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The Perfect Skin PH
The Perfect Balance for Radiant, Glowing Skin
Our skin has an optimum PH level, so does our blood, according to Dr William Hay, one of the pioneers of food combining. Hay believed that in order for our skin to be healthy our blood should have a mild alkaline state of 7.5. If our blood PH level drops below 7, we feel lethargic and are more prone to health issues. A blood PH level that is below 7 is considered slightly acidic. There are a number of factors that can affect the PH level of the blood. Those factors include, stress, lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet.
Hay believes that in order to have healthy radiant skin, we should consume foods that have an alkaline-acid ratio of 4:1.
Alkaline and Acid Foods
Here is a list of alkaline and acid forming foods, as well as foods that are considered neutral.
Acid and Alkaline Food Wheel
Vegetables (carrots, potatoes, avocados, spinach, beetroot)
Fruits (all fruits except grapes and plums)
Pulses- (Lentils and beans (except for butter beans and broad beans)
Nuts (except for hazelnuts and walnuts)
Skin PH Information Video
Weather changes can have a great impact on the condition of the skin. Therefore, it is a good idea to adjust your diet according to the seasons. For example, winter can have a drying effect on the skin. Thus in winter months it is advisable to add foods that contain essential fatty acid and beta carotene. Examples of these foods are, oily fish, seeds, nuts, orange fruits and plenty of vegetables.
In the summer, the UV rays can be detrimental to skin health. At this time of the year, the diet should include foods that are high in antioxidants. Look for foods that are high in vitamins, A, C and E. Foods such as tomatoes, spinach, kale, pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato and cantaloupe melon are great additions to the diet at this time of year.
In the winter months to get extra nutrients, and fatty acids. You could consume two tablespoons of flax oil. Use it on salads , or just take it neat. Note: do not use this oil to cook because heating it depletes the nutrient levels in the oil.
Another great tip is, consume fruits and vegetables that are in season. In season fruits and vegetables will have spent less time in transit, they will therefore be fresher than out of season fruits and vegetables. Also, nature provides us with what we need at the right time. Therefore, you will get the best out of your fruits and vegetables if you eat them in season, as opposed to out of season. For example, in the colder months root vegetables are great because they provide us with sustainable carbohydrates for energy. In the summer months the fruits are packed full of vitamin C and moisture, which is what we need at this time of the year.
In conclusion, if you want your skin to remain healthy and full of vitality. You have to make sure that you keep your blood PH level around 7.5. Anything below this, according to Dr Hay could result in dull, lackluster skin. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and reduce the amount of acid forming foods that you consume. Eat your fruits and vegetables in season, and avoid stress levels to sustain the PH level of your skin and blood.