8 Foods for Clear Skin | Tips for Great Healthy Skin

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Acne can be a difficult when you have tried many different tactics but nothing seems to work. Acne can usually be traced back to your diet, which is why I created this list of 8 tips and foods for clear skin that you can be proud of.

Number 1 – Water, Water, and more Water. Proper hydration is the key to having vibrant skin. The skin needs moisture in order to maintain its tenacity. Drinking half of your body weight in ounces is the key to healthy hydrated and vibrant skin.

Number 2 – Healthy fats – We know that we are what we eat, but did you know you are also what you digest and assimilate. Even if someone is eating a healthy diet they may not be breaking down that diet into a usable form. If you have elevated liver enzymes, elevated lipids this can be a sign that you are not processing your fats very well, os even an avocado is not digesting well within the system. This can happen for several reasons a toxic liver or a carnitine deficiency are common. Once you uncover the cause then you can help your body savor those healthy fats once and for all. Holistic Family Practice offers advanced Functional Laboratesting Testing to uncover the root causes.

Number 3 – Fruits and Veggies – Fruits and Veggies are key to a healthy body as well as healthy skin. They also help the body repair and rebuild itself while gently detoxifying and providing the body with carbohydrates for energy. As we continue to heal ourselves using food as medicine we discover our skin to express things that were underlying. It is common for the skin to express things that were going on below the surface of the system. Also, breakdowns in carbohydrate metabolism occur and can create a fermentation process within the digestive system.

Number 4 – Organic – It is not a wonder why we have so many complications with our digestive system. Our food these days has been sprayed with many pesticides, herbicides, and now with the advent of GMOs, our digestive systems are confused by these food-like substances. Alas, one can do their part in the process by finding organic options of many fruits and veggies as well as washing food in 11.5 solutions. 11.5 water can be purchased through our practice and is sold by our Alkaline Water Membership.

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Number 5 – Zinc – Zinc is a trace element that the body uses as a part of the immune system. It is also found in the lining of the digestive system and is useful in the metabolism of our macronutrients proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It attached to over 300 enzymes in the digestive system to support in the digestive process. Zinc can also be applied topically to treat acne, aging skin, as well as speed up wound healing.

Number 6 – Avoid the triggers – Some of us are aware of what foods our bodies do not like. Most commonly dairy, wheat including bread and pasta, gluten-based products, sugars both processed and colorings are the usual offenders however many times people have a sensitivity to foods that they enjoy or ones that are considered healthy. Our Dietary Antigen panel discovers which foods the body has a reaction to and helps to eliminate those out of the diet. When I most recently did mine many of the foods I loved were on there such as Brussel sprouts, and bananas. These were foods that I ate often and enjoyed but were created slow immune-mediated responses in my digestive system. As a result, I eliminate them out for a period of time and reintroduce them back into my diet.

Number 7 – Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin and is helpful in many non-skin related bodily functions such as movement of the body and vision. However, vitamin e oil when applied topically can help fight off freed radical damage from the skin. Oxidative stress occurs as we age, as our body is exposed to various toxic substances. Vitamin E can help improve the health of the skin by reducing wrinkles and keeping the skin looking youthful as well as healthy. Aging is known to contribute to a deficiency of Vitamin E and it is known that over 50 percent of elderly may have suboptimal vitamin e levels. Such deficiencies can also be attributed to chronic digestive diseases such as irritable bowel, etc as well as many medications which can affect the liver.

Number 8 – Avoid the process – This one may seem like a no-brainer but is something important to mention. If you want your skin to look vibrant than it is important for you to eat foods that are vibrant, not foods that are in a box or a bag. High sodium processed foods can draw the moisture out of the skin and therefore make it appear drier and less nourished. Eating a more whole foods diet of fresh fruits and veggies over processed foods is helpful when helping the body to the health of unhealthy skin effects. I work with a myriad of people with common skin imbalanced. Those that have been long-term suffers from acne, eczema, psoriasis both young and old have all been assisted using naturopathic healthcare. It is a practice and a purposeful one. People with skin imbalances do not magically heal overnight. This can be the frustrating part with many people with skin imbalances, that they want these things to clear up now. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill or magic treatment. It is consistent, deliberate actionable steps that help to shift health over time. Not only with skin conditions, but with any condition the more disciplined you are to the process the more results you will see over the long term.

*All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

Skin and the Gut

How to Improve your Gut Health and Acne for Clear Skin

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All information about gut health and acne contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

Learn how to improve your gut health and acne:

This month we have been focusing all on the skin. Various people are challenged with skin conditions. Some people suffer from dry skin, blemished skin, rashes, pumps, and the dis-ease processes that have manifested itself in the skin. But did you know that skin conditions do not often begin there? In fact, it has been found that many skin conditions are merely an expression of underlying root causes found in the digestive system. The digestive system houses the majority of the hormonal, nervous, and more importantly the immune system.

Once the immune system begins to develop immunological reactions it begins to manifest itself in the skin. Imbalances in the microbiome or the sensitive bacterial ecosystem found in the digestive system can lead to long-term chronic skin disorders. Gut flora can become compromised for various reasons. Poor diet, stress, inadequate sleep, heavy medication or antibiotic usage, poor digestion, and/or food sensitivities are just some of the many causes of skin imbalances. As these causes begin to erode the lining of the digestive system known as the secretory IgA, the lining becomes more permeable allowing toxicities to leak through into the bloodstream. This mechanism is often termed as leaky gut when the lining of the digestive system is allowing toxins to leak through into the bloodstream.

Over time, these immune system invaders seep into the bloodstream and can create many skin imbalances. When speaking with practice members who suffer from skin imbalances, I often describe first healing the GI system from the top down. The top meaning what the person is eating to how they are breaking down that diet to their digestion and assimilation as well as their elimination process. If there are imbalances along the way it can impair the body’s ability to break down digest and assimilate food creating issues within the digestive system.

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Advanced testing is now available to uncover these imbalances right away in order to heal the burdens on the skin once and for all. Dunwoody Labs provides a comprehensive state of the art food sensitivity test that uncovers IgG, IgA, and IgM food responses. This takes the guesswork out of figuring out which foods the body is reacting to in order for the patient to eliminate them completely for a period of time. Dunwoody Labs advanced intestinal permeability test, looks at the lining of the digestive system and helps to understand what things are affecting the lining of the GI system.

Great Plains OAT test or Organic Acid testing helps to understand digestion, assimilation, and absorption of macro as well as micronutrients, while Greta Plains Comprehensive Stool Panel helps to discern any microorganisms that are present within the system that needs to be addressed. We offer these state of the art Functional Laboratory Assessments to help determine and address the root causes of why the body is out of balance.

Sometimes these lab panels can be covered under major medical insurances or can be paid for with an in-office payment plan. These lab tests provide incredible insight in terms of what is out of balance with the person and what needs to be addressed so the skin conditions can clear up once and for all.

*All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.