Healthy Skin starts with a Healthy Body

Turns out there is some truth to the old adage "you are what you eat". A little refresher course in anatomy reminds us that our skin is our largest organ. AND our largest elimination organ. Our other 'detox' organs are our kidneys, liver, lungs and intestines. These organs keep us alive and functioning even when we bombard them with poor diets, pollution, free radicals and countless other toxins. And that beautiful sheath covering our bodies picks up the slack and helps eliminate the yucky stuff through sweat. But don't worry, this is not the part where I tell you to drink only vegetable juice for 3 days and miracles will happen. It actually takes a lot more than that. Our complexion can tell a lot about the state of internal health. Wrinkles, dry and oily patches, acne and inflammation are sometimes a result of what we're putting (or not putting) into our bodies! Here are some quick and easy tips to help our hard-working skin look its best. Cut down on caffeine and alcohol, both dehydrate and dull our complexion. Drink green tea instead! You will get a small hit of caffeine while loading up on antioxidants called polyphenols (important stuff). Eliminate as much junk food as you can, especially processed sugar. Sugar causes glycation which is a fancy word meaning the breakdown of proteins, including collagen and elastin! Yikes! One of their primary functions is giving our skin strength and resilience! We need both to keep our skin supple and firm! Consume adequate amounts of water and lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, especially leafy greens and berries! Simply put, what's good for our insides is good for outside too!