Have You Had Your (Dead Sea) Minerals Today?
The health of your skin, like every other part of your body, depends on crystalline mineral elements that make up the Earth's own underlying structure. Think of minerals as the “messengers” between your cells, leading them to a healthy and vital existence.
Often, it’s easy to forget the role played by these essential messengers as you focus more on vitamins, anti-oxidants and other living compounds. One way to ensure your mineral diet is truly sufficient is to check the appearance of your skin, which is one of the best indicators of health.
Health experts recommend consuming vitamins and minerals in all forms, as part of maintaining a daily, healthy lifestyle. Sources of minerals can include beverages, supplements or even skin moisturizers. Since your body doesn’t naturally produce minerals, outside sources are needed.
So..Are You Getting Your Daily Mineral Dose?
Here's a quick and easy guide to help you choose the right plant-based foods and create a healthy, mineral-rich diet for your skin.
Any discussion of a healthy diet for skin begins with zinc. 6% of your body's entire store of zinc is contained in the layers of your skin. Zinc forms silvery crystalline chunks in the Earth's crust, and it's also dissolved in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. In your skin, zinc stabilizes cell membranes so they hold fluid properly, and divide effectively.
Superfood sources: Sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds are both very high in zinc, as are lentils and garbanzo beans (chickpeas). Hummus, the chickpea-based Middle Eastern superfood, provides a double helping of this important nutrient. So get out your pita bread and dip in!
Selenium, a non-metallic element aptly named after the Greek moon goddess Selene, helps to protect your skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays. This element forms unique antioxidant enzymes within the cells of your skin, resisting damage from free radicals and ultraviolet B radiation. Its action is also important in regulating your thyroid hormone levels and DNA synthesis.
The importance of magnesium for healthy skin is well-established, and you need to include this mineral both in your diet and your skincare regimen. Every organ in your body needs magnesium, according to a dietary bulletin published by the University of Maryland Medical Center. This versatile nutrient is part of your baseline energy production system, and it regulates your body's levels of calcium, zinc, copper and many other minerals.
Superfood sources: Magnesium is abundant in almonds, cashews, peanuts and soy milk. Leafy green vegetables also provide a good amount. It’s also one of the richest elements in Dead Sea water, and AHAVA’s products – helping you get firm and luminous skin!
You probably associate calcium primarily with strong bones, but the resilience of your epidermis (outer skin layer) also relies on a sufficient supply of this element. Research from Japan shows that without sufficient calcium, the epidermis becomes thin and fragile, making it hard to manage the healthy reproduction of skin cells. Stanford University scientists note that an adequate calcium intake reduces the incidence of skin cancer.
Superfood sources: Although dairy products get the lion's share of calcium publicity, you can find excellent vegan sources. Soybeans and soy milk lead the pack, followed by dark green veggies in the cabbage family, such as broccoli, kale and bok choy.
Sodium and Potassium
These two reactive minerals don't exist in their pure forms in nature, because they bond so readily with other elements that surround them. Your skin needs the right balance of both potassium and sodium to stay properly hydrated and to be able to hold moisture. Potassium is essential for keeping your blood pressure at healthy levels, while
Sodium is necessary for the delicate fluid balance in your cells. Sodium also helps regulate the performance of your heart and nervous system. When you perspire, you lose sodium from your body and it's important to replenish that important element. Make sure to balance out your sodium intake with plenty of water though, as sodium is often associated with dehydration.
Superfood sources: Sodium is plentiful in most people's diets, because we relish the taste of salt. Potassium comes from fresh fruits and vegetables, and some standout sources include white beans, spinach and sweet potatoes, along with cantaloupes, blackberries and fresh tomatoes.
Just as the exquisite abundance of plant life depends on the Earth's supply of natural minerals to thrive, your beauty flourishes from within. The mineral beauty of the Dead Sea region (the Dead Sea is the world’s water body with the highest concentration of minerals) is echoed in the delicious fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables growing throughout the world. A consciously chosen mineral-rich diet can help your skin and body function more optimally.
AHAVA Love Tip: In addition to Dead Sea mineral-rich hand creams, try massaging the facial moisturizer that fits your skin needs into your hands for 2 minutes, to elevate and regulate your skin’s moisture from within, for all day moisture.
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