Your skin enjoys the distinction of being the largest organ of the body. As such, it plays a vital role in many bodily functions. It holds your insides in place, acts as a first line of defense against disease and pathogens and protects the rest of the body from the elements. Your skin is an important organ, and we learn more and more how and why taking care of it is a key component of good health.
We know now that it is important to stay hydrated and eat foods rich in nutrients such as vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids. We also know that simple, natural products, such as coconut oil, olive oil, and certain essential oils may have benefits for our skin. These are some simple things to remember when it comes to taking care of your skin.
Like most things in health, however, there is some contention over how to best maintain your skin. Many dermatologists may recommend to you products with a long list of hard-to-pronounce chemicals, both for maintaining your skin and as remedies for problems that can present with your skin. Many dermatologists also likely recommend protective measures, such as staying out of the sun, to prevent damage caused by the elements.
However, we know that when skin is exposed to sunlight, it creates Vitamin D––a highly beneficial nutrient inside the body. Now, clearly, prudence is key; you would not hold a match until it burned all the way to the point that it would burn your fingers. Similarly, allowing yourself to be burned by the sun is not a good idea. However, some practitioners contend whether the damage to our skin ostensibly caused by the sun has as much to do with what we put on our skin (i.e., many of the chemical-laden skin products) and into our bodies.
In addition to the damage caused by the elements to the skin, skin problems such as psoriasis, acne, dry skin, dandruff and a long list of other skin ailments can afflict the skin. To these, the answer is often drugs such as immune suppression drugs, antibiotics and other prescription creams and topical agents. These drugs obviously can have their place; as such, however, there are always risks associated with using pharmaceutical drugs. Since we know this, is it not best to explore every other option for taking care of our skin?
Doug Kaufmann’s work in dermatology revealed an important, often-overlooked element of skin care: Fungi can play a profound role in skin health! What he learned (and has extensively published on) is that when you treat skin problems as if fungi lie at the root cause, many times those skin problems clear up. Often, with a change of diet, prescription antifungals, and some other strategies, patients would find relief from skin problems that had been plaguing them for years.
If you are experiencing skin problems, it may be worth looking into the Kaufmann Diet and putting together and unilateral Antifungal strategy.
(We never recommend using information on this site in lieu of your dermatologist’s advice.)
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