Juicing for healthy looking skin
Healthy skin is something that anyone with a troublesome skin condition would like to attain. Flaky, red, broken skin can cause stress and bring misery to sufferers. Poor skin can be the result of one or more causes but one of the key causes is our diet. In this article we examine the causes of poor skin and the ways in which juicing can help you achieve clear, glowing, healthy skin.
Common skin conditions
The main skin conditions that affect us are dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.
Contact dermatitis is when an area of skin becomes aggravated and inflamed due to contact with an irritant. Eczema is a chronic form of dermatitis that can lead to dry, cracked, itchy red skin. Psoriasis is most common in adults and is the over production of skin cells that can result in scaly patches on the skin. The affected areas can easily become aggravated / bleed when scratched and are then a source for potential infection.
Causes of poor skin
Some skin conditions can be caused / worsened by skin allergies and contact with irritants. Irritants are varied and widespread and include cleaning products, pollen, certain foods, photocopier inks, dust mites, pet fur etc. Foods that are commonly associated with skin allergies include:
- Cows milk / dairy products
The skin is the largest organ in the body and it is a key channel for removing toxins from the body. Other organs responsible for detoxifying the body are the liver and the kidneys. The liver detoxifies the blood and the kidneys eliminate the toxins. If the liver and/or kidneys are not functioning well then this can cause skin problems as more pressure is exerted on the skin to eliminate the toxins.
Stress is also a factor that is often associated with the cause of skin conditions.
Nutrients and Foods that can help
To help the body eliminate toxins we can look to have a diet that is:
- High in fibre and take in lots of water to help flush the toxins out of our system.
- Contains vegetables and fruit to provide vitamins and minerals to help our body build healthy skin cells and remove toxins from within cells.
People who are sensitive to wheat can try rice as a replacement. Users who are dairy intolerant can try soya milk as an alternative although they should confirm that they are not sensitive to soya.
Cucumber is a great source of silica, a mineral which helps give the skin elasticity and so juicing cucumber (try and find unwaxed cucumbers and make sure to include the cucumber skin when juicing).
Yellow and red (bell) peppers are a great source of vitamin C which is a strong antioxidant. Antioxidants are vital for helping protect cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. Other sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, kiwi fruits, green vegetables, mangoes and pineapple. Blueberries are one of the most highly concentrated sources of antioxidants and can be added to juices or smoothies.
Vitamin A is a key constituent of healthy skin as it is a powerful antioxidant that again helps prevent cell damage. Carrots are a great detoxifying weapon and are rich in Vitamin A which contributes to skin cell formation and maintenance.
Vitamin E is well known for its skin healing properties and Avocado is probably one of the foods that is rich in vitamin E and most highly associated with healthy skin. Other sources of vitamin E include nuts and seeds and their oils, spinach and watercress.
Vitamin D has been shown to help people who suffer with psoriasis as they have trouble metabolising it. Oily fish are a good source of vitamin D and it can also be found in eggs. Exposure to sunlight also helps the body produce vitamin D.
Selenium is a mineral that contributes to healthy skin and is an antioxidant. It is present in avocados, dairy produce (including milk and yoghurt for smoothies) and brazil nuts.
Juicer and smoothies recipes for glowing skin
Vegetable and fruit juices can be an ideal way of getting a lot of vitamin and mineral content into your body as can smoothies which enable you to incorporate dairy or dairy alternatives, powders, nuts, soft fruits such as avocados etc into your drinks.
You may want to supplement your juices with a high fibre supplement such as psyllium husks which help eliminate toxins from the colon.
Simple Soother – the ingredients include vitamin A laden carrots, and the silica containing cucumber.
Skin Smoother – the ingredients include a mass of vitamin A, vitamin C and an oils blend (including sunflower, flax and sesame oils) that contain the good fats that are required to help absorb the fat soluble vitamins as well as vitamin E.
Green Goblin – this power juice contains the highly effective wheatgrass juice which is a very powerful de-toxifier and blood cleanser which will help in the functioning of the liver.
Dark treat smoothie – this smoothie is loaded with antioxidants from the dark berries and the friendly bacteria in the yoghurt will help maintain a healthy gut.
We have seen that problems in other organs associated with detoxification such as the liver and kidneys can result in increased pressure on the skin and result in skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis.
Regularly incorporating juices and smoothies that are high in essential detoxifying nutrients and provide the fibre necessary to eliminate toxins can ease pressure on the skin and lead to clear, healthy skin that can give renewed confidence, ease stress and lead to greater happiness.