Skin issues are definitely not skin-deep. Skin is the largest organ in our body, and it reflects the condition inside our body. Sometimes, the best way to relieve skin problems is the fix the root cause so that they can be taken care of once and for all.
These are some possible causes of skin conditions:
- 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 prebiotic and probiotics. To reduce the overgrowth and candida yeast, avoid sugar and flour. To manage leaky gut, investigate possible food intolerance, such as gluten or lactose.
Top 5 Tips to Reduce Acne
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To win the battle against acne, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Excess fat blocks skin pores
- High histamine production leads to more sebum, an oily secretion in the skin
- Vitamin A deficiency produces skin congestion through over-keratinization of skin cells
- Vitamin A and zinc deficiencies lead to lowered ability to fight infection
- Lack of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract leads to lowered ability to fight infection
Here are 5 tips to reduce acne using proper nutrition:
- Eat a diet low in fat, low in sugar, and low in processed carbohydrates.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit, veggies (i.e. high water content food)
- Eat cleansing food and detox regularly [link to your detox program]
- Eat fermented or cultured foods that contain good bacteria – yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha
- Take supplements: zinc, vitamin C, antioxidants
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 your skin to become dry.
Here are 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 (alcohol and caffeinated beverages don’t count!).
- 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.
- Eat fruits and veggies that are high in vitamin Content. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, which helps to keep the skin supple. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate foods rich in Vitamin C had fewer wrinkles and less age related dry skin than those who had a diet low in Vitamin C.
- 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.
- Look into your thyroid health, as low thyroid hormone level can cause many symptoms, including dry skin.
Lifestyle and Dietary Changes to Support Healthy Skin
Nutrients that are important for good skin include vitamin A, essential fats, and zinc. Here is some dietary and lifestyle guideline for healthy skin:
- Limit alcohol, coffee, tea, sugar and saturated fat. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, and sugar hastens the aging process.
- Increase intake of fresh fruits and veggies – they contain important vitamins and antioxidants to fight 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 is vitamin C supplement. Vitamin C is essential in the manufacturing of collagen, a protein that is essential in keeping 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.
- Yogurt – zinc helps calm skin inflammation and help cell regeneration.
- Tomatoes – lycopene protects the skin from sun damage
- Kiwis – vitamin C stimulates collagen production and repair damage to skin-cell DNA.
- Edamame – isoflavones in soy ease inflammation and slow down 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.