Everyone wants great skin, some people have it naturally, others have to work really hard to maintain a clear complexion. In my experience, skin problems are usually linked to four primary areas—digestive dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies or toxicity. I will tell you a little about each and then give you some tips.
1) Digestive Dysfunction
Antibiotics are often used to treat skin problems, but did you ever notice how you took antibiotics for that cold and your skin looked perfect. This is because the antibiotics are killing the bacteria that live in your digestive system. The problem is that the antibiotics are killing both “good” and “bad” bacteria. The bad bacteria tend to be a major component of many skin issues and until you naturally balance them them through food and lifestyle choices it will be difficult to maintain a clear complexion.
2) Hormonal Imbalances
Small changes in hormone levels can cause major changes in how you look and feel. The link between hormones and skin problems is most commonly seen with children going through puberty, supplementation with anabolic steroids, hormone replacement therapy in females, thyroid supplements. The hormonal system is quite complex and when thrown out of balance from poor food choices, stress, toxicity and supplementation, skin problems can arise.
3) Nutrient Deficiencies
Your body requires numerous nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids) to function properly. When you are deficient in a particular nutrient problems will occur and many times these present as skin issues. Nutrient deficiencies can arise from a broken digestive system and nutrient deficiencies can lead to an imbalanced hormonal system, you see how this is all related. The body is a system of systems.
We are exposed to toxins all day long. Unfortunately, you often get a double whammy, a clogged up liver and a body overburdened by toxins. This often leads to an abundance of toxins in the body that often escape via the skin. Just to bring this full circle, organs like the liver require certain nutrients to function properly so a nutrient deficiency brought about by poor digestion can lead to a poorly functioning liver which will lead to a toxic backup and hormonal imbalances.