#Skin Tip 8. Eat Skin Nurturing Foods

//#Skin Tip 8. Eat Skin Nurturing Foods

#Skin Tip 8. Eat Skin Nurturing Foods

Skin Tip # 8. Eat Skin Nurturing Foods For Healthy Skin

There are several nutrients that are known to improve the healing abilities of your skin.

Having adequate levels of these nutrients is therefore important for a healthy looking skin.

And the godfather of all nutrients needed for your skin is zinc.

Wound Healing Problems And Rough Skin Are The First Signs Of A Zinc Deficiency.

Some Facts About Zinc And The Skin

  •  Zinc Deficiency Occurs in Around 75% of females and 70% of males in Australia;

  • Males loose a significant amount of zinc every time they ejaculate;

  • Zinc must be in a good balance with copper for it to be utilized by the body;

  • An allergy is usually a sign of zinc deficiency;

  • 6% of the body’s zinc is gathered in the skin;

  • When an injury to the skin occurs, zinc gathers to the area to assist with its repair;

  • Zinc also acts as an antioxidant and is a free radical scavenger.

How Do You Know If You Have A Zinc Deficiency?

Ask yourself the following questions to see if you have any signs or symptoms of Zinc Deficiency?

tick-green Do you have poor wound healing, allergies, sinus problems, hay fever or asthma?

tick-green Do you get regular colds and flu or immune problems?

tick-green Do you have a skin problem such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or any other skin disorder?

tick-green Do you have a poor sense of taste or smell?

tick-green Do you have white spots on your nails?

tick-green Do you have any belching, burping or bloating within a few hours of eating?

tick-green Do you have excessive hair loss?

tick-green Do you have a thyroid problem?

tick-green If male, do you have a fertility problem?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, it is highly likely that you have a zinc deficiency. A zinc supplement could help you improve wound healing and your skins appearance.

How To Test For A Zinc Deficiency.

The most obvious sign of a zinc deficiency is white spots on the nails. The spots are actually caused from excess copper, however excess copper will leave the zinc that you do have unusable. The only way to treat a copper excess is to take zinc.

To get a more accurate reading a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is recommended. This gives an indication of what zinc has been absorbed into the tissue and later excreted. A hair test gives a 2 to 3 month history compared to a blood test that measures a much shorter time frame and is not an indication of what is actually absorbed into the tissue. In an ideal world, have both measurements is best.

Do a Zinc Taste Test. People with inadequate zinc levels may not taste zinc during the test or it will have a watered down taste. This is a simple test that can be done at home. This test will not give any idea of actual zinc levels however and it is also a very subjective test.

Enjoy These Zinc Rich Foods

Seafood:  Oysters – the richest food source of  zinc. Sardines, Clams, Prawns, Tuna and Haddock

Animal sources:  Turkey, Chicken

Spices and herbs: Ginger, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Thyme, Dry Mustard, Chilli Powder

Vegetables and legumes: Turnips, Split Peas, Lima Beans, Green peas

Nuts: Pecans,  Almonds, Walnuts,    Hazel nut

Would you like to improve your overall health and the health of your skin?

Visit healthyskinclinic.com.au for a Health Appraisal Questionnaire and analysis by Naturopath, Nurse and Formulation Chemist, Vivienne Savill.


By | 2017-10-10T14:30:30+00:00 August 14th, 2014|#Skin Care Tips|0 Comments

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