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Skin Care
Skin Care from the Inside Out

T o take care of their skin, most people reach for sunscreen, lotions and creams to protect, smooth and moisturize. These products can help, but beautiful, healthy skin starts with what goes into your body, not what you rub on it. Research shows that good nutrition may reduce the effects of sun damage.. minimize redness and wrinkling... and even protect against some skin cancers.

FIRST STEP: HYDRATE

The single most important nutritional factor for keeping skin healthy is pure, filtered water. Avoid chlorine if possible both inside and outside your body. Staying hydrated keeps cells plump, making skin look firmer and clearer. When cells are dehydrated, they shrivel and can make your skin look wrinkled. Think of it this way -- when you dehydrate a juicy grape, you get a raisin. In addition, water transports nutrients into skin cells and helps flush toxins out of the body.

To stay hydrated, drink whenever you feel thirsty. Helpful sign: If your urine is pale yellow, you are adequately hydrated -- but if it is bright or dark yellow, you may need to boost your fluid intake.

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Good news: Drinking unsweetened tea helps keep you hydrated, plus you get the benefit of antioxidant nutrients called polyphenols, which may help prevent sun-related skin cancers. Green, white, black and oolong teas provide more polyphenols than herbal teas. It is your choice whether to drink caffeinated or decaffeinated tea. Although caffeine is a mild diuretic (increasing the amount of urine that is passed from the body), the relatively small amount in tea doesn't affect its ability to keep skin hydrated and healthy. Avoid: Teas sweetened with a lot of sugar -- excess sugar can make skin dull and wrinkled. Also avoid putting dairy products in your tea.

For extra hydration: Eat "juicy foods" that are at least 75% water by weight -- fruits such as apples, berries, cherries, grapes, grapefruit, mangoes, melons, oranges, peaches, plums…and vegetables such as asparagus, beets, carrots, celery, cucumbers and tomatoes.

SKIN-HEALTHY FOODS

Everything we eat is reflected in the health of our skin -- for better or for worse. Among the best nutrients for the skin...

Beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant which, once ingested, is converted to vitamin A, a nutrient necessary for skin tissue growth and repair.

Skin-smart: Have at least one serving per day of beta-carotene-rich foods -- for instance, orange carrots, sweet potatoes and tomatoes... green arugula, asparagus and spinach... and fruits such as cherries, grapefruit, mangoes and watermelon.

Omega-3 fatty acids, healthful fats that are important building blocks of the membranes that make up cell walls, allowing water and nutrients to enter and keeping out waste and toxins.

Skin-smart: Eat at least three servings of omega-3-rich foods each week -- such as wild salmon (farm-raised salmon may have higher levels of potentially dangerous contaminants)... mackerel (not king mackerel, which has too much mercury)... anchovies, herring and sardines. Good fats also are found in smaller amounts in flaxseed, soybeans and walnuts. If you don't eat enough of these omega-3 foods, consider taking daily supplements of fish oil providing 1,000 mg of combined eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the most biologically active and beneficial components. Look for brands that have been tested for purity, such as the Fish Oil softgels available on our web site. Click Here

Selenium, a mineral with antioxidant activity thought to help skin elasticity (which means you'll look younger longer) and prevent sun-related skin damage and cancers.

Skin-smart: Eat at least one serving a day of a selenium-rich food -- canned light tuna (which has less mercury than canned albacore or white tuna), crab, tilapia... whole-wheat breads and pasta... lean beef... chicken and turkey (breast meat is lowest in fat). Caution: Taking selenium in supplement form may increase the risk for squamous cell skin cancer in people with a personal or family history of the disease. Selenium in food is safe and healthful.

Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps build collagen and elastin (proteins that comprise the skin's underlying structure)... and also protects against free radicals (molecules in the body that damage cells) when the skin is exposed to sunlight.

Skin-smart: Eat at least one serving a day of any of these vitamin C-rich foods -- cantaloupe, citrus fruits, kiwifruit, papaya, pineapple, strawberries, watermelon... and bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and kidney beans. Take 1000 mg to 3000 mg of vitamin C supplements daily.

Zinc, a mineral that helps maintain collagen. People with zinc deficiencies often develop skin redness and lesions.

Skin-smart: Eat at least one serving of a zinc-rich food daily -- chicken or turkey breast, crab, lean beef, pork tenderloin (lower in fat than other cuts)... peanuts and peanut butter... fat-free dairy products (cheese, milk and yogurt).

Wise for everyone: A daily multivitamin that contains 100% of the daily value for vitamins A, C, E and zinc and no more than 70 mcg of selenium.

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Additional Skin Care products include MSM, DMSO and Aloe Vera.
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WHAT TO AVOID

Sugar. Research suggests that sugary foods (such as soda and cookies) may contribute to skin blemishes. These "bad carbs" may promote harmful inflammation throughout the body, which can trigger breakouts. Limit your indulgence in sweet treats to no more than one small serving per day.

White flour. Minimize white-flour foods (such as white bread and pasta) in your diet by choosing whole-grain breads and rolls, cereals, crackers and pasta.

Dairy foods. Milk may contain hormones (especially if cows are pregnant) and iodine from iodine-fortified feed. Although uncommon, both of these components can cause pimples. If you are prone to acne, try going off dairy for a while to see if your skin improves.

Cigarette smoke, including secondhand smoke. It fills your body with toxins, inflammation-causing irritants and free radicals that damage every cell they touch... and also limits blood flow, so skin cells don't receive the oxygen and nutrients they need.

The experts speak on fried foods and skin health

"A healthful diet rich in natural whole foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans is the first recommendation for healthy skin.Foods containing trans-fatty acids, such as milk, milk products, margarine, shortening and other synthetically hydrogenated vegetable oils, as well as fried foods, must be avoided."
Michael T. Murray in Natural Alternatives to Drugs

Eruptions on the surface of the skin usually indicate an acidic condition in the blood. This comes from eating too much meat, fried food, sweets, and white flour products, as well as drinking a lot of coffee, colas, and soft drinks. Watermelon juice flushes a lot of this acid from the system and renews the blood. When this happens the skin starts looking and feeling better.
Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Juices by John Heinerman, page 268

Fat foods result in sluggish digestion, cloudy thinking, and blemishes. A diet high in fried foods, butter, cheese, nuts, or tahini congests the Wood element (the liver and gallbladder organ systems), making it harder for the body to clear wastes.
Asian Health Secrets by Letha Hadady DAc, page 291

The Chinese believe that acne is tied to inefficient and incomplete digestion, which results in toxic metabolites that show up on the skin. A skin-healthy diet emphasizes raw and lightly cooked vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables that contain valuable trace minerals and are rich in fiber. Fresh green vegetables are essential. Also include in your diet lean protein sources and complex carbohydrates, such as rice, whole-grain bread, potatoes, and legumes (legumes may be omitted if they cause a digestive problem). These fiber-rich foods help ensure a clean gastrointestinal tract, which is especially important in the management of acne. Eat three healthy meals daily to provide important nutrients and to decrease your appetite for sugary or greasy fried foods.
Smart Medicine For Healthier Living by Janet Zand LAc OMD Allan N Spreen MD CNC James B LaValle RPh ND, page 83

This common complaint—commonly referred to as pimples—is caused by bacteria and other irritants embedded underneath the skin's oil glands and hair follicles. It is generally a result of improper hygiene and poor diet, i.e., excessive amounts of processed, fatty, and fried foods, as well as dairy, meat, and sugar.
Complete Encyclopedia Of Natural Healing by Gary Null PhD, page 323

Other foods that block the healing of psoriasis, says Dr. Pagano, are shellfish, junk foods such as soda or potato chips, fried foods, alcohol, pickled and smoked foods, and processed foods with coconut oil or palm oil. He also recommends avoiding excess sweets such as sodas, candy, pastries, and pies.
Alternative Cures by Bill Gottlieb, page 529

Eczema can also be caused by nutritional deficiencies and the skin will quickly return to normal once the deficiency is made good. Infantile or children's eczema may, for instance, be due to lack of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), present in breast milk but absent in cow's milk. Always consult your doctor on skin ailments in babies or children. Including cold-pressed vegetable oils such as sunflower and safflower in the diet will also help. Vitamins A, B, C, and E are all necessary for healthy skin. Drink carrot juice every day for a good dose of betacarotene, a precursor of Vitamin A. A supplement of Vitamin B6 can sometimes heal dry flaky skin. Eating kelp will also help to provide necessary trace elements and minerals. If you suffer from eczema, avoid fried food, alcohol, junk foods, and foods and drinks which contain sugar, artificial colouring and flavouring. Eat instead a wholefood diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit.
The New Age Herbalist by Richard Mabey, page 232

"Diet is the answer to the acne problem," Hoehn says. The common ingredient found in the native diets of Italians, Koreans, Japanese, and Eskimos is thin oils—olive oils, fish oils, peanut and vegetable oils—while we Americans eat heavier fats, which are found in milk, cheese, and ice cream as well as in bacon, ham and pork, and lard used in many fried foods. He points out that Italians, in their native country, have beautiful complexions, as do Koreans, Japanese, and Eskimos. But when these peoples move to the United States, their descendants develop acne like other Americans.
Homeopathic Medicine At Home by Maesimund B Panos MD and Jane Heimlich, page 194

Eat right. Help clear your skin by eliminating fried foods and foods with added sugar and artificial color and flavoring from your diet.
Natural Health Secrets by Glenn W Geelhoed MD Jean Barilla MS, page 240

Avoid alcohol, sodas, chocolate, fried foods, and refined sugar. Each of these contributes to an acidic internal environment, which may foster the development of acne.
Smart Medicine For Healthier Living by Janet Zand LAc OMD Allan N Spreen MD CNC James B LaValle RPh ND, page 83

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