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Top 5 Tips for Beautiful Skin

     Did you know that your skin is the body's largest organ? It acts as a barrier to the outside world, regulates our body temperature, helps us absorb vitamin D and eliminates toxins through perspiration. Many people have issues with their skin such as dryness, acne, ezcema, dandruff and hyperpigmentation (age spots). These tips listed herein are most helpful to aid in putting your best face forward.

     Skin is an organ that puts up with a lot of abuse. It is exposed to the elements, harsh cold, heat, wind, sun and other insults. A tendency to be fair skinned may predispose people to skin cancer, wrinkles and pigmentation issues. Those with darker skin may have some protection against skin cancer compared to those with fair and freckled skin. There is little one can do about the colour of their skin but you can do the best with what you have.

     1. WATER   Ever go away for a weekend and when you eat out, take in more salt, coffee, fried foods or alcohol then you usually do? Do you notice how prominent those wrinkles are on the Monday? It is likely because you are dehydrated. Some other symptoms of being low in liquids are the following:

  • dry or leathery skin
  • dry chapped lips
  • hard and dry stools
  • low volume of urine, urinate infrequently
  • tendency to form kidney stones
  • dry mouth, eyes or nasal membranes

     One simple tip that amazes me is how great people look when they are fully hydrated and drink what they need every day. Use this simple tool online to calculate your hydration requirements, click here. Typically someone would want to take their body weight, divide it by 2 and then by 8. That will give you how many 8 ounce glasses of water one should drink per day. A 150 pound person would take their body weight and divide it by two. 150/2 is 75, then 75/8 equals 9.37. So this would mean one would drink approximately 9 eight ounce glasses of water per day. Many factors influence how much water you need such as activity level, caffeine consumption, pregnancy, alcohol intake and certain medications.

     2. NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES   Everyone had a different biochemical need for certain nutrients. For example, two different people eat the same food and one may be low in iron and the other in zinc. In a perfect world all of our food and their nutrients would be absorbed and used. However, not all people have ideal digestion, the same physiological requirement for certain vitamins, minerals or fats and not all food contains the nutrition that was once measured. This is due to variations in soil minerals and quality and genetic differences in produce. Fruits and vegetables lose nutrients as leave the soil they once grew in. They age and are shipped from foreign countries such as Mexico and Chili.

     Typically a wide variety of nutrients are required for healthy skin such as vitamin A, C, E, beta carotene, folic acid, essential fatty acid and zinc. If you are a patient of our clinic we offer a nutritional analysis that you can do online prior to your next visit, that takes about an hour to complete. It is an excellent questionnaire that is fairly accurate. We have found it comparable to some of the expensive nutritional blood tests. 

     3. DIET   Diet is important to good health and nice skin. Despite what the powers that be told us in the 80's, not all fat in our food makes us fat and harms us. Trans fats which are modified fats do harm us and are linked to heart disease. However, healthy fats help our bodies absorb fat soluble nutrients such as vitamin A, E, K, D. These antioxidants aid in tissue repair and a smoother complexion. Healthy fats would be food items such as olive oil, fatty fish (salmon, arctic char, sardines, calamari), coconut oil, nuts, seeds (especially flax and chia) and avocados. Those who eat healthy fats support skin health by helping to provide it with enough beneficial fat to produce enough sebum to protect the layers of the skin and aid in repair from the elements or injury. Signs of an essential fatty acid deficiency are rough, dry, flaky skin, dry gritty eyes, dry hair with split ends, brittle nails, wounds that heal slowly, bleeding gums, easy bruising, frequent colds, depression and lack of motivation and forgetful or short attention span.

     As mentioned in the last paragraph drinking enough water and less caffeine, alcohol, salt and processed foods keeps our skin more hydrated. Anything that causes variations in blood sugar can contribute to aging of our cells and skin. Higher glycemic index foods such as sugar, white flour, white rice, honey and an overconsumption of grains cause skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, dandruff and eczema.

     For a list of the glycemic index of foods, click here. The higher the number on the glycemic index a food has, the more quickly the food converts into sugar in the blood stream. The sugar in fruit is offset by their great nutritional content, however stick to eating two to four fruits a day. Eat more vegetables because they are more nutrient dense and don't contain as much sugar as fruits do. Protein such as fish, eggs or meat that is free range or grass fed contains skin healthy essential fatty and amino acids that help with tissue repair and collagen growth. Some people have reported great skin and nails when consuming a home made broth using chicken with the bones, cartilage and tendons . It helps one to acquire extra nutrients that feed the skin such as silica, collagen, calcium and magnesium.  

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     4. REMOVE THE CRITTERS! The skin is a living organ and there is a balance of good and bad bacteria on the surface of our skin. Many people who have an outbreak of eczema benefit from a diet that eliminates foods that feed microbes such as candida and parasites. Typically those foods are sugar, yeast, white flour, white rice, mould containing foods such as wine, dried fruits, cheese and yeast found in breads, baked goods and beer.

     Sometimes the diet is enough to see good results. If it is not, in the clinic we use the 4R method, remove (kill bad bacteria, remove offending food allergens or poor food choices) replace (improve digestion with enzymes for maximum absorption of nutrients), re-inocculate (increase one's beneficial flora by supplementing with probiotics and repair (give the body the nutrients it needs to repair itself such as glutamine for the lining of the GI tract). The 4R method is good for skin because it reduces the toxic burden in the body and improves assimiliation of nutrients by improving absorption of the nutrients that are used to help maintain quality skin. 

     5. KEEP YOUR ORGANS CLEAN!  Your liver and gallbladder make bile to help digest fats. As you can imagine, if you don't make enough bile, you would not absorb fats and in turn, fat soluble antioxidants. Poor fat absorption can lead to dry skin, rashes, eczema and poor healing. The kidneys help to keep water balanced in the blood and purify the blood. The small intestine supports absorption of nutrients and the large intestine elimination of waste. Keeping your organs of elimination happy helps your skin by supporting it in a number of ways:

  • it aids in absorption of nutrients that benefit the skin and its repair
  • it helps keep bad bacteria at bay
  • these organs flush the blood's impurities and in turn keep the skin from breakouts
  • they balance hormones and detoxify excessive hormones such as excess testosterone (that can cause acne and hair growth) and harmful estrogens (that can lead to PMS acne, cysts and fibroids)

      As you can see there are many factors to healthy skin. Having a healthy balanced diet, enough pure water and the proper nutrients is a great start. For further support in doing a cleanse, detecting nutrient deficiencies or getting rid of the "critters" contact us.