You are WHAT you EAT!!!
“How should you really treat your skin?”
by Mary-Ann Shearer
The most important way to treat your skin is to eat correctly. Never before has the old adage ” you are what you eat” been truer than when it is applied to the skin. I have dealt with many people whose skin has benefited tremendously by correcting their eating habits. My “dry, sensitive” skin is now far more “balanced” and the most dramatic change came about when I started eating a predominantly raw fruit and vegetable diet, making sure to include essential fatty acids, exclude gluten from my diet, and also include dark green leafy vegetables (for me this is my extracted organic dried barley grass juice)
Tips for a healthier skin
- Body Brushing as an alternative to soap … it will leave you skin softer and improves circulation. If you have never body brushed, now is the time to start.! Bristle brushing can be done either on dry skin before you bathe, as the Europeans suggest (brushing with firm strokes towards your heart) or in the bath or shower as other prefer.
- If you are using skin-care line, change to an organic 100 percent natural one that contains no animal products or artificial colorants and preservatives.
- Any and all foods that affect the endocrine system will either positively or negatively affect the skin. Refined sugar is particularly disruptive to the skin and so is gluten (the protein found in wheat, oats, rye and barley), which can cause either dry or oily skin or even acne. (By the way, gluten is found only in the grains of these plants and not the leaves, so rest assured barley grass or wheat grass juice is gluten-free!)
- Eating regular amounts of orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, such as mangoes and carrots, will provide the nutrients (especially Beta-carotene) that help perform the function of even increase of melanin that gives you a healthier skin color and protects against skin cancer.
- It is vital that you eat plenty of red (such as beets, tomatoes, or strawberries), greens(barley grass or wheat grass juice, spinach, herbs such as rocket and basil), an orange fruit and vegetables daily as these provide essential antioxidants that prevent your skin from becoming over-exposed to pollutants in the air.
- Smoking cigarettes probably does more damage to the skin than any other bad habit. Smoking starves the skin of many nutrients such as oxygen and B-complex vitamins, resulting in grey, dull, slack appearance. Without fail, I can pinpoint the smokers just by the tone and color of their skin. Besides upsetting the hormonal system, cigarettes, caffeine, and alcohol contributes to tiny blood capillaries under the skin bursting, which you see on the cheeks and noses of some people.
- Exercise is of great benefit to the skin as it gets the heart pumping faster. This, in turn, gets more nutrients speedily to the skin and achieves that healthier glow.
- Fresh air and sunshine also have a vital role to play. I find that being in an air-conditioned or heated room dries the skin out terribly.
So you don’t have to spend a fortune on your skin after all. With the correct diet and sensible habits, including regular exercise, fresh air, and sunshine, you can have healthy glowing skin for life!!!
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