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Several nutrients play a role in the health and beauty of our physical features. Here are seven that are particularly great for skin health and found in abundance in fruits and vegetables.
• Vitamin A
Vitamin A helps maintain skin development and health. It’s a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals, which are responsible for premature aging. Vitamin A also helps to reduce the production of sebum, which causes acne problems in some people. A deficiency in vitamin A can lead to rough, dry skin and in extreme cases cracked skin, especially around the mouth.
• Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that also helps protect cells from free radicals. It works along with vitamin A for numerous skin benefits. This vitamin combination is often found in facial creams and other skin care cosmetics.
• Vitamin B Complex
B Complex consists of eight vitamins that are essential to cell reproduction. B vitamins that are especially important to skin health are B1 (thiamine) and B3 (niacin) promote blood circulation throughout the body and help deliver nutrients to skin cells. B2 (riboflavin) contributes to healthy growth of skin, hair and nails. A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to liver spots, oily skin and cracked skin around the mouth. B5 (pantothenic acid) regulates hormone production and combats stress, which can lead to skin flare-ups. A deficiency B6 (pyridoxine) can lead to dry cracked skin, eczema and pigmentation problems such as liver spots.
• Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential compound of collagen, a protein found in the skin that gives it elasticity.
Beta-carotene protects against free radical damage and is converted to vitamin A in the body.
Silica (silicon dioxide) is a trace mineral found in the connective tissues (like the hair and skin) and is required in the body to keep nails, hair and skin in good health. It is also needed by the body to make collagen.
Zinc helps prevent inflammation and flare ups in the skin. It is needed in the body to help skin heal and also reduces the effects of scarring.
For more information read Know Your Vitamins and Minerals.
For these recipes you’ll need a good juicer. If you don’t have one and you’re interested in purchasing one, here is a great resource for juicing that will help you choose the right one for you.
Berry Berry Good Skin Beautifier
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup strawberries
Juice all the ingredients. Berries are high in vitamins A, C & E. I remove the stems, juice the berries and save the pulp and eat it later for fiber.
Are you wondering if juicing can help your skin glow or help skin conditions?
I believe it can. In fact, I sort of feel like I have a lot of experience in this area. It’s not just because I have a natural soap buisness where I hear tons of stories about bad skin…
It’s because I had terrible acne for years that I tried to cover up with make up. They were more like boils, or cystic acne. I did go to the dermatologist and tried all those advertised cosmetics.
While the gel based meds the doctor gave me to put on my face did help (and so did the cosmetics) I also think that they ended up having some side effects, making my skin dry and mal-nourished(if that would be the right word). Some even caused boils that never came to the surface, making a whole new type of acne appear for me.
Had I known then that…
Skin conditions often occur because skin is our largest eliminative organ. When our body cannot rid of toxins and is not flowing properly, it forces out impurities through the skin, causing many different types of conditions.
Juice fasts and detox programs have shown to have a great effect for those with skin problems.
Skin conditions usually respond to dietary changes and cleansing herbs listed below. For most people, thier liver or bowels are dirty and need to be cleaned.
Do you have dry skin? Adding essential fatty acids to your diet helps to nourish dry skin. This includes flax oil, udo’s brand oil (my fav), ground flax seeds, raw walnuts, hazelnuts, oily fish.
Do you have psoriasis? It typically is an increase in proliferation of skin causing red, scaly plagues.
Some studies have shown that citrus and nuts aggravate the condition. A balanced diet and good nutrition have helped many. If I had this condition, I would absolutely detoxify my liver and bowels(bowels first or it could back up and get worse!) I also know many who have transitioned to a raw food diet and thier symptoms disappeared!
Do you have rosacea? A chronic inflammatory skin condition in which too much oil is produced by the glands are the characteristics. It is often associated with digestive disorders. The dietary and cleansing herbs listed below are often effective in clearing this condition.
The fact is…
Any time we increase the nutrition in our bodies it will show in our skin. We look prettier and glow when our body is receiving the nutrients it needs. Juicing is a great way to get that natural glow!
Fruits and vegetables to juice:
Apples, Apricots, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Mangoes, Papaya, Pears, Carrots, Cucumber, Leafy Greens, Beets(and thier greens), Pumpkin, Squash, Watercress
Herbs to juice and cleanse:
Burdock, Calendula, Cleavers, Dandelion, Echinacea, Evening Primrose oil, Licorice, Fennel, Red Clover, Nettle, Yellow Dock, Milk Thistle
If you suspect acne is related to the menstrual cycle, try taking the hormone balancing chasteberry herb.
Know more about juicing before incorporating it in your life.
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