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10 Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy This Winter

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9. Vitamin C

Similar to vitamin E, vitamin C protects the skin from free radicals. Free radicals can cause great damage to the skin, leading to dry skin or cracks.

take vitamin C to maintain healthy feet

This water-soluble vitamin is also crucial in the production of collagen, which is needed for healthy skin. In fact, a deficiency of vitamin C can cause skin dryness. Along with vitamin C, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are also good for facilitating skin repair and wound healing. In fact, a deficiency of these nutrients could contribute to cracked feet.

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  • Eat foods high in vitamin C including citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit, strawberries, tomatoes, cauliflower, red peppers and pineapple. In addition, include omega-3 and zinc-rich foods in your diet. Some good sources of these nutrients include fatty fish, oysters, chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and fortified cereals.
  • You can opt to take a supplement after consulting your doctor.

10. Water Intake

Proper water intake is important for maintaining healthy cell metabolism. A dehydrated body can lead to dry skin and also cannot repair existing skin damage.

increase your water intake to prevent dry feet

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If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, it will become tight and less resilient, which means your feet become more prone to cracks and fissures.

  • Drink an ample amount of water throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to drink enough water that your urine has little to no color.
  • Along with water, include water-rich fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Additional Tips

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  • As healthy feet start with good hygiene, make sure to keep them clean and dry all the time.
  • Do not use products containing alcohol, as it will further dry out the skin.
  • Always apply a thick foot cream on your feet after bathing.
  • Avoid using hot water for bathing, as it removes the oils from the skin.
  • Avoid saunas and steam baths, as they may contribute to skin dryness.
  • Always wear properly fitting shoes to allow your feet to breathe.
  • Winter weather and central heating can cause dry and cracked skin. Remember to moisturize your feet several times a day during the winter.
  • Backent heat loss from your feet by wearing good quality socks.

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10 Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy This Winter was last modified: January 16th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies

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