Join Dr. John as he digs into the underlying causes of a host of skin concerns, including acne, rashes and even wrinkles. While what we put on our skin is very important and should be, at the very least, edible, as much as 80% of what happens to our skin on the outside is dependent on the health of our skin on the inside. Dr. John will describe the numerous ways in which both the inner and outer skin breaks down, and how using the wisdom of Ayurveda backed by modern science can resolve your skin health concerns.
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Causes of skin problems: STRESS, ENVIRONMENT (sun, pollution, smoke), DIET, HIGH BLOOD SUGAR, POOR DIGESTION, LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS
- Amalaki & Ashwagandha
- Both have powerful free radical-scavenging properties. When taken together these two inhibit certain enzymes that break down collagen (a critical protein required for the elasticity and structure of the skin) and hyaluronic (skin’s natural moisturizer)
- Amalaki – supports both inner and outer skin, awakens digestion, rejuvenative for the liver, helps balance blood sugar
- Ashwagandha – nerve tonic, builds ojas, an adaptogen – can increase or decrease stress hormones like cortisol depending on the needs of the body, provides a healthy response to acute stress – provides a calming effect, potentially reducing the appearance of breakouts and age spots
- Ojas Nightly Tonic
- This sumptuous blend of ojas-building foods and herbs makes it easy to replenish your reserves. Add a heaping teaspoon to a cup of milk or milk substitute, add a bit of ghee or coconut oil and bring to a simmer for your ojas-building nightcap.
- try my 12-minute workout
- try my One Minute Meditation
- Vitamin D3
- Vital for immunity, a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from free radical damage, plays a key role in the production of specialized cells called keratinocytes – which are responsible for the production of millions of new healthy skin cells every few minutes
- It is suggested to keep serum vitamin D3 levels at or above 80mg/mL.
- The skin is the last tissue of the body to receive the circulating vitamin D, which is why it is so important to supplement during the winter months when vitamin D3 levels are usually at their lowest.
- Blood Sugar
- Just a little excess sugar in the blood will rob elastin and collagen from the blood and bind with it. These are the proteins that make our skin glow and keep away the wrinkles. Through the process of glycation, sugars bound to these proteins in the blood and can seriously imbalance the circulatory system. These Advanced Glycation End-Products (AGEs) are found at the sites of stress, wear and tear, and age-related degeneration in the body.
- Download my FREE eBook: Blood Sugar Secrets for Health & Longevity
- Sesame Oil – excellent source of vitamin E
- Vitamin E is the primary agent to feed the skin microbes and support the natural oils on the skin.
- Vitamin E supports the appearance of the skin against environmental chemicals and toxins that find their way onto the surface of the skin.
- According to Ayurveda, one of the fundamental daily strategies is to give yourself a daily sesame oil massage.
- Learn how to do an Ayurvedic self-massage (abhyanga) here
- For extra benefit, use LifeSpa’s herbalized oils: Lymphatic Massage Oil or Tri-doshic Massage Oil
- The Great Soap Debate
Flavonoids – reduce advanced glycation end-products
- red grapes
- red cabbage
Quercetin – reduce advanced glycation end-products
- apples and apple skins
Catechins – increase the skin’s defense and self healing abilities, powerful antioxidants
- green tea
Carotenoids – reduce inflammation, promote healthy growth and development, boost immunity, protect the skin from damage
- sweet peppers
Lycopene – strong antioxidants, promote smoothness of skin
- sun dried tomatoes
EPA and DHA – reduce advanced glycation end-products
- fish oils boost lymphatic flow
- provide omega-3 fatty acids
- Neem – the queen of the skin, a prebiotic, has a calming and cooling effect on the skin
- Fish Oils
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