Poor diet affects your skin

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Poor diet affects your skin

It is very  important to understand what are the  causes of dry skin . Poor diet and reduced oil gland function are internal causes of body which  can cause excessive water loss from the skin leaving it dry and flaky. External causes or environmental factors are usually easy to rectify. You can stop bathing or showering with harsh or drying soaps and start being careful about reducing your exposure to pollution.

Poor diet, or a diet low in healthy foods and high in processed foods and sugar, leads to deficiencies in water intake and the intake of important vitamins and minerals that give you a smooth, supple skin. Foods with high water content, and rich in vitamins A and B, promote healthy gland function and help your skin retain its optimal moisture levels.

To begin with, increase your water intake to combat counter water loss. Drink at least 2 litres of water every day given our hot, humid conditions. Start eating water-based fruits and vegetables for added hydration. This includes watermelon, melons, grapes, oranges, sweet lime, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers and onions.

 

Choose foods that are packed with vitamins including A, B and C and rich in natural antioxidants. These help in skin renewal and repair. These foods include Guavas, lemons, strawberries, carrots, oranges and yellow colored vegetables like pumpkin, papaya, squash and carrots, leafy green vegetables like fenugreek ,spinach and some low-fat milk products or plain yogurt.

 

Eat sulphur rich foods because these promote skin rejuvenation. Onions and garlic are good choices. Fat  especially  god quality  fat  is  very  important so  include  cows  ghee, coconut  flax, sesame zinc  seeds  and  a  fistful  of  nuts  daily. Simply  cook  in  cows ghee  garnish  your  food  with  coconut and snack  on  nuts  and  seeds.

 

This is also a good time to cut out foods and drinks that rob moisture from your skin. These include alcohol, caffeine, sweetened soft drinks, foods with a high processed sugar content such as chocolates, mithai, cakes and pastries, fried foods like samosa, vada and pakora, and the excessive use of animal fats, especially fatty meats like pork and mutton.

Alcohol, caffeine and added sugar act as diuretics causing loss of water in skin cells. Finally, make sure you protect your skin when outdoors applying fresh Aloe Vera is a good choice and  lemon and don’t forget to get some exercise every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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