When Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep – When it comes to our health, our priorities get mixed up. To be honest, in most cases, we push our health needs to the back of our minds. As a by-product, things escalate rather quickly. There are exceptions to this rule, as with anything else in life. These exceptions tend to be when things are so bad that we fear for our lives or when things can be seen by others. Let’s be honest; we all know the value and importance of first impressions. Given that our physical appearance makes up the majority of our first impressions, we tend to put a lot of effort and attention into our appearance.
Unfortunately, there are so many health issues that can affect our skin. Take psoriasis, for example; it affects more than 125 million people worldwide. Psoriasis typically affects individuals between the ages of 15 to 35 years old, which is when we tend to fixate on our appearances more than ever. When it comes to our health, far more pressing health issues can take center stage. However, feeling comfortable in our own skin is pivotal to our health and happiness. Plaque psoriasis makes up 80-90% of psoriasis cases, presenting with large red itchy patches on our skin. Not to mention having psoriasis can increase your risk of developing psoriatic arthritis in 30-33% of individuals.
The Domino Effect
Psoriasis alone is more than enough of a problem without any added issues, like additional diseases or illnesses. Given that psoriasis can be seen as an autoimmune disease, it can create a domino effect on our overall health. It is advantageous to reduce as many risk factors as possible. The most common risk factors for psoriasis are smoking, genetics, medications, obesity, and bacteria or viral infections. Some medications linked to psoriasis are lithium, beta-blockers, tetracycline, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and malaria drugs. Psoriasis also increases your risk of developing high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, eye problems, and other autoimmune disorders.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy…
All hope is not lost. There are tons of things you can do to help reduce your risk of developing psoriasis as well as reducing the effects of psoriasis. Hands down, one of the greatest things you can do to help your health is to detox regularly. Like most autoimmune diseases, high estrogen levels tend to be at the heart of the issue. Thus, detoxing regularly to remove any excess estrogen can dramatically reduce your risks. Another key way of reducing your risk, as well as providing relief to anyone dealing with psoriasis, is to make the switch to an anti-inflammatory diet. Other holistic options to help you reduce risk and symptoms are Epsom salt or oatmeal baths, taking omega-3 fatty acids, and turmeric, using aloe vera topically, using a humidifier, and reducing stress levels.
You Are What You Eat!
I love when doing one thing helps in a variety of areas. That is why I love starting with nutrition. Honestly, the phrase “you are what you eat” rings true. The foods we take in directly determine what we are able to make. Nutrition is literally the building block of what makes us who we are. So the simple question becomes, what is it you want to build? Once you determine what it is you want, all you really need to do is provide your body with the building blocks it needs to create what you want or need from it.
Our bodies are constantly breaking down what no longer serves us and building a new one. This means you get to pick what you want to be and all you have to do is feed your body the basic materials it needs to create the life and body you desire. So, what is it you want to build?
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Keeping your body free of toxins and free radicals is necessary to maintain a healthy life and a healthy mind. You can add tons of foods to your regular diet to help your body with its critical detoxifying processes. If you are looking for a safe and all-natural way to detox your body at home, be sure to check out my Balancing Abundance Program. Because detoxing is so important and realistically, everyone should be doing it on at least a seasonal basis, I have put together a program to help you do just that. Here’s the thing, I know working with me one-on-one can seem difficult to get into (due to limited space). I wanted to be able to give everyone an additional solution that has no limits.
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