Minerals Needed for Healthy Skin
Your skin is made up of cells, and like any cells in the body, skin cells needs very specific minerals to stay healthy.
Iron - plays a crucial role in forming hemoglobin in our red blood cells, which deliver oxygen to skin cells. Oxygenated skin cells are healthy and radiant.
Calcium - skin cells need a specific enzyme for cellular repair, and this specific enzyme is activated by calcium.
Chromium - found commonly in brewer's yeast, chromium has been used with some success in treating acne.
Copper - working in concert with several enzymes, copper helps to remove cholesterol from our cell membranes. Copper also helps cells produce collagen and elastin, which are two proteins that contribute to your skin's tightness and elasticity.
Magnesium - Skin cells need a specific enzyme to help repair the collagen protein, and this enzyme needs magnesium to function.
Zinc - prevents acne because it inhibits the action of certain enzymes that cause skin inflammation and duct blockage.
Foods High in Minerals for Healthy Skin
There are plenty of foods high in these minerals. For instance, avocados are high magnesium. Need zinc? Go for oysters, lean meats, and poultry. Green tea is high in zinc, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Romaine lettuce, onions, and tomatoes are high in chromium.
But what if you are not into creating a whole diet around these minerals? No problem. Studies show that there are two other sources that provide all of these minerals. One is mineral water. Mary Sullivan, RN, the co-founder of Olympian Labs, says that drinking spring water or washing your face with mineral water can give your skin the minerals it needs.
Researcher Karl J. Abrams points to another source, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, or blue green algae, as a complete source of all of these minerals.
Try either of these two sources for a simple way to nourish your skin from the inside out. Then to give skin an extra boost on the outside, I love this antioxidant lotion with WGP Beta Glucan, wild bluegreen algae, vitamin E, organic aloe vera, and other natural ingredients that nourish skin, leaving it soft with no oily feel. Have a great summer with great looking healthy skin by making sure you protect it (don't forget the sunscreen) and give it the nourishment it needs.
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