As the body’s largest organ, your skin, is called upon to serve many purposes. Even while you are resting, your skin is at work and on the job. The human skin loses between 30,0000 and 40,000 cells every minute of the day. These cells are shed every 24 hours and the skin renews itself completely over 28 days.
The skin protecting our organs is composed of three layers; epidermis, dermis and hypodermis, also called subcutaneous tissue. The purpose of the skin is to protect organs and fend off external infections. Skin is a much misunderstood organ that many of us take for granted.
Your skin should be given just as much attention as any other bodily organ. The skin responds to good care very well. Healthy skin makes us look young, even radiant. But, like our other organs, we must take care of our skin if we expect it to perform at its peak.
The skin is sensitive to many things, like the sun and the winter climates. Maintaining healthy skin requires some diligence such as not exposing our skin to extremely bright sun for long periods of time. Most dermatologists recommend wearing at least a 30-SPF block sunscreen every day you are in the sun. Like our other organs, our skin is affected by what we eat and our lifestyle. Smoking is not only bad for the people around you but is also very bad for your skin.
What you eat has a great influence on your skin.
Fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants are good for your internal organs as well as for the three layers of your skin. The most beneficial antioxidants are Vitamins C, E, and A and beta-carotene. These antioxidants are the best remedy for unstable molecules, known as radical. To increase your antioxidant levels, simply eat more vegetables and fruits.
Dermatologist Dr. Doris Day, author of Forget the Facelift: Turn Back The Clock With a Revolutionary Program For Ageless Skin, says, “I recommend going for as much variety and color as possible in your diet. Try snacking on blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, kale, spinach, and different kinds of peppers.” Dr. Day also advocates the use of tomato paste, which has another beneficial antioxidant, lypocene, with stir-fried vegetables, brown rice and quinoa.
There may be no other organ that makes the statement “We are what we eat,” louder than the skin. Persons with healthy skin seem ageless. Conversely, people with poorly maintained skin look older than they are.
Dr. David E. Bank, of the Center for Dermatology, suggest using Omega-3 fatty acids. The Dr. explains that these supplements “assist in keeping the outer layer of the skin strong and intact so that external toxins and pollutants are kept out.”
In addition to not smoking and to wearing sunscreen when outdoors, dermatologists also suggest that proper sleep habits can benefit the skin. This is just as important as getting a healthy amount of exercise and preventing dehydration through ample water intake.
The skin is prone to become brittle, which increases the chance of infection. Below are nutrients that can ensure healthy skin.
Vitamin C – Vitamin C is ascorbic acid, a water-soluble vitamin. Vitamin C is not stored in the body and needs to be replenished. When low on Vitamin C, the skin becomes dry or scaly. The best sources of Vitamin C are oranges, watermelon, broccoli and cabbage.
Zinc – Zinc is in every cell of the body. Zinc is especially important because it helps the skin heal when injured. Acne and psoriasis are examples of conditions caused by a lack of zinc. Whole grains, mushrooms, oysters, shellfish and red meats are excellent sources of zinc.
Vitamin E – This is the best defense against free radicals that are the cause of the aging process. Vitamin E sources are vegetables, oils, corn, nuts and seeds.
Vitamin A – Ample quantities of Vitamin Aprevent skin problems like acne or fry skin. Cheese, spinach, fish oil, carrots and sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A.
If you are seeking to improve your skin, and will be using supplements and a new diet including the correct nutrients, be patient. Change will come and it may be gradual, but if you take care of your skin, it will take care of you.
James McDonnel is a freelance writer and he loves sharing his insights in various sites including Hydroxycut and Health-club.org
Nutrients For Healthy Skin
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