The state of your skin is a reflection of your inner health, and one look in the mirror may be able to help you pinpoint common deficiencies. Here’s what your complexion could be telling you about your wellness. There are many answers to these problems from improved diet to collagen supplements and we’ve set out some of the best way to fix the problem that you may have below.
Research from the Yale School of Medicine shows that deeper wrinkles may also indicate lower bone density, which increases fracture risk. The reason: Skin and bones share the same building block proteins, including collagen ( in fact, bones are comprised of 36 percent collagen), which keeps skin taut and wrinkle-free.
Take 6,000 mg collagen, including types I and III ( for younger skin with fine lines 2,000 mg is more appropriate) daily and eat foods containing lysine, an amino acid that helps your body build collagen and absorb calcium. Lysine-rich foods include fish, egg whites, and legumes. It’s also important to supplement with vitamin C, which has been proven to help collagen formation in the body.
Skin pallor could signal various concerns, including anemia or hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). If you have hypothyroidism you also may notice yellowish skin or orange palms and soles, thought to result from impaired conversion of beta-carotene to vitamin A.
If anemia is causing your pallor, your medical practitioner will check your levels of vitamins B6, B12, B9(folate), iron, and vitamin C; deficiencies may require large-dose treatments to get you back on track. If hypothyroidism is the culprit, as part of a comprehensive thyroid-stabilizing diet you’ll want to incorporate vitamin D (1,000-2,000 IU daily), iron (15-30 mg elemental iron daily), and selenium (400mcg daily).
The pesky discolorations, also known as melasma, appear on the face, nails, hands, or even hair, and signal increased melanin production. Aging and sun exposure are common culprits, but another possible cause is insufficient vitamin B12, a nutrient that helps regulate body’s pigment production and location.
Take 1,000 mcg vitamin B12 daily to restore skin’s original hue. Also eat vitamin B12-rich foods, including sardines, salmon, and yogurt. Supplementing daily with 2 mg astaxanthin, a natural carotenoid from micro-algae, can also regulate melanin production.
Hormones and irritating products aren’t the only culprits behind breakouts. Redness and irritation may be signals that toxins have overloaded your organs or that your digestion is off-kilter.
Avoid sugars, refined carbs, red meat, and overly processed foods, which tax the liver and attack your skin‘s collagen. Instead, choose detoxifying green tea, green-food smoothies, probiotic-rich fermented foods and enzyme-packed papaya and pineapple, which “help clean up areas of inflammation when eaten between meals and not with other foods,” says Alan Dattner, MD, a New York-based holistic dermatologist, founder of holisticdermatology.com, and Delicious Living advisory board member. Dr. J’s Natural – SIMPLE DETOX and SIMPLE CLEANSE are supplements products that are clinically proven to help get rid of all the toxins in your gut, kidney, liver and overall colon. Many of the customers and patients benefit from these two dietary supplements to help them with a CLEAN start says Jacqueline Nguyen, Pharm.D, a clinical pharmacist and formulator for Dr.J's Natural and a holistic pharmacist for over 17 years.
SEVERELY DRY SKIN
While climate and season play a part, another common reason for perpetually dry, flaky, uncomfortable skin is fatty acid deficiency. This imbalance can be difficult to restore, according to Dattner. “Getting the right oils into your body can take months because they go into all of the cells,” he says.
Remembering to drink plenty of water (at least eight glasses daily) and eat fluid-dense fruits, vegetables, and beans to support the liquids in your skin cells. Then load up on enough cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon, and fish oil supplements to obtain 3,000 mg fish oil daily. Be sure to assess your lifestyle, too. Your environment, health status, and exercise routine can help you determine your appropriate intake. Supplementing with and applying hyaluronic acid topically also is key to infusing moisture.