Aside from being the largest organ in your body, the skin protects your body’s other organs and regulates the movement of substances into and out of your body. The skin is made up of three layers of a semi-permeable, durable membrane.
However, it is also susceptible to damage from forces inside the body and from the outside environment as well. In order to protect your skin from constant wear and tear, your body makes use of the nutrients that it gets from the food and beverages that you consume.
It also utilises these nutrients in order to repair skin cells, replace the damaged cells, and maintain skin cell integrity. Older skin cells are constantly shed off by the body and replaced by new ones, so a consistent supply of micronutrients is necessary in order to support this process.
While everyone has a favourite face cream or beauty treatment regimen, keeping your skin healthy and looking young and fresh is not only achieved through the use of “chemicals,” “beauty procedures,” and invasive, as well as non- invasive, “beauty treatments.” More often, healthy and beautiful skin is gained and maintained by eating the right balance of foods that contain the vital ingredients that your skin will need in order to keep it soft, supple, and blemish-free.
Certain foods (vegetables, in particular) contain specific nutrients that your skin needs in order to keep it in a healthy state.
Three common vegetables that encourage skin repair and protect it from damage.
In general, green, leafy vegetables are some of the best sources of copper, which your body needs in order to create copper peptides. These encourage regeneration of collagen and elastin that is vital for skin repair. Romaine Lettuce, in particular, is loaded with vitamins A, C, and K which does wonders in boosting your immune system.
These phytonutrients are powerful in fighting off foreign invaders from the body, specifically the free radicals that speed up the wear and tear of the skin that makes you look older. Lettuce also provides the body’s daily requirement of Vitamin A, which is essential for the repair of damaged cells and tissues and encourages cellular turnover. Also, it is a good source of potassium. This flushes out toxins from the body and enhances the distribution of oxygen to the blood, making you look vibrant and rosy.
Broccoli contains the essential Vitamins A, C, and E that the skin needs in order to protect itself from constant wear and tear and repair damage to the cells.
It also contains Selenium, a powerful antioxidant that works alongside other antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E, which are essential to the immune system and helps protect the skin from sun damage, age spots, and cancer.
Spinach is packed with Vitamins A, C, E, and loaded with carotenoids such as beta carotene and lutein, which are known for significantly reducing the risk of certain cancers. It is also rich in antioxidants that help repair skin cells and prevent the skin from aging faster. It is also a great source of a variety of minerals, such as magnesium, which helps heal wounds and other skin damages.
Spinach also has a high water content that will keep the skin hydrated and moisturized, making it look soft and supple. A combination of natural fresh foods is, of course, vital in any situation – especially when we are trying to promote health throughout the body and the skin. So, have you had your veggies today?
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