SKIN ERUPTIONS

Sulphur is a universal desensitizer and, like manganese, an anti-allergen. For these reasons it is a remedy of choice for the treatment of skin eruptions.

Good sources include:

– proteins: meat, fish, eggs

– dried beans

– onions and garlic

You can also take sulphur supplements in capsule or powdered form, available at pharmacies and health food stores (consult a doctor before taking supplements).

NUTRITION FOR SKIN: HEALTH and BEAUTY CARE

Vitamins and oligo-elements do a lot to keep your skin clear and healthy looking. Most important among them are Vitamins A, C and E, and zinc and selenium.

Vitamin A (carotene) helps protect your skin against the damaging effects of sunlight. It is also indispensable for cellular reproduction.

Good sources of Vitamin A are:

– butter (especially in spring and summer)

– cod and halibut liver oil

– parsley, lettuce, dandelion, chicory

– eggs

– milk and fresh cheese

– carrots, spinach, melon, apricots and green peppers (in smaller amounts)

If you spend a lot of time in the sun, increase your intake of natural (not synthetic) Vitamin A.

Vitamin C helps destroy and eliminate toxins, destroys free radicals, and strengthens the immune system.

Main sources of Vitamin C are:

– citrus fruit and kiwis

– artichokes, asparagus, celery, cabbage, watercress, tomatoes, parsley, green peppers, potatoes (just under the peel)

– chestnuts

– strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries.

Vitamin C is destroyed by tobacco and severe atmospheric pollution. Most women need to take Vitamin C supplements while pregnant.

Vitamin E inhibits oxidation of essential cellular components.

Abundant sources of Vitamin E are:

– vegetables oils (wheat germ, sunflower seed, olive)

– spinach, lettuce, watercress

– almonds, hazelnuts

Persons living in polluted urban environments, as well as smokers and those exposed to second-hand smoke, should increase their intake of Vitamin E.

Zinc protects the skin against infection, and is recommended for the treatment of a variety of skin problems.

Mains sources are mushrooms, wheat germ, oysters and yeast.

Pregnant or lactating women, as well as women with abundant menstrual flow, should increase their zinc intake.

Also note that excessive physical activity (especially competitive sports) rapidly depletes the body’s zinc reserves, causing fatigue and depression.

Selenium is indispensable for the growth of cells and tissue. It also helps heal skin that has been damaged by exposure to heavy metals.

Some types of soap (especially brands containing chemical detergents), too much chlorine and excessive exposure to sunlight can all damage your skin.

SKIN PROBLEMS

Sulphur tones the skin and is found in a large number of skin treatments. Good sources of sulphur include animal protein, dried beans, onion and garlic.

Drinking herbal tea made from burdock morning and night will also have a beneficial effect on all types of skin problems.

If you have a bad complexion, you may be lacking Vitamin B2, or riboflavin. This vitamin is essential for keeping the skin healthy, and should be an ingredient in any nutritional cure designed to improve your skin.

Good food sources of Vitamin B2 include yeast, liver and kidney, wheat germ, cheese, oily fish, nuts and egg yolk. If you are under constant stress you need more Vitamin B2. Abnormal fatigue is a sure sign of a deficiency.

Note that this vitamin is destroyed by alcohol and contraceptive pills.

Burning sensations on the skin can be caused by a lack of Vitamin B3. This water-soluble vitamin is also called Vitamin PP, niacin or nicotinic acid. Although stable when exposed to light, it is destroyed by alcohol, contraceptive pills, sleeping pills and sulfonamides.

B3 is found in many foods. Main sources include:

– liver (pork, beef, veal)

– wholegrains

– fish

– white meat

– eggs

– dates, figs, almonds

Recommended daily dosage

– Adults: 15 to 20 milligrams

– Children under 10 years old: 6 to 8 milligrams

– Larger doses – in the order of 50 to 100 milligrams per day – can be taken without danger to make up for a deficiency.

Effects of ingesting too much B3

Niacin can be harmful when taken in very large doses (more than 100 milligrams). Symptoms of an overdose include:

– itching

– burning sensations on the skin

– nausea

Taking too much niacin is not really harmful in itself, although it can aggravate symptoms related to other health problems.

Fairly large amounts of Vitamin E are also present in the skin. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that protects cells and tissue. A deficiency of this vitamin can cause your complexion to lose its healthy sheen.

Main sources of Vitamin E are wheat germ, almonds, hazelnuts, leafy green vegetables (especially lettuce and spinach), whole grains, and fish liver oil.

If you use a lot of polyunsaturated vegetable oil (corn, sunflower, peanut, etc.) you need to increase your intake of Vitamin E.

Recommended Foods

– garlic

– leafy green vegetables (spinach and lettuce)

– dried beans

– melon

– honey, dates, figs

– eggs (especially the yolk)

– onions

– fish

– liver, kidney

– cheese

– nuts (especially almonds and hazelnuts)

– wheat germ

– yeast

– oily fish and fish oil

– wholegrains Foods to avoid

– alcohol

– coffee

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