The human skin is the outer covering of the body. In humans, it is the largest organ of human body
FUNCTIONS: Skin performs the following functions
Protection: An anatomical barrier from pathogens
Sensation: Contains a variety of nerve endings that react to heat and cold, touch, pressure, vibration, and tissue injury
Water resistance: The skin acts as a water resistant barrier so essential nutrients aren’t washed out of the body
SKIN LAYERS: Skin is composed of three primary layers
The epidermis, The dermis, The hypodermis
There are at least five different pigments that determine the color of the skin
Melanin, Melanoid, Keratin, Hemoglobin (also spelled haemoglobin, Oxyhemoglobin)
Skin Reflecting Nutritional Imbalances
- Condition Indications.
- Allergic Shiners (Dark Circles under the eyes) Allergies.
- Cheilosis Low Vitamin B2.
- Jaundice Increased Bilurubin.
- Pallor Anaemea, Shock.
- Cyanosis Hypoxia, Cyanide Poisoning.
- Dry Skin Dehydration, Hypothyroid.
- Vitiligo Autoimmune.
- Eczema Low Essential fatty acids.
- Allergy-internal or External.
- Psoriasis Liver Function.
- Liver Spots (Lipofuscin) Low antioxidants, high free radical Burden.
POSSIBLE CAUSES OF SKIN PROBLEMS
- Infections, including fungal (ringworm), Parasite (Scabies), Viral (warts), Bacterial (abscess).
- Allergies (e.g. to food, Chemicals, cosmetics, detergents).
- Drug reactions.
- Systemic disease (Systemic lupus erythematosus, hypothyroidism).
- Excessive Sun Exposure.
- Precancerous or Cancerous lesions.
- Hormonal imbalances (onset of Puberty, Premenstrual acne).
- Insect Bites.
- Vitamin or nutrient deficiencies.
General Guidelines For Healthy Skin
- Limit sun exposure.
- Drink plenty of filtered water.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eliminate tobacco and alcohol.
- Avoid fried foods and hydrogenated fats.
- Consume a healthy diet.
- Take B Vitamins and antioxidants like vitamin A, C, E.
- Include essential fatty acids in diet and supplement regime. Consume Food and Supplement that contains Probiotics (acidophilus and bifidobacteruim).