When your skin is dry, chapped or cracking, your body is talking to you. Are you listening? Dry skin can range from mild to severe, slightly uncomfortable to very painful. So what should you do? Sure you can use moisturizers and lotions, but many contain chemicals which are absorbed into your skin; and ultimately, they only provide temporary relief. They don’t fix the real problem. Your body is signaling outwardly that there is an internal problem. Dry skin is a classic sign of an essential fatty acid need.
Essential fatty acids are the good oils like fish oils or oils from seeds and nuts. We become deficient because our diet may not include enough of these oils. Don’t feel too bad, many people lack these essential fatty acids until they learn how to add them to foods and how to supplement regularly.
Knowing how much and how often to supplement is important too. Here’s an example. My patient Jerold supplements regularly with Biomega-3 Liquid, a pleasant lemon flavored fish oil that’s easy to take. If you’ve seen other Wellness Minutes, you may remember it was Biomega-3 Liquid that helped our neighborhood friend with migraines and Kevin’s chronic back pain.
So my patient Jerold was taking a tablespoon daily for overall health and prevention. But the winter temperatures caused him to experience dry and cracked fingers. He said his fingers were so rough that when he tied his necktie, the silk would fray due to his cracked fingers. So in addition to the tablespoon he was taking in the morning, he added an “extra” tablespoon of Biomega-3 Liquid on a salad every day. In 2 weeks the cracks were gone. Once he reached sufficiency he cut back to one tablespoon daily.
Here’s a similar story how regular long term use of essential fatty acids worked internally to correct dry skin. A friend I’ve known for 18 years recently told me how he was addicted to lip balm. He used it every winter as long as he could remember. His lips got so chapped he couldn’t get through a winter without it. He began to show an interest in wellness, and about two years ago he started taking essential fatty acids regularly. Two years later, one wintry day, he observed someone applying lip balm. It suddenly occurred to him for the last two winters he hadn’t needed lip balm. Even though he was taking essential fatty acids for vascular health, to his surprise, it prevented dry chapped lips.
I have heard lots of stories how essential fatty acids in the right dose have helped dry skin, but I hope you get the point. Your skin can tell you a lot if you pay attention. Your body has approximately 100 trillion cells. Each cell is covered by a thin membrane layer. Essential fatty acids help to keep the cell membrane soft and permeable, meaning healthy nutrients can get into the cells and toxins can leave.
A deficiency of good oils can cause the cell membrane to become “sluggish.” Not only will nutrients have trouble getting in, but natural waste products and toxins an become trapped in the cell. Your cells experience what I would call for lack of a better term “cellular constipation.” We can get our cells working again by feeding them what they need.
Beyond cell membranes, essential fatty acids are needed for hormones, immune function, pain and inflammation reduction, blood sugar stabilization, healthy heart and blood vessel function. Essential fatty acids and particularly fish oil are the number one class of anti-aging supplements.
You can order essential fatty acids through our clinic right here at the bottom of this page. You’ll like Biomega-3 Liquid fish oil, because it has a subtle pleasant lemon flavor. Start with one tablespoon daily. If you don’t see results, add another tablespoon.
It’s good to rotate oils, so you may also try the Mixed EFAs, a blend of oils from seeds and nuts. Start with one tablespoon daily. It’s odorless and tasteless, so you can also apply it topically as a comforting healthy moisturizer that’s safe for your skin to absorb.
If you need more help, give us a call at the clinic (773) 525-0007. When our skin is healthy we feel better and even look younger. Make sure you are getting the essential fatty acids your body needs for healthier, younger looking skin.
Biomega-3 Liquid Fish Oil or Mixed EFAs
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