The skin is a reflection of health and vitality. Having dry, irritated and red skin reflects on what is occurring inside your digestive system. Causes of poor skin include: stress, poor digestion, poor circulation, lack of exercise, dehydration, UV damage, liver dysfunction, etc.
Beneficial microflora is required in maintaining a healthy digestive system. An imbalance can occur through a history antibiotic use and a diet high in inflammatory foods (sugar, white carbs, dairy products, fried foods). The therapeutic effects of probiotics are strain dependant, thus consult your Naturopath for the best probiotic for your health.
Cleaning up your diet is important – would you apply on your skin the foods that you are having on a daily basis? Healthy options such as freshly pressed juices, salads and wholegrains such as brown rice are ideal. Are you hydrated? 50% of the population are not drinking enough water. Adequate water intake (1.5 litres -2 litres) is required for smooth and supple skin.
Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Zinc and Fish oil are essential nutrients for healthy skin.
Vitamin A: Food sources include liver, red meat and egg yolks. Several studies have shown that vitamin A is beneficial for skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, UV damaged skin.
Vitamin E: Food sources include cold pressed oils such as wheatgerm oil, spinach, kale, egg yolk, etc. As a topical cream – it is used to moisturise dry and cracked skin, heal burns/abrasions, etc.
Zinc: Food sources include: Seafood, pumpkin seeds, eggs. Zinc is important as it decreases sebum production and encourages wound healing.
Vitamin C: Food sources include: bell peppers, blueberries, oranges, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant for wound healing and preventing sunburn.
Fish oil: Omega 3 fatty acids help to maintain the smooth texture of skin, that is highly deficient in most people due to low intake of fish in their diet and inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) content in the fish oil reflects the strength of its anti inflammatory effects.
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