Holistic Nutrition for Glowing Skin

What leads to irritated skin?nutrition - herbs2

The skin is closely connected to the immune system. A lustrous and slightly oily skin indicates a good immune system and a good resistance to disease. Skin reflects the plasma, which is the first tissue produced from the food that we have digested, and mirrors overall bodily health and nutrition.

Even though the vitality of the skin is related to the lungs, eruptions surface because of faulty blood cleansing by the kidneys and liver. These two organs purify the blood, and when they are overburdened, toxins in the blood are excreted through the skin.

Seeing the skin as an organ of elimination, as a “third lung” or a “third kidney”, is much more useful and accurate than the perspective that sees the skin as separate from the rest of the body. Lightening the load on the inner organs through a change in the diet can work wonders within 10 days to 3 months.

Issues with the skin can be as simple as poor eating habits or exposure to too much sunlight, or more conplex, like a nervous system disorder, allergies, stress, premenstrual hormone changes, or exposure to chemicals.

Food allergies and intestinal yeast overgrowth also seem to increase acne problems (possibly from the biotoxins that are produced in the gut and absorbed into the body).

If you are interested in more detail regarding the possible causes of your individual skin condition, please contact me at courtneykath@gmail.com

How holistic nutrition can improve your skin:

nutrition - orange veg The beta carotene/vitamin A foods are beneficial, particularly for skin conditions that are of an inflammatory nature, like acne. Yellow and green beta carotene foods – carrots, winter squash, pumpkin, leafy greens (dandelion greens, beet greens, spinach, kale, chard, and watercress). All greens are rich in chlorophyll, which purifies the blood of the toxins that cause skin eruptions. Spirulina and wild blue-green are also beneficial. These can be taken in powder form and added to a smoothie or taken in pill form, like any other supplement. Seaweeds, because of their cooling, detoxifying nature, are recommended for regular use.

Zinc is an important mineral for the skin. It can be found in high amounts in pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds can be taken raw, soaked, roasted (in granola or a trail mix), or in a protein powder. An excellent pumpkin seed protein powder is by Omega Nutriiton.

Cut back on sugar, chocolate, fried foods, and dairy. If using dairy products, goat milk & cheese is the best animal product to use.

Drink up to 4 quarts of water per day

Drink aloe vera juice – ½ cup twice a day.

Take black currant seed oil, borage, or evening primrose oil (500 mg daily). These are high in GLA fatty acids and have been proven helpful for skin conditions.

Foods rich in omega-3 are also of benefit in the diet; sustainably caught salmon, walnuts, seseme seeds, black beans, kidney beans are all good sources. Do not eat any nuts or seeds in excess (ie: more than 1/2 cup per day). Some are high in phytoestrogens and can lead to hormonal imbalances.nutrition - salmon

B vitamins, in the form of a multivitamin or B Complex vitamin can help the body deal with stress, thus lessening the load on the liver and improving the rate of detoxification.

Sweating is useful to encourage elimination of toxins through the pores. This could be done through steam, sauna therapy, or other forms of sweating (through exercise).

Regular oil massage of the face increases circulation, protects the skin and strengthens the immune system. Apricot seed oil, avocado oil, emu oil, jojoba oil are good face skin oils.

Keep your colon clean to remove toxins from your body. Make sure to have regular bowel movements. 2-3/day is ideal. A great source of daily fiber 2 tbsp of chia seeds in a large glass of water, taken in the morning.

Aloe vera gel applied to the skin can help heal acne sores.

The use of blood purifying herbs can be used. My favorites are burdock root, dandelion root, and milk thistle. These herbs cleanse and cool toxins and accumulations in the blood and lymph system. One of these herbs is often sufficient, especially if taken in a tincture form. A good brand for herbal tinctres is Botanica or St. Francis.nutrition - herbs

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