Include these 5 foods in your diet to keep risk of skin conditions such as psoriasis at bay  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- The winter season is characterised by dry, harsh winds that can strip the skin of its natural moisture
- In extreme cases, people can suffer from redness, itchiness, and cuts on skin due to dryness
- On World Psoriasis Day know 5 foods you must include in your diet to reduce dryness and get healthier, better skin
New Delhi: While a lot of people seem to love the winter season as it is a respite from the burning, hot, and sweaty season of the summer months, the season does bring with it its own set of challenges. The risk of infections such as cold and flu is high during the winter season. At the same time, the cold, harsh winds can strip the skin of the natural moisture, causing it to become dry and flaky. Skin conditions such as Psoriasis can become common due to excessive dry skin. October 29 is observed as World Psoriasis Day to raise awareness about the disease. Apart from the condition, for some people, even dryness can be severe and can lead to painful cuts and peeling of the skin.
While topical ointments and mositurizers can help keep your skin healthy on the outside, it is also important to consume foods that help to keep your skin healthy. If dry skin is one of your concerns during the winter, here are 5 foods you must add to your diet to keep your skin hydrated and healthy, and risk of conditions at bay.
5 foods that will help prevent dry, flaky skin during winters
- Consume enough water – While it is obvious that one should stay hydrated to keep the body and the skin healthy, during the winter season, we tend to not feel thirsty, and therefore, not consume enough water throughout the day. This can lead to dehydrated body, and dehydrated skin, worsening the dryness. Make sure you drink at least 2-3 litres of water every day.
- Whole milk – Whole milk contains fats and protein which can help keep your skin healthy. You can apply milk on the affected area as a home remedy, and even drink it to reap its benefits for dry skin during winters.
- Coconut – Coconut oil is used as a treatment for hair fall, and slow hair growth. Coconut is also a nourishing ingredient used in various winter skincare products. The fruit contains various healthy fats which help to nourish the skin from within and reduce dryness. You can cook your food in coconut oil, consume coconut oil as a remedy, or just eat coconut as a snack if you want to keep your skin healthy.
- Nuts and seeds – Nuts and seeds such as almonds and walnuts are very healthy for the skin, especially during the winter season. They contain nutrients such as vitamin A, E, and healthy fats which help to keep the skin healthy.
- Oatmeal – Oatmeal is considered one of the healthiest breakfast options, especially for weight loss. However, the food is also rich in vitamins and fibre. Experts suggest that fibre helps reduce redness on the skin, and also prevents dead skin. It also keeps you fuller for longer and reduces sugar cravings, consumption of which is harmful for skin health. Moreover, you can add nuts, and fruits to the oatmeal to make it even more nutritious and healthy.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.
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