Eat Good Fats to Moisturize Your Skin and Mucous Membranes
Essential Fatty Acids Promote Healthy Looking Skin and Hair.
Dry skin is often a sign of an Essential Fatty Acid deficiency. Other external signs of essential fatty acid deficiency include dry mucous membranes (such as inside the nose), dry hair or hair loss and nail problems.
We need a good balance of the omega-3 to omega-6 oils and unfortunately our modern processed diet does not provide this. Cheap, vegetable based oils are abundant in processed foods such as packaged foods and bakery products. Get into the habit of reading product labels and avoid the foods that contain sunflower oil, corn oil, soy bean oil and cotton seed oil as these are particularly high in omega-6. Omega-6 oils are pro-inflammatory – in other words that increase inflammation in the body.
Decrease Inflammation of the Skin With Good Fats
The omega-3 essential fatty acids are particularly useful for reducing inflammation. On the skin, inflammation can appear as a red, hot and irritated area of skin. Internally we can’t see inflammation, but we know from research that it is present in many people, especially those who are overweight. Inflammation can trigger many types of diseases. Think of inflammation as being like a “fire within”. Putting out the inflammatory fire is a very important step in controlling some skin conditions as it is intimately related to the function of your immune system.
Fish oils, with their high levels of Omega 3, help to control inflammation, help to support healthy immune signalling and support strong supple skin. Krill oil is an even better source of omega-3 as it is more bioavailable and also contains vitamin A, vitamin E and astaxanthin.
What Are Good Fats?
To enhance your healthy fat levels you will need to avoid some fats and increase the intake of others. Avoid refined, rancid and hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenated oils include oils that have gone through a process known as hydrogenation which has changed their chemical structure so as they are no longer liquid but semi solid products i.e. margarine.
Good fats for skin and general health include butter, coconut oil, palm oil and olive are which are low in the damaging omega-6 oils. Grass fed meat is a much better source of omega-3 than grain fed meat. Free range chickens are a better source of omega-3 than are non-free range chickens and even eggs are available with enhanced levels of omega-3 oils.
Unprocessed plant sources of essential fatty acids include whole grains, legumes, sprouts, fresh nuts and seeds, dark green vegetables and micro-algae. Flaxseed, pumpkin seed and chia-seed oil provide good levels of linolec and alpha-linolenic fatty acids (an omega 3). Unfortunately many people have an ability to convert the oil into the active EPA and DHA so fish or krill oil becomes a better option.,/p>
Fish oil is by far the best food source of omega-3 and should be eaten twice per week. Some types of fish are better than others i.e. cold fish are better than warm water fish. Salmon, tuna, mackeral and herring are particularly good sources.
Fish oil and Krill Oil supplements with their high levels of EPA and DHA are particularly useful for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and hives.
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