The skin care and cosmetic trade is a multi-billion dollar business, built on the insecurities of the perfect body. Although a good skin care regimen is essential in helping the skin look healthy and youthful, many women forget that nutrients and minerals we consume everyday can play a vital role in the health of our skin.
After many research studies, it has shown that our skin responds very well to certain nutrients and minerals. By incorporating these in your diet, you will see a dramatic difference in the look and feel of your skin.
Silica is a trace mineral found in foods like green beans, garbanzo beans, cucumber, asparagus, celery, mango and strawberries. You can supplement with an herb called horsetail (shave grass) to increase your intake of silica. It is also known for its antioxidant effect and bone strength.
Zinc is a mineral that promotes healthy skin by limiting the amount of oil production in the skin. For anyone suffering from acne, this is a must since it is thought to control some hormones in the body that are the actual culprits to problematic acne. Linked to being an immune booster, it helps and protects functions like vision, smell and taste. A diet that includes fresh oysters, pumpkin seeds, pecans, Brazil nuts, eggs, oats and ginger will increase this important mineral naturally in your body. Any complete daily vitamin will include zinc as a mineral in the formulation.
The omega-3 fatty acids are a very popular topic currently because it is such an important factor in the health of the heart and arteries. It is also a must for skin repair and plumpness in the skin by providing moisture and flexibility to it. The omega-3 acids are not produced in the body, so by eating more cold-water fish such as salmon and mackerel along with flax seeds, safflower oil and chia seeds will incorporate more of these acids in your diet. There are also omega-3 acid supplements in the vitamin isles.
Selenium is a mineral with antioxidant properties that prevent cell damage by free radicals while being responsible for the elasticity in the tissues of the skin. A diet rich in seafood such as salmon and tuna and by adding Brazil nuts, garlic, eggs and brown rice will provide the daily requirements of this antioxidant mineral. This mineral is also found in any daily vitamin containing minerals. By just eating three or four Brazil nuts every day, will provide enough selenium for your recommended daily requirement.
Vitamins C, E and A are effective in reducing free radical damage. These vitamins are available in a good daily vitamin. Vitamin C is found in citrus, red and green bell peppers, guava, collard greens, turnips, kale, broccoli, and parsley. Vitamin E is found in peaches, prunes, cabbage, asparagus, avocados, almonds, sunflower seeds and wheat germ oil. Vitamin A is found naturally in foods such as liver, carrots, apricots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe. Vitamins E and A are both fat-soluble vitamins and should never exceed the daily recommended dosage. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and allows you to consume as much of the foods containing Vitamin C as desired.
A well-balanced diet rich in the vitamins and minerals noted here will provide you with that natural healthy glow without breaking the bank.
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