Nourishing your skin from the inside
In my clinic I work with many patients that have skin issues, not just eczema, acne or psoriasis but also generally dry, dehydrated or irritated skin. While I always treat each patient individually (there is no all-encompassing solution) there is one recipe that makes a huge difference in skin hydration, inflammation and sensitivity. I found this recipe from Karen Fischer’s fantastic book “The Healthy Skin Diet” but in clinic over the years I have adapted it to suit my patients.
Originally the recipe called for Flax Oil and certainly you can use this instead but I have found that naturally lemon-flavoured Omega 3 Fish Oil or Super D Cod Liver Oil are much more effective. Why you may ask?
inflammation. Cell inflammation is associated with all skin conditions including red, sensitive and reactive skin.
Skin Healing Drink
This recipe is tried and true and is fantastic for anyone with sensitive, dry, dehydrated or inflamed skin. The lemon has an astringent effect which means it stimulates the liver to release bile into the digestive tract to be eliminated. The bile contains stored toxins so effectively you are dumping waste from your liver. The lecithin and fish oil prime your digestive system for the day, particularly your fat digestion so again supporting the liver. And of course water is just plain good for you and helps flush out daily waste particularly via your kidneys.
It also has the effect of super-saturating your body with essential fatty acids. So in addition to the excellent detox effect, flax seed oil supports the moisture holding capacity of your skin cells and has a anti-inflammatory effect thereby supporting your skin’s health. Feedback from client is that skin is generally less red and much more even toned since being on the Lemon Detox/Skin Healing Drink.
The recipe is as follows:
1/2 lemon (wash the outside)
1 teaspoon of soy lecithin (German is better than US variety)
1 teaspoon of naturally lemon flavoured Omega 3 Fish Oil or Cod Liver Oil
300mls of filtered water
Method: Squeeze in the lemon juice into the blender. Add the lecithin, oil and water. Blend for 1 minute until frothy. Pour and drink. Feel free to add other ingredients such as ginger or turmeric to spice up the flavour.