Like talking organs? Who doesn’t! 😂But in all seriousness, today we’re chatting about the largest organ of your body: your skin.
We’re getting into a bit of nitty gritty from the point of view of nutrition. Many people don’t know there are lots of interesting things you can tell about your health just by having a glance at your lowly epidermis.
But not wanting to get too old man MD on you, we’ve laid out our info in a neat infographic. Crusty skin and infected cuts can be cute, right? Well, at least we tried.
Want to know some great sources of these vitamins, minerals and elements? Use this reference:
Vitamin A: sweet potato, liver and eggs. B Vitamins : almonds, sprouted legumes and grains. Vitamin C: green leafy veggies, kiwi fruit and capsicum. Vitamin D: sunshine. Vitamin E: flaxseed oil, nuts and seeds. C0q10: fish, broccoli, cauliflower. Zinc: oysters, pumpkin seeds.
Note: If you do have an ongoing problem, we recommend talking with a natural health practitioner who can delve into your signs and symptoms to develop a treatment plan just for you.
What about sugar and your skin? We’re often being told by our community that quitting sugar has had a really positive impact on their skin.
So is there any research supporting this? Or is it all just a placebo effect? Actually there’s tons of science demonstrating how sugar reacts with proteins in the body to bring about a process called glycation.
Glycation is a catalyst for the production of harmful new molecules which experts call advanced glycation molecules, which are basically the buggers that accelerate the ageing process by breaking down collagen and healthy proteins in skin cells.
A few last quirky things you didn’t know about skin:
- Over 50 per cent of the dust found in your home is dead skin. Yeah, gross.
- Your skin accounts for about 15 per cent of your body weight.
- The medical term for the sensation of insects crawling on or under the skin is called formication.