Did you know that our skin often shows how well we nourish our unseen, interior chemistry and our emotions?
If we have peace of mind, it gives our body the go ahead to process nutrients and produce positive energy.
Here are some tips to harness the power of a calm spirit and the gifts of nature to heal many skin issues regardless of their initial causes.
Hydrate with Lemons and Limes
The first step with any imbalance in your body is to give your cells enough water to flush and process out what is not needed. Our beings are structured with 80% water. Sip throughout the day and set in motion positive biochemical events. Maintain proper pH by adding the juice of lemons and limes whenever possible.
Add Exercise to Your Day
If more movement seems to be the road for every remedy, it is. Exercise streamlines the flow of nourishment and oxygen to your skin cells and facilitates the removal of toxins and inflammation. What is the best exercise for your skin? The one you will do! If you don't exercise much, start with an extra 15 minute walk everyday.
Nourish Your Body's Filters
Your liver and kidneys work to keep your cells clean and efficient. Picture a factory of highly skilled workers creating substances needed for your food processing and discarding waste. How to nourish? The first step is to be grateful for all their work and ask yourself if you have taxed them lately? Medication and cocktails call for a lot of overtime processing.
They could be renewed by enjoying lots of radishes, okra and dandelion root tea. Naturopaths can suggest some helpful herbal and homeopathic remedies as well.
Ask your health care provider for help being mindful of all that you ingest and if they recommend kidney or liver support when they proscribe medication.
Load up on Orange, Green and C Foods
Beta Carotene along with other nutrients found in the dark leafy greens, carrots, squash and orange fruit flush out inflammatory substances to reduce acne and create radiance. Enjoy these foods roasted, steamed with sauce, in a soup or smoothie.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which removes free radicals and prevents skin cell damage. Many greens, vegetables and fruits contain C so start heaping on as they come into season!
Crowd Out Trigger Foods
Keep a log if you have skin flare ups after eating certain inflammatory foods. Wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts, high glycemic foods and alcohol all have played a roll in triggering skin issues. Acne, eczema and rosacea have been relieved when provoking substances are scarce. By eliminating common trigger foods for a few weeks and adding back one at a time, you will learn your personal sensitivities. Physicians and practitioners offer helpful food sensitivity testing as well.
De-stress as you Tap in to your Desires
Have you noticed your skin and other health issues signal when you lose sleep or are stressed about uncontrollable events in your life? This is normal for all humans but we can keep our biochemistry from over reacting in the face of adversity by setting aside time to breathe, meditate and discover what we truly enjoy doing everyday. Whether our life passions coincide with our career or leisure time, engaging in them keeps us in balance. This spring and summer, explore what makes you tick and delve into your interests!
Karen Rigney is a Certified Integrative Nutrition and Health Coach.