Focus on Health:
The Secret to Beautiful Looking Skin
By: Joseph Steyr, Naturopathic Doctor
We often hear about a new product or some new super-food that will keep our skin looking young and beautiful, but those don’t solve the skin problems I see in my practice. I regularly see acne, eczema and psoriasis, and although the super-foods are a great idea, they simply don’t solve the problem. So what do I do to get people’s skin looking great?
The secret to healing skin problems is to heal the gut! Most of the time skin problems are just reflecting a deeper problem in our body, often this problem is a food intolerance and other times it’s the ecology of the digestive system being disrupted. Food intolerances should not be confused with a food allergy. A true allergy starts from an antibody called IgE, however, a food intolerance is an antibody called IgG but what is more important here is that this is a delayed hypersensitivity. The reaction doesn’t come out for 48-72 hours later. So most people don’t know what the problem food is and often just suffer from this issue for years. The good news is that we have a very accurate blood test to look for food intolerances and often helps people who had no answers about why they were sick for years.
The other common problem that leads to skin issues is the imbalance of the bacteria and yeast in the digestive track, and I call this the ecology of the digestive system. This problem can start from stress, poor diet, antibiotics and even heavy metal exposure. Although probiotics have become a popular supplement, often it alone is not enough to correct the problem. Once again, the good news is with one or two products and with a short-term change to the diet, this condition can change rapidly. I have seen patients improve in days, and often more than just the skin improves too. The old saying “we are what we eat” is especially true for our skin, but is all too often the last place we look to solve our skin problems.
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