Understand your skin from a Naturopathic perspective
Your skin is a reflection of your entire well being. The skin can often reflect areas of internal imbalance. This interactive skin chart encompasses dietary and nutrient imbalances, lifestyle factors, as well as some aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine to help you to discover what the underlying causes are for skin conditions.
Learn what is causing your skin conditions and how to apply topical approaches as well as nutritional and lifestyle protocols to get your skin back to a healthy state.
i For information on specific skin conditions. Click on these to learn more about what contributes to skin imbalances.
? These icons show skin zones and relating body systems are indicated when there skin imbalances predominately affect this area.
These icons point to specific conditions related to the area and what may be contributing to this.
A Healthy Diet is Important for Healthy Skin
While skin decoding is very interesting and can point towards certain nutritional or deficiencies or physiological imbalances, it is always important to have a healthy balanced diet for healthy skin.
There is no shortage of messages and information in the media about various diets, what is healthy, and what is not, so a good eating plan can be confusing at times. You have everything from Paleo to Vegan diets, but whatever you choose to do just make sure that it is balanced and has plenty of variety!
Follow these foolproof dietary guidelines:
Eat whole foods – these are foods that are in their natural state and not processed.
Have variety – Don’t get stuck in a food rut, repeatedly eating the same things over and over again. A great key is to rotate foods within a 4-day period so you aren’t on repeat with your food all the time.
Eat adequate protein – This doesn’t have to necessarily mean eating meat, but having nuts, eggs, tofu, legumes and grains. Protein intake is very important for sustained energy and for skin health. If you are a meat eater only consume red meat in moderation 1-3 times per week.
Fibre is essential – Natural fibres will help with keeping your digestive system healthy which also contributes to great skin.
Avoid bad fats – Avoid trans-fats often in baked goods and margarines. Stay away from fried foods.
Make sure you get adequate intake of Essential fatty acids, Omega 3 and 6 oils, as the body cannot produce these. (you will find more information on this in the blog - Your Definitive Guide to Essential Fatty acids for skin health
Watch Sodium intake – table salt and added salt to foods can increase inflammation in the body and contribute to dehydration and fluid retention.
Avoid sugar - this is much easier to do if you don’t eat processed foods, as it sneaks its way in just about everything. Be aware of how much sugar is contained in the items you eat, for example muesli bars and cereals, frozen meals, condiments and sauces etc. Never drink soft drinks or cordials.
Adequate water intake – This doesn’t have to be just water as your body will get hydration from fruits, herbal teas, high water content vegetables like lettuce and celery, and soups. Try and aim for 2 litres standard intake and increase if your diet lacks high water content foods and you don’t consume herbal teas. Diuretics like coffee will increase the need to hydrate.
Do not eat when stressed – This comes down to the fact that is very hard to assimilate nutrients from food when it is redirecting blood circulation away from the gut to the muscles when in heightened state of stress. Try doing some relaxation breathing exercises before sitting down to eat first if you’re feeling wound up.
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