Is the skin a body organ?
Yes it is and the biggest one.
The skin has several important functions:
- Protects the body from external pathogens – Immune Function
- Controls body temperature – Works with the Endocrine System
- Absorbs vitamin D – Supports the Skeletal system
Skin health is affected by the functioning of
- The digestive system – Provides nutrients
- Detoxification system – Eliminates toxins
- Endocrine system – Sex hormones have a protective effect on the skin
Inflammation and the skin
Your skin problem may be called psoriasis, eczema, rosacea or acne, but they may be the result of an inflammatory reaction, and the source of that inflammation may be related to how you digest certain foods.
The triggers can vary from poor digestion to food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies but not only.
Poor thyroid function affects the cell metabolism hence how to repair the skin. Slow thyroid slow repair.
Sex hormones imbalances can affect skin health. Menopause or irregular menstrual cycles as a result of a poor diet, genetic, inflammation and food imbalances can lead to poor skin.
Toxins and skin health
Toxins are dealt with by our main detoxification organ which is the liver but also by the skin when the liver is sluggish. The digestive tract is another way for the body to eliminate toxins and excess estrogens, immune toxins and bacterias. If our ‘Gut Flora’ is imbalanced and/or we are constipated, the toxins cannot be eliminated: the skin becomes then the door for detoxification.
Chemicals used in certain cosmetics can affect liver function hence skin health. The environment we live around like polluted areas, poor sanitation and stress will affect the structure of our skin.
Foods processing and Non-organic farming procedures may not allow a greater source of antioxidants, phytochemicals and choosing organic produce will guarantee you an higher exposure to toxin free foods.
Bad digestion? Bad skin!
If we do not pay attention to unusual symptoms that can happen to one or more body systems and if we cannot determine the quality of the food we ingest, we can experience vulnerable, dry and oily skin. Rashes and spots can surface, red and itchy skin can be more common. Dermatitis and psoriasis gets worse.
Proper digestion and food elimination protocols can help but sometimes without specifically addressing other imbalances changing food cannot fully give the expected results.
Eliminating dairy, gluten fried foods can give some relief to the skin. Introducing organic foods and increase organic green leafy vegetables and nuts/seeds, legumes can help also.
Choosing chemical free cosmetics too can help our detoxification pathways and lead to a better skin structure.
If alongside skin problems you may notice sex hormones imbalances, sugar cravings, poor digestion, stress symptoms from poor sleep to stimulants abuse (coffee, cigarette, alcohol, refined sugar foods) then you may benefit from a more comprehensive dietary and nutritional assessment.