Skin- Reflection of whats happening inside
Take a second and look at your skin from head to toe. What do you see? Many people observe wrinkles, acne, eczema, uneven rough skin, or rocasea. Although these are all conditions we wish to live without, they are also gentle whispers of the body telling us there is an imbalance going on inside that needs to be addressed. Your skin health and your health are very much connected.
The skin is a mirror of what is going on inside the body. What is your body trying to tell you? You may need to detox, add more nutrients into your diet, or even reduce the stress in your life. Your skin is often times giving you clues to what it needs, you just need to pay attention.
Imbalances that cause Skin Issues:
Here are the main imbalances going on in your body that cause skin issues:
1. Toxic build up and burned liver.
2. Nutrient Deficiencies.
3. Hormonal Imbalance.
4. Leaky/Inflamed Gut.
[pullquote]Acne is also a sign of an unhappy gut.[/pullquote]Acne often appears when the body is dealing with more toxins than it can handle. If the liver is overloaded and cannot handle all of the toxins coming in, it will often times push those toxins through the skin. Food intolerance and a condition known as intestinal permeability (leaky gut) can lead to blemishes because your body is sensing toxins in the blood that have leaked through your gut lining.
Many studies have found that acne sufferers have imbalances in their gut bacteria, having more bad bacteria and yeast in the body than healthy, cleansing bacteria. Acne that appears around the mouth and chin is a sign of hormonal imbalance that needs to be addressed.
Wrinkles/dry, dull skin:
Although our skin will change as we grow older, wrinkles and dry dull skin are often a major sign of dehydration and nutrient deficiencies. I often tell my clients to drink at least 70 oz of filtered water and incorporate healthy fats like avocado, coconut, olive oil, fish, and nuts every day for 30 days and they will notice a significant difference in their wrinkles and skin tone.
Similar to acne, rosacea has also been linked to toxic overlaod and bacterial imbalance in the gut. Conditions like Crohn’s, celiac disease, and bloating often come along with rosacea. Healing the gut with diet and probiotics often improves and eliminates the rosacea.
This condition is often triggered by an allergy, food sensitivity or stress of some kind. I always recommend doing an elimination diet to determine what your trigger foods are. Keeping a food journal also allows you to see how the food you eat is effecting your skin as you might notice more breakouts around the time you eat certain types of food.
Many people struggling with eczema also have intestinal permeability or leaky gut and the body is responding to the food and toxins that are slipping through the gut lining. I have also found that many of my clients with this condition also have high levels of stress. I often recommend clients go on a gut healing diet, incorporate daily stress relieving techniques such as deep breathing/meditation, and address any bacterial infections and their eczema dramatically improves.
With the insane amount toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, our bodies need all of the help it can get to detoxify and keep our skin glowing and clear. Daily detoxifying tips include dry brushing, oil pulling, alternating hot/cold in the shower, drinking detoxifying teas such as ginger, turmeric and milk thistle, and incorporating foods such as apple cider vinegar, spirilina, and tons of vegetables.
The major things you can do to start balancing your hormones are to avoid sugar and processed foods, reduce your stress, support your organs of detoxification, and eat a hormone balancing diet.
Eat Nutrient Dense Foods:
Getting the right amount of macro and micro nutrients in your diet is just as important as getting the toxins out. Our skin needs certain nutrients to be healthy and glowing. Particularly Vitamin A, Zinc, Vitamin C, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Biotin, Vitamin E, Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5), Selenium, Silica, Niacin, Vitamin K2, and Probiotics. These can be found in a variety of foods including: leafy greens and vegetables, fruit(berries in particular), nuts and seeds, organic animal products such as fish, eggs, organ meats, and superfoods like chia seeds, spirulina, and fermented foods.
Along with a great diet, try the oil cleansing method, these homemade masks and spot treatments that work wonders!
- Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol 121, pp 129-134 January 2008.