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Your skin is an outside indicator of 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. We hate wrinkles, acne, & blemishes. Our society has an obsession with healthy skin. Many natural food sources rich in anti-oxidants and minerals help to balance this internal stress and promote radiant skin. The most important nutritional consideration 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.
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 it encounters each day and to 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 deficiencies 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 bodies 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.
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.
Turmeric is amazing for the skin and body. Turmeric is loaded with a powerful anti-oxidant phytochemical called curcuminoids. Experts like Dr.Mercola have suggested that curcuminoids have 5-8 times stronger anti-oxidant properties than Vitamin E and other more well-known anti-oxidants. Turmeric 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.
Water is arguably the most important thing we consume every day. 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.
Organic 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 help protect the skin from oxidative stress.
Also, beware of the toxic chemicals used in nearly all popular skin care products, including many of the expensive brands sold in department stores. Most products contain liver-damaging and cancer-causing petroleum derivatives that pass right through the skin and enter your bloodstream, causing DNA damage that ultimately compromises the health of your entire body. Use skin care products that are truly natural and contain absolutely no petroleum products or any ingredient you cannot pronounce.
1. The Spice that Ignites Your Body’s Astonishing Immune System by Dr. Mercola
2. Benefit of Zinc by healthy skin care.com
3. top 5 nutrients for healthy skin by Mike Adams.
4. Benefits of Cucumber by whfoods.org