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Healthy Skin

What to Eat for Healthy Skin

By Denis Faye
From the Million Dollar Body Club - Join Today and Workout to Win!

Moisturizing your SkinWe always hear from our customers that even their skin is looking younger since they started to exercise. It's not their imaginationthey have improved the health of their skin by living a healthier lifestyle.

Nowadays, there seems to be a lotion or cream to cure just about any skin ailment. While there are indeed some wonderful elixirs out there, I ask you, if you want to tend to your liver, will you put Lubriderm on it? If you want to make sure your heart will stay young and vital, will you slather on some Oil of Olay?

Of course not. But get this: the skin is an organ just like your heart and your liver. In fact, it is the largest organ on the human body. So, if you do the math, it seems obvious that you should keep it healthy the same way you keep all the rest of your organs in shape: through diet and exercise.

Of course, every organ is different. While diet and exercise are universally beneficial, they affect each organ in diverse ways. Here's a breakdown of how your outer casing benefits from a health-filled regimen.

Eating for your epidermis

Taking VitaminsAll kinds of vitamins and minerals do all kinds of things for your skin. Zinc and protein speed healing and reconstruct damaged tissue, as does vitamin C, by aiding the production of collagen, the protein-building blocks vital to all your connective tissue.

Vitamin E helps with circulation, which flushes out toxins.

Both vitamins C and E deliver antioxidants, which are believed to fight against sun damage, smoke, and the dreaded hole in the ozone layer, although they are by no means a substitute for sunblock and a good hat—or for giving up smoking.

ActiVitAll these damaging effects create free radicals, nasty little oxidized molecules that are believed to cause tissue damage at the cellular level. Among other things, free radicals contribute to the development of cancer. The best way to neutralize them is with antioxidants, like the ones you get from many fruits and vegetables, including oranges, berries, leafy greens, and beets. You'll also find antioxidants in green tea. And to make sure you're getting all the nutrients you need, but don't always get, take a premium multivitamin like ActiVit®.

You'll hear talk from time to time of the antioxidants in chocolate, but keep in mind that chocolate also overstimulates oil production, so you wouldn't be doing your skin any favors by plowing through those M&Ms. Click here for much better ways to zap those free radicals!

And then there's water. As with everything else having to do with your body, H2O makes all the difference. Eight glasses a day will hydrate your skin, flush out toxins, and regulate your oil glands, which is great news for your complexion. Water is also excellent for skin elasticity. Unfortunately, stretched skin often won't completely shrink to fit, but keeping hydrated will definitely help. For more reasons why you need to drink water, click here!

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