Our skin is our largest organ. It protects us from harsh temperatures, sunlight and chemicals, and also prevents infections from entering our bodies. It makes Vitamin D and has sensors that tell our brains what is happening in the world outside our bodies. Our skin also excretes toxins and waste products – pounds of them a day. And for the aged, it can often tell a story right on our faces.
Kimberly Snyder, author of “The Beauty Detox Solution,” says that skin “functions like a mirror of what is going on inside the body.”
If you have a teenager who is struggling with skin problems, pay attention to these nutrients:
Snyder also says, “When our skin has to pour out so many toxins that it erupts into acne, that is a red flag.”
Like Lipski, she recommends including a probiotic supplement in the diet to help restore good bacteria to the digestive tract, and eating as many raw or fermented vegetables as possible to support digestion and thus construct clear skin. She also encourages clients to avoid sugar.
Certain foods can damage the skin by causing breakouts, inflammation or redness. These are some skin enemies: