The skin is a multi level barrier for our bodies. Stretching about 20 square feet, the skins’ layers provide a different function and level of protection for our processes and organs against heat, light, injury and infection. The first layer of our skin is called the epidermis and it provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone. The second layer, the dermis, contains connective tissue, hair follicles and sweat glands. The last layer, hypodermis, is made of fat and connective tissue.
Why is it important?:
The skin expresses, in different area and ways, what is going on inside the body. One of the first protective responses of the body to dis ease is inflammation. Inflammation expresses throughout the body in different ways. Symptoms like dandruff, eczema and pain are examples of expression. It’s main purposes are to protect our skeleton and internal processes, as well as regulate our temperature and provide the ability for sensations, absorbing nutrients and vitamins as well as excreting waste. Think about all the Vitamin D your skin absorbs when you lay out on the beach and how too much can cause dis ease in the skin. The skin has secretions that can kill bacteria that would be harmful to the body. It’s important to pay attention to diet because often, any number of chronic skin problems are linked to diet.
How to take care of it?
There’s no real way around taking proper care of yourself. I know we often want quick fixes, and many do exist and some are legit and may provide a level of improvement, but to be clear, for long lasting results, you just have to decide to make healthy choices consistently over time. Plain and simple. What goes into your body comes out in your skin.
So, make it a priority to eat low glycemic foods as they help reduce inflammation and acne, such as non dairy products (pay attention to those protein drinks with whey and casein), berries, dark leafy greens (for their antioxidants and vitamins), turmeric, green tea, Brazil nuts, and of course fiber which enhances gut health and boosts probiotic balance.
Externally, your skin will benefit from cleansing gently, exfoliation, hydration, moisturizing, rest, and protection from excessive sun. Avoid toxins from smoking, processed foods, refined sugars and maintain a healthy diet including lots fruits for antioxidants and water.
Of course if you know me, you already know… hydration is everything. Hydration benefits to the skin include improvements to saggy skin, elasticity, flushing toxins, and preventing acne.
Supplements are great additions to a healthy lifestyle because they can assist the body in finding nutritional balance and in some cases an energetic balance. A really great supplement I have found to help not only improve the appearance of the skin, but also has been clinically tested and proven to produce a highly significant improvement in the physiological functional status of the frontal lobes, hypothalamus, adrenals, thyroid gland, pituitary gland and liver when worn nightly for 5 consecutive nights a week with 2 nights off for a duration of 30 days. To quote the report “With these findings we accept the hypothesis as true, that is: wearing a new ALavida Anti-aging patch nightly for 5 consecutive nights a week with 2 nights off over a 30 day period significantly improves cellular physiologic functional status in different organs.“
Apply the patch before going to sleep and remove it upon waking up. Wear the patch for no longer than 12 hours at a time. 5 days on 2 days off. I would even go the extra step and rotate between the two spots (CV7 and CV4) with each application just to enhance energy movement. A simple supplement that maximizes health benefits and easily fits in with your lifestyle, activities and diet because it’s nontransdermal and not ingested. Exercise is essential for its numerous benefits to the body in general. Exercise increases blood flow, nourishing the skin cells with oxygen and nutrients as well as removes waste. It also assists the increase in lymph flow which decreases inflammation. Exercise is also helpful to decrease the impact of stress to the body.
Stress is often managed with food.
Stress eating can lead to inflammtion. We’ve come out of the first quarter of 2022, set some visions in motion and the challenge of consistency is pressing against us. Stress. When we are out of alignment with ourselves, we feel stress. The discipline of sitting in the feelings and asking ourselves the questions necessary to acknowledge our dis ease origin can require a lot of us in the moment that we don’t want to give so we attempt to placate ourselves with good that numbs the senses. We may not realize that’s what we are doing until we see its evidence in tighter fitting clothes, strained relationships or lack of energy to do activities we want to do.
It is important to acknowledge our feelings and not feel so rushed to ignore ourselves and our need to get into alignment with ourselves. I believe hard things do not make us procrastinate. We all love a good challenge. The right, good challenge that is. When we are out of alignment with our true nature, we find all things to be a challenge that we must push through, overcome, grind out and endure. That is not the same as pressing on toward the goal to win the prize, to take the victory. There’s a different heart motivation. This results in all kinds of stress related expressions.
Benefits of less inflamed body / life.
I don’t believe I have to go into detail about the wonderful experience life is inside a body that is operating without the stress of chronic inflammatory expressions. Being active, energetic, pain free, in a good mood, sleeping well, looking more attractive, feeling confident and healthy really doesn’t need a description. We all have an understanding of what that means for us. My purpose sharing this post today is to remind you, your skin is an awesome way to pay attention to your internal health. Please follow these tips to ensure you‘re doing what you can to optimize your health.
D Goosby of JD's Organic Productions, I am a wife and a mom to 8 beautiful kids including 2 sets of twins. At one point, I weighed close to 300 lbs and then lost half of it just to put most of it back on. Eventually I got tired of the yo-yo. I learned some hidden truths about our food system and decided to get educated to make lasting changes. I am a certified personal trainer, and currently studying to become a nutrition and behavior modification coach as well as a peristeam practitioner. I realize that I am not alone in wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes but many of us are lacking the knowledge to make anything permanent.
That is where I can help. I help busy moms like myself, get back to where they feel good again, they look the way they want to look and they get to be a healthy role model for their families and friends.