Some of us continue to get acne breakouts and skin problems even though we are religious about seeing a specialist, following their orders, and trying to be thorough in managing our skin. But sometimes it just doesn’t seem to be helping solve the problems we have had for a long time. Perhaps, the age-old adage “look inside” might be the next step in our path towards enlightening our skin burdens. And this means beginning with the end in mind. What end?
The end of the journey our food takes through our bodies. We don’t often realize it but our colon can be a real friend that helps us find balance in our health and give our skin an internal glow. If we are providing it with the elements it requires, it will do it’s job well which is to absorb nutrients and water and also get rid of waste and things that we do not need that could do us harm. We call that second process “elimination”.
The problem our colons often run into is that the standard diet that the majority of people in the USA enjoy is devoid of many items nature intended our colon to have in order to perform at peak efficiency, fiber being the most important. So if the colon begins to be unable to effectively rid the body of wastes because of a lack of fiber, the result is the mother of all traffic jams. Waste products that were supposed to be eliminated are re-routed back into the bloodstream forcing the body to try to find alternative routes to expel them, one of the most important routes for our purposes being your skin. However, the skin is not really made to perform this task at a high level of efficiency so it will exhibit the signs of a traffic jam too as toxins are trapped here too. The result is eruptions of psoriasis or acne. So what can we do to solve the toxic traffic jam problem? People have many theories but we believe that it all begins with hydration and fiber.
Average-ish sized adults should drink 64 ounces of water daily at the MINIMUM. This helps the colon keep wastes in a less solid state without robbing the body of precious hydration. However, if possible we encourage you to try to drink even more water than this because our food choices often add additional dehydration factors that must be counterbalanced. It is also recommended that you add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed to your breakfast each morning. This can help you in a variety of ways including adding needed omega-3s, phytonutrients, and fiber to your diet. The other thing that it encourages is daily eliminations. If you aim for top-notch colon health and proper hydration you might come to find that this is the piece that was missing from your skin-care regimen. But also, your body will thank you by providing you with better overall health.