Eczema, acne or dermatitis, all stem from acidosis. A chemical imbalance within our body that is shown as one of those skin (inflammation) conditions.
I have mentioned previously the well-studied connection between skin conditions and an overly acidic body (acidosis), so today I want to share a bit of insight about acidity and what that means for your overall skin health in the simplest terms because I want you all to get this and understand that you have the power to prevail over disease… and skin conditions particularly.
Where Acidosis All Starts…
First off, virtually all diseases including dermatitis, allergies, cancer, candida, heart disease, bowel diseases, arthritis (inflammation), osteoporosis, kidney stones, gall stones, and tooth decay are associated with excess acidity in the body. All forms of inflammation are also associated with excess acidity, including inflammation of the skin and joints.
So where does excess acidity come from?
When nutritionists talk about acid or alkaline-forming foods, they are referring to the effects of the food once ingested and metabolised by the body. Therefore the foods that we consume are what creates an acidic or alkaline body. The typical Western diet is exceptionally high in acid forming foods (meat, grains, dairy, sugar & processed foods). These are also food groups that are highly subject to hormone treatments, antibiotics and genetic modification as well as a myriad of synthetic chemicals.
Most proteins contain sulphur, as well as phosphorus, within their chemical structures. When metabolised, these substances are broken down into phosphoric acid and sulphuric acid, which must then be neutralised through various chemical reactions in the body. Another by-product of protein metabolism is uric acid. Uric acid has been found to have a major influence on the development of arthritis, in particular, gout.
Because of these toxic by-products of protein metabolism (phosphoric, sulphuric and uric acids), protein rich foods, and especially animal products, are acid-forming. Most grains and dairy products, also high in protein, are also acid-forming.
What it does…
Since we are constantly supplying acids and alkalis to our bodies through the various foods we eat, it is very important that we consider the balance between these two extremes. The typical Western diet is detrimentally unbalanced, more highly (a politer way of saying incredibly) on the side of acidic food.
If we consume excessive amounts of acid-forming foods, such as animal and dairy products, the body must dip into its alkaline reserves to maintain the proper pH (alkalinity). The kidneys, lungs and entire physiology is overworked in the process of neutralising the acids from the body. This strain eventually leads to a depletion of buffer salts and the breakdown in the functions of various organs including the kidneys.
Any food, drug or beverage that is extremely acidic in nature causes the body to utilise alkaline reserves and this process overworks the various organs. Over a period of time, the body eventually is no longer capable of handling this overload and will slowly begin to break down or malfunction. Various organ malfunctions are referred to as “disease,” while the root cause is “too much acid in the body” (acidosis).
How Does This Tie into Eczema / Dermatitis?
Eczema, acne and dermatitis are inflammatory responses to an imbalance in your system. It is a symptom not a cause. Depending on the type, it likely stems from acidosis or a by-product thereof. The skin is too a major organ, the largest at that, capable of malfunctioning like any other organ. Reducing the acid formation in the body; consuming more alkaline foods; and nurturing the gut all go a long way to reducing the potentiality for inflammation build up and skin outbreaks.
All too often our skin is the first place a symptom of disease will show up. Loss of colour, tone and elasticity are the first things we notice when our body is under attack. Consider that a lot of pharmaceutical drug side effects are shown in the skin.
What you should do…
The short answer, consider changing your diet immediately. You may need a complete overhaul -or- it may be just a few changes that are necessary.
Barring any medications and food allergies that are contradictory, your body would benefit from consuming fresh (not canned) fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds while reducing the ratio of meats, grains (wheat, corn, oats, white rice), dairy, sugars and beverages aside from green tea, raw vegetable juices and 64 oz of fresh water daily. If your normal diet is high in processed food, meat and sugar, you’ll want to transition in moderation. Many times we go it alone and spend more money than necessary experimenting.
Many alternative health experts recommend a diet comprised of more alkaline than acid foods. In the book, Staying Healthy with Nutrition, author Elson Haas, M.D. recommends a diet consisting of 70 – 80 % alkaline and balanced foods in spring and summer. For winter months, he recommends decreasing this to 65 to 70% of alkaline and balanced foods.
There are Natural Products to Help Your Skin.
It’s been known for hundreds, even thousands of years, that the Dead Sea has some totally unique and special properties that are perfectly in tune with human health.. particularly skin health.
The minerals in the skin care range from SeacretTM have all been formulated to bring your skin back to its natural pH level. However, it is vital that you address your body both internally and externally. For all skin conditions, it is strongly recommended that you follow this program for at least 1 month:
If you have been using the fantastic skin care range from SeacretTM we’d love to hear your story in the comments below.