Did you know your skin is an organ? Many people find this impossible to believe. This particular organ covers the outside of your body, but it is just as much an organ as one inside your body that you can’t see. When you are not nourishing the inside of your body well, it shows on the outside of your body, via the skin. By changing your eating habits, your skin’s health will improve right along with the health of your entire body.
The Skin Within
The skin contains three layers: epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue.
The epidermis is the outer layer. It is made up of keratinized cells that are continually shed and being replaced by new ones. Because skin cells are microscopic, you may not see them when they shed, but healthy skin is continually replacing old cells on a continuous basis.
The dermis is the middle layer. It contains pigment, collagen, and elastic tissue. These are the fibers that give the skin its resilience, tone, and color.
The subcutaneous tissue is the deep layer. It contains blood vessels, fat, and nerves. Not all fat is bad fat. Some fat is needed to cushion the organs, as well as store nutrients.
Your skin may look dull and dry. You could blame it on your moisturizer, or it might be something else. Examine what you eat first to look for solutions. When we eat foods that lack nutrients, the skin doesn’t get what it needs to stay radiant, flexible, and healthy. Eating a fast food hamburger might taste good at the time, but all that fat will add to the subcutaneous layer, clogging your pores, as well as your arteries.
It’s time for a real beauty makeover – it’s time for a food makeover! Forget the creams and makeup; let’s get to the root of skin care. If you want to have healthy skin choose foods that are good for your skin. But not just any foods – Super Foods! These are foods that, when eaten in their raw, natural state, provide a ton of nutrients for the body and the skin.
Let’s take a look at what super foods can do for your most overlooked organ – your skin:
Dark green leafy vegetables – Do pimples, blackheads, and acne prone skin have you always looking for an acne skin treatment that really works? Instead, eating foods like kale, spinach, broccoli, and collard greens can return the pH of your internal environment back to neutral. A pH balanced internal and external system (more alkaline) is a healthy system which promotes clear healthy skin.
Goji berries – Good skin health is a by-product of the work of antioxidants. These berries contain vitamin E, a contributor to skin moisture and suppleness.
Salmon – This cold water fish is one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are instrumental in providing immunity by reducing inflammation. Salmon has just the right combination of nutrients to keep skin soft, pliable, and looking great. Note: Be sure the salmon is wild and not farm-raised.
Yogurt – Live cultures found in yogurt help maintain digestive health. When toxins are moved and eliminated from the body, the skin benefits several ways. You’ll have fewer clogged pores resulting in fewer blemishes, and your skin will retain its elasticity because it’s not being weighed down with toxins. Note: Eat only organic brands.
Water – Although water is not a food per se it would be remiss to not mention the role good hydration plays to keep skin healthy and even young looking. Skin cells thrive when that hydration comes from pure, clean water — not liquids such as soda or even soup. Sufficient amounts of water help cells take in nutrients and discard toxins.
What steps are you taking to improve your skin’s health? Forget your makeup drawer – check your kitchen! There you’ll find the secrets to healthy looking skin.
To your good health,
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