The life force of your skin

What gives you great skin?

There’s a lot of talk about essential fatty acids and how important they are. But did you know that your skin also needs them?

Fatty acids are essential for your skin

Every cell in your body has a thin protective membrane around it and essential fatty acids (EFA’s) help to keep it healthy which means soft and permeable.  Why permeable you might be asking?  So that nutrients can get into the cells and toxins can get out.

Essential fatty acids are the ‘life force’ of the membrane of every cell in your body including nerve cells in your brain.  They control every bodily function from wiggling your little toe to fluttering your eye lashes. Essential fatty acids are omega 3’s and 6’s and we need them in the right proportions because they’re so essential to our well being and we can’t make them ourselves, we have to ingest them in the form of foods or supplements.

For a long time nobody knew what the correct proportion was and it’s still a hotly debated subject, but a study was done by a man called Yehuda in Israel in 1993which determined that the ratio should be 4:1, 4 parts omega 6 to one part omega 3. Omega 6 is also known as Linoleic acid and omega 3 is known as Linolenic Acid.

When you’re depleted in essential fatty acids, the cell membrane doesn’t function efficiently and so the movement of toxins and nutrients across the cell membrane is compromised. A common symptom you are deficient in EFA’s  is dry skin.

Do you have a ‘snowstorm’ of dry, flaky skin when you get undressed? It’s more common than you might think.

Not only do you need EFA’s for your skin, you need them for hormones, your immune system, pain and inflammation and good gut function, to name but a few  of  the essential roles they have in your body.

You can do an experiment and see the difference.  Try taking the correct ratio of 4:1 essential fatty acids for a month; you’ll probably need to take about 2 tablespoons/day to make a difference.  Make sure that you find an omega 3 oil that is not rancid!  Yes, they do go rancid.   But there are one or two brands who test for rancidity before and after production and who also test for the presence of toxic metals.  Fish oils can carry a lot of toxic metals.

Here’s a tip – you can apply oils direct to your skin, try a blend of sesame, walnut, apricot seed and hazelnut oil. Everything you put on your skin goes straight into your system and bypasses your liver.  That’s why hormone and nicotine patches work!

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