Skin issues are definitely not just skin-deep.
Our skin is our largest organ, and it reflects what's going on inside us. The best way to relieve skin problems is to fix the root cause so that they will be taken care of once and for all.
Here are some conditions and their causes:
- Cold sores and chicken pox = immune system is trying to fight off internal infection
- Rash or hives = allergic reaction to food or medications
- Yellowish skin tone = problem with liver
Also, imbalances in the digestive tract can cause skin disorders:
- Poor digestion and absorption
- Not enough "good" bacteria (gut flora) in the digestive tract
- Overgrowth of candida yeast
- Leaky gut
To support your digestive system, eat foods that are rich in probiotics and prebiotics (the stuff that the probiotics eat)..
To reduce the overgrowth of candida yeast, avoid sugar and flour.
To manage leaky gut, investigate possible food intolerances, such as gluten or lactose.
And to combat constipation, drink lots of water (1 ounce for every pound you weigh divided by 2), and take a fiber supplement such as psyllium husk to get the pipes flowing again.
TOP 5 TIPS TO REDUCE ACNE
Here are 5 tips to reduce acne using proper nutrition:
- Eat a diet low in bad fats (refined oils like margarine, vegetable oil, canola etc), sugar, and processed carbohydrates
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit, veggies (i.e. high water content food)
- Eat cleansing food (such as cilantro, cucumbers, and beets) and detox regularly
- Eat fermented or cultured foods that contain good bacteria - yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha
- Take high quality, plant derived (whole food) supplements: zinc, vitamin C, antioxidants
To win the battle against acne, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Vitamin A deficiency produces skin congestion through over-keratinization of skin cells
- Lack of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract leads to lowered ability to fight infection
- Vitamin A and zinc deficiencies lead to lowered ability to fight infection
- High histamine production leads to more sebum, an oily secretion in the skin
- Excess fat blocks skin pores
BYE BYE DRY SKIN
Dry skin can be caused by a combination of environmental stress and poor nutrition. You may need to experiment to see what is causing yours.
Check out these 4 tips to keep your skin moist and soft:
- Hydrate! When cells are dehydrated, they lose their plumpness and structure. Make sure you are drinking at least 1.5 quarts of water a day (no caffeinated beverages!)
- Eat foods rich in essential fatty acids (good fats) such as fish, nuts and seeds. For more severe condition, consider supplementing with fish, flaxseed or evening primrose oil
- Look into poor calcium metabolism - calcium is a drying mineral, and if it's not processed properly, it can get dumped into the "wrong places", including the skin. You can find out by having a hair analysis done.
- Have your thyroid levels tested, as low thyroid hormone level can cause many symptoms, including dry skin.
LIFESTYLE AND DIETARY CHANGES YOU NEED TO MAKE
Nutrients that are important for good skin include: vitamin A, essential fatty acids, and zinc.
Follow these dietary and lifestyle guidelines for healthy skin:
- Limit alcohol, coffee, tea, sugar and bad saturated fats. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, and sugar hastens the aging process.
- Increase intake of fresh fruits and veggies – they contain important vitamins and antioxidants to slow the aging process.
- Stay hydrated with clean water and herbal tea. Caffeinated beverages can move fluid out of the body, worsening dehydration.
- A good multivitamin and mineral supplement can help, as can vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential in the manufacturing of collagen, a protein that is essential in the skin’s elasticity.
TOP 10 SKIN FOODS
- Blueberries and Pomegranates - rich in antioxidant anthocyanins, which help protect you from fine lines and dryness.
- Dark Chocolate - flavonoids protect the skin from sun damage.
- Spinach - vital nutrients and antioxidants help fight inflammation and free radical damage.
- Walnuts - omega 3 and vitamin E make for smoother skin, healthier hair and stronger bones.
- Water - keeps the cells full and plump, helping to reduce wrinkles.
- Tomatoes - lycopene protects the skin from sun damage
- Kiwis - vitamin C stimulates collagen production and repairs damage to skin-cell DNA.
- Edamame - isoflavones in soy ease inflammation and slow collagen breakdown.
- Sweet potatoes, carrots and butternut squash - the body turns beta-carotene into skin-smoothing retinol.
- Green tea - antioxidant catechins help prevent certain cancers and stave off sunburn.
If you have any of the skin problems mentioned above, or most of them, don't lose hope.
Stop eating refined, pre-packaged, chemical laden, pesticide ridden (you get the point), "food".
And start eating, local (if possible), organic (or grown yourself), fresh fruits, vegetables, free range pastured meat, herbs, and supplements.
If you've had the problem for a long time, it will take several months to start to see noticeable results.
But give it time.
Once your body starts to rids itself of all the horrible toxins that have accumulated over the years, you won't believe the difference.
Can you say "New Woman"? Or man.
So haul butt to your local farmer's market, and fill up your recycled shopping bag!
Stop reading...and go...now!