Words by Dr Elen ApThomas. Now we all know that beauty is on the inside but who doesn’t want gorgeous blemish free skin? Our skin is the largest organ of our body and helps protect us from the outside world. It is also an avenue for detoxification. It reflects our internal state of health both emotionally and physically.
In order for our skin to look at its best there are a few golden rules that improve skin health. These are to reduce inflammation and body acidity levels, improve circulation and to increase our intake of essential oils.
Reducing inflammation can be achieved by eating less inflammatory foods such as sugar, red meat and alcohol and increasing our anti-inflammatory nutrients in the form of foods high in anti-oxidants such as fruits and vegetables and also taking good quality anti-oxidant supplements such as molecular hydrogen supplements.
Reducing acidity levels can be helped by reducing acidic foods such as starchy grains and animal protein and increasing foods high in alkalinising minerals such as anything green like spinach, kale and broccoli.
The skin is involved in the removal of toxins from the body. Improving circulation through exercise and saunas increases the efficiency of this cleansing function by improving the transport of nutrients such as antioxidants to the skin and the removal of waste products via the lymphatics and through sweating.
The skin acts as a barrier to the outside world and requires oils in its cell membranes in order to create a protective water proofing effect. Oils not only create this effect but also have anti-inflammatory properties which keep the skin clear and reduce redness and irritation involved in conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis. Oils that are essential meaning we have to get them from our diet or supplements are omega 3’s from fish and nuts and omega 6’s from flaxseed and evening primrose oil.
Stress also plays a role in creating inflammation and can have a negative effect on our skin so rest up this Mothers day and enjoy some relaxing quality time with your family.
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