Healthy glowing skin from the inside out

Hello! Lately I’ve had quite a few clients with skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. I personally have had acne and eczema and understand that horrible, itchy rash that won’t go away. Both were on my face too so that really didn’t help my self-confidence. I tried all those topical creams and ointments but nothing really worked until I discovered that skin issues are a manifestation of an internal imbalance, usually with your digestion, immune system or ability to detoxify.

Let’s talk about glowing healthy skin from the inside out!

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and one of your primary sources of detoxification. Many factors can influence the health of your skin:

  • Chemical toxins built up in your body that your skin is trying to eliminate
  • Food sensitivities and poor digestive tract function lead to excessive inflammation molecules that deposit in the skin. Poor digestion also leads to poor absorption of essential nutrients like zinc, selenium, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids which are vital in maintaining healthy skin
  • Since 80% of your immune system is in the lining of the digestive system, digestive issues cause immune system issues and your immune system may not be able to manage inflammation effectively leading to skin issues. It’s all interconnected!
  • Hormone imbalances like excess estrogen and testosterone lead to acne, or lowering levels of progesterone and estrogen can lead to dry itchy skin especially in menopause.
  • Stress! If your nervous system is under constant stress you will release more histamine which leads to the itchiness and discomfort

Often there is more than one factor influencing the health of your skin and it can be challenging to identify where you need the most support. If you experience acne, eczema, or psoriasis it’s time to consider treating your skin from the inside out with some natural options.

Book your healthy skin appointment today!

Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopath

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Boost your immune system naturally!

Happy Fall everyone! Check out my video blog with tips to boost your immune system as the cold and flu season kicks off. Feel free to share you own tips below. Enjoy!

Stay warm through the change of season with Chinese medicine

Autumn is the time of year when temperatures become cooler, the wind picks up and the air becomes dryer.  In Chinese medicine, autumn is the season of the Lung organ.  The Lung in Chinese medicine represents your breathing patterns, immune system function and your skin.

Has anyone every told you to wear a jacket and put on a hat or else you’ll catch a cold? If this has every happened to you it is because the Lungs  (ie your immune system) are  susceptible to being invaded by the external cold, dry and windy weather.

When you catch a cold, Chinese medicine classifies your symptoms as ‘Cold Wind Invasion of the Lung.” This pattern of imbalance characteristically manifests as fevers alternating with the chills, but the person is mostly chilly, headache, sneezing, scratchy throat, body aches, and stuffy nose with clear mucus.

In order to support the Lung during the fall season, it is important to incorporate seasonal warming foods into your diet.  The warmer your Lungs are the less susceptible they are to becoming cold by the exterior weather.

Here’s my list of the top 5 seasonal warming foods to include in your diet:

1. Pumpkin

2. Squash

3. Onions

4. Ginger

5. Sweet peppers

How about making a Pumpkin and Butternut Squash soup? Enjoy!