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Transform Your Skin Health this Winter

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Transform your skin health this winter.

Do you suffer from dull, tired skin that’s lost its glow? Are you forever breaking out in spots, rashes or skin irritations? Have you spent a fortune on skincare products, none of them delivering the results they promise?

Skin problems are rarely skin deep. This means solving them requires delving more closely into what’s happening inside your body.

Read on for some helpful tips to improve your skin health.

Your Skin – Your Largest Organ

Your skin is the barrier designed to protect you from the outside world. It’s the largest organ in your body. If stretched out it would cover an incredible twenty square feet, weighing in at around 15% of your body weight.

The condition of your skin gives an important clue to the health of the body contained inside it.

Your Skin and Gut: Close Allies

Your skin and your gut have a special two-way relationship, named the gut-skin axis. Gut health affects your skin in several ways.

• Gut Bacteria Talk to the Skin

The bacteria living in your gut send signals to your skin influencing its structure, cell renewal, oil production and they also help tone down inflammation. This means too many unfriendly bacteria in your digestive system directly affect your skin health.

• Protein - Skin Food

You need protein to make collagen, the scaffolding keeping skin from sagging. If your stomach doesn’t produce enough acid or you make too few digestive enzymes, you may not digest protein very well. So you’ll lack the raw materials for good skin structure. 

• Skin Sensitivities and Gut Health

Sensitive skin, eczema, rosacea and hives are all signs your immune system is out of balance. And guess where the majority of your immune system is located? Yes, your gut. Food sensitivities often trigger skin flare-ups. Common culprits are eggs, dairy products, soya, wheat and peanuts.

If your microbiome is in poor health, your intestinal lining can become irritated and too permeable. This puts your immune system on red alert, meaning it’s more likely you’ll suffer from food sensitivities.

Skin problems are often treated medically by topical steroid creams. These suppress the immune system but don’t treat the underlying problem.

• Toxins and Your Skin

Your skin helps your digestive system, liver and kidneys eliminate toxins. If these organs are overwhelmed trying to keep the inside of your body clean, they’ll turn to your skin for assistance.

If your gut contents travel through your colon too slowly, toxins destined for the outside world tend to be reabsorbed back into your bloodstream. This places double duty on your liver, and it enlists the help of your skin to push out toxins, making you vulnerable to rashes and pimples.

Strategies for Glowing Skin This Winter

• Skin Supporting Nutrients

Zinc helps skin to heal, while Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant helping combat skin ageing. Meanwhile, Vitamin C is important for collagen production.

Beta carotene can neutralise free radicals, which would otherwise damage your skin. This nutrient is also converted into vitamin A, important for skin repair.

If you’re low in vitamin D you’ll be more likely to suffer from skin inflammation 1. So, although it’s important to avoid damaging your skin with UV light, regular moderate sun exposure encourages your skin to make vitamin D. In winter, vitamin D levels are best supported by a supplement.

Omega 3 fats from oily fish, pumpkin seeds and walnuts form part of your skin’s cell membranes, helping them stay flexible. These healthy fats calm inflammation, too.

• Manage Your Stress

You might be wondering what stress has to do with your skin. But not only does stress play havoc with digestion, it causes your immune system to produce extra inflammatory chemicals. Stress can disrupt hormone balance, a factor in acne.

Make stress management techniques a priority – put yoga and meditation on your Christmas list.

• Eat Fibre

Your microbiome loves it if you include natural plant fibre in your diet, as fibre is your friendly bacteria’s preferred food. Aim to cover half of your plate with a good mix of vegetables rich in microbiome-friendly fibre.

• Go Natural

Be scrupulously careful about what you put on your skin. Anything coming into contact with your skin can easily pass straight into your bloodstream. Many personal care products are now available based on natural ingredients.

Natural Support for Your Skin

We will help you discover the underlying causes of your skin issues and together we’ll put them right so you can benefit from healthy glowing skin.

Functional testing can examine the health of your digestive system, including the makeup of your gut bacteria, and discover whether you’re low in essential skin-supporting nutrients. You won’t be able to clean up your skin if you’re toxic inside, so a detox programme can benefit skin health in the long term by reducing your body’s toxic load and supporting your liver.

Transform your skin health by contacting us to book a consultation today.

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