How to Have Healthy, Beautiful Skin
4 Easy Tools You Can Implement Today
Healthy, beautiful skin; isn’t that what we all want? The interesting fact about skin is that it can be a big indicator for overall health. Our skin can have rashes or breakouts, it can age too quickly or become thin and brittle, it can even be dried out and flaky. All of these can be a clue that something else is going on within our bodies that we may want to explore.
There are many things you can do to support beautiful, healthy skin. Listed below are my top four tools.
#1 — Drink plenty of water.
I do talk a lot about drinking water, but honestly water is like elixir to our bodies. The magic potion, if you will. It hydrates the body from the inside out, it flushes out toxins and waste and it even regulates temperature.
I recommend to my clients that they drink half of their body weight in ounces every day. At the very minimum, I’d suggest 48 ounces per day
#2 — Eat healthy fats.
Let’s talk about all the fats! Your skin needs healthy fats as well as fatty acids to look its best! The fats you should avoid are trans fats and saturated fats. These are typically found in processed foods like french fries, instant noodles and cakes and other sweets.
Healthy fats on the other hand are unsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats. These are typically found in nuts, seeds and fish.
Here are some good things that you get from healthy fats:
Omega-3 fatty acids — You’ve heard these are good for your heart, but they are also great for the skin! They are shown to reduce inflammatory conditions of the skin as well lead to smoother skin. Oh yes. Smooth. The perfect word for skin! J
You can find Omega-3 in cold water fish and walnuts.
Vitamin E — It helps with the skins collagen production for firmness and elasticity and fights free radicals which can cause aging.
You can find vitamin E in almonds, sunflower seeds and avocado.
Antioxidants — These are very protective of the skin cells and helps eliminate toxins from the body.
You can find antioxidants in avocado and brazil nuts.
#3 — Foster a healthy gut.
One of the main components to having beautiful skin on the face as well as the rest of the body is to have a healthy gut.
Acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and dry skin are all conditions of the skin that can indicate poor gut health.
Your gut starts at your mouth and goes all the way down through the body to the anus. A healthy gut absorbs nutrients, is an environment for both good and bad bacteria and eliminates waste daily. The primary role is to absorb nutrients. If we aren’t giving our body enough of the right nutrients, then our skin is one of the first places to show it.
Here are a few ways to make sure you are keeping your gut as healthy as possible:
— Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.
— Avoid an excess of sugar, gluten and alcohol.
— Eat high fiber foods and make sure you are eliminating daily.
— Eat foods with probiotics (kombucha, fermented foods, etc).
— Drink plenty of water.
— Complete a food cleanse at least a couple of times per year.
If you are taking consistent action on these six things, your gut is going to be nourished and happy! That is going to show on your skin!
#4 — Watch your skin for clues.
Your facial skin can be a map to how the rest of your body is doing. This pic is a representation of different areas of the body that can be in distress and could have break-outs (acne, rosacea, etc) in a specific area.
For example, a couple of years ago I began having serious break-outs in my chin area. I didn’t understand why it kept happening, but no sooner than I’d get one spot cleared up, another would start. After researching the issue, I realized that this area coordinated with hormonal issues. I had some other symptoms that led me to believe that I probably was having hormonal issues, so I got some lab testing to verify it and found that it was a definite yes to imbalanced hormones. I immediately completed a food cleanse, started changing some things in my diet and taking some targeted supplements in order to support a healthy hormone system. And guess what! Once I got my hormones balanced, the break-outs on my chin stopped!
Are you struggling with spots and breakouts? Are they specific to one are of your face? If so, it might be time to complete a cleanse designed to target that area of internal organs. My clients have found that even during my Five Day Support Food Cleanse, they start to see clearer skin! This is one of the main reasons that I am such a proponent for food cleansing. This process allows our body to release toxins and reset so that it functions optimally.
How is your skin doing? Are you doing all of the above things, but still having issues? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Sherry Parks is a Wellness Coach who helps career women escape feeling trapped and out of control in their work life, so that they are happy on their own terms and have joy and excitement for their life. Grab her Free PDF, Top Tips for Successful Food Cleansing, here.
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