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Health and Skin Beauty

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The skin is the largest organ of the body.  It is an insulator, barrier against infection, eliminative organ, and sense organ.  Vitamin D is formed in the skin from the action of the sun.


Health conditions affecting the skin are mainly benign, but often unsightly and annoying. A few, such as melanoma, are potentially lethal. Nutritional balancing and hair analysis research offer many insights into the causes and correction of skin conditions.


OXIDATION TYPES AND THE SKIN


Slow oxidation. Common symptoms of sluggish glandular activity (slow oxidation) include dry, rough skin and lack of sweating.  Dry eczema, psoriasis, itchy skin and many cases of dermatitis and eczema are associated with slow oxidation.  the latter are often general terms doctors use when they are not sure of the cause of a skin condition.

Slow oxidizers are often copper toxic and zinc deficient.  Zinc deficiency is associated with many skin conditions.


Fast oxidizers. Those with excessive adrenal and thyroid activity tend to sweat profusely and have more oily skin.  They tend more toward moist or weeping eczema.  Fast oxidizers often have low zinc levels, contributing to their eczema, as well as to heat rashes and diaper rashes in babies.  Fast oxidizers are also more prone to severe allergic skin reactions, such as hives, although this can occur in both metabolic types.


COPPER AND ZINC


Many skin conditions are related to copper and zinc imbalance.  These include acne, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and other cases of dermatitis.  Copper is needed for melanin production.  Melanin is the pigment which gives skin its color.  Copper is also involved in collagen synthesis.  Zinc is involved in wound healing, and helps give collagen and other tissues their elastic quality.  Zinc oxide ointment is a folk remedy for skin disorders.


VITAMIN A, VITAMIN E AND THE SKIN


Vitamin A is needed for the integrity of the skin and mucus membranes.  It works synergetically with zinc.  Many skin conditions associated with zinc and copper imbalance respond better to a combination of zinc and vitamin A.

However, excessive vitamin A causes dryness and peeling of the skin.  This is exploited in the creams that use Retin-A, a form of vitamin A, to peel the skin to remove wrinkles.

Vitamin E promotes healing of the skin, for which reason it is used in many skin creams.  Vitamin E can be used topically, as well as ingested, for maximum benefit.  Aloe vera is another wonderful skin remedy.  One can just apply a cut leaf to the area or one can buy an aloe vera gel product in the health food store.


ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS AND THE SKIN


The American diet is low in the essential fatty acids, also often referred to as the omega-3 fatty acids.  This deficiency can cause dry skin and conditions resembling eczema and psoriasis.  Adding fish oil, flaxseed oil, primrose oil, black current seed oil or borage oil to the diet is important for correction of some skin conditions.


SUNBATHING


Due to the threat of skin cancer, medical authorities claim we must avoid the sun. It is true that ultraviolet radiation will age the skin. However, studies show that sunbathers have more skin cancer, but less internal cancer. In addition, malignant melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, is more common among people who stay out of the sun and usually occurs on parts of the body not directly exposed to the sun.


Contrary to environmental propaganda, the ultraviolet levels in America are falling. The changes from 1974 to 1985 ranged from -1.1% in Minneapolis to -0.4% in Philadelphia, but all cities showed a decline in ultraviolet radiation.


Reasons for increased skin cancer include the southward migration of our population, poorer overall health, and perhaps tanning lotions. These lotions block ultraviolet B, but allow the ultraviolet A, which is supposedly harmless. By blocking the ultraviolet B, people may spend too much time in the sun, leading to subtle skin damage.

Sunlight should be considered a nutrient. Dr. John Ott wrote several books about the therapeutic value of sunlight. At many sanitariums, exposure to sunshine was an integral part of the therapy for tuberculosis and other chronic diseases.  Obviously, overexposure to the sun is not beneficial.  But some exposure, especially early or late in the day, is healthful.


How to use the sun for healing. we recommend sunbathing for about one-half an hour during the hot part of the day, and a little more up to 45 minutes if you sunbathe in the early morning or later in the afternoon. There are other benefits to sunshine in the early or later hours of the day.


SAUNA THERAPY FOR SKIN CONDITIONS


Without a doubt, one of the finest therapies for skin conditions is a far infrared sauna. In combination with a complete nutritional balancing program, the sauna will cleanse the skin from the inside, which will help remove skin infections, toxins that lodge in the skin, and assist with general rejuvenation of the skin.  For more on this, read Sauna Therapy on this website.


To start a healing program with us please contact us.

 

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