Your skin is a reliable barometer of your inner health. It says more about you than you might realise or even wish to know. An extreme example is the characteristic yellow tinged skin in sufferers of jaundice. Equally, a good skin care routine coupled with nutritional health care will be reflected in clear, radiant skin. And when you have beautiful skin, you shine.
If you suffer from skin problems, good nutrition including specific nutrients are vital to solve them. Of course, prevention is far better than cure but even the best external skin care routine in the world will not stop skin disorders arising. Like a reflection in the mirror: the degree of your internal health manifests externally as smooth and evenly coloured, or blotched and pimpled skin.
There are effective long-term solutions to common skin problems and two simple factors are appropriate to all of them. Stop eating starchy carbohydrates and replace them with alternatives such as quinoa until your skin problem clears. If after that you seriously cannot do without, eat starchy carbs only in small quantities and choose whole grains and brown rice. Cut out cow’s milk products and replace them with those made from goat or sheep milk.
Include Essential Fatty Acids in your diet, especially the master of them all, Hemp oil, which can be taken internally and also applied topically. It’s a unique oil that the skin can absorb into the body, making it great for children who refuse to take oil.
Acne usually occurs during adolescence and affects more than 90% of teenagers, often continuing into adulthood. Hormonal disturbances are the most common cause, accentuated by a diet that is high in starchy carbs, sugary drinks and sugar foods.
To combat acne, stop eating those foods listed above and also all cow’s milk products. Sweat should be washed off the skin as soon as possible but be careful not to scrub it as this creates more inflammation.
There are many factors which can trigger psoriasis. However, research has indicated that the root cause stems from the immune system’s reaction to processed foods. To combat psoriasis cut out those starchy carbs and cow’s milk products.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition which involves inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead and even eyelid area. It manifests as inflammatory redness, spider like blood vessels, swelling or even eruptions, similar to acne. The cause originates from the immune system’s attempt to purge the toxins of processed foods. To combat rosacea cut out starchy carbs and cow’s milk products.
Eczema is blanket term for various conditions. The most common is atopic eczema, which causes the skin to become irritated or inflamed. In common with the majority of skin problems, the underlying cause stems from the body’s attempt to cope with the effects of processed foods. To combat eczema cut out starchy carbs and cow’s milk products.
Dry skin can be very uncomfortable, not to mention unattractive. However, for many people, dry skin is not a sign of a skin problem or disease.
It is simply caused by harsh soaps, itchy clothing, too strong or biological washing powder, the misuse of moisturiser, and long, hot showers. It is equally possible that medication, and even some conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis, hypothyroidism, and malnutrition, can cause severely dry skin.
To combat dry skin, yet again, cut out the starchy carbs and cow’s milk products.
Remember that drugs and other more severe measures used to treat these skin problems should be considered as a last resort. The above suggestions are designed to deal with the cause at grassroots level. Only in the unlikely event that they fail should you consider the other, more aggressive route.