Thousands of studies show that simple lifestyle strategies can be tremendously protective against disease or adverse health conditions. These strategies include eating natural, nutrient dense food, using skin food applications (explained below), moderate exercise (mobility), hydration (drinking natural, negatively charged water), frequent physical contact with nature (grounding and emotional support) and adequate sunlight exposure (preferably early in the morning).
Many preventative lifestyle strategies have been tested and shown to halve your health risk and some cases even more. For example, optimising your sunlight exposure (eg. vitamin D, along with a good supply of sulphur in a diet), has been shown to reduce some cancer incidences by 77% in four years. Protective strategies are effective in the prevention of diseases or adverse health conditions and can virtually eliminate most chronic disorders.
The purpose of this paper is to discuss strategies for supplying nutrients to the skin and other body parts closely connected to the skin, as part of an overall health protection strategy. So why do you need to know this information? There is a fair chance that your doctor or other health practitioner has little or no knowledge of nutrition absorption and how biology works in the gut and on your skin, along with how nutrients and other materials are absorbed through the skin to the blood.
Nutrients For The Skin
Your body does not solely access or absorb nutrients through the digestion of food in the gut, but also through your skin. Your skin absorbs about 60% of materials that are applied or exposed to the skin (topically). Nutrients or other materials can be either natural (found in nature) or chemical (produced as a chemical compound or synthetically), and in this respect, skin nutrient strategies or products are a significant preventative lifestyle requirement in the modern era of exposure to chemical pollution in food, soil, water and the air.
The skin is a complex organ comprising numerous specialised cells that support skin function. For example, nutritional support for the regenerating epidermis and dermis layers of the skin during the latter stages of wound healing is not only important in long-term wound resolution but will promote the restoration of strong, healthy skin.
While the chemical, biological and structural design of the skin will slow absorption and limit penetration of some large molecules through the skin, along with limiting the loss of vital nutrients and water from the underlying tissue; the skin is a primary pathway for absorption of nutrients and water. Blood vessels that supply nutrients for all skin layers are found in the skin dermis layer. Also, new skin cells are continuously produced in the outer cells of the skin layer are enzymatically detached from this layer and then shed.
Changes in nutritional status that alter skin structure and function can also directly affect skin appearance. Unlike many organs, skin nutrition can be enhanced directly through topical applications. Topical application of natural micronutrients (from food, essential oils, herbs, seawater, etc.) can complement dietary consumption of food, leading to a stronger, healthier skin for the body. The skin health is also critical as skin cells function as mechanical sensors and produce growth factors that regulate sweat glands, hair follicles, nail growth, and nerve blood cell functions in skin.
The idea that the skin provides a complete barrier function to protect against pathogens, chemicals, and environmental exposures is a myth. Therefore, any skin care or cosmetic products that are promoted to increase the skin barrier defence are based on a false premise.
For example, over 1000’s of years humans have know that the topical application of a wide variety of herbs, clays (minerals), essential oils and waters (including seawater and mineral springs) has had beneficial health benefits, primarily for the skin, hair, nails, nerves, muscles, joints and blood conditions.
Also, in the modern era, humans are now absorbing through their skin a wide range of poisonous chemicals used in farming and other industries. These chemicals can end up in the bloodstream and all of the other cells of the body. It is most likely, that at least 20-30% of toxins in human cells could be derived from environmental sources and through the skin. This toxin absorption process can seriously affect skin and general health.
Skin health is critical in sustaining the balance of microbial species that cover the skin layer all over the body. Different parts of the body skin have different species due to the differences in function. For example, the biology (microbe species) under the armpits is different from the biology that covers the elbow. These skin microbes require skin nutrients and a skin condition (health) to properly function. For example, these microbes that live on the skin have the vital role of keeping in check inflammation triggered by injury and unwanted pathogenic microbes. They also play a role in wound healing and this is why the wound area has to be microbially balanced. This fact also suggests that antibacterial hand gels and soaps might exacerbate skin conditions characterised by excessive inflammation and microbial imbalances. Although inflammation is a natural body response and essential for recovery from injury, the ability to damp it down through microbial balancing is a key because prolonged inflammation can lead to skin diseases like psoriasis.
There are numerous scientific references to many studies that have found that our bodies absorb directly into the bloodstream close to 60% of the topical products or materials with which the skin (our largest organ) comes into contact.
Today, hormone and drug (morphine) therapy treatments, along with smoking cessation medications are often prescribed as patches applied directly to the skin as many drug manufacturers recognise the benefits of exploiting these skin absorption rates. These medications pass first through the skin and then directly enter the bloodstream.
Additionally, while the skin is our body’s largest organ, it is also the least vital in terms of nutrient supply. As our bodies were intelligently designed, studies show that nutrients absorbed internally are provided first to the most vital organs (heart, liver, brain, etc.) making our skin the last to receive these vitamins and minerals. These nutrients are necessary for healthy skin. Studies have also shown that given the difficulty in today’s environment (eg. exposure to air pollution) for our bodies to be fed and absorb 100% of the much needed nutrients, it is therefore virtually impossible for our skin to receive its portion internally through normal food. This is a result of both the decreasing nutritional content of fresh food and the low absorption rate of vitamin supplements.
Therefore we must provide these nutrients topically and using the natural resources of the Earth. That’s the plus side of our body’s brilliant design. If you want healthier and younger looking skin, topically feed your body nutrient rich natural products instead of chemical products that introduce unwanted toxins into your system. Your skin will absorb 60% of these nutrients and that is a better absorption rate than what you’ll get from your daily foods. For example, when your body suffers a surficial wound, the wound changes to a positive milli-volt charge that seeks the negative charge of healing nutrients, including negatively charged water. There are many naturally occurring compounds (nutrients) that have a negative charge and will induce rapid healing through skin absorption.
There is now very good scientific data to show that nutrient density in fruits and vegetables has significantly declined since the 1950’s. Besides, only about 10-20% of nutrients are absorbed through the gut from non-foods, eg. Vitamin and mineral supplements taken in pill form. Therefore, we can no longer rely on fruit, vegetables, meat, etc. for all of the nutrients that the body requires to sustain vital organs and body functions (eg. immune, nervous and hormone systems), and also expect the skin, hair, nails, muscles and blood to stay healthy.
How do we feed our bodies nutrients?
- Drink plenty of natural water, as natural (mineralised) water with a negative milli-voltage is the main transport media of the body delivering nutrients to your cells and vital organs.
- Eat five to six servings of raw foods each day as the absorption rate of nutrients from raw foods is highest (80% vegetables and 20% fruits)
- Feed your skin, nails, hair, muscles, nerves, blood, etc. through topical application of nutrient dense crèmes or lotions. This can include time in seawater or mineral spring waters.
As mentioned above the absorption rate of standard multivitamin supplements (ie. powdered form) can be as low as 10-20% while nutrient dense, natural foods provide closer to 100% absorption rates through the gut and skin.
Healthy skin has the ability to respond to challenges that would otherwise undermine its structure and function. Balanced nutritional support through the gut and topical application will complement the host of endogenous factors (eg, health cells within the skin) that preserve skin health. Moreover, skin that functions properly has aesthetically pleasing properties, giving skin a healthful appearance and feel. Therefore, conditions that adversely affect the biological and physical functions of skin often correspond to a less attractive skin appearance.
There will always be everyday challenges to skin health that test the strategies for prevention of chronic conditions rather than later medical treatment of skin and other related health conditions. Firstly, the human body is a self-regulating and self-healing system, and secondly this system operates best when it has available all of the nutrients required to perform these self-regulating and healing functions. For example, the human body needs at least 70 minerals (as nutrients from food) as part of these resources.
The topical application of nutrients (from nature) is a fast-track way to sustain the skin’s health and the health of other areas of the body that are intrinsically linked to the skin. These include hair, nails, nerves, muscles, blood and many more. The loss of skin collagen and blood vessels in the dermis are linked to poor skin nutrition and this can lead to skin laxity and wrinkles. Also, these skin nutrients will support the healing process of sunburn, cuts and bruises.
Phi’on crèmes and lotions are skin food (nutrients derived from food and other natural resources in nature). See http://phion.com.au/products_azoic.php for further information on our skin food range. Some of the ingredients in our products include extracts from nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, natural essential oils (including coconut, olive oils and other food oils), seawater gel (as ORMUS gel extracted from seawater) and minerals from clays, zeolite, lignite and rock dusts. These products are designed as a type of skin food, which when applied becomes a nutrition source to the skin in the same manner as food is ingested for the gut to support the health and wellbeing of the body.
No claim is made by Phi’on about any therapeutic value from these products. People who require a therapeutic treatment or outcome should consult a doctor or other qualified health practitioner.