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Feed your skin from the inside

Good skin comes from the inside out, not the outside in!  For all round health and vitality there are about 20 different nutrients that contribute to the health of your skin.

My Top 10 Nutrients you absolutely can’t do without! 

No 1. Vitamin A / Beta Carotene

It contributes to the normal function of the skin; if you have a deficiency it can show up as thicker areas of skin where it looks scaly and dry. It’s important for wound healing so if you cut your skin, vitamin A will be important for the healing process.

Animal sources: Fatty fish, egg yolk, whole milk, butter, cream, cheese, yoghurt (liver calves liver
Vegetable sources: spinach, carrots, red peppers, broccoli, kale, chard, tomatoes, apricots, marrow , sweet potato

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No 2. Vitamin C

Absolutely crucial for skin health and how the skin functions. Without Vitamin C you cannot make collagen.
If you eat a lot of sugar – in chocolate, biscuits, cakes, soft drinks – it’s worth knowing that Sugar has a very similar molecular structure to Vitamin C and displaces it from its’ proper binding sites which means that Vitamin C is not available for Collagen production.

Deficiencies can result in scurvy and hair loss at worst, not to mention its role as an antioxidant which means that if you’re not getting enough, you are at risk of an increase in the ageing process because it’s not acting as an anti oxidant against free radicals.  We now know that free radicals cause inflammation and inflammation is one of the leading causes of premature ageing.
It’s worth knowing that if you get a lot of sun exposure it will deplete the vitamin C content of the skin.

This is not an exhaustive list of vitamin C containing foods:

Citrus fruits, rose hips, sprouted alfalfa seeds, tomatoes, green peppers, broccoli, all green leafy vegetables, blackcurrants, strawberries, raspberries and soft fruits, bananas, apples, pineapple, pears, carrots, cauliflower, parsley(cranberries, guava, brussel sprouts, red peppers, kiwis.

Feed your skinGetting your nutrients from food is the best way but I’m the first to recognise that the food we eat today doesn’t always contain the nutrients it should due to deficiencies in the soil.