The glow of a pregnant woman is sight to be seen and something you can attain at every stage. The truth is, your skin is a direct reflection of your digestion. In Chinese Medicine the skin is paired with the large intestine and lungs, governing your ability to assimilate nutrients and eliminate waste. Nourishing the skin requires maximizing nutrition and minimizing the impact of environmental toxins that cause degeneration. Remember, our bodies are made up of trillions of cells and every day billions of those cells are regenerating. In this process, the cells require proper nutrients to turnover and when they can’t find them, they will steal from other healthy cells creating oxidative stress and premature aging of the skin.
It begins with how we live our lives. Existing in a “yang” world where we are mostly outwardly focused and overextended depletes our deepest reserves, or “yin qualities”. To keep a healthy glow, make a daily habit of replenishing and nourishing yourself from the inside out.
Sweat- exercise is the perfect way to release toxins and cleanse the pores. Choose activities that make you smile; endorphins produce a natural, rosy glow!
Relax in the sun- regeneration occurs when your body is resting. Spend 10 minutes a day in direct sunlight to help build up natural stores of Vitamin D.
Avoid inflammatory foods- set aside refined carbohydrates, sugar, coffee, alcohol, soda, red meat and extra spicy foods and lean towards a more alkaline diet.
Skin Care- pay attention to what you are putting on your skin. Avoid product with chemicals like parabens and pthelates. Your skin is your largest organ and processed skincare in the same way it does food. Choose natural skin products that are toxin free.