Healthy clear skin is an inside job! If you are one of the millions of people who suffer with acne, it probably has more to do with the essentials you’re NOT putting in to your body than anything else.
Diet and lifestyle are important factors when it comes to healthy skin. So pepperoni pizza-to-go 3 days a weeks, certainly won’t help your cause! If you truly want to love the skin you’re in, nourishing it from the inside out is the first place to start!♥
In today’s blog you can look forward to lots of good stuff! As part of my series on Natural Supplements for Health and Wellness which is MUST READ by the way, I’m going to treat you to lots of tips and resources! By the time you get to the end of this blog you should be well on the road to cultivating healthy beautiful skin.
The blog is in two parts mainly because I don’t want information overload to get the better of you. Keeping it short and sweet in my usual user-friendly, easy-to-digest way I hope, will keep you engaged and ready for more!
So this is what I’ve got for you in today’s blog:
- The Skin You’re In!
- What is Acne?
- A Healthy Diet. You Are What You Eat
- Lifestyle Factors
- How Healthy Are You?
Discover more in Part 2:
- What’s Your Gut Got To Do With It?
- Exercise To Revitalize!
- Dangerous Ingredients In Skin Care Products
- Skin Care That Actually Cares For Your Skin (Our Skin Care Line that works at the cellular level)
- Natural Supplements For a Healthy Glow
The Skin You’re In!
Most people associate skin from an aesthetic standpoint particularly in today’s society. Women with beautiful healthy skin seem to stir up a storm and are generally more sort after in media circles.
However bright, youthful skin is the least important when it comes to the many functions of your skin.
Skin is the largest and heaviest organ in your body and being your first line of defence, it’s the one that takes the most hits! From sun exposure to air bound toxins, from germs in the environment to the ever changing seasons, you’re poor skin has an awful lot to endure!
Skin plays a crucial role in regulating body temperature and it is through your skin that sensory information is picked up. It is how you feel heat, cold, pressure, itchiness or pain.
Apart from holding you all together, skin manufactures Vitamin D which is essential for everyday life function. It also consists of robust, elastic fibers to ensure that your skin is strong stable, and elastic.
If skin plays such a huge role in protection, how do you wind up with acne?
What is Acne?
Acne occurs as a result of the sebaceous glands of the follicles of the skin becoming overactive. These glands produce sebum (oil) which in normal skin is a good thing because it is the oil that keeps your skin supple and smooth. However someone with acne is prone to producing excessive amounts of serum that form a plug of dead cells and blocks the follicle. These plugs that block the top of your pores can be seen as tiny spots known as blackheads and whitehead.
Spots don’t always develop in to serious acne but 8 in 10 teenagers do go on to develop some degree of acne, 3 in 10 bad enough to require treatment. It is most common amongst those aged between 12 and 25 though some older and younger than this age can be affected.
While the causes and treatment of acne go beyond the scope of this blog do keep reading to gain lots of info on how to balance your health and your hormones and banish acne for good!
A Healthy Diet. You Are What You Eat
And when you eat well it shows in your glow! And dermatologist Elliott Weiss, M.D of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, would agree.
New research suggests that healthier foods appear to reduce inflammation and decrease the likelihood of breakouts.
3 new studies provide even more evidence that inflammatory damage at the skin is the root cause of acne. Read more.
Says Weiss “One interesting observation is that acne is predominantly an issue in societies that follow a western diet (high refined sugar, high refined grain products), whereas societies that follow a hunter-and-gatherer type of diet (meat, vegetables, whole grains, no refined or packaged food) don’t have a problem with pimples.”
“Changing your healthy skin diet alone won’t cure your acne or keep you completely blemish free, but it is a great place to start on your path to a perfect complexion. If you eat too much of any one thing, chances are high it will show, literally, in your skin. “
Much of what I share here at Sharing Self Improvement pretty much fits this narrative. Less sugary, junk and processed food and more natural whole food is not just great for your health it seems, but works magic on improving the quality of your skin.
Although food is only about 25% of the picture when it comes to acne eating a balance diet that includes a wide range of vitamins, minerals and healthy oils promotes overall health as well as the health of your skin.
Zap Those Zips With These Glow-Boosting Foods
Vitamin A helps regulate the skin cycle and ensures acne-causing protein and oil do not clog up your pores.
Good Sources of Vitamin A:
Sweet Potato, Carrots, Broccoli, Dark Leafy Greens, Spinach, Mustard and Collard Greens, Turnip Greens, Beet Greens, Kale, Butternut/Winter Squash, Swiss Chard, Cos or Romaine Lettuce, Sweet Red Peppers, Tuna Fish, Salmon, Fish Oil, Mango, Cantaloupe Melon, Dried Apricots.
Vitamins E and C
The antioxidants vitamin E and vitamin C work synergistically to have a calming effect on the skin.
Good Sources of Vitamin C:
Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruit, Papaya, Strawberries, Pineapple, Kiwifruit Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower.
Good Sources of Vitamin E:
Sweet Potatoes, Spinach and Leafy Green Vegetables, Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Turnip Greens, Asparagus, Beet Greens, Mustard Greens, Avocado, Sunflower Seeds, Peanuts, Almonds, Olive Oil.
Research suggests that people with acne have lower blood and skin levels of zinc. Taking zinc by mouth appears to help treat acne. Read the scientific reasons why you should try Zinc for Acne.
Good Sources of Zinc:
Spinach, Mushroom, Oyster, Crab, Lobster, Meat, (Beef, Pork, Lamb) Poultry (Chicken, Turkey) Legumes, Nuts, (Cashew, Brazil, Pine, Pecan, Walnuts, Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Almonds) Beans, (Chickpeas, Baked Beans Adzuki, Kidney Beans) Seeds, (Pumpkin and Squash) Cocoa and Chocolate (Cocoa Powder, Dark baking Chocolate), Whole Grain, Wheat Germ.
The mineral selenium has antioxidant properties that help protect skin from free radical damage. And one study showed that, together with vitamin E, it may improve acne as well.
Good Sources of Selenium:
Tuna, Shrimp, Sardines, Salmon, Cod, Scallops, Rockfish, Swordfish, Halibut Tilapia Mackerel and Snapper, Turkey, Pork, Lamb, Beef, Chicken, Turkey, Brazil nuts, Seeds (Sunflower) Whole-Wheat Bread, Whole Grains (Rye, Brown Rice Pearl Barley Oatmeal and Quinoa , Mushrooms, Eggs.
Omega-3 fatty acids
‘Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit certain molecules that lead to inflammation and resulting skin problems’ says New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD.
They also support the normal healthy skin cell turnover that helps keep acne at bay.
Good Sources of Omega-3 fatty acids:
Cold water fish such as Sardines and Salmon, Shrimp, Beef, Soybeans, Tofu, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Sunflower Seeds, Flaxseeds, Almonds, Walnuts.
Of course only a very small percent of the population get nutrients the body needs from food alone. And even though a healthy diet is a great place start, supplements can fill the nutritional gap – as long as you think Pharmaceutical!
Pharmaceutical Grade Nutritional Supplements are the ONLY choice when it comes to feeding your body at a cellular level. I’ve written an entire article about why here.
And to help you put healthy, easy-to-make, delicious meals on your menu, try this Paleo health plan. Though I am not a promoter of any particular ‘diet’, this downloadable Recipe Book is packed with over 350 healthy meal choices so you’ll never run short of simple, tasty ideas!
And if treats are your thing, check out over 100 Raw Treats and Snacks that are Yummy, yum, yum! – you’ll never have to go junk again!
Obviously not food but water is an essential part of your overall health and strongly recommended for radiant, replenished skin. Water helps flush out unwanted toxins and keeps skin dewy and hydrated from the inside out. It is also vital for skin metabolism and regeneration.
Your lifestyle choices impact on every part of your life and of course the health of your skin is no exception.
In a nutshell, smoking sabotages your skin and leaves it saggy, wrinkled and horribly haggard.
Say the Daily Mail. ‘Smoking affects the entire body and when it is put under stress – in this case with a toxic concoction of carbon monoxide, cyanide, tar, formaldehyde and other chemicals – the brain diverts vitamins away from your skin to be used elsewhere.
Nicotine also reduces blood flow to the lower living layer of skin, or dermis, which results in less oxygen being delivered. Skin becomes sallow and the regularity and quality of cell production deteriorate, leading to dry, flaky skin that is less resilient to external stresses.
Over time the skin sags and wrinkles because the body cannot produce collagen effectively. Smoke saps the body of Vitamin C – a key component in the manufacturing of collagen – and disturbs the production of an enzyme called matrix metalloproteinase.
Stop smoking if your want to save your skin. Begin the healing and reversible process TODAY!
With proper treatment you can revitalize your skin, slow the aging process and keep your skin healthier for longer.
How Health Are You?
Imagine if there was a way to assess your health and provide your body with a wide spectrum of multi-vitamins, multi-minerals, anti-oxidants and Omega 3 to totally transform your health from the inside out!
Well you don’t need to image any longer! 🙂
As part of this series I am offering a complimentary Health Consultation in conjunction with a free Health Assessment.
As a Certified Life Coach & Professional Health Coach I will work with you and prepare a personal Health Plan to address your health concerns. It is very easy to get started. Simply click here to complete your Health Assessment which takes no more than 10 to 15 minutes.
You will receive a customised report in 3 sections.
Identifies your top health risk factors.
Maps out a recommended lifestyle plan that identifies ways you can improve your health.
Provides you with individualised nutrition recommendations based on your specific Assessment answers.
Once you complete the assessment, I will email you to set up your consultation on Skype audio. Don’t worry, I do NOT get to see the results of your confidential assessment though I will receive specific product recommendations. During our consultation, I’ll also tell you how to qualify for a 10% discount on your products.
It would be great to work with you one on one. If you are concerned about your health and think you’re ready to give it the care and attention it deserves, I’d love to support your journey!
I have helped clients get their lives back on track and start to feel good about themselves from top to bottom, inside and out.
In Part 2 of Natural Supplements for Acne. Tips For Skin Repair and a Radiant Healthy Glow, get ready for some serious ACTION! I’ll show you how Natural Supplements along with cutting-edge technologies in skin care products will deliver visible results to your skin.
You’ll also learn how introducing healthy bacteria to the gut in the form of probiotics creates a barrier that reduces inflammation. Said Dr. Whitney Bowe, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, who has researched the effect of probiotics on acne. ‘There is compelling evidence that probiotics hold promise for treating acne and rosacea.’
So hold on tight, there is lots more to come on this remarkable journey towards Clear, Kissable Skin!
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