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Skin Health
The skin is one of the most powerful indicators of health. If you are experiencing wrinkles, dry or oily skin, acne, or inflammation it is an indicator of poor internal health, often brought on by consuming unhealthy foods and avoiding skin-healthy nutrients. To treat skin problems, most people turn to mainstream topical cosmetics, including lotions, soaps, scrubs, toners, and creams. However, treating outer blemishes with expensive, chemical-laden beauty products does little to address the root cause of the problem that is poor nutrition and exposure to toxins in dietary and personal care products.
 
The skin is both the largest organ in the body and the most visible with a wide array of functions. It is the body’s primary defense against the elements, its greatest sensory organ, and a unique communicator between the emotions and the body. It regulates temperature and stores water, fat, and vitamin D. Our skin also serves as a gatekeeper, allowing certain molecules to enter our bodies while keeping others at bay- at the same time it allows certain molecules to leave our bodies while keeping the rest inside.

The circulatory vessels bring nourishment to the dermis, while the lymph vessels (that lie just under the skin) flush wastes away. This eliminatory function of the skin is vitally important to maintain a natural and healthy glow. If there is a high toxic load and the primary organs of elimination (being the liver and kidneys) are not working efficiently, the lymphatic system can become congested with toxins being eliminated via the skin.
 

SARITA’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR SKIN HEALTH

1. Maintain water intake and drink herbal teas, such as BBTC’s Skin that supports the skin by assisting the kidneys to flush metabolic acid wastes from the system- so that they are not being eliminated via the skin.

2. Ensure the efficient flow of lymph. This is essential and I usually recommend the following tips if there are signs of it being sluggish-:
Dry skin brushing- Using a dry skin brush before a shower 2-3 times a week can help to move lymph through the body. By using deep, circular motions from the hands towards the heart, and the feet towards the heart will help to move lymph through the body.
Exercise- The lymphatic system (unlike the cardiovascular system that has the heart) does not have a pump to move lymph through the body. It requires muscle contraction and this is why exercise is so important. I usually recommend something a little more vigorous than walking such as running, cycling, swimming or rebounding on a trampoline. Interestingly, it is rebounding that has been found to be the most effective.
Saunas- Heating the body to encourage sweating helps with the elimination of toxins from the lymphatic system via the skin.
Hot/cold Showers- Stimulating circulation to the skin by alternating the temperature of your shower can be very helpful and will help to get the lymph moving.
Plunging in the ocean- Stimulating circulation to the skin by plunging in the ocean is also a great way to get lymph moving through the body.

3. Avoid the following foods that congest the lymphatic system- wheat, dairy, refined white flour products, poor quality fats (saturated fats and trans fatty acids), alcohol and coffee.

4. Avoid toxic skin care products- Many people forget that it is not just the foods we ingest but the air we breathe and what we put on our skin that can contribute to our toxic load that our bodies have to deal with. Many skin care products contain nasty chemicals that congest the skin and overload the lymphatic system. 

5.  Follow Sarita’s Wellness Eating Guidelines and emphasise Sarita’s Favourite Skin Foods from the list below. Nutritional status plays an important role in the maintenance of healthy skin. Macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and essential fatty acids (EFAs)) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) work together to maintain the functions of skin. Adequate levels of B-complex vitamins and vitamin A, C, E, Zinc, Silica, Selenium and beta-Carotene are particularly important. Changes in your status of these nutrients can alter skin structure and function and directly affect the skin appearance.
 

SARITA’S FAVOURITE FOODS FOR SKIN HEALTH

Silica- Silica is a trace mineral that strengthens the body's connective tissues - muscles, tendons, hair, ligaments, nails, cartilage, and bone- and is vital for healthy skin. Silica deficiency can result in reduced skin elasticity and can hamper the body's ability to heal wounds.
Food sources of silica include leeks, green beans, strawberries, cucumber, mango, celery, asparagus and rhubarb. In its natural form, silica is also found in the horsetail herb.
 
Zinc- The mineral zinc is an important component of healthy skin, especially for those with acne (In fact, acne itself may be a symptom of zinc deficiency). Zinc acts by controlling the production of oil in the skin, and may also help control some of the hormones that are often imbalanced in cases of acne.
Foods rich in zinc include fresh oysters, pumpkin seeds, ginger, pecans, brazil nuts, oats, and eggs.
 
Omega-3 Fatty Acids- EFAs are responsible for skin repair, moisture content, and overall flexibility. They are called essential because the body cannot produce it itself, so it must be obtained through the diet.
The typical Western diet is overabundant in omega-6 fatty acids found in baked goods and grains, and lacking in omega-3s, found in cold-water fish such as salmon and mackerel, as well as flaxseeds and safflower oil. Simply balancing the intake of omega-3s with omega-6s can result in smoother, younger-looking skin. EFAs are also available in supplement form - such as fish oil capsules or evening primrose oil - and are effective at treating a wide range of skin disorders from dry skin to eczema and psoriasis.
 
Selenium- Selenium is an antioxidant mineral responsible for tissue elasticity. It also acts to prevent cell damage by free radicals, (eg. excessive ultraviolet light) thereby playing an important role in preventing skin cancer.
Dietary sources of selenium include wheat germ, seafood such as tuna and salmon, garlic, Bbrazil nuts, eggs and brown rice. Brazil nuts are perhaps the best source, and eating just 3-4 Brazil nuts per day provides adequate selenium intake for most people.
 
Vitamins A, C and E-
Vitamin C is highly effective at reducing free radical damage, such as that caused by overexposure to the sun or pollution. Free radicals affect collagen and elastin - the fibers that support skin structure - and can cause wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. Vitamin C is especially effective at protecting the skin from overexposure to the sun when combined with vitamin E. Foods high in vitamin C include Acerola (a cherry-like fruit), red and green bell peppers, guava, kale, parsley, collard greens, turnips, and broccoli.
Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that reduces the effects of sun exposure on the skin. When combined with vitamin A, vitamin E is especially effective at preventing certain skin cancers. Vitamin E also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and, when applied topically, soothes dry or rough skin. Food sources of vitamin E include wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, safflower and sunflower oils, almonds, spinach, peaches, prunes, tomatoes, cabbage, asparagus, and avocados.
Vitamin A promotes proper repair and maintenance of the skin, and deficiencies can result in a dry, flaky complexion. Topical vitamin A treatments are often used to treat acne and other skin ailments. Foods high in vitamin A include liver, chilli peppers, dandelion, carrots, apricots, collard greens, kale, sweet potatoes, spinach, and cantaloupe.
 
Unlike many organs, skin nutrition may also be enhanced directly through topical applications. Topical application of micronutrients can complement dietary consumption, leading to a stronger, healthier protective barrier for the body.
 


SARITA’S TOP BBTC TEA FOR SKIN HEALTH

SKIN
Beauty begins on the inside, which makes BBTC’s skin tea the perfect primer. The zesty blend of Lemongrass and Ginger is complemented by a purifying punch of Peppermint. So for a naturally healthy glow, and to sustain your internal vigor, sip BBTC SKIN.
Ingredients- Echinacea*, Peppermint*, Lemongrass*, Ginger*, Gotu Kola*, Nettles*, Rose Buds. (* Certified Organic)
 
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)- a general cleansing herb that helps remove toxins from the blood and has antibacterial and antifungal properties which may assist in infection-induced skin conditions.

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia)-  helps to cleanse and purify the blood and lymph by increasing the number of white blood cells that help to "mop up" toxins and prevent them from coming out on the skin.

Peppermint (Mentha peperita)- commonly used to ensure the proper digestion of food and elimination of wastes via the bowel.

Nettle (Urtica dioica)- used extensively for its blood-cleansing action due to its high chlorophyll content, high in vitamin C, iron, silica and other minerals, making it a perfect skin tonic.

Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)- has a circulatory stimulant action, which helps to increase blood flow to peripheral areas, such as the skin.

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)- improves the blood flow while strengthening the veins and capillaries; cleanses the blood to treat skin impurities; may assist in cases of minor burns, scars, scleroderma, skin ulcers and wound healing.

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