nutrition for healthy, glowing skin...

Because your skin is your barometer of inner health, if you are overloaded with toxins (alcohol, caffeine, sweets etc) and have been bombarding your poor body with trans-fats and high-sugar junk food your complexion will inevitably mirror this.  Add to that extreme temperature changes (cold wind, too much sun), and you have a sure-fire recipe for problem skin.

Cleaning your skin is not limited to the outside. It has to begin on the inside, where the real work starts at a cellular level in what you are feeding your body. The first thing to consider in your routine is drinking enough water. The human body is more than 70% water, so it makes sense to start here. Around 8 glasses a day is considered a healthy amount, and it won’t hurt to aim for a little more than that, particularly during the hot summer months.

Water boosts lymphatic circulation, which is the body’s toxin-disposal system. Puffy eyes are an indication of an accumulation of toxins in this area, and can often be rectified by drinking adequate amounts of water.

Dark shadows under the eyes can be a sign of sluggishness, too little water, or food allergies - even too little sleep and insufficient exercise may show up as dark rings. Sometimes poor heart or kidney function manifests in this way, but usually it is something less sinister such as an unhealthy lifestyle, or even a yeast infection such as Candida albicans.

Milk - An ‘Enemy’ of Healthy Skin
Milk contains dihydrotestosterone (DHT) precursors, including 5a-pregnanedione and 5a-androstanedione, hormones that are only a few steps away from DHT. Skin glands contain the enzymes required for converting these precursors to DHT, and this is what immediately happens if you consume milk - bad news if you have a tendency to acne, as DHT signals the skin glands to produce more sebum and for this reason is regarded as a prime cause of acne.

Perhaps second only to water in skin health - and in fact whole-body health - would have to be omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) in the form of fish and fish oils. Because these help both to produce and to preserve the skin’s natural oil barrier - essential for maintaining hydration of the skin, giving healthy skin its plump appearance, and keeping the skin looking younger - they are paramount to skin vitality. Healthy fats are found in fatty fish or high-quality fish oilsupplements, nuts and seeds (not their oils - only eat them fresh and raw), and omega-3 rich eggs. 

It is extremely important to make sure you buy organic eggs as ordinary eggs from battery farms will not contain anywhere near the omega-3 content you are looking for. The egg can offer you only what the chicken has been fed, and organic eggs will be free from harmful chemicals while at the same time being rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids along with a host of other beneficial nutrients. 

We already have an over-abundance of the other EFA (omega-6) in our Western diet, so it would be prudent to concentrate on rectifying the ratio of 3 to 6 by taking only omega-3 fish oils, not a mixture of the two. Omega-9 is not an EFA and is easily made by the body from the other EFAs.

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