Monday, April 4, 2011

FEEDING YOUR FACE- Tips to prevent pimples

Certainly you have heard or have been told that you are what you eat, what you take into your body can make or mar you health wise. Similarly, your skin is what it eats.  The food you consume has a big effect on what your skin look like. There is indeed no wisdom in spending fortunes on beauty products alone without feeding your skin with the right foods.

The reality is that many adults suffer from pimple problem, although it is supposed to be a teen crisis. Like most ailments, food plays a very important role in triggering, preventing and of course curing or reducing the incidence of pimples. Staying away from sugar which causes inflammation and aggravates breakouts can be a sure step to lessen or stop pimple rampage on your face. More so, you need a good supply of nutrients, oxygen and removal of metabolic wastes for you to have a problem free skin. Here are some important tips.

Keep hydrated. ‘water no get enemy’ is a popular song by a legend Nigerian musician, to this I’ll add, water is a peace maker who strive to ensure that your delicate cells do not battle with toxins that are not meant to be in your body. No one will dispute the role good hydration plays in keeping the skin looking healthy and even young. Keep your skin cells happy through drinking water. You can also improve hydration by eating watermelon.

Eat fiber rich foods. It is common knowledge that chronic constipation as well as foods rich in starches, sugar and unhealthy fats can trigger pimples. Think fiber rich foods like whole grains. The magnesium and B vitamins contained in them will help with the regeneration of your skin cells.

Load the antioxidants.  Ever wondered why vitamin E is often included in skin care products?  Vitamin E is an antioxidant; they are known to play a vital role in reversing the effects of aging and may even help prevent skin cancer. If you are desirous of a clear and flexible facial skin that is free from acne, eat antioxidant rich foods like avocado, tomatoes, garlic, walnuts, carrots and cabbage etc.

Soy milk is better. Studies have shown a correlation between milk and acne. It contains hormones that are inflammatory, stimulate oil glands, and lead to clogged pores. Try substituting milk with soy milk and other non dairy calcium rich foods like salmon, tofu, sardines, spinach, okra, collard greens, white beans, peas etc.

Eat Selenium rich foods. The mineral selenium plays a key role in the health of the skin cells by protecting against damage by the sun. Dietary selenium comes from nuts, cereals, meat, fish and eggs with Brazil nut the richest dietary source.

Drink green tea. This makes the list not just for its antioxidant property, also because of its wealth in anti-inflammatory chemical called catechins, which helps to combat free radicals and prevent fine lines.

Which other foods have you fed your face with? Please share in the comment section below.


Of all the foods available to us, fruits are the most attractive, delicious and enjoyable. Yes!  They are loaded with a lot of vitamins and nutrients, but the question is, do you benefit from them all? Just like you wear your pants correctly, you also need to eat your fruits in the right way so as to get maximum benefits from them. 

Natural Hygienists have known for a long time that fruits do not combine well with other foods. This simply tells us that they need to be treated specially. Unlike other foods, fruits do not stay long in the stomach; they contain simple sugars that require no digestion. Hence, if you eat fruit after a meal, the fruit sugar will stay for too long in the stomach and ferment. This is one of the reasons for digestive problem and subsequent hatred for certain fruits. Now see how and when to eat the fruits.

  • Eat fruits alone with no other foods.
  • Eat fruits in an empty stomach, or at least 15-20minutes to 1 hour before the main meal.
  • Do not mix acid fruits with sweet fruits. For example, do not mix pineapple or grapefruit with banana.
  • Eat Melons alone, especially if you have a history of digestive problems. Melons are 90 percent liquid and leave the stomach quickly if not delayed and fermented by combining with other foods.
  • Do not combine fruits with any vegetables except lettuce and celery
Note please:  Respect these tips even if your life of imprudent eating defy all food combining rules.