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Apr 012011

Skin constitutes a major part of the body of a human being. It is the part which is exposed the maximum to atmospheric conditions. Sunlight and dust particles have adverse effect on the health of the skin’s outer layer. Being exposed, it is vulnerable to ultraviolet rays which have maximum damaging effect. There is no doubt that whatever we eat has direct effect on our body and the skin being part of body does get affected.

Eating a good diet, which is rich in minerals, vitamins and anti oxidants, is essential for skin health and gives it a better and healthy look. As a general rule, diet which is low in animal fat is good. Lower intake of salt and sugar and higher intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is good for your skin. The fruits and vegetables of orange and green color are the best.

Antioxidants in vitamin C and E provide protection to the skin from harmful effects of sun rays. These also help the skin to repair itself because of the damage caused by harmful free radicals. Vitamin A helps to repair skin tissues. In case of inadequate supply of these vitamins and essential minerals, the skin looks dull. In addition to leafy vegetables and fruits we eat in routine, eggs, nuts and olives are good source of essential vitamins.

Gooseberry, an Indian herb, is a rich source of primary vitamin D and should be a part of your diet for good and healthy skin. As per a research consumption of monounsaturated fat improves the skin.

Omega 3 is a good food ingredient that helps to improve the health of your skin. This fatty acid is found in abundance in oily fish and fish oil. Moisturising of skin is essential for its health. Sorbitol is a natural ingredient is found in grapes, berries, plums and pears. This chemical helps in retaining the moisture in the skin. To keep the skin moist and hydrated, it is essential to drink plenty of water. Water flushes the whole system and also helps remove unwanted urea and other radicals.

Foods to avoid: The foods that are harmful for the skin include those which are high in sugar and saturated fats found in butter and whole cream milk. Red meat, excess of salt and junk food including cakes, pastries, fries and soda drinks should be avoided being harmful. Excess of alcohol and smoking is injurious to the body and the skin and needs to be avoided.

One can conclude that to prevent aging of skin and make it look healthy your food plays an important part.