Monday, January 16, 2012

5 Strategies for Healthy Skin

Having great skin does not come from applying expensive lotions and creams.  Chemical peels and laser treatments can help improve skin but if you do not take care of your skin from the inside out, those expensive treatments will only be temporary. 

  1. Take Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics.  Many skin conditions such as dandruff, eczema, nail infections, and acne are related to bacteria build up.  Taking antibiotics can make these conditions worse.  Taking digestive enzymes with probiotics can repopulate your intestines with healthy bacteria and stomach with enzymes for digesting the nutrients you eat.  It is best to take digestive enzymes and probiotics with meals.  
  2. Cut out Sugar and "White" Foods.  Sugar is the most single worse ingredient for your skin.  It causes inflammation, dark circles, puffiness, acne, loss of tone, and increases fine lines and wrinkles.  White foods include bleached flours and processed grains.  These products act like sugar in the body.  Not only are they not good for your skin but wreck havoc on your body by causing Type II diabetes and contributing to a host of other chronic conditions.  Replace processed grains and flours with whole grains and flours.  Replace sugar with honey, maple syrup, Stevia, and Xylitol.
  3. Get a Good Night's Sleep.  Nothing helps your skin more than getting a good night's sleep.  You have less puffiness and dark circles therefore you look more refreshed.  Get at least 6-8 hours per night depending on your needs.
  4. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables.  Eat 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.  Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, enzymes (raw only), vitamins, and minerals.  Antioxidants keep collagen healthy and vitamins and minerals make your skin glow.  
  5. Increase Intake of Healthy Fats.   Increase your intake of healthy fats and decrease your intake of unhealthy fats.  Healthy fats are in avocados, coconut oil, organic butter, and olive oil.  Unhealthy fats are hydrogenated (trans fats).  Overuse of vegetable oils, especially canola is not good either.  

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