Skin 101    

Skin is the body’s largest organ.  It not only shields us from the elements around us, it also assists with detoxification, and protects our tissues and organs from damage.  Skin also reflects our inner health.  It readily shows stress and tension, hormonal imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies.  The best way to combat dry skin that accompanies the colder weather is by working from the inside out, rather than just slathering on creams and ointments and hoping for the best.

 

Water, Water Everywhere

      

One of the main components of healthy skin is water.  The body is composed of over seventy percent water that makes up every cell, including skin cells. The first step toward preventing or healing dry skin is to increase your water consumption.  This will help keep your skin properly hydrated.  While the standard recommendation is eight cups per day, more may be required to cope with dry indoor air and harsh fall and winter elements outdoors.  For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, add another glass of water to the total.

 

Eat Your Fats

      

To combat dryness, you will need to increase your consumption of healthy fats, also known as essential fatty acids.  There are many different types of healthy fats, all of which are required to prevent dry skin and chapping.  Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna are helpful.  Adding cold-pressed flax or hemp oil to salads or drizzled on steamed veggies or baked potatoes is another excellent way to add healthy Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.

Avoid cooking with flax or hemp oil since the heat eliminates any benefit to taking them.  After cooking food, you can use these oils in place of butter as a condiment on foods.  Most people are quite surprised to find that they actually taste quite good.  If you are not among them, you can sneak some flax or hemp oil into a smoothie.  Try to get two tablespoons of these oils per day.

 

Good quality Fish Oil or Cod Liver Oil supplements can be hugely beneficial to eczema sufferers. There are many different types, strengths and qualities of oil so ask your local health food store which brand and type would be suitable for your age and health requirements.

 

Foods and Supplements

           

To prevent dryness and chapped skin, your body’s needs for vitamins A, E, and D may be higher during the cold weather months.  You can take these nutrients in supplement form but I recommend that you also try to eat foods high in these nutrients.

Carrots, carrot juice, sweet potatoes, yams, and green leafy vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin A.

Vitamin E is prevalent in raw, unsalted seeds and nuts such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and whole grain cereals and breads.

Vitamin D is made in the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight, however, that can be inadequate during the colder weather.  Excellent sources of vitamin D include sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, fish, eggs, and sprouts. Nuttelex Margarine spread contains vitamin D also, and is dairy free and peanut free.

With a little extra TLC -  a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, plenty of water, and natural skincare products, your skin can be healthy and glowing in no time! 

 

 

 

Probiotics to Prevent Eczema

 

 

Most people, including many physicians, do not realize that 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract, making a healthy gut a major focal point in your efforts to achieve optimal health. In fact, the root of many health problems is related to an imbalance of intestinal bacteria.

You may be surprised to learn that the bacteria in your gut outnumber the cells in your body by a factor of ten to one — you have approximately 100 trillion bacteria living in your GI tract, comprised of as many as 500 different species and 7,000 different strains. Collectively, each of us carries around several pounds of bacteria inside us!

The beneficial bacteria in your gut has actually been found to help prevent allergies by training your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens and respond appropriately – and this may be one reason why they also appear so beneficial for eczema.

According to the latest research, a review of 21 studies that included 11,000 participants, in children at risk for developing eczema, supplementing with a type of beneficial bacterial called Lactobacillus rhapsodic GG or Lactobacillus rhamnosus strain HN001 cut kids' risk of developing eczema in half compared to those taking a placebo.1 Children that took other various mixtures of probiotics also had their risk of eczema at least halved. ........

Keep reading the rest of this fantastic article from Mercola Health here:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/03/probiotics-lessen-eczema-risk.aspx

 

 

 

From the Outside In


The best moisturisers to treat dry skin are those that contain few harsh chemicals, emulsifiers, preservatives, and alcohol, all of which can further irritate sensitive skin. While many companies claim that their products are "natural" few actually live up to the claim!

Brands like Sukin and Hope's Relief are a great choice as they are Australian Owned and Made, and contain premium ingredients specific to the needs of eczema & sensitive skin. And because Sukin is an eco-conscious company - their packaging is made from recycled material, so buying their products is an environmental contribution you can be proud of!

 

 

 

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- Coconut Oil

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