Sensitive, dry skin, red patches or eczema appearing now and then? Or is it dermatitis you have to battle with on a daily basis?
If this is your reality, I’m sure you’ve found your daily routine to handle the temperament of your skin by now. But how about starting from the inside out? How about looking at the food you eat to get rid of triggers and the root cause of your hypersensitive skin?
The same way your eyes are the mirrors of your soul, your skin is a mirror of your inner health. Once you heal your body inside, the outside glows without ever letting you down.
Where to start?
The most common cause of sensitive skin, eczema and dermatitis are food allergies and sensitivities with dairy, eggs and animal products taking the lead. Firstly, it’s the animal proteins to blame for challenging your immune system. They are too similar to your own so as a result you may find red itchy patches on your face a couple of hours after you’ve enjoyed some cream cheese on your sandwich.
Animal foods are also deficient of essential fatty acids. The majority of fat you find there is saturated fat causing inflammation inside your body. And, if you happen to suffer from dermatitis, that’s exactly what it is – a burning fire inside manifesting in the burning fire on the surface of your skin. You can read more about inflammation in the post here.
There are more food triggers
Yes, there are other foods which could be behind the vulnerability of your skin. To name a few, wheat, gluten or soy. If you suspect them as villains, try an elimination diet for at least three weeks when you leave out all of the offending foods and see if that makes any difference. Then reintroduce them, one food per week and watch out for your previous signs if they come back.
Essential fatty acids under review
The first thing you may feel like doing when you have dry sensitive skin, is taking an omega-3 supplement. If you’ve raised your hand, how about trying to balance your diet naturally by eating anti-inflammatory, health and skin supportive foods? When you do, you avoid a possible overdose on omegas and heavy metals which are often found in the supplements.
You may be surprised but the amount of essential fats you need per day is really low. Only 2% of your daily calories should come from omega-6 and 0.5% from omega-3. (see here) These amounts you can easily get by eating an unprocessed plant-based diet.
Steps to balance essential fats
The first step to take to have a healthy omega fats ratio, is to leave behind all animal foods and oils. In this way you cut back on omega- 6 fats and get much closer to the ideal ratio of 3 : 1 (omega-6 : omega 3). This change itself, can improve the condition of your skin literally within a week.
In addition to that make sure you include at least 1 portion of omega-3 rich food per day.
Your daily program would look like this:
- 1 tbs of walnuts/chia or flaxseed
- 1 cup raw or ½ cup cooked of arugula, Brussel sprouts, kale or Collard greens
- ½ cup of cooked kidney or black beans or tofu
The last thing to watch out for are nuts in general.
When you start adding nuts to your menu, as healthy as they are, they still favour omega-6 fats, increasing the inflammation in your body. As an example, cashews are in the ratio of 125 : 1 and almonds well over 1000 : 1.
So, there is no surprise that overeating on nuts alone can be behind sensitive, dry and flaky skin. If you love them, you don’t need to skip them though. Simply stick to a handful a day.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and deserves loving care and close attention. And even though eating lots of fruits and veg is very important for the natural skin glow (see the post here ), it’s only a part of the picture.
That’s why… be bold and take serious action to get some serious results.
Combine all these points together and see the difference they are going to make.