We’ve all heard that chocolate eating causes acne, and many pimple faced teenagers won’t go within a country mile of the stuff for the sheer purpose of avoiding a blackhead filled date night. It’s not a far stretch then, to understand the important role that diet has in conjunction with skin health. Dry skin for instance, is easy to treat with heavy moisturizers and lotions, and while home remedies for dry skin on face are normally safe and effective, they are often time consuming and messy. Why not elect instead to change your diet to include food for dry skin symptom reduction? It may sound silly to go on a dry skin diet, but many of the foods that promote good skin health are foods that contain nutrients your body craves anyways, so committing to a dry skin diet will yield few drawbacks.
Omega 3’s from fish, avocado and walnuts can help reduce your dry skin symptoms. These tasty additions to a dry skin diet are not optional, they’re essential. In fact, a deficiency of Omega 3’s can sometimes cause eczema, meaning that that tuna fish sandwich could mean the difference between bad and worse when it comes to dryness of your skin. Food rich in vitamin D is also essential for healthy, moisturized skin, so have breakfast, don’t skip it. 2 eggs and a glass of orange juice will not only help you start your day on the right foot, but it will also keep your skin smooth and supple. Look for natural sources of vitamin E and A in your dry skin diet like spinach, broccoli, watercress and almonds, to keep your skin looking not only less dry, but also younger.
There are times however when foods can cause dry skin, and worse, land you in the hospital or morgue. Food allergies can actually cause dry skin, and you want to eliminate anything that you have a reaction to, even if it’s mild, from your dry skin diet. If you notice that you have dryness after eating certain foods such as shellfish, see your doctor right away to determine if you have a food allergy. In this case, that dry skin might be an early warning sign of an allergic reaction to compounds in foods you are eating.
Foods containing sugar, gluten, table salt, soy and lactose are universally harmful for our bodies and immune system, but are often unrecognized as the source of many health problems including dry skin, due to lack of awareness, refusal to give up the addictively tasty products, and false negative allergy test results. Dermatitis and eczema reactions in kids are often related to excessive sugar or citrus fruit consumption, so parents should limit their intake as much as possible. Finally, genetically modified, irradiated and processed food items not only lose their nutrients, enzymes and friendly bacteria during the process, but are also toxic and carcinogenic to our bodies. When negatively affected by harmful or processed foods, our digestive system can react in many ways by causing internal health problems or displaying external symptoms, such as dry skin.
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