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The beginning of healthy skin

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This column often recommends that clear skin starts from the inside out. While genetics contribute to skin problems, one can work diligently to offset genetics through eating. Healthy eating that includes freshly prepared foods, colorful fruits and vegetables combats internal toxicity stemming from yeast overgrowth, food sensitivities, hormonal imbalance, improper nutrition, and poor digestion. Therefore, before rushing out to buy the most aggressive skin care program, ask this question: “What am I eating?”

Because the holistic approach takes time, people turn to harsh treatments such as antibiotics to combat breakout. The problem is that antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad. Prolonged antibiotic use sometimes leads to digestive problems, yeast infections and diarrhea. While constipation causes toxicity from improper elimination, diarrhea is an equal concern, as it allows for improper absorption of essential nutrients. If antibiotics are the only choice, be sure to eat unsweetened, live-cultured yogurt daily to replace good bacteria and help against intestinal inflammation.

Inflammation is a natural, but temporary, body response to emotional or physical stressors. When out of balance for prolonged periods, these triggers affect the body’s homeostasis mechanism: our internal balancing system. When the body works harder, hormones fluctuate. Such is the case with the internal stresses of teen years, pregnancy and menopause.

A poor diet includes refined sugars, high fat, fried and starchy choices. Opt for whole freshly cooked foods and drink plenty of clean water to help purify the body. Adding regular exercise reduces stress, both physical and mental. This is the first therapy for healthy skin.

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