Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Skin Friendly Diet

Apple is rich in fiber
Often, we think of our body shape and weight whenever we talk about diet. Actually, even our skin gets nourishment from the food that we eat. If we don’t get the proper nutrients from our diet, even our skin cells starve and that is why we encounter different skin problems. A healthy looking body begins with a good skin.

Our skin is a natural protective defense against bacteria and viruses. Langerhans cell present in the epidermis act as a natural anti-viral defense mechanism at the onset of skin infection. Our skin also contains nerve endings that give us sensation. It is also a natural heat regulator and controls fluid loss. It is a natural storage space for water and fats. It is also our natural water resistant protection to make sure that nutrients don’t get washed away from the body (wikipedia). That’s how important our skin is to us so we need to protect it because once it gets damaged, repair might be difficult and expensive.

A high protein diet is essential for the development of skin cells. In fact, Langerin, which is present in Langerhans cells, is protein. It’s important that we get a good amount of protein in our diet like eggs, fish and meat.

Fibrous fruits and vegetables is a good source of fiber, which helps decrease inflammation beneath the skin. Fiber, hence, helps delay the aging process. You can eat cereals, wheat bread, and vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, spinach; and fruits like apple, bananas, pears and berries.

Citric Acid has an anti-oxidant property that is very good for our skin. It is essential for the nutrition of skin cells. You can eat fruits like lemon, oranges, pineapple and tomatoes.

Lastly (well, for this blog post), drink plenty of water because it helps keep the skin hydrated. 

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