Why Nutrition really makes skin healthy

Jul 1, 2013

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This is a picture of a Hippocrates quote on skin care and nutrition

At Mera Natural Hair & Body, we offer a soothing line of holistic skin care services which can heal your skin and restore its beautiful natural radiance. But true to our holistic focus, our motto is that beauty begins from within. Nowhere is that more true from what we feed our bodies with. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it is quick to show adverse reactions to poor nutrition. Eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, and other skin irritations are often inflammatory reactions to a toxic diet. Once we restore our bodies to optimal nutrition and hormonal balance, our skin’s natural glow returns and makes us shine. Never forget the ancient wisdom of medicine’s founding father Hippocrates:

This is a picture of a Hippocrates quote on skin care and nutrition

The first step to restoring your skin’s natural health is elimination. Eliminate highly inflammatory and toxic foods from your diet. Heavily processed foods containing large amounts of refined carbohydrates, sugar, and gluten are to be avoided. Many of us enjoy a glass of wine here and there, but excess consumption of alcohol dries and inflames the skin. Inflammation is the body’s natural defense mechanism when confronted with toxins. Above all else, pay attention to your health and listen to your body. Every person is unique!

Our individuality extends to how we react to diet and environment. Some bodies are more sensitive than others. Nightshades, a family of vegetables which include potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants contain inflammatory alkaloids. Some of us can handle these just fine, others are less able. The same also applies to casein, the protein present in dairy. Some bodies react adversely to food additives like coloring, another reason to reduce intake of processed food. If you’re unsure whether certain foods are harmful to you, consider discussing them with family. Your shared background with family members can extend to dietary reactions.

Of course, it’s not just enough to subtract. Our beautiful skin, like the rest of our body, needs nutrients and minerals to live. A well-balanced diet rich in nutrients and minerals is the foundation of a healthy body and healthy skin. And because we’re also battling environmental toxins we sadly have no control over, it’s also very important we consume foods rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals. In the future Mera will be exploring which foods to avoid and which foods to eat for healthy skin in more detail. Finally, as with so much else in our bodies, a good night’s sleep does wonders.