All You Need To Know To Heal Your Skin

A few months ago, I started down a brand-new path in my career. Earlier on last year I had quit my job at the clinic I had been at for many years, only knowing that I wanted to do something else with my career.

I then rediscovered an old passion of mine, that of skin therapy. You see, the skin is truly a very powerful organ. Just look at how the skin is supplied with intricate networks of blood vessels and nerves. Our skin is the first barrier against external influences, and is therefore highly specialized in detecting even the finest stimuli, partly to prevent us from harming ourselves.

A delicate touch from someone on the skin will trigger a cascade of sensor impulses and hormones. For instance will a caring touch by someone else trigger a boost in Oxytocin, an important hormone for our wellbeing and feeling of connectivity. This has probably played a big role in our evolution, at we thrive when we are together In a group.

The skin can in many cases absorb nutrients considerably better than if the nutrient is being ingested. For instance, making a vitamin liposomal (bound to fatty acids) may boost the absorption rate of that nutrient. One example of this is if you want to boost your antioxidant effect in the body, applying a good liposomal glutathione gel allow a lot of the active antioxidant capacity to be absorbed, in contrast to liposomal glutathione being ingested, where only about 10% will be absorbed.

Here is a quick guide to how to boost your skin vitality:

  • Drink lukewarm water upon rising, preferably with some lemon squeeze. After a night of sleep the body tends to be more dehydrated. Ingesting a few glasses of tepid water upon rising in the morning will quickly restore the hydration state in the body. Being properly hydrated in the body, will in turn hydrate the skin.
  • Start the morning with dry brushing using a natural brush. This has a good peeling effect for the skin and boost the lymphatic drainage from the skin.
  • Consider alternating with a hot and cold shower in the morning. Even though taking a cold shower in the morning may be the last thing you would want, after getting out of that warm and fuzzy bed of yours, many studies have shown a range of health benefits from doing this simple practice in the morning.
  • Do not use strong chemicals and other irritants on the skin. It is wise to be conscious of what detergents and soaps you use, as many of these products can irritate the skin and rid the natural barrier of beneficial bacteria flora from the skin. It is therefore wise to to for oily soaps with natural ingredients, and the most chemical friendly detergents for your clothing.
  • Use good oils and creams to nourish the skin. A good daily practice of applying a good moisturizer to the skin goes a long way for optimal skin care. This will hydrate the skin, and leave it better fit to handle the days stressors. According to some expert dermatologists, applying a good skin oil in the evening before going to bed, has an additional effect to boost the skins regenerative and rejuvenating capacity.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Along with many other health benefits, drinking regular amounts of clean water will replenish the skin with proper amounts of hydration. This also enable more nutrients to reach the skin and wash away more of toxins being clogged in the skin.
  • Daily supplementation:
    • 25 mg of chelated zinc
    • 2-300 mg of omega 3, preferably from marine sources as the omega 3 contain longer chains that will provide a better and more wholesome effect on the body
    • Gamma linolenic acid
    • Vitamin D 1000-2000 IU daily. Maybe more when severely depleted.
    • Vitamin B6 100 mg daily.
  • Regular exercise: In general, doing regular exercise is essential for your general wellbeing. Also for the skin, exercise proves to provide a lot of benefits.
  • Saunas and infrared saunas to perspire out toxins that circulate in the body and reside in the skin
  • Sleep well and soundly, as this benefits the hormones that enable a more optimal skin health
  • Limit intake of alcohol and other dehydrating beverages
  • Avoid nicotine as it has a detrimental effect of the skin

I would also strongly advice to have an emergency kit for accidents that inevitably may happen. At least make sure that you have some good plasters and bandages stored away. This will save you a lot of trouble when accidents happen. In Stanvanger dermatology department. we are fond of using honey for wound therapy. The reason for this is multifold. Firstly, it has shown to protect against skin bacteria that may prevent skin healing. Honey also provide a lot of nutrients to the wound site, and therefore speed up the healing process. This is particularly true for the honey produced by the leptospermum plants in New Zealand, and many honey products have been created from this healing honey. Mind you, when you apply honey to a wound, and then cover it up, there wound site will generate a lot of fluid. We therefore always recommend covering the wound site with an absorbent patch, such as Aquacell Extra.  I have seen many remarkable healing processes, where next step would have been amputation of the limb, and after application of honey, we could see a gradual healing of the wound.sunblock-skincare-healthy-skin-heart-161608

 

The Miracle of Water

How much water do you drink? Seriously? Let me tell you that water is by far the cheapest and healthiest drink you can have. Do you ever stop to wonder about just how important it is to drink enough water? We literally consist of 70-80 % water (interestingly enough just about the same number as the amount of water covering the surface of the earth).

Water has an enormous healing capacity when you have enough of it. Consumption of water will hydrate the body, while enabling toxins to more easily be flushed out of you. When the body gets rid of toxins, your body will function better and more smoothly. As an extra motivator, having enough water in your body will make your skin smoother, and hence your appearance more beautiful.water showerSo, how much is enough? How much water should you actually drink to make sure that your body stays healthy. Well, that depends. It depends on what you eat, what you drink, your fitness level, the climate where you live, and so much more.

Several drinks could function as a diuretic, meaning you more easily excrete fluids through your kidneys. In some cases, this is a good think, especially for people who more easily retain water in their tissue. Patients who take diuretic medications need to take this to lessen the burden on the heart. Even so, it is also here important to drink enough water.

So what about coffee. Coffee is not in fact a diuretic, but it causes a fluid loss due to its laxative effect. You see, we retain a lot of the water in the colon, and when it goes faster through, we lose more water. Therefore, a golden rule when drinking coffee is: By one cup of coffee, drink two glasses of water. The Italians are usually very good in this respect, where they always provide you with a glass of water with the shot of espresso.

water coffeeSo back to how much water should you actually drink? I have got this question a LOT in my practice. The answer is that there is no one exact answer. This depends on a lot of factors.

Elderly people have a tendency to more easily become dehydrated. If I mention this to my grandmother, who is now 101 years old, she finds the whole concept of drinking water rubbish. She thinks the sight of “all these people walking around with water bottles in their hands” to be amusing. Then again, every elderly person is not like her. I have had many elderly people come to my clinic with obvious signs of dehydration. One of the most obvious is the “skintest”, where you pinch and drag up a part of the skin, then let go, and see how long time it takes before the skin goes back to its normal position. If it takes more than a few seconds it is an obvious sign of dehydration, and I would generally advice on drinking more water (Not more coffee).water drinking

As a rule of thumb I say that it is wise to drink at least 1,5 liters of water, and if you are drinking caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, chocolate) I advise you to drink around two liters of water. This number could drastically increase if you reside in a hot environment, where you are perspiring profusely. Sometimes, drinking four liters of clean water is essential to stay hydrated.

Of course we will function on less water intake, but we are here talking about how to really feel energized. Drinking water regularly is a great investment for your health. So drink up!Refreshing drink in the gardenYou could try to make water more exciting by infusing it with various herbs or fruits

The Secret Power of Honey

Honey can be considered the edible gold, due to all its medicinal properties. Honey have been part of peoples diet since the ancient times. While excavating the great pyramids in Egypt, archaeologists recently discovered jars of honey in an old tomb dating back 3000 years, and the honey was still perfectly edible.  That means that due to many of the medicinal properties in honey, it can virtually last forever.

Honey comes from the laborious process of bees assimilating pollen from the flowers in the area. To make one pound of honey,  it is estimated that around 60.000 bees have collected pollen from about 2 million flowers! That is a lot of hard work, which I think is also good to be mindful of when consuming honey.

 

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In this article we will discuss the various healing benefits of honey, which are:

  • Reduce allergy symptoms to pollen. By eating a daily dose of honey, you also ingest trace amounts of pollen. Therefore ingesting honey on a regular basis, and at least several months before the pollen season starts, can be an effective way to reduce allergy symptoms to pollen. Additional tip: I would recommend using honey from your region for optimal effect, as the pollen in the honey comes from where you live.
  • Treat wounds to speed up the healing. Honey has long been considered a good remedy to treat woulds, dating back to the teachings of Aristotle. When you cut your skin, I would advice to put a bit of honey in the wound. This will speed up the recovery time of the healing. Recent discovery have found even better effect upon using a particular honey called Manuka Honey for this purpose. Further research have also found a healing factor, and the reason why this is so effective in treating wounds. At the time I am writing this, it is uncertain what this ingredient is, so it is simply called the “Unique Manuka Factor” (UMF).
  • Treatment of stomach ulcers. Here also Manuka Honey comes out as the most effective, as it has shown effect in killing the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, which are commonly causing stomach ulcers. Honey in general is good for the stomach lining, so therefore all honey is beneficial. Honey can therefore also help treating gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD) and soothe acid reflux and heartburn.
  • Treat herpes breakouts. If honey is applied directly on sores, it can have a healing effect. The reason for this healing effect is as with wounds, that it heals the mucosal lining and helps treating microorganism. Also, honey contain a bit of hydrogen peroxide, which further cleanses the wound.
  • Energy enhancer. Honey can be used to boost ones vitality. Honey is useful to give a boost when one feels fatigued. Ingestion of honey right before, during or right after a workout session can increase athletic performance.
  • Cough suppressant and treat sinusitis problems
  • Sleep inducer. The simple sugars in honey causes your insulin level to rise, which then elevates the neurotransmitter serotonin. This, in turn, converts to melatonin (also called the sleep-inducing hormone)honey-823614_1280
  • Treats a dry and itchy scalp. Honey has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, and therefore works well for an itchy scalp. To help with these matters, apply a diluted solution of honey and water to the hair and scalp, and leave for a few hours, before rinsing it out. Honey can also be great as a conditioner, as it moisturizes your hair.
  • Anti-fungal and digestive aid. Evidence have shown that honey have anti-fungal properties. Therefore, daily consumption of honey can be a great supplement as a digestive aid
  • Treat acne. Honey contain humectants that acts as moisturizer on your skin, and at the same time kills bacteria that causes acne. For best effect, leave raw, unprocessed honey on the skin affected with acne, and rinse off after 30 minutes.
  • Hangover cure. Honey helps to speed up the oxidation of alcohol in the liver, and at the same time gives you an energy boost. Try adding turmeric and lots of fresh water, and you will get back in shape in no time.
  • Boost libido. Honey is a natural aphrodisiac, and therefore good to boost ones desires in the bedroom. According to Hippocrates, intake of honey will increase your sex drive.

To boost ones energy, I recommend as a morning routine of lemonwater with honey.  In Ayurveda there is also a healing elixir called Golden Milk, a healing tea that is made by adding turmeric, honey, almond milk, and pepper to hot water and let it simmer for 10 minutes. This has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties for a good night’s sleep.

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