Like beauty, skin issues are definitely not skin-deep.
The largest organ inside our body is the liver, but truly the largest organ of the body is our skin. The surface area of an average adult is covered with more than 21 square feet – and it is about 6-10% of the body weight (approximately 8 lbs.); the liver accounts for only 2.5% of body weight. Skin considered an organ due to its very specific functions: it helps maintain our body temperature and protects the other organs from bacteria. It also reflects the condition inside our body, holds everything in and we feel things through the nerves in the skin.
Your skin is made up of three layers. The top part that we see is call the epidermis and it forms new skin cells, pushing the dead cells towards the top. Under the epidermis is the dermis which houses all the blood vessels, nerve ending, oil glands and sweat glands that are needed for the skin to be healthy. The subcutaneous fat, the deepest layer of the skin, helps our body stay warm, protects the tissues under it and it also absorbs shock. This is also where hair follicles are rooted.
Many people who have skin issues are often on a never-ending quest for soaps, lotions, potions – even medications – to get back the glowing, suppleness and look of healthier skin. Sometimes, and more often than not, 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.
Skin conditions reflect our body’s response to an underlying cause.
For example, cold sores and diseases like chicken pox reflect our immune system trying to fight off an internal infection or virus. Rashes or hives are often an allergic reaction to food, medications, plants…even stress. When the skin takes on a yellowish skin tone, the cause is likely an imbalance with the liver, infections like malaria, low iodine, pancreatitis, etc.
In addition, imbalances in the digestive tract can cause skin disorders:
– Poor digestion and absorption of nutrients
– Not enough “good” bacteria (gut flora) in the digestive tract
– Overgrowth of candida yeast
– Leaky gut
Often our skin is just plain old dehydrated!
Something as simple as drinking the right amount of pure water consistently can dramatically improve the texture and appearance of the skin. If you’re dealing with skin issues, dryness, fine lines, or dull, tired looking skin, drink 80 ounces of pure water for three weeks and watch what happens. Also, be sure you are including enough healthy fat in your diet (olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, avocado).
Eliminating sugar and decreasing high-glycemic foods that rapidly convert to sugar will make a huge improvement in your skin. Sugar is not your friend! Whether it’s an apple or a piece of cake, your body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose which raises your insulin levels. When your insulin spikes from simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar, white bread and soda, the body becomes inflamed. And guess what? Inflammation produces enzymes the break down collagen and elastic. Not what a girl wants to see happen to her skin, especially on the face! Furthermore the process of glycation, which is digested sugar attaching permanently to the collagen in the skin, exacerbates skin conditions like acne and rosacea.
To support your digestive system and ultimately support your healthy skin, be sure to eat foods that are rich in prebiotic and probiotics.
A simple whole food detox can help you both with increased energy, improved skin, not to mention carb and sugar cravings. More importantly, a detox supports your body getting rid of “junk” stored in the organs, blood and cells. Eating fresh, whole foods nourishes your body at the cellular level. When properly nourish and free of toxins, your cells create healthier new cells. Healthier, well hydrated skin cells produce healthier feeling and looking skin. Contact me for more information or what my website for details about my “Summer Delight” program offerings – there will be three self-guided programs during the summer to support your goals for optimal health, ditching the bloat, increasing energy, losing and maintaining weight so you feel good and look good (especially by the pool or at the beach).
If you have sugar cravings or are addicted to sweet, bread, baked goods, sweetened coffees and/or soft drinks, what are the top three things that would be important to you to be included in a sugar detox
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