Is your mouth affecting your skin? This question will make you stop and think. But, have you ever stop to think about how your daily diet might be affecting your skin.
Largest Body Organ
Did you know that your skin is your largest body organ? “If the skin of an average adult were stretched out, it would cover over 3,000 square inches and weigh about six to nine pounds.” (Milady, Edition 13, p. 155) Now, that is definitely something to think about.
Your skin provides a covering for your inside. The skin covers your network of muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and organs.
Your skin is your first line of protection. Your skin protects you from the outer environmental elements such as bacteria and viruses. Thus, it is the body’s first line of defense and protection for putting a boundary between you and the outside world.
To promote and encourage nutrition and skin health, you have to properly feed your body. The six classes of nutrients that the body needs such as carbohydrates, vitamins, fats, minerals, proteins, and water. These essential nutrients can be obtained through eating and drinking.
The United States Department of Agriculture developed a program to help people with their daily diet. Basically, food is divided into five groups: grains, dairy, vegetables, proteins, and fruits. This program helps people to figure out the amount of food needed from each group. The program is called MyPlate and can be found at choosemyplate.gov
Recommended Guidelines for Skin Health
In my opinion, Milday offers up from of the best-recommended guidelines for skin health.
- Eat a variety of foods using the choosemyplate.gov
- Select a diet that is high in fresh fruits, vegetables, and grains and low in fats, saturated fats, and cholesterol.
- Eat moderate amounts of salt and sugar, including the sodium and modified sugars that are found in prepared food products.
- Drink an appropriate amount of water. Not sure how much water is enough? Divide your body weight by two. The results are the number of ounces of water that you should drink in one day.
- Keep the consumption of alcoholic beverages to a minimum.
- Balance your diet with the right amount of physical activity.
- Maintain or improve your weight.
- Vitamins A, C, D, and E have been shown to have positive effects on body skin. Always, consult with your family doctor before adding supplements to your diet.
So, if you want good skin, start by regulating your diet and water intake.
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