Many people don’t know the numerous advantages in the foods they eat. Foods are not basically for survival alone like many people see it. When asked why we have to eat, most people will say, so we can live or to have strength. That’s correct. But food goes beyond just survival. If you eat just rice all day you will surly live but with time the body will start developing some illness associated with over intake of carbohydrate.
Consuming too much junk and prepackaged food will not only result in weight gain but also a pasty complexion and hair that are lifeless. These are the kind of problems that even the most expensive skin creams, vitamin supplements and hair products cannot resolve.
Glowing skin and glossy hair can be yours in days – and you don’t have to spend a fortune on potions and pills. All you have to do is eat the food your body needs to look its best.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) come in two classes, Omega-3 and Omega-6, and it is the former that have the most effect on skin and hair condition. The body cannot make EFAs, so they have to come from our food. Ideally, they should account for 15 per cent of our calorie intake.
Best Source: Oily fish such as sardines, tuna and salmon are good sources of EFAs, as are nuts and seeds and their oils, organic eggs, prawns and soya beans. A quick way to increase your intake is to use sesame, rapeseed, walnut, soya bean or flax oils in the kitchen.
Not only can they protect us from minor infections, but antioxidant nutrients (which include vitamins A, C and E, some of the B complex vitamins, the minerals selenium, manganese and zinc, and certain enzymes) can also help prevent more serious, degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
Antioxidants play a major role in destroying free radicals – electrochemically unbalanced molecules that are continually generated within our bodies by chemicals, too much sun and stress. It also helps the skin retain moisture. Premature wrinkles, pale skin, acne, easy bruising and slow wound healing may indicate a deficiency
The main victim of free radical damage in skin is collagen, which keeps skin looking plump and elastic. Uncooked, highly colored fresh fruit and vegetables are the best places to find high levels of antioxidants.
Best Source: berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants); black grapes; Brazil nuts; broccoli; carrots; cherries; chestnuts; hazelnuts; kale; raisins; papaya; peas; peppers; prunes; spinach; sweet potatoes and tomatoes, Whole milk and butter, liver, oily fish and eggs, Vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, peanut butter, wheat germ, whole grains and avocados
Vital to the immune system and the manufacture of collagen, zinc also speeds up healing. Lack of zinc can lead to stretch marks and stubborn blemishes. A dull complexion, white spots on fingernails, and dandruff are signs of deficiency.
Best sources: Seafood, red meat, offal, turkey, cheese, brewer’s yeast, eggs, nuts, wholegrains and mushrooms.
Important for the formation of haemoglobin, the red pigment in blood. A pale complexion and dark circles under the eyes may indicate a deficiency.
Best sources: Red meat, liver, seafood, eggs. Less absorbable iron is found in green leafy vegetables, dried apricots and fortified cereals.
After reading this article I hope you will start eating healthy rather than eating for survival. The healthier you eat the better your chance for survival.