We all want great skin. For some, it comes naturally while being a huge task to achieve such skin for others. Looking to the detox diets for answers is one of the options people consider, but it only offers temporary solutions meaning that the skin issues individuals are facing are bound to resurface at worse than they were before.
More often than not, skin issues are associated with four factors: hormonal imbalances, toxicity, digestive dysfunction and nutrient deficiencies.
Humans share similar hormones though in different ratios between the two genders. Males and females will experience changes in their hormone levels as during certain stages of their life, and this often impacts them physically and emotionally. The link between hormones and skin problems is often notable during puberty. Other occasions worth mentioning include the use thyroid supplements and hormone replacement therapy in women and the use of anabolic steroid supplements in men. The endocrine system (hormone system) is complex and can trigger skin problems when it’s thrown off balance by stress, supplementation, poor dieting, and toxicity.
We live in a toxic age, a time when we are exposed to all manner to toxins; from what we drink and eat to the air we breathe and the body products we use. Internally, the body has elements such as bacteria that produce toxins. Luckily, the body is naturally equipped mechanisms (lungs, kidneys, bowel, liver, and the skin) that get rid of toxins. Things can get thick when the mechanisms are incapacitated like when the liver gets worked up because too many toxins overburden it. The body will opt to expel the increased toxins via the skin. Poor digestion and wrong dietary choices are linked to the improper functions of the liver and other organs leading to hormonal imbalances and toxic backup in the body.
Research has found a link between having a good digestive system and a healthy skin. A study done on the effects of antibiotics in treating skin problems found that they have a positive impact because the antibiotics kill the bacteria in your digestive system. So the next time you take antibiotics to treat a cold, it will also do some magic for your skin. However, the body has both good and bad bacteria and do not want to kill the good ones while trying to reduce the bad ones. Therefore, consider taking a natural approach when trying to lower the risk of digestive dysfunction by making better food and lifestyle choices.
The body needs proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals to stay healthy and function properly. A deficiency in any one of these nutrients can trigger a chain of events that lead to the development of skin issues. Sometimes, you may be eating a balanced diet by the body does not get what it needs. The reason for this would be due to a broken digestive system leading to nutrient deficiencies that causes hormonal imbalances that manifest on the skin.
Understanding and appreciating the relevance of the four factors mentioned above will help you understand the following tips below that you can put into practice to have and maintain a clear complexion and healthy skin. Do remember than how fast the results start showing various from person to person depending on various factors such as skin type and lifestyle.
• Avoid foods that cause health complications such as headaches, digestive discomfort, pain in the joints, and low energy levels. If you experience such things, then you likely are sensitive to such foods, and their continued consumption can set off a chain of events that culminate in skin issues. Too much raw food, food stabilizers such as guar gum as well as others such as soy, excess fiber, gluten, beans, dairy, and corn are some of the notable culprits.
• Avoid fiber supplements and reduce your intake of high-fiber foods. Too much fiber in your system will cause digestive inflammation and feeds the harmful bacteria. If you are looking for fiber, then eating two raw carrots will give you all the fiber you need. The carrots are an excellent remedy for getting rid of residual toxins in the digestive system.
• Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) act as pro-oxidants and stress the body system meaning they are the opposite of antioxidants. You may say that vegetable oil, sunflower seed oil, safflower seed oil, canola oil and other ‘seed’ oils are healthy, but they contain PUFAs. Stick to either olive oil or coconut oil.
• Just as long as you are not allergic to dairy, then consider consuming only organic milk (raw if available). If you are looking for something sugary, then consider pulp-free orange juice. Your efforts to starve Candida a fungal infection that is often linked to skin problems may not bear any fruits. However, the use of organic milk and sugars from fruit juices have been found to have positive effects regarding skin care. They can help improve the complexion since they contain nutrients that boost skin health.
• Reduce the amount of starch you consume (food with high carbs meaning they have a lot of sugar or starch). The body works very hard when trying to digest starches and sugars especially the processed kind. Consider getting these from natural sources such as fruits and veggies.
• The thyroid is regarded as the master gland, and with good reason, it plays a vital role the metabolic functions and skin health. Therefore, you should ensure that you have an adequate thyroid function. For women, it is important for them to balance their estrogen levels because the excesses of this hormone trigger issues with the skin. Taking a nutritionally balanced diet and eating raw carrots between meals can help stabilize the hormones.
• Never let your blood sugar take a dip, which can occur if you start skipping meals. Your body has an internal clock that tells you it is time to fuel it, which you do by eating. Failure to do this triggers a stress response, and this can cause skin problems as the body looks for alternative sources of fuel (breaking down tissues or stored fats that it converts to energy) which also causes the release of toxins. Skipping meals can also cause hormonal imbalances and affect your metabolism.
• Skin can be dark in spots but there are natural and also cosmetic remedies as this post from Dore Aesthetics shows. Over all though remember life is not enjoyed by those that do
not work hard. However, you should work hard and rest harder. Give your body enough time to rejuvenate by find time to relax and unwind. you can go to a spa for a massage, rest in the garden as you take a coffee enema, or even take a stroll in the park.
• Eat organically farmed foods, and you will reduce the toxic load in your body. Also, buy and use non-toxic personal hygiene products. You can also benefit from avoiding toxic relationships and people. in short, enjoy foods that support a healthy body function therein a healthy you. Consider foods such as bone broth, artichoke, chicken liver, beets, high-quality protein, and dandelions among others that support your liver.
• As you make better dietary choices, you also correct your nutrient deficiencies. Therefore, drop those restrictive (dogmatic) diets, and you will see a notable change in your hormonal system and the body’s capacity to detoxify itself. Ensure that your nutrient intakes include vitamins A, B, E, and K2 as well as quality proteins, calcium, glycine, and magnesium.
In closing, remember the importance of allowing your body to get enough rest and you best achieve this when you sleep. The body switches to self-healing when we are sleeping, and this is a vital element that helps us manage stress better. Too much stress that manifests physically with the skin being the main culprit. You can incorporate stress management activities that will help the body develop adequate responses to stress. If you are to allow any stress, then it should only be those associated with pushing the body’s limits when working out. Yes, exercise regularly; it also is a vital element in having and maintaining healthy skin.