The Ultimate Guide for Your Skin
Everybody wants great skin and while some people naturally have it, most people have to work hard to maintain a clear complexion. While topical remedies or “detox” diets may bring temporary relief, chances are your skin condition will resurface at some point.
Many experts agree that skin problems are usually linked to four primary areas of your life – digestion dysfunction, hormone imbalances, toxicity, or nutrient deficiencies.
Here are some basic tips about each:
The link between the skin and digestive system has become well known over the past few years. Antibiotics are often used to treat skin problems and if you’ve paid any attention to your skin while using antibiotics then you know how your skin glowed.
The problem with taking antibiotics is that it kills both good and bad bacteria. The bad bacteria do seem to cause many skin issues but until you clear up the issue through healthy diet and lifestyle choices, then you’re likely going to keep facing the same issues.
Males and females all have the same hormones albeit in different ratios. Just a small shift in hormone levels can change how you look and feel. The link between hormone levels and skin problems is seen primarily in children going through puberty or through use of anabolic steroids.
The skin requires several different nutrients to be healthy and to look its’ best. Although it may seem unlikely, nutrient deficiencies are actually quite common. Nutrient deficiencies can also occur due to an inefficient digestive system and they may cause an imbalanced hormonal system. As you can see, the entire body works together.
You need to allow your body to be able to receive these nutrients. That's why detoxification is important.
The human body is exposed to toxins all day. The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the chemicals we use all have toxins. Our body has mechanisms to rid our body of these toxins such as our kidneys and liver.
Unfortunately, these parts of our body become overwhelmed and overworked by toxins. Healthy diet choices are the only way to cleanse the body and purge the body from these toxins.
All four of these areas of your body work together and are needed for your skin to stay clear and healthy. So what can you do to make sure your skin is clear?
Here are ten things you can do to make sure your skin stays clear.
1) Avoid Foods That Cause Discomfort: Foods that cause headaches, stomachaches, or joint pain likely do so because of your body’s sensitivity to these foods. Gluten, soy, corn, and too much raw food are all common types of food that can set off a chain of events that will lead to skin problems.
2) Avoid Taking In Too Much Fiber: While fiber is good for you and does have several benefits, too much fiber can cause a variety of issues. High fiber diets may cause inflammation and can feed bad bacteria in the gut. You’ll still want to consume the recommended amount of fiber each day but avoid consuming too much fiber.
3) Drink More Dairy: Believe it or not milk and other dairy products have several valuable skin and health boosting nutrients. If you do not have an issue with dairy, then you may be able to clear up your skin problems by adding an extra serving of dairy in per day.
4) Use A Low Starch Diet: Humans consume two main carbohydrate sources – sugar and starch. Starch can be difficult to digest for some people so consider eating more fruits or drinking more fruit juice instead of starch.
5) Avoid Polyunsaturated-Fatty Acids: In many cases, these fats act as prooxidants and can cause severe skin inflammation. Coconut oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil are the popular sources of polyunsaturated fats.
6) Maintain Your Blood Sugar Levels: When you skip meals you create a stress response in the body. Stress alone can cause skin issues and this is compounded when your body looks internally for fuel. It can also slow your metabolism and cause hormonal imbalances, so keep your blood sugar levels steady.
7) Keep Your Hormones In Check: The thyroid helps control your hormonal levels and also plays a vital role in metabolic function. Make sure to correct any thyroid problems and make sure your thyroid is operating as it should be so your thyroid can keep your metabolism and hormones in check.
8) Relax Your Mind And Body: Physical and mental stress can both cause problems with your skin so take the time to rest each at least once a week. Take a quiet walk in the park, go get a massage, or take a relaxing Epsom salt bath. These will help you relax.
9) Eat A Balanced, Nutrient-Dense Diet: Most people have some sort of nutrient deficiency especially when on a restrictive diet. Make sure you eat nutrient dense foods and make sure to eat a variety of woods to make sure you consume ALL of your essential vitamins and minerals each day.
10) Rest Well Each Night: Sleep is essential to every aspect of your health, including your skin. Sleep helps to balance your hormones and helps relieve the stress on your body each night. Your body also repairs itself at night so getting eight hours of shut-eye each night will help your skin heal so you can wake up with glowing skin that makes you look younger.