The skin challenge
Our skin is a living organ, it grows with us - or in the case of weight loss it shrinks with us. After losing weight, it can take years to your skin to adjust to your new body shape. So be patient, and try to help your skin to get its elasticity back.
There are good cosmetic products on the market for this problem, however even the cosmetic market admits that skin products have only 3 % effect on our skin while our diet and lifestyle have the biggest, 97% impact.
So it is worth to use these super weapons listed below - not just after weight loss, but all the time to prevent skin problems. It is worth to include these foods into your weight loss diet to help your skin to get into shape again.
Healthy skin foods
Avocado contain Vitamin E and probably the best food to maintain skin structure. It is recommended not just after losing weight but to avoid premature skin ageing too.
#2 Sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds are rich in Zinc - just like pumpkin seeds, pine nuts and cashew. Sunflower seeds improve skin that is rough, dry or flaky.
#3 Citrus fruits
All citrus fruits by their Vitamin C content - oranges, lemons, clementines, grapefruits etc. - maintain the structure of collagen, so it is good for damaged and ageing skin. Other fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin C (like berries) also contribute to keeping our skin bright and tight.
#4 Oily fish
Oily fish contain Omega 3 essential fatty acids which improve our skin's water tightness. The best to include oily fish - like mackerel, salmon, sardines - twice a week into our diet.
#5 Flax seeds
Flax seeds contain Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids and are high in vitamin E. These all help our skin to keep its elasticity and also improve its water tightness, also helps wound healing.
Almonds are high in Vitamin E and Zinc. Zinc improve clear skin, Vitamin E aid skin healing. 6-8 almonds with an apple is a perfect snack, or just add a tablespoon ground almond to your porridge in the morning.
#7 CarrotsCarrots and all fruits and veg containing beta-carotene. Beta carotene is converted into Vitamin A by our body, which help to clear up our skin, reduces acne. Beta-carotene can be found in orange flesh fruits and vegetables like apricot, butternut squash, sweet potato, mango, but tomatoes, broccoli and red peppers contain beta carotene too. (Note: Pregnant women should avoid high Vitamin A intake!)
#8 Live bio yoghurtLive bio yoghurt keeps the healthy bacteria flora alive in our intestines and as so it helps our bodies' natural internal cleaning process. The main secret of pure skin is a healthy digestive system. If our body is able to eliminate and get rid of waste it will not build up in our body - causing health and skin problems.
We all know that water is very important helping our body to get rid of toxins. Not drinking enough water takes its toll on our skin: it loses its moisture. There is no moisturising cream what could be a substitute for drinking water. So it is worth to watch our fluid intake, and make sure that we drink about 2 litres of water - evenly distributed throughout the day.
There are more what you can do for a healthy skin
If you really want to improve your skin there more what you can do:
* Avoid fatty and junk food
* Avoid salty snacks and food
* Do not lose weight very quickly
* Be patient, your skin need time to adjust to your new size
*Limit alcohol consumption as too much alcohol - beside other effects - dehydrate your skin and cause early skin ageing