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A Healthy Wintertime Complexion Requires A Balanced Diet

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A Healthy Wintertime Complexion Requires A Balanced Diet

This time of year as we head into cold winter weather we all need to become aware of the challenges to our skin harsh wet weather can create.  Our bodies will be consuming lots of nutrients to keep us warm.  Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are often the cause of skin challenges, so ingesting adequate amounts as well as balancing with proteins and pure water becomes important in your health regimen for a healthy wintertime complexion.

By varying your diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, the right kinds of fats, and some meats and dairy products, most essential nutrients will be provided that also contain synergistic properties that aid digestion and absorption naturally.

Researchers at Monash University in Australia found certain foods are associated with less wrinkling of the skin.  These include “monounsaturated fats, olive oil, olives, fish, reduced fat milk and milk products, eggs, nuts, legumes, vegetables, whole grain cereals, fruits, tea and water.”  For good health and good complexion refrain from high levels of saturated fats, processed foods, white flours, breads, and rice, soft drinks, processed dessert products and meats, too many potatoes especially with butter and/or margarine.

Another important ingredient is sunshine for great skin.  We will now be facing fewer sunny days to absorb the important Vitamin D from sun exposure.  It may become important to supplement with a good, natural Vitamin D3 product, the most natural form of Vitamin D usable by the body.  I would suggest conferring with your pharmacist for selecting the best brand of Vitamin D3.

Lotions also help skin remain moisturized and supple during cold weather.  It becomes important to choose products that contain the least amount of ingredients that are hard to pronounce!  I am learning about the no-no ingredients and will offer this information in future articles.  Just be aware that any product we put on our skin should be “food” quality as it is directly absorbed into our bodies and becomes either a toxic element that has to be removed by the liver using up many good nutrients or it becomes a supporting ingredient because it is natural and digestible.

Monash University research information excerpted from Massage Magazine, May/June 2005, p. 96.

Krystle Shapiro is the founding member of the Sandpoint Wellness Council and owner of Touchstone Massage Therapies and Nutrition Plus!  She may be reached at 208/290-6760.

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