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Learn How to Protect the Health of Your Skin the All-Natural Way

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Learn How to Protect the Health of Your Skin the All-Natural WayThere are many obstacles we often forget about when it comes to skin care. Toxins in the air, makeup, diet, sun exposure, and many more all contribute to an unhealthy environment that demands protection for your skin. But where does the best protection begin? There are many cleansers, face-washes, and other products that claim to support healthy skin, but the best protection naturally starts on the inside.

Where to Start?

Vitamins. Minerals. Nutrients. These three words are used in a lot of claims about health. But did you know that skin protection starts with these very same supplements? Essential vitamins like vitamin C can support healthy skin by aiding the growth and repair of skin tissues. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, helping to fight free radicals and protect your skin from oxidative damage. Vitamin E is another antioxidant, like vitamin C, that can help protect your skin from free radical damage, as well as toxins in the air and ultraviolet radiation from the sun. It also helps regulate retinol (a form of vitamin A), which is an important component of skin care.

Retinol is used in many topical skin care agents and other anti-aging products because it is key to supporting healthy growth in skin cells. Studies have shown that when retinol is converted to retinoic acid it can help support youthful and radiant-looking skin by protecting the elastic fibers that keep skin taut as well as protecting against age spots and wrinkles. Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is another important and natural antioxidant found in the body that helps protect healthy cells from problems associated with later stages of life. Various factors like age, stress, and medications can cause CoQ10 levels in your body to drop, which can be associated with visible signs of aging that leave your skin cells more prone to free radical damage.

Knowledge and Balance Is Power

Like many areas concerning your health, it’s important to have knowledge of the cause of your problems—such as oxidative damage and lack of proper nutrients—before seeking out the appropriate supplements and products to help combat them. It’s easy to get caught up in the vast amount of products on the market for skin care these days. But in addition to providing topical protection for your skin, you also require natural agents like the aforementioned vitamins and nutrients that support the health of your skin, starting where it counts: on the inside. Everyone yearns for beautiful-looking skin that’s smooth and supple. With the proper knowhow and nutrition, you can take practical steps towards good skin health.

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Healthy Foods to Feed Your Blues

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Healthy Foods to Feed Your BluesThe term “comfort food” often gets a bad rap because we don’t always make the healthiest food choices when we’re chasing our blues away. We’ve all had days where all we wanted to do was slouch on the couch and sink our faces into a bag of potato chips or tub of ice cream. That’s because when we’re stressed, the stress hormone, cortisol, creates food cravings which we often satisfy with carbohydrates or sweets. And excess carbs, as we all know, leads to more fat cells, which can stress us out even more. That being said, there is a healthy alternative to “stressed-out snacking” that can help us satisfy our cravings without adding on the pounds.

Choose “Calming” Foods Instead of Comfort Foods

Calming foods, as opposed to comfort foods, contain vitamins and minerals that can have an uplifting effect on your mood. They contribute to the creation of neurotransmitters that help to reduce the stressful effects of cortisol. B vitamins, such as folate, have been confirmed by numerous clinical studies to positively affect moods. Asparagus, spinach, and other dark-green, leafy veggies are especially high in folate. But if snacking on salad sounds less than ideal to you, avocados are also rich in B vitamins and L-glutathione, another known mood enhancer. Just be careful with portions, however, because despite being a fruit, avocado has plenty of natural fats. Vitamin C, aside from being an immune booster, can also support healthy moods. Oranges and berries, besides being terrific snacks, are also packed with vitamin C, offering even more healthy alternatives for snacking. Antioxidants are all the rage when it comes to antiaging, but they may also come in handy for mood support. Garlic may not have the most alluring odor, but most researchers are in agreement over its health benefits. Dark chocolate (not milk chocolate or white chocolate) is also a healthier snack alternative because it’s loaded with mood-enhancing polyphenols and flavonols. And for a more soothing alternative, chamomile tea and green tea can help calm your nerves while satisfying your cravings, too. Zinc is another mineral that is tied to healthy, upbeat moods. Nuts, such as cashews, are not only zinc rich, but also make great snack foods at any time of the day. Or, if you’re feeling extra fancy at dinner time, oysters (besides being renowned as aphrodisiacs) also contain lots of zinc. Beta-glucans in oatmeal also have positive influences on mood. But be cautious with how much you consume because processed grains also tend to increase blood sugar and fat levels. Omega-3s have also been shown to support circulation to the brain and enhance moods. You can obtain plenty of these from walnuts or fatty, coldwater fish such as salmon and tuna.

Satisfy Your Cravings and Be Happy, Too

As you can see from the alternatives listed above, whenever stress-induced cravings hit you (as they do us all), you don’t have to give in to junk food. Plenty of healthy alternatives exist that are equally delicious—and many times healthier. So the next time those cravings hit you, be choosy in your snack choices. You’ll definitely feel less guilty about it later.

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