Many of us spend a lot of time and money on what we put on our skin, but if we want beautiful skin, we need to look a little deeper. Truly healthy and glowing skin comes from the inside.
The skin is part of our largest organ system, the Integumentary System. It provides a barrier and protects the body from the outside world. It helps prevent dehydration, aids in temperature regulation and has sensory receptors which detect sensations such as pain and heat. Some waste materials are also excreted through the skin, and when exposed to the sun, the skin synthesizes vitamin D.
Common problems of the skin include acne, eczema, dermatitis, hives, psoriasis, vitiligo and warts. There are various systemic diseases, such as lupus, and viral diseases such as measles and chickenpox, which affect the skin and can be easily identified by their appearance. More chronic and serious diseases include skin cancers. Ageing also shows itself on the skin, although this is not an ailment, no one wants to age prematurely.
Nutrition plays a major role when it comes to having healthy skin. We need a wide range and regular supply of nutrients daily for good skin health. Specifically, vitamin A, B vitamins and biotin, vitamin C and zinc; all of which are abundant in a well-balanced diet.
Vitamin A is important for eyesight and immunity; it helps keep our skin resilient to infection and is particularly beneficial for Acne Rosacea and Acne Vulgaris. Green leafy vegetables, carrots and eggs are good sources of Vitamin A.
B Vitamins and biotin have unique functions in the body, but collectively they are important for the production of energy and preventing infections. It is common to see a deficiency of B vitamins and biotin where there are problems with the skin. These nutrients can be found in whole grains, nutritional yeast, almonds, avocado, eggs, and some can be synthesized in a healthy gut.
Vitamin C is essential for wound healing, and the formation of collagen, the suppleness that keeps the wrinkles away! Our raw fruits and vegetables supply us with vitamin C. Blackcurrants, broccoli and citrus fruits are
We need zinc for many enzyme actions that occur within digestion and metabolism, and for overall skin health. Pumpkin seeds, whole grains and eggs are all good sources of zinc.
Essential fatty acids are also great for the skin; these can be found in fatty fish, nuts, and seeds.
As well as a balanced diet, a multi-nutrient superfood supplement like Nuzest Good Green Vitality can help you cover your nutritional bases. With over 75 premium quality ingredients and a full range of vitamins and minerals, Good Green Vitality is loaded with skin-loving nutrients, in their most bioavailable forms; making it easier for your body to absorb and use.
These days, our lifestyles place a big demand on our liver health, and an overloaded liver can place an even bigger demand on the skin to help eliminate wastes. Good Green Vitality contains digestive and liver supporting ingredients, such as aloe vera, slippery elm, flaxseed, psyllium, globe artichoke, milk thistle, dandelion, turmeric, and probiotics. By nourishing yourself and supporting your liver, your skin is free to glow.
Along with good nutrition, protecting your skin from sun damage, managing stress, avoiding excessive drinking, stopping smoking, getting plenty of sleep and staying hydrated will all contribute to having healthy, happy skin.
Look after yourself and nourish your body. Remember that healthy skin is resistant and resilient, and a healthy body often shows itself in a glowing complexion.
This article was brought to you by NuZest and was originally published in The Beauty Book’s Celebration Edition.