Healthy Skin – From the Inside Out!

Healthy Skin – From the Inside Out!

Your skin is an external reflection, visible to everyone, of how your body is functioning internally. Due to the intimate relationship between the skin and the rest of the body, treating skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea is complex and it can be difficult to achieve lasting results, especially if you don’t seek professional help. If you are struggling on your own, sifting through the countless websites and TV commercials and trying to improve your skin to no avail, ask your natural Healthcare Practitioner about how they can help you regain vibrant, healthy skin with treatments that work from the inside out.

The ‘Ins’ and ‘Outs’ of Poor Skin

Healthy, radiant skin relies on your body and internal organs being healthy and functioning well. There are many functions of the body that, if not working properly, can contribute to poor skin. These may include:

• Ineffective clearance of toxins or metabolic wastes via the digestive tract and/or the liver

• Poor immune function and inflammation

• Poorly managed stress

• Sluggish circulation and lymphatic flow

• Poor dietary habits

• Poor personal hygiene or excessive hygiene

• Hormonal fluctuations (e.g. skin conditions that worsen pre-menstrually)

• Nutritional deficiencies

Nutrients for Healthy Skin

There are specific nutrients involved in keeping skin healthy, and addressing nutritional deficiencies is a good place to start in any skin condition.

Essential fatty acids found in fish oil play a critical role in promoting healthy skin. They help to regulate healthy cellular function, and maintain elasticity and suppleness of the skin. Essential fatty acids also help to reduce inflammation. A deficiency of essential fatty acids can be an underlying cause of skin problems and the modern Western diet is known to be low in essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids. Taking a potent, high quality fish oil can improve your skin health by improving hydration, elasticity and reducing inflammation. As a result, skin has improved texture and tone leaving it looking and feeling noticeably healthier.

Zinc is an important mineral for skin health. Think of zinc as an on-call, 24-hour skin mechanic. Zinc repairs damaged tissues and helps to heal wounds. As a result, if you don’t have enough zinc, then your ability to repair damaged skin becomes impaired. Zinc deficiency can also result in your immune system having poor control over the maintenance of your skin. Your Practitioner can recommend a simple, easy taste test to check your zinc status, and then provide you with a high quality zinc supplement if your zinc status is low.

Lifestyle is Part of the Prescription

There are changes you can make in your daily diet and lifestyle to help you on your way to better skin:

1. You are what you eat: So eat well! A healthy, well-balanced diet is essential for skin health and your Practitioner can provide you with dietary advice specific to your skin condition.

2. Be active: Exercise helps increase blood flow to the skin, and encourages the removal of toxins through sweat; so make daily exercise a part of your skin health program today!

3. Aim for better stress management: Stress can increase inflammation and affect digestive and immune function, all of which are contributing factors to poor skin health.

4. Brush your skin: Dry skin brushing prior to your morning shower is a simple technique to stimulate lympathic circulation, helping your body to clear the build-up of toxins that can aggravate skin conditions.

5. Wash your skin with pH-controlled gels: that is specific to you and your skin condition, your Practitioner can help you to achieve the healthiest skin possible!

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What Does it Mean to be ‘Well’?

What Does it Mean to be ‘Well’?

Many people believe ‘health’ and ‘wellness’ are terms that  simply mean being free from disease, but there is so much  more to being truly well! Are you really well if you are overweight, forgetful, tired, moody, or have poor skin? What  if you suffer from headaches, frequent colds, constipation or  bloating? If you regularly experience these symptoms, you  may not necessarily have a disease, but you aren’t truly well  either. There are steps you can take to escape these frustrating  complaints and enjoy true wellness.

Diets Fail, Lifestyle Changes Succeed

We have all heard the saying “You are what you eat,” but the  truth is, “You are what you most consistently eat.” How many  times have you started a diet with the best of intentions, only  to find it too difficult to follow for more than a few weeks?
Fad diets don’t help you to achieve long-term health goals.  Realistic dietary changes that are sustainable are the best way  to improve your health over the long-term. Seven sustainable  dietary changes for wellness are:

1. Include protein-rich foods in each meal or snack:  Protein foods include fish, seafood, poultry, meat, eggs,  dairy and legumes.
2. Enjoy a minimum of three cups of fresh vegetables  daily: Choose from a variety of vegetables and aim to  have a rainbow of colours on your dinner plate.
3. Enjoy a minimum of two pieces or one cup of fresh  fruit every day: Berries are an especially good choice as they are rich in antioxidants.
4. Limit starchy carbohydrates to two small serves per day: Aim for only 1 to 2 serves of bread, rice, pasta, cereal or potatoes daily.
5. Include healthy fats in your diet: Healthy fats are  found in cold water fish, nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and  cold pressed oils such as olive oil, coconut oil and flaxseed  oil. Aim for 1 to 2 tablespoons of good quality oils per day and limit nuts and seeds to a small handful daily.
6. Drink a minimum of eight glasses of pure water every  day: Use natural flavourings such as fresh lemon, lime and mint in water instead of soft drinks and cordials. Reduce
excessive consumption of caffeinated beverages to 1 to 2 per day.
7. Enjoy a ‘freedom’ meal once a week: A ‘wellness  program’ is a life-long diet and lifestyle program. Allow yourself one or two ‘treat’ meals per week. Remember,  “You are what you most consistently eat”.

Simple Supplements to Maintain Wellness

Research has shown there are natural supplements that can complement your wellness diet and lifestyle program such as:

1. A high quality fish oil to provide daily omega-3 for a healthy heart, supple joints and healthy nervous system.

2. A high strength probiotic to maintain the balance in your digestive system.

3. A daily multivitamin and mineral formula to fill any nutritional gaps that your diet doesn’t fulfil.

4. A good quality antioxidant formula to promote healthy ageing and reduce the risk of developing chronic disease.

Live Well and Laugh a Lot!

Taking regular time out to relax is vital for wellness. Relaxation activities such as yoga, meditation or reading a book increase the levels of ‘feel good’ chemicals in your brain that make you feel happy. Laughter is the best medicine; seriously! Laughter reduces stress hormones, improves breathing and circulation, and can even improve your immune system. Relaxation and laughter are important additions to any wellness program.

You Can Achieve Your Goal of Wellness

You don’t have to settle for feeling ‘just ok’. You can achieve wellness by making simple, sustainable changes to improve your energy, health and wellbeing over the long-term.

 

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