

OATS: - Helps lower cholesterol and high blood pressure but it also contain vitamin E like compounds (tocotrienols), which protect skin.

GARLIC: This protects the heart and skin, has antibacterial and anti fungal properties.

GREEN TEA: This is an excellent source of vitamin C and phyto-chemicals as polyphenols ( 100 times more oxidant power than vitamin C) plus antibacterial properties and prevention of cancer and heart diseases.

TOMATOES: Tomatoes contain lycopene, the most powerful antioxidant among the carotenoids. Also a great source of Vitamin C.

OLIVE OIL: Is a good protective fat, helps absorb beneficial substances in vegetables.

FRUITS: Fruits contain different combinations of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, phyto-chemicals and antioxidants of great benefit for your body in general and very importantly, for your skin.

ENOUGH FLUIDS: Not less than 8 glasses of water per day, this simple aspect should not be underestimated regarding its impact on the skin protection and recovery.

Healthy eating does not mean less or more. Neither does it mean getting fanatic or cranky about certain foods. It simply means eating correctly and wisely, with understanding. It involves having a positive attitude and holistic approach towards food.

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