Sunday, January 29, 2012

All Natural: 5 sure shot tips for Healthy Flawless Skin

No amount of Facials/Clean-ups using Sand, Soil, Mud, Cow-dung, Goat Dung  etc. from any corner of the earth can make your skin flawless as much as following a healthy diet which fulfills your body's nutrition requirements can.

When it comes to skin, there are some who we feel are blessed. However, if you observe their daily diet carefully, there's something that they're doing right , day after day, which is working for them. It could be all or some of the below mentioned ___ sure shot tips for Healthy Flawless Skin:

These tips will address the two most common skin related problems:

  1. Acne/ Pimples
  2. Wrinkles 

Tip 1: Consume all foods and beverages rich in Anti-Oxidants:
Antioxidants are substances that destroy these free radicals.  Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules.These free radicals occur naturally in the body,however air pollution, Smoking, UV Rays of the sun etc,. They turn extremely dangerous when they react with components like DNA and tamper or modify cells. They may even cause cell death. These Free Radicals are responsible for degeneration of Collagen, which keeps the skin healthy and prevents wrinkles.To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of Antioxidants.

So, one must consume the following Foods and Beverages rich in Antioxidants to prevent free radicals from affecting our skin: 
Make it a point to include these antioxidant rich foods in your daily diet. 

Tip 2: Drink Water
One of the most important prerequisite for a beautiful skin is consumption of Water. Everyday!! Day after Day!! Most people who have a great skin are typically well hydrated and are in the habit of consuming water in large amounts at regular intervals.
Water moistens our body from inside and outside. It flushes out toxins from our body and helps in removal of all types of waste products and promotes efficient nutrient transportation to all cells in the body. 

How much water is enough?

According to the Food and Nutrition Board (Institute of Medicine)  general recommendations for quantity of water to be consumed stands at:
  • Approximately 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of total water for women from all beverages and foods each day
  • Approximately 3.7 liters (125 ounces) of total water for men from all beverages and foods each day

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Tip 3: Consume Foods rich in Vitamin C
Vitamin C slows down the damage due to free radicals, that cause wrinkles and fine lines. Research also suggests, that Vitamin C , not only helps reduce the damage caused by Free Radicals , but also reverses DNA Damage (Source: Press Release, University of Leicester)

Include some of the following foods rich in 
Vitamin C, in your daily diet: 

  • Guava 
  • Bell Peppers (Simla Mirch)
  • Oranges
  • Broccoli 
  • Papayas
  • Strawberries
  • Cauliflower & Cabbage 
  • Tomatoes

Tip 4: Eat foods rich in Zinc
Along with healing wounds, Zinc also plays a major role in alleviation of Acne/Pimples. Some Research also suggests that Acne itself may be a symptom of Zinc Deficiency.Zinc is also required for Collagen production.

Foods rich in Zinc:

  • Oysters
  • Liver 
  • Eggs
  • Milk, Yogurt 
  • Bananas
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Wheat Germ
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds & Cashews

Tip 5: Consume foods rich in Vitamin A
Beta carotene , a precursor of Vitamin A , plays an important role in curing and alleviating acne.
Following are foods rich in Vitamin A :

  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Apricots
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spinach
Adhere to the 5 tips and include foods from all the 4 food groups listed above & Water, in your daily diet for that crazzzzy flawless skin. Try this for a month and see the changes for yoursefl!

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