Banish Bloating, Clear Skin and Feel Amazing
At 40, I was still dealing with adolescent acne and painful cystic acne. By my mid-forties I had developed eczema and psoriasis while battling nail fungus. Then there were the red itchy spots on my skin that just randomly appeared. I was greeted every morning with red itchy eyes and eyelids that were swollen and chaffed. My scalp was on fire, itchy, and flaky because of scalp psoriasis and I seemed to be losing a lot of hair.
My internal state wasn’t any prettier; bloating, cramping, diarrhea, heartburn, joint aches and pain, and a constant state of fatigue and exhaustion. My frequent trips to the doctor provided me with vague and hopeless answers followed by the promise of a new miracle drug. I was a mess and I had had enough!
Change The Way You Think
As a wellness advocate, I study and research the connection between skin disorders and nutrition which includes eating habits. Once I realized that I was trying to solve my skin problems the wrong way, topically, I decided to overhaul my diet.
When I started formulating natural skin care products, I was still under the assumption that my skin disorders were a direct result of the environment, genetics, hormones, hygiene, stress or lifestyle factors such as smoking.
And, while multiple factors do contribute to the condition of your skin, it’s poor nutrition that has a detrimental effect on your skins tissue. Without healthy intestines, its hard to have glowing skin or a full head of hair.
The good news is that the combination of bad skin, thinning hair and bloating (chronic inflammation) often has one unifying cause and treating it may improve all three conditions.
The Gut/Skin Connection
Like bloating, skin reactions are often a sign of an unhappy gut. Read More: The Impact of Diet and Lifestyle on Gut Microbiota and Human Health
Food allergies and food intolerances can lead to blemishes, rashes, dark circles under your eyes, and a puffy, swollen appearance.
Studies have found that more than half of all acne sufferers have alterations in gut bacteria, and societies that eat a more indigenous diet with little or no processed, especially those high in added fats, or sugary foods have virtually no acne (and very few gastrointestinal problems).
Rosacea has also been linked to inflammation and bacterial imbalance in the gut, and it’s one of the most common skin conditions. Digestive conditions like celiac disease and Crohn’s have accompanying skin manifestations that resolve when the underlying inflammation in the gut is treated.
THE HEALING KITCHEN
The best way to make sure your skin and hair are getting nutrients is to eat foods that contain them, vegetables and fruits, and a lot more of them. You cannot get glowing skin with a cream just like taking medications won’t cure your bloating if your eating an unhealthy diet.
This week, the focus is on the importance of eating vegetables and fruit and encouraging you to eat more of them. Upping your veggie intake has never been this easy. I hope these tips will motivate you to find your glow from the inside out, while banishing your bloat at the same time. Here are this week’s referral links for tips, tricks and techniques.
The American Cancer Society advising at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day for good health. The Harvard School of Public Health goes even further, recommending nine servings of vegetables and fruits each day. It’s enough to make you wonder exactly why vegetables are so important to human health. Read More…
It’s not just enough to eat your fruits and vegetables, but we need to eat more of them. One salad a day or having broccoli on your plate isn’t enough. Read More…
It’s the question that vegans and whole-food, plant-based eaters hear all the time: “Where do you get your protein?” Given the abundance of misinformation on the subject, concern over protein deficiency is understandable—but totally unfounded in science. Read More…
The secret to my healthy lifestyle is making healthy habits easy. I work hard and I have a household to manage. As a result, I’ve learned to streamline my diet so it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort, and it’s affordable. Minimize time, energy and save some cash with these tips & tricks. Read More:
It all starts with one step. Through nurturing food, you have the power to live your best life. If you are looking to get plant fit, check out Forks Over Knives Meal Planner. They offer useful information, tools, and recipes to help you take charge of your health destiny and share your own vibrant health and delicious cooking with the ones you love.
Written By: Mary Ellen Wank, Wellness Advocate and Founder of LATIV, Natural Skin Revival
Topical Treatments To Reduce Inflammation
If you are looking to achieve healthy skin, the first thing you must do is fill your plate with nutrient rich foods, then use those same health conscious decisions about your personal care products.