Healthy skin can be a sign of wellness on the inside and out. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It may be weird to think about (or maybe you have already thought about it!) but it is the only thing protecting all other organs, bones, and veins from external forces. Our skin really keeps us together.
Aging gracefully is possible with the right exercise, diet, and health regime.
Getting the blood flowing through cardiovascular exercise can help rid the body of harmful toxins from the inside. Ample blood flow helps transport oxygen and nutrients to the cells, which in turn, helps cells work better, faster, stronger. If the skin is clear during your workout (no makeup ladies and gentlemen!), exercise may help clear out your pores.
A diet full of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamin E, zinc, vitamin C, silica and antioxidant containing foods will support healthy skin. You can find a certain combination of these vitamins and minerals in foods such as fish, avocados, red and yellow peppers, dark chocolate, green tea and more.
Let’s dive a little deeper into minerals + vitamins for healthy skin:
Omega-3 and 6 Fatty Acids for sensitive skin
DHA and EPA, long chain omega-3s, have ongoing research regarding their ability to help the skin reduce sensitivity to sunrays (both UVA and UVB!). Omega fatty acids also are well-know to increase skin hydration, this may help combat dry, irritated skin.
Zinc for normal inflammatory response
Zinc is one of the first minerals on the scene if you get cuts and bruises to help begin the healing process. It plays a large in role in the formation of new cells and cell membranes at the affected area. Zinc is also well known for its immune supporting qualities, because of this it may help promote a normal inflammatory response thus reducing the likelihood of acne flare-ups.
Vitamin E for skin health
Vitamin E holds antioxidant properties and also encourages normal inflammatory response within the body. This is a common vitamin, and you may already consume plenty of it through diet alone. If not, supplementation can be a great way to get the vitamins your body needs.
Silica for healthy skin
Silica is a large player in collagen production. Healthy collagen levels increase skin elasticity to encourage soft, smooth skin. A recommended daily value for silica is not established by the FDA at this time but you may find it in foods such as green beans, bananas, leafy greens or brown rice. Not getting enough in your diet? Supplementation of a highly bioavailable silica can help improve skin, hair and nail health.