“Beautiful skin is a reflection of inner health. Skin blemishes, acne, rashes, red patches, brown (age) spots, eczema and psoriasis all reflect an imbalance of body chemistry resulting in the lack of inner health.”-Dr.Royal Lee.

Let’s understand the Hair, Skin and Diet Connection.

This could also be said about hair, as it can be a sign of inner health or illness. My experience as a hairdresser has taught me that hair and skin are some of the best indicators to what is happening inside the body. Everything from hair loss to dry flaky patches of skin is almost always a sign of an imbalance or deficiency somewhere in the body, and since hair and skin are not the priority for a body that may be experiencing illness, this imbalance shows up on the skin and hair. Making your health a priority is truly the best way to see the positive changes in your outward appearance. With a few focused modifications to diet and lifestyle, you can reap the benefits of not only feeling better, but enjoying shiny hair and clear skin. Here are a few of the best tried and true ways to get yourself looking (and feeling) great.

Eat those fats

In my opinion, fats are one of the most underestimated food groups today. I would go so far as to say that fats are truly a super food, especially when consumed in their whole, organic state. I’m talking cod liver oil (traditionally used for centuries to cure a variety of ailments), coconut oil and foods containing high amounts of omega 3’s such as grass-fed beef, salmon, nuts, seeds and the like. During the winter, when my skin is especially dry, I increase my fat intake until my dry skin is gone. This can be a matter of consuming one extra tablespoon of coconut oil per day. You know you have enough fats in your diet when your skin is soft, glowing and moisturized without using a topical cream.

Hydrate

Water will singlehandedly make or break the appearance of your skin. For almost instantly better skin (and fewer wrinkles!) drink a minimum of half your bodyweight in ounces of water per day. This will vary slightly from person to person depending on exercise regimen, stress level, diet etc. Water is responsible for detoxification of the body. Without it, detoxing cannot be done properly. Not only will you experience better skin by being hydrated, but also increased energy levels and a better mood. To enhance the detoxification process, add a slice of lemon to your water. Lemon is particularly good for cleansing the liver.

Focus on whole foods

Whole, unprocessed foods provide an abundance of essential nutrients that our bodies need to function at optimal levels. They also have a dramatic effect of the skin and hair. Fresh fruits, vegetables, juices, grass-fed meats, nuts, seeds and fish are just a few foods that are great for the hair and skin.

Get moving

Not only has exercise been proven to be more effective at overcoming depression and other mood challenges than popular pharmaceuticals, it also plays a huge part in the detoxification and health of the hair and skin. By oxygenating the tissues, exercise aids in ridding the body of toxins “…that would otherwise be forced through the hair follicles and skin, causing blemishes, acne and rashes.” Even taking a brisk walk every day is enough to kick start this process.

With a few minor changes and/or additions to your lifestyle, you will be amazed at the positive effects on your outward appearance. By giving your body the proper nutrients and detoxification support it needs to function at optimal levels, you are sure to experience vibrant health and beautiful hair and skin!

**Quotes taken from the article “Healthy Skin Through a Natural Lifestyle” by Dr.Royal Lee- founder of Standard Process supplements.