Donna Gates, author of The
Body Ecology Diet
If you find yourself coveting the gorgeous skin of fashion models
in most of today's magazines, first think CLEAN, then
Companies that produce skin care products would like you to believe
that a beautiful complexion can be purchased in a jar. But truly
radiant, moist and blemish-free skin is a result of being clean,
not just skin deep, but from deep within.
Create clean blood that continuously supplies wonderful
nutrients right to the doorway of each and every cell in
your body and you're well on your way to having beautiful skin.
Today, keeping toxins out of your blood and organs is difficult
because we live in a "sea" of chemicals and drugs, and
eat mostly refined foods. If your goal is healthy skin, you have
to make a conscious effort to cleanse these dangerous substances
out of your body while putting in the finest nutrients. The good
news is that your body is constantly in a cleansing mode and was
created with the ability to push out toxins as long as you supply
it with the energy to do so.
Cleansing energy is more abundant when you provide your body with
the foods mentioned below. (Each food and its nutrients will be
discussed in later articles.)
Six Organs That Keep Your Skin Healthy
The six organs responsible for providing you with beautiful skin
- Large intestines
- Small intestines
But you are accountable to them as well. Keep them clean at all
times and beautiful skin will result from your daily efforts.
Your liver and kidneys are the two filtering organs that constantly
provide ongoing housecleaning services. Today they are seriously
overworked and underpaid. Why overload them with outside challenges?
Shield them from outside harm, feed them well, and they'll
keep you and your skin healthy.
Sitting on top of your kidneys are your walnut-sized adrenals.
Often called the "workhorses" of the body, they make many
essential hormones including pregnenolone, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone
and testosterone. Healthy hormones are an essential ingredient when
seeking energy and beautiful skin.
A well-nourished, energetic thyroid also provides hormones and
works closely with your adrenals to create energy. Dry, flaky, sluggish
skin is evidence of a weak thyroid.
The well-being of one's liver, kidneys, adrenals and thyroid
is dependent on the condition of your small and large intestines.
These two organs not only provide nutrients to other organs, but
they are also responsible for the removal of waste products from
your body. When waste meant for elimination remains in your intestines
your skin becomes thick, oily and blemished. Pure, flawless skin
is a reflection of clean intestines.
Drugs, alcohol, chemicals and heavy metals (mercury, lead) do daily
damage to millions of Americans. Your liver is damaged from refined
oils containing trans-fatty acids. Your kidneys are damaged by common
table salt devoid of natural minerals. Trans-fats and refined salt
are found in thousands of processed foods consumed by most Americans
every day. Pasteurized and homogenized dairy products also clog
your kidneys. They are to be avoided, but to reach your goal of
good-looking skin you also need to add foods into your diet that
nourish your six organs of beauty.
Spring is here and in Chinese medicine spring is the season when
the liver naturally cleanses and heals by pushing out dangerous
toxins. Green foods including chlorella
are excellent for the liver. Dark green leafy veggies including
kale, spinach, dandelion greens and broccoli are especially wonderful
foods. Have them cooked, raw, juiced and even cultured.
More Foods to Nourish Your Body and Skin
Green super-food formulas provide a combination of nutrients including
cereal grasses, algae and green veggies. Look for one that has organic
ingredients and was designed to heal and nourish your intestines.
They are great in the morning because they help alkalize your blood,
are more pleasant to take than a handful of supplements, and provide
protein, minerals and fatty acids.
Other foods known to contribute to healthy skin include raw and
virgin fats and oils. Coconut oil
is especially good for your thyroid. Mineral-rich foods (dark green
leafy veggies, ocean veggies and seafood) and antioxidant-rich foods
(black currant and blueberry juice, and green tea) are a daily must.
One group of foods worth mentioning here are fermented (or
cultured) foods. An article in the April 2004 issue of Natural
Health Magazine (p.35) states, "Tangy, tasty and teeming with
health benefits, fermented foods are the new stars of a wholesome
diet." Cultured dairy is the
rising star of the milk industry, according to Dairy Foods magazine.
Fermented foods are found in every traditional culture around the
world, says Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing
Traditions. (We'll have an entire article dedicated to
fermented foods in a later issue.)
Think Clean and Green, and have beautiful skin. By the way, you'll
also discover new levels of energy blossom even as the blemishes