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How To Be Healthy: You Can Have Attractive Skin
( Published 1962 )
The skin, like all other parts of the body, is formed of protein. Naturally, therefore, a diet ample in protein is essential to keep the skin healthfully in bloom.
It is very important to keep the skin clean, both externally and internally, to prevent the accumulation of toxic wastes in the pores. Therefore, the first step in achieving a fine skin should be treatment from within by consuming an adequate amount of the best protein foods (meat, fish, and eggs), which replenish all the essential amino acids necessary to keep skin healthy.
A good supply of eggs, muscle and organ meats, and seafood in the diet, supplemented daily by a tablespoon or more of cod liver oil, corn oil, olive oil, safflower oil, or wheat germ oil, to provide vital unsaturated fatty acids, makes a superior internal food bonus to attractive skin. Linoleic acid, a constituent of corn oil, has been shown to be beneficial to eczema. Even psoriasis has been favorably affected by the addition of salad oils to the diet. In fact, beautiful skin and superb health are impossible without appropriate fats.
Studies by leading dermatologists reveal that the B vitamins thiamine (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), and pyridoxine (B-6), are especially important to skin health. It appears that the body needs substantial quantities of the B vitamins regularly to provide the skin with an adequate defense against many types of dermatoses (skin diseases). To reinforce your regular diet, a daily supplement of brewer's yeast is your best source of properly balanced B vitamins. Minerals are also required to keep the skin glowing and alive-looking, so use apricots, blackstrap molasses, leafy greens, and sunflower seeds, as well as kelp tablets for natural iodine and all organic trace minerals. It can make the difference between a jaded look and a youthful one.
Special attention should be paid to foods that sustain steady blood circulation, such as those containing vitamin A, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, and the minerals calcium, iodine, and iron, because the skin tone hinges on circulation.
Exclude from your food intake all sweets, candies, pastries, and soft drinks, because refined sugar is very harmful to skin health, due to the fact that it encourages the growth of bacteria. Use honey for sweetening. Salt, too, is detrimental to skin beauty because of its drying effect, causing wrinkles. Banish white flour products, such as bread, cake, crackers, and doughnuts, and avoid fried foods. Try to keep in mind that what you eat has a decisive effect on your skin, as well as on your general health and happiness.
In your efforts to take care of or improve your skin, the harm commercial deodorants and cosmetics can do should not be overlooked. You risk the health of your skin by using these products because the detergents, lubricants, and perfume they are composed of can cause skin irritation, blisters, rashes, and other skin conditions. It is further reported that bleaching, cleansing, and freckle creams frequently cause the most disagreeable skin reactions. Play safe! Your local health food shop can supply natural, safe deodorants and cosmetics which are free of irritating chemical additives.