Protecting your largest organ: The skin
PublishedThe human species is a phenomenal animal that can adapt to most any climate.
Over time, our skin sees scars, blisters, lumps, bumps, itching, redness, roughness, flaking and other annoying problems. These symptoms are commonly caused by dermatitis, which is inflammation of the skin.
Although the skin is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about human organs, it’s actually the largest one.
It consists of three layers: the epidermis, or outer layer; the dermis, or middle layer; and subcutaneous, the inner layer.
The skin serves as a shield that protects our other organs against foreign substances and environmental elements. It also functions as a portal to excrete toxins and waste products from the body, much like the kidneys.
Skin can react or change its normal appearance for any number of reasons. Some of the most common include allergies to food, mold or plants, chemicals, sun light, wind, drugs or alcohol, perfumes, cosmetics and certain metals.
Stress and chronic tension can also cause skin reactions. So what can you do to protect and prevent the skin from developing rashes?
Here are some recommendations. Be sure to consult a health care professional before attempting self-treatment.
- Add brown rice and millet to your diet.
- Avoid dairy products, sugar, white flour, fats and processed foods.
- Eliminate food containing gluten.
- Avoid bubble baths that may have irritating chemicals.
- Add a vitamin B dietary supplement.
- Drink herbal teas such as golden seal, dandelion and red clover.