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Zinc and your skin

17 May

zinc foods“Take some Zinc and Echinacea,” seemed to be my moms standard reply whenever I felt a cold coming on. More often than not, I didn’t listen and then spent several, miserable days trying to recover. Truth is, Zinc is great for you. In addition, it does some amazing things for your skin.

People who have immune disorders or certain types of skin disorders tend to have less zinc in their body. Is this zinc because our body naturally uses it to fight off the infections or because we naturally have less zinc in our bodies which causes the infections in the first place? No one knows, really. But, zinc plays a major role in overall health of the skin.

Zinc works to heal and rejuvenate the skin in addition to reducing harmful free radical formation by protecting the skin when it’s exposed to UV light, pollution and other aging triggers. In healthy skin, we naturally have a cell turnover process of about 21-28 days which is called apoptosis. When we have a zinc deficiency our cells don’t turn over, and instead sit on the surface and stick together. All of this causes a buildup of sebum, bacteria and blocks the pores – which causes irritation and then acne. With a healthy amount of zinc, it can reduce clogged pores in the first place.

So, how much zinc is needed to stop acne? Men are supposed to take about 11 milligrams a day which women only need 8. Some of the best natural sources for zinc include various meats, and seafood’s – such as crab, oysters, lobster, etc. Allergic to seafood and not meat eater? Good news is that you can find zinc in beans, cheese, lentils, yogurt and fortified cereals. But, to increase the absorption – you definitely would want to stick with animal based products. (And grass fed/hormone free if you can!) If you eat a high diet of legumes, nuts, or seeds you increase your Phytate consumption and therefore also reduce your absorption of zinc.

If you are unable to eliminate some of these things from your diet or add them in if you are deficient, you can always take a zinc supplement to level you out. Most of the time, simple health and skin care issues can be improved by just taking a few small steps to better nutrition.

 

 

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You are what you eat continued…

19 Mar

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I posted the other day some wonderful tips on foods that were healthy to consume on a regular basis for your skin. Hopefully, some of my readers have challenged themselves and incorporated more of those foods into their daily diet. Even the smallest dietary change can make a dramatic difference in the skin and your overall health, and wellness.

But what happens when you can’t always eat healthy? It certainly isn’t cost-effective to eat healthy all of time. As I stated before, IF you indulge – just make sure to keep it at a minimum.

Here are the top 5 worst foods and drinks that you can put into your body.

Alcohol – I just heard a bunch of groans even through my computer screen for this one. Especially from all the wine drinkers out there (myself included.) Yes, I said it. I drink wine. AND I’m an esthetician. But again, I do it in moderation. Well, sometimes. The majority of the time I do, and then when I find myself enjoying a little too much of it, I hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more. Why? Because alcohol dehydrates the skin. And yes, wine has antioxidants and all of these things that may or may not be good for you based on which study you’ve seen – but the straight fact is that with or without those studies, you still get dehydrated.Plus, if you have ever wondered why you are a little pinker in the cheeks after drinking – it’s because it leads to vasodilation – meaning your nice little capillaries and redness come right to the surface. It also leads to an extremely dull appearance. Yuck.

Caffeine – Oh wow, the groans got a little louder that time. Actually, I feel like half of my readers probably just shut their laptops or switched to another page. Sorry guys, I love my coffee too. The great news is that coffee itself isn’t bad, it’s those excessively caffeinated drinks that dehydrate your skin – think soda, energy drinks, multiple shots of espresso… and what happens when you get overly dehydrated? Well, your skin freaks out and then can either breakout, or start causing more oil production to overcompensate, which in turn can lead to breakouts. Sounds like fun to me.

Protein Bars,¬†and Processed Snacks – Who would have thought that protein bars would be on this list? I mean, protein bars are good for you, aren’t they? Yes and no. If you really look at some of the ingredients in these offenders, you will notice a great deal of sugar. Some of these bars have upwards of 10 grams of sugar in them per serving! Let’s just consider for a moment, that a Snickers bar has approximately 20 grams of sugar in it. Too much sugar not only leads to issues with health such as diabetes, but excessive amounts of sugar in the body also affects your skin by damaging collagen production, causing acne, and damaging elastin, which causes the saggy skin. No one likes having saggy skin. No one.

Fried Foods – Remember those yummy French fries from my last post? Oh yeah, don’t eat those. Here and there is again, not the end of the world, but they are so full of salt, and sodium that they can really take a toll on your skin. Bloating, water retention, swelling, and puffy eyes will be your reward for this indulgence.

Smoothies and Juices from the store – I can not express enough how this is NOT good for you. Most commercial smoothies and juices are full of added juice, frozen yogurt, sugars and preservatives. I did say most, not all. With as many grams of sugar are in some of these smoothies, you might as well just go back and eat that Snickers bar AND drink a coke. Again, that much sugar irritates and inflames the skin and causes wrinkles. Let’s just not do that.

Check out some of the earlier posts on my blog and some of the upcoming ones for some amazing, and healthy smoothies and juices that you can make at home.

One of these particular recipes, I will be featuring in my next blog post! Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and almost all of the yummy, healthy ingredients we talked about that ARE good for you – this one can be easily made with a blender, and a short shopping list.