What Is Your Skin Trying To Tell You?
Hey Beauties! If you look in the mirror, what do you see? I mean besides your "Beautiful Reflection." How would you describe your skin? Do you have any key issues that need improvement? I have been reading Dr.Trevor Cates, "Clean Skin From Within" and she makes some valid points. For instance, she states that, "The gut's health is directly related to our skin's health." I mean, it makes complete sense.
Our skin is the largest organ, and it is the outer representation for our internal health. If our hormones, digestion, blood sugar, immune system, or other systems are imbalanced then the results will appear on our skin. You should know what exactly is going on with your body, inside and out! if you take medication, or use ointments to "treat" your skin, then you should know that you are only suppressing the issue. Your body is trying to tell you something, don't ignore it!
The human digestive tract contains delicate microorganisms called the microbiome. A microbiome is the genetic material of all microbes (Bacteria, Fungi, Protozoa, and Viruses) that live on and inside the human body.The good bacteria (Lactobacillus and Buiidobacteria) help crowd out harmful bacteria. When the skin's microbiome is well balanced then it protects your skin from harmful pathogens and promotes the skin's immune system. This specific role helps prevent acne, eczema, blemishes, premature aging (excess wrinkles and sagging skin.) Your skin will show you when it’s s microbiome is compromised (dry, itchy, or chronic skin problems.) Most of the immune system functions in the gastrointestinal tract. Hence, a balance gut microbiome can help support a healthy immune system. There has been research suggesting probiotics promotes a healthy balance of good bacteria, leading towards the remedy of various skin conditions, boosting the immune system, and balancing good bacteria. Probiotics work successfully both topically on the skin and orally. Increasing your probiotic intake can help imbalances, which triggers the immune system overactivity. An unhealthy microbiome maybe the perpetrator behind any of your skin issues.
Our skin isn't perfect, and it doesn't help that the sun has an excessive amount of UV Radiation filtrating on our external barrier. Oxidative damage could be the reason why your skin is out of whack, which is from the sun and pollutants. UV Radiation generates free radicals in the skin, and when the levels exceed over the necessary amount, then oxidative damage occurs leading to premature aging, sunburn, skin inflammation, and skin cancers. It also causes the reduction of antioxidants (Vitamin E and C). Free Radicals damage collagen and affects the firmness on your skin leading to dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, and elasticity. Oxidative damage speeds the breakdown of your collagen and elastin. When aging occurs, the elastic fibers in the skin progressively gets worse and eventually deteriorates, loosening the elasticity. Sun exposure from UV Rays also causes the skin to lose its elasticity. Oxidative damage also occurs internally from toxins and poor dietary choices. Your internal organs can be affected, which increases our risk of developing chronic diseases.
Skin inflammation problems often comes from digestive issues. Our digestive tract allows liquids and gases to pass through, and when the lining is more permeable than the required amount, then food particles can slip through the tract. Our immune system works as soldiers, so they see those foreign food particles as foreign substances. This creates an inflammatory response (eczema, acne, or other skin conditions.) To address inflammation, it is important to balance the immune response by intaking anti-inflammatory foods and nutrients, and avoiding trigger foods that could activate the immune system.
Another cause for your skin issues could have something to do with your Hormones being imbalanced. Side effects includes: dry skin, fine lines, wrinkles, acne, or rosacea. Hormones are chemical messengers used by the endocrine system to communicate with itself and the rest of the body's system. Blood sugar is related to hormones due to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps maintain the balance of your blood sugar, and Androgens, (Testosterones) are known to trigger acne. Once you balance your inflammatory hormones, then you will notice clear and clean skin.
Speaking of blood sugar, did you know that blood sugar issues could be another reason why your skin isn't like how it once was? If the blood sugar is consumed in excess, or not used properly, then it can bind to the skin's collagen and elastin. Hence, damages the skin. This process is also referred as Glycation. Research has shown that once the cross-linking of glucose with collagen and elastin occurs, then it is hard to reverse. Excess sugar intake makes collagen lose its structure, which causes wrinkles and sagging. Keep in mind when your blood sugar rises, then your insulin production increases, activating sebum production and androgen activity. Once this process is started then acne breakouts occur. Of course it is hard to completely cut out all sugar intake, but having a balanced and nutritional diet will be most effective.
I hope you Beauties enjoyed the information that I provided above! Your nutrition is very important when wanting to achieve a healthy and beautiful lifestyle for inside and outside of the body. Your skin is a mirror image of what's going on with the inside of your body, so don't ignore your body when it's talking to you!
With that said, it is extremely important to make sure your nutrition is at its best! I'll be writing another blog involving this topic, so make sure you are subscribed to our email list for upcoming news and information.