Did you know that your skin is the body’s largest organ and that there is 20 square feet of it? Every square inch contains millions of skin cells which the body replaces monthly. Yes, that’s right, every month you get brand new skin! When a person comes into my clinic I can tell a lot of things about them just by looking at their skin. I have been in practice for 40 years and have learned over the years to look and listen to my patients. After all, they have the inside information.
Four reasons for problem skin
1) LEAKY GUT
Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) is the Rodney Dangerfield of health problems. “It can’t get no respect”. Leaky Gut Syndrome is completely ignored by the medical community. The problem with LGS is that it is a classic case of a problem in one organ (the small intestine) causing disease in other organs. Conditions such as eczema, hives, psoriasis and acne are primarily caused by leaky gut. What is leaky gut? LGS occurs when there is abnormal increase in permeability of the small intestine.
LGS is literally the bowel leaking into the bloodstream. This means that the barrier that usually stops larger particles like bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins like Candida and undigested food starts to allow them to pass from the bowel to the bloodstream. As I have often told my patients “What should’ve gone into the toilet has ended up in your blood”.
Leaky gut is primarily caused by the overuse of antibiotics. Just one five-day dose of antibiotics can destroy all friendly bacteria in the entire body causing leaky gut. Diets high in sugars and carbohydrates also cause leaky gut, along with use of anti-inflammatories like Tylenol, Aspirin and Advil. Another cause is elevated cortisol – the stress hormone. One of the side effects of extra cortisol is the increase in the permeability of your small intestine.
Over the years I have seen thousands of patients who have literally cleaned up their skin by treating Leaky Gut. When the body gets rid of Candida, parasites and other toxins in the blood caused by leaky gut it’s amazing how beautiful the skin becomes! Remember your skin is only a reflection of what is going on inside your body. So the question is asked how do you get rid of leaky gut? You cannot get rid of leaky gut unless you take a broad-spectrum probiotic for several months. The friendly bacteria will take over the gut. By the way, consuming sugar-laced yogurt is actually detrimental and will make your leaky gut even worse, causing more skin problems. Over the years I have found that using oil of oregano internally with a broad-spectrum probiotic is probably the best way to get rid of leaky gut.
2) LIVER STRESS
Liver stress is another major cause of bad skin. The liver is the body’s filter much like in a car you have an oil filter. The liver detoxifies the body. However, if the liver gets overwhelmed by toxins like heavy metals, fungus or Candida, parasites or too much intake of alcohol – then it is no longer able to filter the blood properly. This in turn can cause skin conditions like hives, inflammation, age spots, and even premature wrinkling of the skin. For good skin it is important to always keep the liver clean. Drinking two litres of pure spring water every day and even adding some lemon to the water really helps to detoxify the liver. I like spring water the best because of its high alkaline pH .
Do you know that 80 per cent of the population is dehydrated? Dehydration takes a major toll on your body, thickening your blood and making one much more susceptible to heart disease. Dehydration is a primary factor in the production of dry skin. In dehydration the skin looses moisture and becomes dry and prune-like. Secondly, there is less capillary circulation to the skin to give it the healthy color it should have. To promote healthy skin adequate water intake is essential. Dehydration is one of the reasons why you see young women with their skin already aged beyond their years, middle-age woman with deep furrows and crows feet on their face. The face is the part of the body that is most exposed to wind and the sun, elements that enhance water loss from the skin surface. Once again, for a healthy skin you need to drink at least two litres of water daily. Remember only water is water. If you drink tea or coffee or any other beverage it’s not water. These will not hydrate your skin.
Good nutrition and healthy skin go hand-in-hand. A diet loaded with lots of fruits and vegetables will make your body alkaline. An alkaline pH of your body fluids will help promote healthy skin. Fruits and vegetables will also prevent premature aging of the skin due to high levels of antioxidants, thus preventing free radical damage. Protein is a major necessity in achieving and maintaining healthy skin. Most people today are carboholics and thus eat very little protein. Without adequate protein in your diet your skin loses its elasticity due to a lack of collagen. When I see patients in my office with sagging skin I often give them a kick-start by giving them pure collagen as a supplement. Diets high in sugar, sweets, pastries cause high levels of insulin which in turn causes inflammation and premature aging of the skin.
External skin care naturally
The best way to moisturize skin is to use all natural products free of chemicals and parabens, etc. In my experience I still find the best moisturizers are olive oil and coconut oil. These are also natural sunscreens that will allow the healthy UVB rays to give you the healthy doses of Vitamin D3 and help the skin become more resistant to the bad rays-UVA.
For rashes, psoriasis, acne and eczema spraying oil of oregano on the skin provides relief. This is a natural anti-fungal, anti-parasitic that does not strip away friendly bacteria from the skin.
By Dr. A.W. Martin DC, PhD, RNCP, DNM, Clinical Nutrition. For more information visit www.martinclinic.com