A Nutritional Guide to Healthy, Glowing SkinPosted by Sandra Arachie

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The human skin is the largest organ in the body. It protects us from chemical substances as well as numerous bacteria and viruses that we encounter daily. The skin is also responsible for temperature regulation. As an excretory organ, it secretes water, salt, and urea from the body through sweat.

 

There are many contributing factors that can impact skin health such as hormonal changes, autoimmune conditions, aging, high-stress levels, lack of exercise and sleep, low hydration, and diet. Despite all these, it is still possible to 'eat your way' to glowing skin.

Ordereat details dietary habits to incorporate into our diet for the optimum health and radiance of our skin.

Zinc-rich foods

Zinc is necessary to promote wound healing, cell renewal, and maintenance of collagen structure. Zinc-rich foods include whole grains,  nutritional yeast, green beans, beans, and other legumes.

zinc-rich foods

 

Introduction of Silica-rich foods

This trace element helps in tissue regeneration, collagen formation, and supports the binding of water molecules to cells. Banana, oats, raisins, wheat, and brown rice are excellent sources of silica.

 

 

Copper-rich foods

Foods rich in copper contain copper peptides which help to replenish, nourish, and hydrate the skin. It can also help to activate antioxidants that protect against environmental damage. These foods include sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, walnuts, and cashews.

 

sunflower seeds

Vitamin A and carotenoid-rich foods

Carrot, squash, dark leafy greens, sweet potato, red pepper, mango, tomato, and peach are some common examples. Vitamin A is responsible for the turnover of skin cells, an increase in collagen deposition, and repair of cellular structure. It can also improve the appearance of dark spots, pigmentation, and acne.