Thursday, February 7, 2008

4 Natural Steps To A Healthier Skin

4 Natural Steps To A Healthier Skin by Paul Okoh

A summary of 4 simple steps that will lead to a much healthier skin.

1. Reduce Your Sugar Intake

I bet you did not know that there is a link between sugar intake and aging. Well too much sugar is one of the main causes of premature aging. It works this way;the more sugar we take in the more sugar we have in our bloodstream. Sugar molecules attach to protein molecules and damage the protein molecules. By attaching to the protein molecules new types of molecules are formed. These molecules denature skin collagen, damage cartilage and ligament and enhance loss of elasticity. Wrinkles are also formed and sagging of the skin commences.

Putting the above into consideration it becomes very necessary to reduce our intake of sugar. To achieve this I know will be very difficult for some people. To make it simple the best method to use is a gradual reduction of your daily sugar intake. For starters you can reduce the amount of sugar you add to your cup of tea or coffee. Also you can cut down on your intake of soda, sweetened dairy products and pastries.

2. Accelerate Your Digestion

As you might have heard healthy skin is is a function of a good digestive system. To accelerate or rev up our digestion we should incorporate enough fibre into our daily diet. Studies have shown that most people only consume half the amount of their daily fibre requirement.
To increase your fibre intake you should try these;

i. eat beans and legumes,

ii. eat prunes,

iii. take high fibre snacks like dried fruits, seeds and nuts

iv. eat at least one apple everyday

v. add whole grains to your diet, always choose grain products over refined products.

3. Take Essential Fats

What are essential fatty acids? As the name implies they are simply fats your body cannot live without. They are used in the synthesis or formation of hormones, cell membranes and many other chemicals used in the body. These essential fats fight inflammation, keep the heart functioning properly amongst other important functions. They are also particularly important to people with inflammatory conditions such as eczema and acne, and also for people with dry skin. To get more essential fats, eat more of cold water fish. Salmon is also a very good source of essential fatty acids. Also it is wise to consider the use of fish oil supplements.

4. Exercise To Improve Blood Circulation

Do you live a sedentary life? Sitting at your desk all day? Be warned that inactivity affects the skin and may enhance acne, cellulite and loss of muscle tone. Inactivity also promotes bloating and puffiness.

One of the best ways to improve the health of your skin and your overall health is to exercise. Exercise improves the blood circulation which is very essential for good health. So how do you improve your blood circulation?

A few quick steps to this are;
i. Get a skipping rope

ii. Start visiting your neighbourhood gym.

iii. Once in a while get up from your desk and stretch

iv. Take a long walk.

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