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This winters Moisturize skin with diet

If you struggle with dry skin, you may spend hours applying moisturizers. However, you may be surprised to learn that you can actually moisturize your skin from the inside out.

To achieve dewy, hydrated skin, you need to make sure you're getting enough fluids throughout the day. Drinking water is the best way to keep your fluid levels up, but eating fluid-rich foods such as fruit, vegetables and soup can also help. Alcoholic and caffeinated drinks, on the other hand, actually cause you to lose fluids. Keeping your body hydrated not only improves your overall health, but it also helps your skin look younger and healthier. Water removes toxins in your system and helps your body retain important nutrients

Water and other fluids affect your overall hydration, but some foods specifically affect the moisture generated in your skin. Foods high in essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6, help your skin produce more lipids that strengthen your skin cells. These lipid-bolstered cells also trap natural oils in your skin and help prevent dryness. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include walnuts, flaxseed oil, salmon and other fish, and those high in omega-6 fatty acids include corn and safflower oils. If you don't eat fish, taking an omega-3 supplement, such as fish oil or flaxseed oil, can increase your essential fatty acid intake. Although no scientific studies have proved that such foods relieve dry skin, some studies suggest they may Studies also show that consuming foods high in vitamins B-2, B-6, B-12, C and E can help hydrate your skin and repair sun damage. Such vitamin-rich foods include citrus fruit, nuts, whole grains, broccoli, sunflower seeds, egg yolks and milk.

If you notice that all of your vegetarian friends seem to have healthy skin, this is most likely the result of another factor or a coincidence. Generally, fruits and vegetables contain many natural nutrients that could have a positive effect on skin health. An increased level of consumption might yield positive results, but again, this doesn't mean that those who also include meat in their diets should be any worse off.

What is important to throw in your shopping cart to improve your skin?

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1. Seafood

Components: Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc

Benefits: Smooth, clear and glowing skin

Most of us have heard that fish can be really good for your overall health; it's a primary component in what's known as the "Mediterranean diet." Many types of fish and shellfish can also work wonders for the skin, especially oysters and fatty fish like salmon.

The primary nutrients that make fish so good for your complexion are zinc and, especially, omega-3 fatty acids. Increasing omega-3 intake can reduce dryness and inflammation. Inflammation can cause skin to age faster, and research shows that getting too little omega-3 may contribute to inflammatory disorders like eczema and psoriasis. Omega-3 fatty acids can also help keep the heart's arteries clear and so improve circulation. Good circulation is crucial to skin health.

Zinc can help fight acne because it's involved in metabolizing testosterone, which affects the production of an oily substance caused sebum, a primary cause of acne. Zinc also assists in new-cell production and the sloughing off of dead skin, which gives the skin a nice glow.

You'll also find these benefits in flaxseed oil and walnuts.

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2. Citrus fruit:

Active component: Vitamin C

Benefits: Smooth and taut skin

Vitamin C is a prime skin-care ingredient in tons of beauty creams. This vitamin aids in the body's production of collagen, a protein that forms the basic structure of your skin. Collagen breakdown, which starts speeding up significantly around the age of 35, can leave your skin saggy, consuming extra vitamin C in foods like oranges, grapefruits, Acerola cherries (a single Acerola has 100 percent of your vitamin C for the day) and tomatoes can help tighten the skin and prevent wrinkles.

In case you get tired of eating all that fruit, hot peppers, bell peppers and sprouts also have good amounts of vitamin C.

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3. Red and green vegetables:

Active components: Vitamin A, beta-carotene

Benefits: Bright and smooth skin

Skin is the body's largest organ, which tells what's good for your whole body is also good for your skin — and as far as food goes, it doesn't get much better than vegetables. You'll especially want to look for red-orange and green vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach.

Orange-red vegetables are full of beta-carotene. Our bodies convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, which acts as an antioxidant, preventing cell damage and premature aging.

Spinach and other green, leafy foods provide tons of vitamin A, too, which helps your skin produce more fresh new cells and get rid of the old ones, reducing dryness and keeping your face looking bright and young. Mangoes are also a great source of vitamin A.

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4. Nuts:

Active component: Vitamin E

Benefits: Young and soft skin

Almonds deal with antioxidant activity. Vitamin E combats skin-aging free radicals, especially protecting skin from sun damage due to UV-sunlight-generated free radicals. Vitamin E also tends to help skin hold in moisture, relieving dryness and making skin look younger.

Pairing vitamin E with selenium can enhance its antioxidant abilities, so go ahead and throw some almonds into your cottage cheese (great source of selenium) for a skin-revitalizing snack.

Almonds, pistachios and walnuts also provide a nice supply of omega-3 fatty acids, another great skin nutrient.

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5. Whole Grain

Active components: Rutin and B-vitamins

Benefits: Clear and moisturized skin

Whole wheat bread instead of white bread, for instance is a good source for the antioxidant Rutin, which helps combat inflammation-related skin damage. Wheat germ provides the B-vitamin biotin, which assists cells in processing fats. If you don't have enough biotin in your body, your skin can become dry and scaly.

In general, whole grains instead of processed carbohydrates can improve your complexion. Processed flours can cause an insulin spike, which in turn can encourage acne. Replacing your refined-flour pancakes with buckwheat pancakes is a good acne-reducing move. Incidentally, this would also help reduce your risk of developing diabetes .

Avocadoes and mushrooms can provide similar benefits.

A healthy body means healthy skin. Just feed your body good, healthy foods, get some exercise and keep your stress low, and your skin will reap the benefits.

Healthy eating and happy new year to all.

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