In honor of March being National Nutrition Month I would like to address how nutrition affects the skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body so it makes sense that the health of your skin indicates the health of your overall system. It is one of the main ways your body eliminates toxins. Keep this in mind if you are undertaking a detoxification process. It will show up on your skin.
Hormones play a key role in the health of the skin as well. If there is an imbalance, a deficit or the body is having difficulty eliminating and processing hormones the skin will show the symptoms.
If the skin is dehydrated the body is dehydrated. A simple reminder that water intake is essential. A very simple guideline for minimum water intake needed is to take your weight, divide by two and that is the number of ounces you should minimally be taking in daily. Remember that we live in a huge sand dune and therefore as the temperature rises, you will need to take in more fluid.
It is common knowledge that an individual needs five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Check yourself. If you are not getting this amount you may want to incorporate juicing. My favorite juice recipe is a combination of carrots, beets, ginger, and apples. If you are adventurous you can also add mango, kale and any other colorful fruit and vegetable. The visible results on the skin can be seen within a week.
Fiber is a key element to skin health especially if hormones are an issue. Fiber helps bind toxins and eliminate them through the gastrointestinal tract. If you are not having one to two bowel movements a day your fiber intake is probably lacking. Toxins have to be eliminated. If they are not being removed via feces they will keep circulating looking for another way out, i.e .the skin.
Vitamin C, probably the most well known vitamin is awesome for the skin. It is an anti-oxidant as well as an essential vitamin for collagen production. The amount of vitamin C needed will vary from person to person. A minimum of 1,000mg daily is therapeutic. You can take a larger amount up to bowel tolerance. This means your body will develop diarrhea or loose stools when you have hit the maximum dosage.
The last supplement I want to mention is omega-3 fatty acids. If you would like to avoid a supplement and would rather eat your nutrition for your skin fish, particularly salmon needs to be a part of your diet. As a supplement, only take a reputable source of fish oil as you want to avoid rancid fish oil.
I could go on for days about supporting your system and therefore your skin. Much, if not all of what I have talked about is familiar. Sometimes we just need to be reminded of the basics. I wish for all of you to attain healthy glowing skin and for it to be a direct reflection of how you are feeling.- Dr. Keiffer