Holistic Approach to Healthy and Beautiful Skin

Your skin, hair and nails are direct reflections of your overall health. No matter what type of shampoo, cleanser or cream you use, unless you have a healthy system, you can’t have beautiful skin, hair or nails. They will only help you to create a superficial mask. Following a healthy lifestyle that includes fresh organic foods, exercise, plenty of water and herbs to improve digestion and elimination is a sure way to all round health. Here are some tips for healthy and beautiful skin:

  1. Avoid processed, canned, leftover foods. Not only are they difficult to digest but they also carry very little nutritional value. Over the time, they will clog your body and deprive your skin of nourishment.
  2. Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables. They are rich sources of vitamins and minerals that nourish the skin. They are also high in anti-oxidants which cut down skin cancer risk.
  3. Include whole grains in place of polished grains. The outer bran of grains is rich in B vitamins that are vital in maintaining the health of skin.
  4. Steam vegetables instead of microwaving and cooking to protect their anti-oxidant properties.
  5. Include plenty of sweet juicy fruits like pear, water melon, grapes, figs.
  6. Limit protein from hard to digest foods like meat, beans and substitute them with easy to digest protein found in foods like split mung dhal, yoghurt and cottage cheese (paneer).
  7. Include fish, walnut, and flax seed oil in your diet. They are rich sources of essential omega fatty acids required to maintain good health and skin.
  8. Use spices like black pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric to stimulate digestion and elimination.
  9. Do not neglect oil. They are essential to maintain the health of skin, body and joints. Include healthy oils like olive oil, canola oil and ghee (clarified butter) for their high monosaturated fat content which is good for heart.
  10. Switch to herbal soaps, shampoos and lotions. Most commercial soaps and shampoos contain harmful chemicals that irritate and damage the skin.
  11. Have an oil bath at least a week.
  12. Drink plenty of water (8-10 glasses a day). Water is vital for keeping the body cells hydrated, facilitating faster transit of nutrients in and toxins out.
  13. Exercise regularly – aerobics and stretching. Aerobics improves circulation to the skin and helps elimination of toxins through sweat. Stretching exercises helps relieve stress and maintain elasticity of the skin. Of course, you also need to include weight training to build strength and strong bones.
  14. Get plenty of sleep and rest. Lack of sleep and rest stresses the body, thereby adversely affecting the health of skin.


Comments

  1. I enjoyed this to the point analysis of what one needs and should do, as far as, our Daily routine in maintaning ourselves healthy…Thanks, keep publishing MOre articles!

  2. Lot’s of water and your 5-a-day is the easiest way to make a good start. Exercise and sleep, as you quite rightly noted are also very important not just for our skin but life in general. The key to success is getting all these things incorporated into a daily routine. That way, the good habits stick.

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