Skin is the body’s largest organ and one of your body’s elimination organs. When healthy, its layers work hard to protect us. But when it’s compromised, the skin’s ability to work as an effective barrier is impaired.
From acne breakouts during your teenage years to the radiant glow of pregnancy and the sunspots of aging, both your age and your health are reflected in your skin.
Lets talk about ways to keep your skin healthy and free from ailments:
Eating a healthy diet
We all know that you are what you eat. What you put in your mouth gets digested and used by the body so naturally you want to stick to foods that are full of life giving properties like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and healthy proteins. Good fats is essential for keeping your skin moisturised and looking it’s best.
Some skin healthy foods include :
Mangoes for their antioxidant properties which protect the skin and improve collagen.
Tomatoes have skin cancer prevention benefits. One study in mice revealed that daily consumption of tomatoes decreased skin cancer tumors by up to 50 percent after UV light exposure. Tomatoes can also protect you from sunburn.
Omega-3 found in oily fish, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds or oils such as linseed oil and corn oil may prevent dryness and scaling of the skin.
Cocoa flavanoids found in dark chocolate may improve the structure and function of skin. Scientists discovered that cocoa flavanoids decreased roughness and scaling on skin, increased skin hydration, and helped to support the skin’s defenses against damage from UV rays.
Olive oil is associated with a lower risk of severe facial photo-aging — that is, cumulative damage to the skin that includes wrinkles, dark spots, and discoloration, which result from long-term sunlight exposure.
Hydration is a key factor in keeping the skin young, supple and wrinkle free. Not only does it plump up the skin it also flushes toxins out of the body and gives your skin a healthy glow. Drinking 2 litres of water per day will keep you looking and feeling amazing. It can also help with other health concerns like constipation, lubricates the joints, regulates body temperature and maintains blood pressure.
Your skin is covered in small glands, called sebaceous glands — these secrete an essential oil called sebum which helps keeps your skin healthy. These glands have receptors on them which respond to your hormones, including oestrogen and testosterone.
Acne is one of the most common skin problems today — and it can happen at any age. It’s estimated that about 5% of women and 1% of men over the age of 25 suffer from acne. Forms of hormonal acne include:
Things that can cause acne include food intolerances and a toxic liver. If you are having any kind of skin issues like acne, eczema, hives etc then it is more than like that your liver is suffering. If your liver is struggling to detoxify toxins then it can often use the skin to assist in the elimination process … But this can often result in toxic overload to the skin glands and acne etc… can result.
The gut is the cornerstone of good health. In fact, it’s where 70 to 80 per cent of the immune system lies. When your gut is functioning optimally, you will notice better energy, skin, mood and immune function.
If your digestive system is sluggish, you may experience constipation, diarrhea, bloating, pain, hormonal imbalance, skin issues and more.
Certain food intolerances can wreak havoc on the skin too. If you are intolerant to dairy or eggs for example, which a lot of people are, then it could be showing up as acne, eczema, psoriasis and hives. Getting a food intolerance test could end years of suffering from these skin conditions. For more information on Food Intolerance click here
The liver is the primary detoxification organ in your body. Everything you eat, drink, smell, touch and put on your skin must be detoxified by your liver. A congested liver is less able to break down toxins efficiently, causing them to build up. As a result, your body will try to flush these toxins out in other ways, such as through your sweat. When those harmful substances are expelled through your pores, they can irritate and inflame the skin. That’s where breakouts can occur.
Ways to improve liver function include:
Milk thistle’s seeds contain a powerful flavonoid called silymarin. Silymarin is an important antioxidant and one of the most potent liver purifiers in nature. It supports and protects the liver by optimizing liver function and detoxification. It works by binding to the outside of the liver cell fending off toxins by blocking their entry to the liver cell.
NAC stands for N-acetyl cysteine. If taken regularly, NAC can even help to restore a liver that has been damaged by drugs or poisoning. This makes NAC a very beneficial addition to a liver cleanse program, when your liver may be suffering extra wear and tear due to the amount of toxins being moved out of your cells. A healthier, more efficient liver means better skin.
Naturopaths have long used dandelion root to improve liver health and function. Dandelion root tea is often recommended as part of a liver cleansing program and as part of our weight loss program to aid weight loss. Dandelion Root helps to regenerate the liver, cleanse the liver and improve gallbladder function.
Naturopathy and Skin Health
Naturopath’s have many ways that they can improve your skin health from food intolerance testing, using herbs to cleanse your skin, or herbs for inflammatory skin conditions plus minerals such as Silica to improve the skins integrity.
If you are having issues with skin be it hormonal acnes, eczema, pimples, hives or psoriasis why not come into the clinic and have a consultation with our Award Winning Naturopath Tony Daniel.