Your skin reflects your diet

2There is an age old saying that goes “you are what your eat”.  This is especially true when it comes to the appearance of your skin.  Although skin is the largest organ in our body, it is the one which receives the nutrients from our food and supplements last.  It seems that in ranking organs our bodies rank the needs of our skin lower than our other organs.  The skin is the first organ to show signs of poor nutrition.  This may be reflected in spots, fine lines, wrinkles or acne.

A diet which is high in salt may cause your skin to swell and then it deflates.  This can cause reduced elasticity in our skin.  If you face is looking puffy you may want to reduce your salt intake.

Another item that affects your skin is caffeine.  Drinking an over abundance of caffeine products such as coffee or cola may cause your skin to look tired and lifeless.

Processed meats are full of preservatives and these negatively affect your skin by taking out moisture.  If you don’t want dull, dry, lifeless skin avoid these at all costs.

Yogurt is good for you,  but some other dairy products may not be when it comes to your skin.  Milk can aggravate acne.  A good part of our milk supply may contain hormones that will increase the acne problem.

As you can see, what you eat directly affects the appearance of your skin. To have a glowing, youthful looking skin you need to supply your body daily with the nutrients needed.  You can supply this by eating a wide variety of good foods that contain whole grains, protein, fruits and vegetables.

If you don’t feel your diet is providing all the necessary nutrients you might want to try a supplement.  However,  before just adding a supplement you may want to consult a nutritionist to be sure you are supplementing whatever is needed..

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