Someone recently asked me about how to heal chronic dry skin. This issue is caused by a few factors:
There is a dry skin cycle that occurs. Excessive external dryness coupled with heat and/or excessive washing with soaps, the use of various chemicals in commercial skin lotions, can lead to the deterioration of the skin's natural barrier leading to rapid evaporation and loss of flexibility.
Then the body responds by producing new skin cells and releasing pro-inflammatory substances. This leads to flaking, itchiness, redness and scaly skin. The itchy skin can lead to scratching which creates excoriations and secondary issues, like infections of bacteria or fungus. Unfortunately, this new skin is more susceptible to further damage by dry and hot conditions, so the cycle continues until it is a chronic one.
There is also an internally causation to dry skin. As the skin is governed by the liver, when blood volume is low, via either lack of hydration or a true blood deficiency (seen in many menstruating age females), then the skin is not properly fed the nutrients it needs to repair itself. Nutrients like biotin, silica, vitamin C, MSM sulfur and EFA's (essential fatty acids), more specifically, PUFA's (poly-unsaturated fatty acids), are some of the more important ones to mention.
To break the dry skin cycle, an internal and external regime is the key to success.
Hydration: Drink plenty of pure, living water that is not poisoned by fluoride, chlorine or drug residues. At least 3L a day and you can add a pinch of Himalayan Crystal Salt into it to assist absorption. Find out where your local springs are, gather & use this water for drinking and cooking. You can also look into home water filtration systems, especially for showering as the chemicals from water can also break down the skin's barrier and contribute to the inflammation cycle.
Topical support: I have designed a few remedies that assist dry skin by providing a substitute barrier that prevents further evaporation & offers the skin direct nourishment to assist in its repair.
Foods: Eating Yin nourishing foods like black and Aduki beans, sesame seeds, eggs, nettle, asparagus, coconut milk, & miso are helpful. Increase omega fatty acids via spinach, walnuts, chia seeds and safe, wild caught fish sources. Lentils, kidney beans, prunes and most green vegetables are excellent blood builders.
PUFA's - Poly-unsaturated fatty acids can also be taken in supplement form like Genestra's Super EFA Liquid, Genestra's Super Neurogen DHA Essential Fatty Acid supplement or for children, Genestra's DHA Pediaburst.
Sulfur - MSM Sulfur assists in the repair of skin. Homeopathic sulfur is a classic remedy for dry, itchy, damaged skin.
B-Vitamins - VItamin B deficiency can cause acne, sensitivity to sunlight, cracked lips, dryness, wrinkles, rashes, and an uneven complexion. Take a good 100 mg complex supplement like this one each morning with breakfast. This lends energy as well, for the day.
Ascorbate (Vitamin C) - Vitamin C should be taken in the correct format: ascorbate (reduced and buffered) state. My favourite is The Right C by Biomed, as 1/2 tsp is 2 grams. You can take 3-5 doses a day, just never stop high doses of vitamin C suddenly as it's harder on the body to compensate for such a sudden loss. You can take this to bowel tolerance for a short while, if you wish.
Silica - Silica is a vital trace mineral that supports the structure, or scaffolding of skin. Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is an excellent way to get this into your diet, you can add 1/2 tsp into a smoothie for ease of taking. Most fruits and vegetables carry this mineral in their own 'skin', the peel. Best to eat organic, non-sprayed produce in this regard.
This list is not an extensive one, as there are many more remedies and nutrients that support skin health, but I wanted to address this question and create the beginning protocol I would suggest starting with for any chronic dry skin issue. If this didn't take care of the matter then I would seek deeper root cause issues or other blocks to be cleared.
If you wish to have extra support on your healing journey, I am available for in person or distance consultations.
(HealthDay)—Two new studies further confirm the health benefits of breast-feeding.
One suggests that 6-year-olds who were breast-fed have a lower risk of ear, throat and sinus infections compared to bottle-fed infants, while the other finds a similar trend when it comes to allergies.
The research upholds the "many benefits of breast-feeding in the immediate newborn period," said Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She was not involved in the new studies.
The studies were published online Sept. 1 in the journal Pediatrics.
Current recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics urge women to breast-feed baby exclusively for the first six months of life, and then combine breast milk and other foods until at least 12 months.
The two studies sought to determine if breast-feeding's health benefits lingered long after solid foods were introduced.
In one study, a group led by Dr. Ruowei Li, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, looked at data on medical office visits for nearly 1,300 6-year-olds.
Compared to children who hadn't been breast-fed for an extended time, children who had been breast-fed for nine or more months had lower odds of contracting an infection of the ear, throat or sinus, the team said.
For example, the breast-fed children had 31 percent lower odds of developing an ear infection over the past year, 32 percent lower odds for a throat infection and 53 percent lower likelihood for a sinus infection, the CDC team found.
Wu also noted that, "there was a decrease in infections if the mothers had breast-fed and there was a greater decrease depending on the amount of breast-feeding."
Why the effect? Li's team noted that "human milk is the best source of nutrition for most newborns and infants. In addition, human milk provides immunologic protection against many infections during infancy."
The new study now suggests that, "breast-feeding may protect against ear, throat and sinus infections well beyond infancy," the researchers added.
In the second study, a team led by Dr. Stefano Luccioli, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, looked at the rate of "probable food allergies" in 6-year-olds.
They found that children who had been exclusively breast-fed for four months or more had about half the odds of developing a food allergy compared to children who had been breast-fed for a lesser amount of time.
As Wu noted, the finding did have one limitation, however. "While breast-feeding did not decrease food allergies in high-risk populations, such as families who already have a history of food allergy, there was a decrease in low-risk populations," she said.
Another expert said the studies provide valuable information.
Nina Eng, chief clinical dietitian at Plainview Hospital in Plainview, N.Y., said the findings "point out two of the many important benefits of breast-feeding."
"These articles provide evidence that should inspire new moms to breast-feed their children," she said.
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