Skin Health

The skin is the largest organ in the body—we are enveloped in approximately 20 square feet of it! The skin is the most important and the first line of defense protecting our body from injury, toxins and bacteria. We spend millions of dollars every year on skin care products, but we may be missing the crucial nutrients necessary for healthy skin . . .

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Collagen is a structural, fibrous protein that supports cells and tissues such as skin, bone and tendons. Collagen is particularly crucial for healthy skin because it gives the skin strength and elasticity. Many of the Bevko products have beneficial effects on collagen.

Nutrients

In order to maintain soft and luxurious skin, it is extremely important to maintain the necessary nutrients. Nutrients that are critical to healthy skin include Vitamin E, Vitamin C , Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), and other minerals that are essential for bone and skin health. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that has countless nutritional benefits. Because Vitamin E is an antioxidant it protects skin cells from damage due to ultraviolet rays (sun exposure). Thus, Vitamin E can help prevent skin cancer, which is caused by UV damage. Vitamin E also has benefits related to other skin diseases such as psoriasis and inflammation. Vitamin C is extremely important in the production of collagen, which is the underpinning of healthy skin and important in the prevention of wrinkles. Vitamin C is critical for collagen repair. Vitamin C works together with Vitamin E to provide the antioxidant properties (described above) that protect against skin cancer. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) keep the skin lubricated and protected from environmental damage. EFAs are fats that the body needs but cannot synthesize. Therefore, it is important to consume a diet rich in fatty acids. Bevko offers Omega-3 fatty acid supplements to insure that you take in the fatty acids you need to maintain healthy skin. Other minerals such as zinc, calcium and magnesium are also important to the integrity of the skin and promote healing in damaged skin cells.

Diet

There are many foods that contain vitamins and minerals important to skin health. Foods that are rich in fatty acids include fish oils. Unfortunately, a large percentage of the US population does not eat enough foods containing EFAs, especially foods such as fish that are rich in omega-3 oils. Many of the fats people do eat are refined or altered in such a way that they are no longer beneficial to the body. Unnatural fats, such as hydrogenated oils, are harmful to the body, and they compete with good fats for roles in body processes. It is important not only to eat fatty-acid rich foods but also to avoid unnatural fats. Particularly high levels of vitamin E can be found in foods such as asparagus, avocado, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables.

Finally, we recommend an alkaline diet. An alkaline diet is important because our bodies are supposed to be slightly alkaline, but the modern diet creates a state in which most people have an acidic environment. An acidic environment develops when we eat mostly acidic foods: too much animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods.

These foods can deplete the body of minerals, including calcium and magnesium, which are important to skin health. An alkaline diet includes (preferably organic) whole grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and fruit. (Alkaline Diet Chart.) For skin health, you should also have some flesh foods and dairy (hormone and antibiotic free) and LOTS of pure water (not tap water). Plenty of water is necessary to keep skin hydrated and healthy.

Lifestyle

There are many habits that are helpful in the maintenance of healthy skin. Regular exercise improves blood circulation and provides oxygen to skin tissue. Smoking causes collagen damage and also promotes cell damage that leads to the development of cancer. You may have noticed that people who have smoked for many years often have dull, wrinkled skin. So, if you want healthy, glowing skin you should avoid smoking cigarettes. Your regular skin care routine should include washing with gentle cleanser, being careful not to scrub, rub, or pull on your skin. Depending on your skin type, it may be important to use hypoallergenic topical skin products and to avoid lotions or make-up that clogs pores.

A combination of appropriate nutrient supplementation, an alkaline diet rich in beneficial vitamins and minerals, and an active lifestyle that includes careful skin care will help you maintain soft, luxurious and healthy skin.