Friday, March 28, 2008

What To Eat For Glowing Healthy Skin

"you are what you eat” not only applies to our overall health and nutrition, but how our skin looks and feels as well. As the largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the same nutrition we get from foods that have a positive effect on our heart and other major organs. In fact, new research suggests that eating foods rich in protein and certain vitamins and minerals might provide valuable anti-aging effects.

Eating well and drinking plenty of water will help your skin, as well as the rest of your body, stay healthy. But can certain nutrients help prevent skin problems, such as dryness or loss of elasticity? And how much is too much?

Vitamin A

Best bets:
sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, liver, eggs, milk

Also found in:
orange, red and yellow fruits and vegetables, such as mangoes, apricots, pink grapefruit, tomatoes, asparagus; green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and broccoli

Essential for:
antioxidant properties, which help reduce the risk for certain diseases, including cancer, and help fight and prevent infection; growth and repair of cells, tissues and skin; relieving allergy symptoms.

When lacking, can cause: dryness, itching and loss of skin elasticity

B Complex Vitamins (riboflavin, niacin, B-6, B-12 and biotin)

Best bets:
whole grains and whole-grain cereals; enriched and fortified grain and cereal products

Also found in:
rice, wheat germ, oatmeal, sunflower seeds, fish, eggs, almonds, liver, yeast, low-fat dairy products

Essential for:
relieving dryness and itchiness; easing stress

When lacking, can cause:
dry, flaky, sensitive skin; eye disorders
Riboflavin (B2)

Best bets:
whole grain and enriched breads and cereals; milk and other dairy products; meat and organ meats; eggs; nuts; green leafy vegetables

Best bets:
whole-grain, enriched and fortified breads and cereals; poultry, fish, beef, peanut butter, legumes, enriched and fortified grains and grain products

Too much niacin, typically as a result of supplements, can cause flushed skin, rashes and liver damage.

B-6 (pyridoxine)
Best bets: organ meats, chicken, pork, fish, whole grains, nuts, legumes

B-12 (cobalamin)

Found in:
fish, milk and milk products, eggs, meat, poultry, fortified breakfast cereals

Certain people may be at risk for B12 deficiency and should speak to a physician or dietitian before using a supplement. They include adults over 55, those with pernicious anemia or gastrointestinal disorders, and vegans (vegetarian who eats plant products only).


Best bets:
eggs, liver, yeast breads, cereals

Vitamin C

Best bets:
citrus fruits, berries, red bell peppers, broccoli

Also found in:
potatoes, garlic, onions, dark green and green leafy vegetables (spinach, parsley), apples, cabbage, tomatoes, sprouts, melons

Essential for:
antioxidant properties; antihistamine effects; fighting skin infections and healing wounds; producing collagen and elastin for firm skin; healthy gums and firm capillaries

When lacking, can cause: scurvy; loose teeth and swollen gums; excess bleeding; wounds that won't heal

Vitamin E

Best bets:
green leafy vegetables, broccoli, oils, almonds, hazelnuts

Also found in:
peanuts, red bell peppers, olives, brown rice, apples, whole grains, wheat germ, sweet potatoes, legumes (beans, lentils, split peas)

Essential for:
antioxidant properties; reducing risk of disease; fighting free-radical damage; potential to help slow aging

Sodium (salt)
Essential for:
regulating fluids and blood pressure

Note: Nearly everyone gets enough salt. Large amounts of sodium are found in highly processed foods (fast food, canned products, frozen dinners). These foods should be eaten infrequently, because an excess of sodium causes fluid retention and swelling and may contribute to other health problems.

Best bets:
meat, seafood, liver, eggs, milk, whole grains, wheat germ, fermented soybean paste (miso)
Also found in: apricots, peaches, onions, seafood (oysters), cocoa

Essential for:
healing and overall skin health; working with vitamin A to maintain and repair skin; providing strength, elasticity and firmness to skin; promoting tissue growth; playing a role in many vital functions in the body

When lacking, can cause: reduced resistance to infection

Macro Nutrients


Best bets:
whole-grain carbohydrates (breads, barley, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, quinoa, couscous, oatmeal)

Essential for:
energy, fiber and B vitamins


Best bets:
meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dry beans, nuts, tofu

Essential for:
energy and repair of body tissues and cells

Excess protein is stored in the body as fat.

Fats (essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid)

Best bets:
vegetable oils, poultry fat, soy oils, nuts and seeds

Essential for:
maintaining healthy, hydrated skin

When lacking:
dry, scaly and flaky skin; hair loss

Best bets:
water, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, cooked grain products

Essential for:
proper hydration of cells; regulating body temperature; carrying nutrients to cells and wastes away from cells

when lacking, can cause: dehydration

Check your urine color to see if you're getting enough water.

Light yellow good

Clear maybe too much

Dark yellow/orange not enough

If you have special nutrition needs, discuss them with your physician.

Before making any changes to your diet, first consult your physician.

If you need a facial or want to read more about having healthy skin or if you have any problems with your skin.

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Juice it up!

♥ The Cholesterol Buster ♥

A juice made from Apple cucumber and celery is known to fight cancer and reduce cholesterol. It also improves any sort of stomach upset and headache. This juice is a must have once you have crossed your 30's. If you have this juice every other day, then you will not have to worry about your cholesterol level any more.

Super Breath

This juice is specifically for people who want to improve their skin complexion. The ingredients are Apple, Carrot and Tomato. For better effect use Green apples. This juice also had an added advantage of eliminating bad breath. This is due to the Apple, Tomato combination.

Super Cooler

A combination of Bitter gourd milk and Apple is used when one generates lots of internal body heat. This juice will instantly cool down your internal body heat and make you more comfortable. It also fights bad breath just like our previous recipe.

Super Skin

It is a very well know fact that orange and cucumber are the most vital things to have if one is concerned about the skin. A combination of these two combined with ginger will act as a supper supplement for your skin. Its combined effect will improve the skin texture and moisture content in the skin. It is also a body heat reducing drink.

The Wild Thing

Now, this one is one of my favorites. Apple, Pineapple and Watermelon blends together to form a wonderful mouth watering juice which is excellent for you kidney and bladder. It also helps dispelling excess salts from your body. Some people use a tint of salt with this juice but I like to drink it as it is without the salt flavor.

The Sugar Fighter

This is a simple but very useful and easy to digest juice. It regulates the sugar content in our body. The juice is made of Pear and banana. Pear is good for an ulcer, constipation, and urination and also works for congestion, fever alleviation, and cough. Banana is good for people who have high blood pressure because it is low in salt. Banana contains tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that is known to make you feel happy and improve your mood.

Anti Oxidant

A juice made by mixing mango, pear, carrot and apple will act as an anti oxidant. It clears the body heat, counteracts toxicity and decrease blood pressure. Apple is a well known anti oxidant. The addition of mango makes this juice a very tasty drink.

Purple Pine

Purple pine is made from pineapple and grapes. A black grape is usually used. The drink is high in iron and pineapple acts as a Potential Anti-Inflammatory and Digestive agent. It is a good drink to have after your lunch or dinner. Grape juice is known to be good for heart.