How to take care of your skin from the inside out
The skin is the largest organ of the body and is a mirror to our inner health. What we see on the outside is a reflection of what is happening on the inside. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the lungs and the large intestine dominate the skin; therefore, in order to have healthy skin, we must take care of these organs.
How to take care of the lungs:
The simple act of breathing has an influence on the skin, as it provides energy and hydration to the body, through the lungs. The lungs nourish the skin with a mix of fluids that provide hydration and regulate pores and transpiration. Slow, profound and long breathing is vital for the health of the lungs and the skin. It’s important to walk in nature, amongst trees or by the seaside to breath in fresh clean air. When we exhale, we get rid of all of the toxins that our body does not need. Relaxation breathing techniques can be very helpful for our mind and body, as well as for our skin.
How to take care of the large intestine:
The large intestine and the skin also have similar functions. The skin is a type of barrier to the exterior world, allowing things to be absorbed through it, as well as getting rid of toxins. The large intestine works to protect the body of the toxins we ingest through the food we eat, to then expulse them through the body. If we eat more than our body needs, we end up having a toxin build-up, which can be reflected on the skin. Many skin issues can be related to digestive problems, constipation, bloating and gas. That’s why it’s very important to take care of the large intestine, to prevent these skin issues from arising.
On the other hand, many chronic dermatological issues can worsen when you eat foods that cause inflammation in the body. It’s important to avoid the following foods: sugar, refined carbohydrates, table salt, dairy products, gluten, additives, fried foods, meat, trans fats and alcohol, as all of these foods are inflammation causing foods.
To reduce inflammation in the body, it’s best to follow an alkaline diet, including anti-inflammatory foods, such as whole grains, legumes, green tea, berries, turmeric, ginger, green vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, miso and sauerkraut.
For glowing and healthy skin, make sure to follow an alkaline diet, spend time outdoors and practice breathing exercises. Your large intestine and lungs will be healthy, and therefore, your skin will be radiant!