A recent picture of my cousin on Facebook had me saying: ‘whatever she is on or doing I want it! She is glowing and looks 10 years younger.’

What was the difference? She had undertaken a program to improve both her digestion and inner health.

Common skin complaints from acne to pigmentation can reveal the secrets of your inner health. Once you know what the clues are as to what is happening, you can make profound changes to your outer beauty.

The Chinese have known about this for a long time and have a sophisticated technique of face mapping for diagnosing internal disturbances. Face mapping is a great tool to determine where the skin symptom (pimple, rash, redness, hyperpigmentation, sallowness, darkness, or wrinkle) connects deeper in the body.

SIGNS and SYMPTOMS

1. Dark circles under the eyes are linked to food intolerances (particularly wheat and dairy), lack of sleep and a poorly functioning endocrine system. This may also be accompanied by back pain and neck, shoulder and spinal core tension.

2. Horizontal lines on the forehead are seen as further signs of digestive issues

3. Cracks at corner of the mouth reflects a vitamin B deficiency particularly B3.

4. Dry skin or chin redness is a digestive sign

5. Pigmentation or dark spots is a sign of detoxification or the normal elimination channels of bladder and bowel not working properly.

6. Dry lips is caused by a lack of hydration or iron or vitamin B deficiency. More water is the simple way to go before following up other alternatives.

Poor inner health
Acne directly reflects on the body’s inner health                                     

ACNE directly reveals what is happening in the gut

  1. Forehead: Poor digestion due to toxins and lack of water. The solution is to drink water to flush out these toxins. Drink water throughout the day and avoid fizzy and caffeinated drinks as much as possible. Cozying up to a big mug of green tea may be helpful, too, since it’s packed with antioxidants that neutralize toxins.
  2. T-zone: Your nose is linked to the liver (alcoholics and those with liver damage from causes like cancer sometimes develop a red nose), so acne here could potentially signify liver dysfunction.
  3. Around the eyes: The skin in this area is connected to the health of the kidneys. Conditions like dark circles under the eyes may signify that the kidneys are malfunctioning or that you’re dehydrated.
  4. Upper cheeks: The tops of the cheeks are linked to the lungs. Inhaling air pollution can contribute to this. Externally though, bacteria on the surface of your cell phone or sleeping on a dirty pillowcase can be big culprits.
  5. Lower cheeks: Poor dental hygiene. Problems in the mouth, especially those involving the gums, will be visible here. Regularly brushing, flossing and avoiding sugary foods and drinks will improve oral hygiene and blemishes associated with it.
  6. Nose: Your nose is also linked to your heart. Swelling or bulbous changes of the nose signify high blood pressure. To remedy this, diet modification is key. Avoid energy drinks, reduce salt intake and eat more fruits and veggies to promote heart health and low blood pressure.
  7. Ears: The ears are also associated with the kidneys—breaking out here may signal dehydration. Make sure to drink more water throughout the day, and avoid consuming excess salt.
  8. Chin: Linked to the small intestine. Again, diet changes can make a huge difference. Stay away from dairy products and oily meals and adopt healthier eating habits, specifically ones that include more fruits and vegetables, to keep digestion running smoothly and nixing related skin problems. 

Generally stay away from dairy products and oily meals and adopt healthier eating habits, specifically ones that include more fruits and vegetables, to keep digestion running smoothly and nixing related skin problems.

The GUT FACE CONNECTION – how to make positive changes

Bad skin reflects our lifestyle and dietary choices. We can change what happens on the outside by making some simple choices.

  1. To cleanse the colon – start the day with ½ lemon or lime in warm water. Lemons and limes work as a natural detergent as well as being anti bacterial, anti viral and immune boosting.
  2. Use sleep as a medicine for the body. Especially avoid electronic devices (TV, phone, computers) in bed and at least 1.5 hours before bed because it interrupts the natural sleep rhythms.
  3. Deal with stress as dis-stress means that the body is unable to absorb nutrients and also to process the hormones of adrenaline and cortisol. How often have we noticed the face of someone who is constantly stressed?
  4. Choose fresh, organic food that is colourful on the plate and a good source of nutrients
Anti inflammatory foods
Healthy eating can make you look years younger

WHAT ARE THE BEST NUTRIENTS FOR HEALTHY SKIN?

  1. Vitamins E and C – both are powerful antioxidants. Foods rich in these are kale, broccoli and sunflower seeds
  2. Vitamin A – this vitamin promotes skin and tissue repair. Carrots, apricots and kale are best sources.
  3. Silica strengthens the body’s connective tissue. Eat more green beans, strawberries and leeks.
  4. Selenium is responsible for skin elasticity and protection from sun damage. This means less lines, wrinkles and age spots. Top up on brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms and onions.

I hope that this helps some people. It is something I have been more and more conscious of. I have been drinking my lime in warm water now for some time, I have changed my outlook and I do think it is extremely important to nourish our body from the inside out! I am not saying I won’t have days where I will eat like crazy because I am sure I will splurge! But, I will be more conscious of what and when I eat!