Skin Health

What’s the largest organ in your body? That’s a bit of a trick question, because we don’t usually think of skin as an organ, and you might say it’s “on” your body, not “in” it.

At any rate, skin is an organ because it’s a collection of tissues into a single unit that performs a particular function.

Now, can you name seven functions skin performs?

 

  1. Obviously, it provides a protective barrier between the rest of the body and the outside world.
  2. It senses temperature and texture.
  3. It also regulates our body temperature. It plays a role in immunity because it can detect infection.
  4. It creates vitamin D.
  5. Finally, it prevents loss of moisture and protects from UV radiation.

Oh and one more thing: It makes you look good!

Despite the many practical functions of skin, the fact that skin impacts our appearance is often the reason we pay so much attention to it. 

Rashes, acne, eczema, and other skin conditions not only affect our appearance, but they can also cause pain and discomfort. Many people spend a small fortune on topical remedies, only to find that they don’t really help that much.

The bottom line: If you want great skin, focus first on gut wellness.

The key to understanding skin conditions is to recognize that the skin mirrors the intestinal tract. The gut and the skin communicate with each other through the gut-skin axis. The microbiome of each—the beneficial microbes that live in the intestinal tract and on the skin—engage in cross-talk through mechanisms that aren’t fully understood. 

However, over a century of research has linked gut conditions with skin conditions.

Start here for more comfortable and more confident skin . . .

Our best picks in this category include probiotics, stress-management supplements, anti-inflammatory formulas, and supplements that provide the raw materials for great skin, hair, and nails:

Cortisol Pro:
 
Most people know that skin problems get worse with stress. The primary steroid hormone our bodies produce is cortisol. While cortisol is an essential hormone for multiple body functions, too much or too little of it can wreak havoc on bodily systems, which can manifest in rashes, acne, and other skin conditions. Cortisol Pro uses plant-based ingredients that have a balancing effect on cortisol production.
Dynamic Fiber:
 
What goes on in the digestive tract is often mirrored on the skin, so maintaining a healthy GI tract is an essential component of holistic skin therapy. Fiber is important for optimal digestion. In this fiber formula, apple pectin, oat, and psyllium are combined with rice bran that acts as a prebiotic—that is, it feeds the beneficial bacteria living in the gut. A highly diverse gut microbiome is associated with lower risk of atopic dermatitis; one of the best ways to increase diversity of gut flora is dietary fiber.
inflam-eze supplement

Dynamic Inflam-Eze:

Since skin disorders tend to be inflammatory, Dynamic Inflam-Eze is a good choice for maintaining healthy skin. This ready-to-mix meal-replacement drink contains a balance of macro and micronutrients that can help calm inflammatory processes in your body. In addition to supplying important vitamins and minerals, it’s packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant herbs like turmeric, rosemary, ginger, and broccoli sprouts.

Dynamic Multi Collagen:

Healthy skin, nails, and hair depend on collagen, but aging, the environment, and poor diet can decrease our body’s ability to make collagen. This protein drink powder contains a complex collagen blend plus an antioxidant-rich fruit-and-vegetable blend, probiotics, and fiber. It’s a superfood for your skin.

Hair, Skin, & Nails:
 
The skin is the body’s largest organ, often comprising upwards of 7% of a person’s total body weight. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin. They do more than simply make you look good; they have biological functions that contribute to your overall health. This formula contains collagen, which our bodies make less of as we age, and a vitamin B complex, which is essential for the health of these tissues. It also includes antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and amino acids—all designed to keep your skin, hair, and nails healthy and vibrant.
Probiotic Pro:
 
Gut health and specifically the gut microbiome—balance of good bacteria—are essential to healthy, vibrant skin. This multi-strain probiotic formula contains Bifidobacterium lactis, which appear to be the most important organisms in the intestine for promoting a healthy intestinal lining. It also contains S. thermophilus and multiple strains of Lactobacillus, which have been shown to help calm and heal the intestinal tract.