Starting From The Inside Out: Why Skin Problems Are Often An Internal Issue | 2

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Welcome to part 2 of Starting From The Inside Out: Why Skin Problems Are Often An Internal Issue. Let’s continue where we left off shall we!

See part 1 here.

eat well to help resolve skin problems

No. 3 – Give Your Liver Some Sweet Sweet Love

If you’re suffering with skin problems, here is a list of super-duper liver loving foods you can start including into your diet to really help clean you up from inside out. These beauties really help to support your lovely liver. After all, it works so hard on your behalf.

These foods are jam-packed with a variety of antioxidant-rich nutrients to help support and rejuvenate the liver.

  • Artichokes
  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Cruciferous Vegetables – Including broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, bok choy, watercress, garden cress, mustard greens, and turnips.
  • Garlic
  • Citrus fruits =-Grapefruit, Lemons and Limes
  • Leafy Green Veggies –kale, mustard greens, spinach, Swiss chard, dandelion greens and chicory.For more on Greens, see my blog on the benefits of Green Leafy veg here.
  • Turmeric – For more info on turmeric see my blog here
  • Avocados
  • Green tea
  • Walnuts
  • Dandelion root – These roots provide a bitter extract that can stimulate digestive enzymes in the liver. This bitter extract helps to detox and purify the internal systems. Dandelion root tea aids the liver in breaking down fats, increasing bile, works as a diuretic and removes toxins.
avoid pro-inflammatory foods if you have skin problems

No. 4 – Avoid Pro-Inflammatory Foods

When you suffer from skin problems, processed, refined, packaged foods are on the no-go list. Cut the fried foods, the overly processed candies, chocolates, crisps – the lot.
Refined sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy, alcohol, caffeine and processed food are all substances that play a major role in inflammatory conditions. And that includes acne. Plus they build up toxins and cause dehydration the body.

I’m not saying you have to avoid them all completely but instead enjoy them every once in a while. You’ll really notice a huge difference in your skin’s appearance once you cut them out. Plus if your skin problems show up after a specific food/food group, you will also know to avoid that certain food, at least for the time being.

No. 5 – Manage Your Stress

Managing stress is crucial when it comes to keeping cortisol levels in check and hormones inline.
When your hormones go out of whack, whether from an increase in your stress levels, a lack of sleep, poor dietary choices, or a lack of exercise – the more your skin shows signs of being too stressed out.
When you’re stressed and your cortisol levels are too high, your digestion takes a step back which causes all kinds of things to go askew.

Find ways to deal with your day to day stress levels, whether it’s breathing exercises, moving around, going for a walk at lunchtime, taking yoga classes, reading a book – whatever you need.

Check out these blogs on helping to reduce stress if you need some ideas.

supplements to help with skin problems

No. 6 – Should You Wish To Supplement

I encourage you to eat your way to better skin health, but sometimes higher doses are needed. Therefore I recommend the following:

Milk Thistle 

Milk thistle has a long history of use as a herbal medicine, largely for ailments of the liver. In fact, it’s often used for its protective and restorative qualities as well as its detoxification properties.
Milk Thistle is known to help prevent liver destruction and enhance liver function, as well as stimulating the growth of new liver cells to replace old damaged cells. This allows for regeneration to occur.
For more information about milk thistle see my blog here.

A Happy liver = a happy digestive system and a happy inside!

Turmeric 

Turmeric has been shown to:

  • protect the liver
  • help improve circulation through the liver
  • increase bile production
  • enhance both phases of liver detoxification

Turmeric is also rich in anti-ageing antioxidants for ultimate skin health, plus it’s anti-inflammatory.

Probiotics 

For complete gut health, probiotics are key players in digestive happiness and well being.
Popular brands include Udo’s Choice Super 8, and Optibacs’s Optibac Every Day and Optibac Extra Strength.

Greens Powders

Greens are highly detoxing, alkalising and cleansing to the body and great friends of the liver

Omega 3 

For beautiful skin, omega 3’s are your man. They can help to bring down skin inflammation such as psoriasis and eczema and are also great for problematic dry skin on the body, face or scalp.
Omega 3’s help to balance hormones too, helping to keep your skin at ease during monthly flare-ups (again ladies, I address you!).
Popular choices include Nordic Naturals Omega 3, Nourish Omega 3

Lastly, make sure to drink plenty of water, engage in fulfilling exercise and aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

If you missed part 1, see here.

Next up on the Beauty Blog Series:

Emily Nöth

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*Please note that while we are knowledgeable about our products and nutrition, this blog should never be a substitute for medical advice and attention.

Please remember that you should always obtain the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new supplement plan or diet if you’re on any medication