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Friday, December 19, 2008

New Year, New Skin - article on MSN Style

Yesterday I featured in an article on about what you can do to keep your skin looking great in the coming year. I was actually slightly mis-quoted in the article so my information doesn't quite make sense! My actual words are:

"I believe that good skin can only really come from the inside, and poor skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside the body. Treating skin from the outside is a bit like closing the door after the horse has bolted. From a naturopathic point of view, the skin is an organ of elimination, and when it is not in good shape this shows that too many toxins are being excreted through this route.

The favoured routes of elimination for the body are the bowel, liver and kidneys and when these are overloaded or not functioning well, the skin is the next route used. So when treating skin problems, it’s vital to make sure the bowel and liver are working properly.

This means that if you are constipated, it needs to be addressed straight away. So eating plenty of brown rice and vegetables, and drinking plenty of plain water can be a great way to get the bowel moving.

As well as improving general detoxification mechanisms in the body, it’s also important to look at protein requirements; after all, the skin is made of protein and to maintain proper skin integrity, you need to make sure you are eating adequate amounts of protein. Fish is a great protein choice because it is fairly easily digested, it’s low in fat and oily fish has the added benefits of containing omega 3 fatty acids which are also beneficial for skin health.

Specific nutrients that have been found to benefit the skin are the zinc and vitamin C. These can be obtained from any healthy diet, but it’s sometimes worth taking a supplement to boost levels initially."

Read the article in full here.

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