Updated: Feb 26, 2019
Radiant Skin Starts On The Inside
Have you noticed a difference in the look and feel of your skin or how you feel after eating disagreeable foods too often? It can certainly make us feel sluggish, bloated or sometimes worse; and in turn, causing problem skin.
Here's why... Kate Anne at mindbodygreen.com explains,
“When the digestive system struggles to eliminate toxins effectively, it will partner up with other organs and eliminate toxins that way. Since your skin is your body's largest organ, it's no surprise that acne, rosacea, and dermatitis crop up when something's off internally.”
In previous Blog Insights, we learned how routine exercise and healthy eating can greatly effect the health of our skin. In this Blog Tip, we’ll take a deeper look into the root cause of problem skin issues relating to simple digestion.
A well functioning digestive tract is key to optimum energy levels, immunity, and overall health.
When given the proper nutrients, our dietary system is like a well-oiled machine. Though most of us flow through each day not giving much thought to our food intake, but only satisfying the nagging hunger pains, and the bored or nervous snacking. Most of us have been there-done that. However, caving in to those impulsive cravings can lead to skin problems, poor health and even auto-immune disorders.
Here are some ways we can manage our digestive health by learning what foods are beneficial or detrimental to our body.
Let's take a quick look at one protein in particular that you may not know is harmful to your health. Have you heard of, Lectins?
"Lectins are proteins, and they exist in significant amounts in about 30 percent of foods. They are especially concentrated in grains and legumes. If you often eat a lot of lectin-containing food and you’re lacking in the enzymes to digest lectins, these proteins may enter the bloodstream. They may cause nutritional deficiencies and digestive problems. They can also damage the walls of the intestines. Some believe that lectins are partially responsible for creating a “leaky gut” that leads to autoimmune disease."
Our friends at authoritydiet.com offer a helpful infographic chart on High Lectin Foods and Low Lectin Foods. Click here to learn more.
Now that we know the facts on how proper diet affects our digestion, Kate Anne from mindbodygreen.com offers more insight with her "Top 6 Digestion Boosters for Beautiful Skin"
1. Ditch dairy, sugar, gluten and soy (at least temporarily).
Many people have food allergies, but even more have food sensitivities. Often skin conditions are caused by these sensitive foods; many people go for years without ever addressing the core problem. If there is one thing that you try in this list, this is it. Quit these four common sensitive foods for three weeks and watch your skin transform. These foods can lead to intestinal inflammation and affect your healthy gut flora and thus, overall digestion and skin.
2. Take a daily probiotic.
Support your gut flora by taking a daily probiotic supplement. These “good bacteria” live in our digestive tract and help keep our pH levels in a place allowing our bodies to absorb skin-benefiting nutrients and also help with the removal of wastes. You can also get these good probiotics in raw sauerkraut and kombucha.
3. Supplement with raw apple cider vinegar.
Raw apple cider vinegar (or commonly referred to as just "ACV") is one of nature’s best digestive aids. This little miracle is good for a host of functions in the body, including, the promotion of optimal digestion, cleansing your digestive tract and helping those friendly bacteria grow in the body. When you purchase ACV, look for “raw” and “unfiltered.” (Ideally, you'd buy a label that says “with the mother,” so you can gain all the benefits). You can add ACV to your salad dressings or even take a tablespoon mixed with water to get the benefits.
4. Take digestive enzymes.
Your body makes its own digestive enzymes, but often times our bodies do not make enough to break down everything we consume, especially as we age. Supplementing with digestive enzymes is beneficial for the absorption of all the nutrients necessary for beautiful skin. By helping to promote efficient digestion, digestive enzymes help the body renew damaged cells while also decrease constipation – a key for glowing skin. Look for plant-based enzymes to avoid contaminants from non-organic animal-based enzymes.
5. Eat a whole foods, plant-based diet.
What you put in your body is arguably more important for your skin than what you put on it. Eating a whole food based diet, rich in vegetables and fruits, is the best way to promote your digestive tract and skin on the path to wellness. Supplementing your diet with nuts, seeds, whole grains (such as quinoa, millet and amaranth) as well as legumes is great. If you do eat animal products, ensure you’re sticking to organic pasture-raised and grass fed varieties and consuming meat no more than once per day. Animal products have no fiber and back up your digestive tract as a result.
6. Move your body every day.
While you shouldn’t exercise on a full stomach, movement is essential to your digestive system’s function. By increasing your heart rate once per day you are helping circulate nutrients to your skin and push toxins out. Further, certain stretches and yoga postures (such as seated spinal twists) can help promote elimination. Exercise also helps lower your stress levels, leading to healthier, younger looking skin."
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