Our Skin is a Barometer of What Goes on Inside. This means true skin health comes from within.
Skin is the largest organ of the body. It breathes, excretes toxins and is in charge of temperature control and protecting the host. The human body is a living organism, made of living cells which require living food in order to be properly nourished and function without cellular clumping or dis-tress.
There are major players that interfere with the elimination process of the skin and cause cellular changes. These include alcohol, junk foods, deodorants, heavy metals such as mercury, (2) germicidal soaps, various medications, skin lightening products and other toxins found skin care products.
Reducing nutrient rich foods in the body while adding in more toxins reduces nutrition to the epidermis. The reaction being cellular exhaustion and weakness.(cellular changes) Histological studies of the skin show that a wrinkle is formed following a series of major cellular changes.
Stress can cause cellular changes and lead to premature aging. Our face is often the first part of the body to reveal signs of stress. This is because the skin on the face is always exposed to an abundance of toxins and the muscles on the face controls facial reactions to stress.
Stressful eating, tattoos and a sedentary lifestyle can cause cellular changes. Smoking, Roundup Ready,(1) junk foods, alcohol and skin care products can also play a causative roll in cellular changes.
Telomere shortening can cause premature aging. A study in the journal PLoS ONE shows the impact job stress has on certain sections of our DNA called telomeres, which have been linked in research with longevity. In 2008 The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said “Greater intake of processed meats, was associated with telomere shortening.” Dietary patterns rich in processed and red meats, sugar, fried foods and refined grains can be associated with shorter telomeres and obesity.
When we fail to nourish the body with nutrient (antioxidant) rich foods, we leave our skin and body wide open to premature aging. The skin never works alone. Stress and toxic exposures have been known to knock down both the immune and the digestive system, causing oxidative stress. With less oxygen and increased free radicals we make it harder for the skin and all elimination systems of the body to work in harmony.
Pollution from Within:
Our colon plays an important roll in skin health from within. Since the skin is considered to be the “third lung,” it is necessary to keep in mind that skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, boils, psoriasis and rashes can be the result of toxicity and stress in the colon.
The fastest way to restore wellness is to avoid putting into the body the things that have caused the physical problem to develop in the first place, and then give the body the nutrients it needs to repair and rebuild itself. The body is self-healing when the infraction is stopped and proper nutrients are provided. Choose toxic- free organic skin care products and include healthy ways to decrease stress levels.
A Marketing Ploy:
Today we have fake science promoting skin care products that promise to protect us from pollution in our environment. These advertisements have women running out to the stores for these so-called ‘streetwise answers’ to aging. Pollution in the environment includes but is not limited to electromagnetic frequencies, radiation, pesticides, toxic air from cars, the industrial revolution and toxic chemicals in our water.
This marketing ploy is bogus because our skin is a living breathing organism. The pores are open ready to accept debris from many avenues.
We are exposed to many skin toxins from within and without that can compromise skin health. Consider the many toxic scents we are exposed to in our homes. These can include toxic candles, air fresheners and formaldehyde in perfumes just to name a few.
Just think for a moment:
Some of these ‘anti pollution’ products contain the same toxic ingredients that shouldn’t be used on the skin in the first place, such as Sodium Benzoate. Are we than ‘adding- in’ more pollution?
There are anti-pollution skin cleansers that are used to cleanse the skin. Are we washing them off with our toxic city water?
If these anti-pollution products worked, we would be spending thousands $$$ covering our entire body for protection from pollution. Would the skin still be able to breathe and eliminate toxins normally? You decide.
Connie Rogers is a Certified Cosmetologist, Skin Health from Within expert for 38 years, Certified Integrative Nutritional Holistic Health Coach, Reiki Master and a Published Author. Visit www.facebook.com/bitesizepieces
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