FEED your skin

FULL does not equal FED! Are you truly feeding your body for beautiful skin?

We’ve seen the argument so many times. Fast food and processed foods are cheaper and therefore can fill a hungry tummy for less. Is this really true? What’s faster and cheaper than an apple? Is a full tummy a fool-proof way to ensure a well fed body? NOPE. Actually, many nutritionists and food experts would argue that many people in the US are overeating, yet still starving their bodies.

As far as the skin is concerned, there are certain ingredients needed in order to perform at tip-top shape. If you want to keep acne and wrinkles at bay…make sure you are truly FEEDING your body and skin.

Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K all help improve skin health. Your skin also needs protein and essential fatty acids (Omegas) to build collagen, hyaluronic acid to boost skin hydration and moisture retention, and alpha lipoic acid which, among other antioxidants, to keep skin protected from inflammation caused by the overproduction of free radicals!

Vitamin C and E help by reducing the damage caused by free radicals, a harmful byproduct of sunlight, smoke, and pollution. Vitamin E is found in many nuts, seeds and legumes, and Vitamin C is found in almost any whole food – but is especially highly concentrated in citrus fruits, greens and red peppers.

Vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamin A. Squash, carrots, mango, leaks, swiss chard, sweet potatoes, and many more whole fruits and veggies contain this vitamin!

Vitamin D can be found in dairy and sunshine. While overexposure to the sun can be damaging for the skin, a small amount of weak sunlight is necessary for skin (and overall) health. I advise clients to get a bit of unprotected sun on shoulders and upper back (15 mins in morning or evening) but to use a natural sun block or protective clothing when out in bright sun or for longer periods of time.

The B complex Vitamins, especially biotin, is essential for skin health. B vitamins are found in grains like brown rice, as well as many fruits and veggies like spinach, broccoli, avocado and kale.

As the nutrient responsible for helping blood clot, Vitamin K won’t do much for your skin from the inside. But medical studies show that topical and internal vitamin K works well to reduce circles under the eye as well as bruises. Vitamin K can be found in almost all dark green veggies.

Copper and Zinc are also important and can be found in greens, seaweeds and other veggies.

All of these vitamins can also be applied topically, as long as they are in a natural and biogenic form that the skin will accept and utilize. Vitamins A, C and E are especially effective when used topically.
For a powerful dose of skin-friendly vitamins and hydrators, check out Sanitas Vita Rich Serum.

The list of fruits, veggies, legumes, grains and nuts containing all of these vitamins and minerals is way too long for me to post all of them. Here are two great online charts to help give you more information:
http://www.healthalternatives2000.com/vitamins-nutrition-chart.html

http://blog.boostherbs.com/post/2009/11/05/Vitamins-chart.aspx

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