What are Inflammatory Skin Disorders?
Skin inflammation is the external sign that things aren’t quite right below the surface. Dermatitis (atopic and contact) and hives are examples of allergy based skin disorders. Seborrheic dermatitis and rosacea involve skin microorganisms that cause inflammatory reactions and Psoriasis and Acne are also examples of inflammatory reactions.
How can Inflammatory Skin Disorders be managed?
Inflammatory skin disorders can be managed both by medicinal means as well as changes to lifestyle factors such as diet and stress management. Many studies have shown that stress reducing actions such as relaxation, meditation and food sensitivity avoidance along with taking the correct supplements can manage these disorders well.
Atopic Dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition affecting up to 20% of children and 3% of adults. Stress and lifestyle factors can play a big part in causing flare ups which is known to disturb the skin microbiome, damage barrier function and alter immune function.
Are Hydrocortisone based products safe?
For years now a quick and effective treatment has been the use of corticosteroids and calcineurin inhibitors. However long term usage of these topical products can also have negative effects such as damaging skin structure, interfering with skin repair and increasing the susceptibility to infections. Which is why it is recommended to only use hydrocortisone based products in short bursts.
Whilst these topical products can produce good results for the current outbreak they are not getting to the root of the problem. I like to look deep down at the causes and address those to ensure that we can find solutions to the problem below the surface.
What will treat Inflammatory Skin Disorders at the source of the issue?
Did you know that Zinc, Vitamin D, Probiotics and Fish Oil have all been proven to have fantastic results in addressing the root source of many inflammatory skin conditions?
Zinc plays a very important role in the skin's immune function and many inflammatory skin problems are well know to be a result of zinc deficiency.
Vitamin D receptors in the skins cells aid in the regulation of immune function and decreasing inflammatory skin responses.
Probiotics have shown very positive results in clinical 12 week trials in addressing atopic dermatitis. This is due to good bacteria balancing the gut biome and enhancing the skin barrier function.
Fish Oil has also led to reductions in scaling, itching and overall severity in a recent clinical 12 week trial with 31 sufferers.
I have studied Anti-Aging and cellular issues and skin issues for many years and as a result I have developed the Skin Balance Tonic to get to the root cause of the many skin issues and provide support at its source and the Skin Balance Balm as a topical treatment above the surface.
Skin Balance Tonic has been developed to treat skin issues at a cellular level. I have combined 8 specific extracts which when combined go to work to restore balance to the skin at the cellular level.
Skin Balance Balm has been developed as a topical long term daily use cream (unlike harmful steroids). It is certified organic, assists with many types of skin irritations including itchy and inflamed skin, is fantastic for cracked lips, contains antibacterial and anti-fungal oils, is suitable for all skin types and can even be used to treat and reduce nappy rash.
Skin Inflammatory Disorders are uncomfortable and depending on severity can be absolutely unbearable and debiitating. For severe cases please make sure you seek medical help along with addressing lifestyle factors and some of the vitamin deficiencies you may be experiencing.
I’m always here to give you specific advice and can be reached from this site via facebook messenger for individual assistance.
What is Vitamin D and what are its benefits?
Vitamin D is also know as the sunshine supplement is commonly produced by the body after sun exposure. Did you know it's actually a pro-hormone and not a vitamin as such? This is because vitamin D can be synthesised by our body when it is exposed to sunlight. Vitamins differ in that they are not created by our body but must be consumed through via foods or supplements.
Vitamin D breaks down very quickly which means that our bodies stores of this essential nutrient can easily run low, especially in winter. Recent studies have suggested that a large growing percentage of the globes population is Vitamin D deficient.
Vitamin D plays a vital role in our well being and is commonly associated with these benefits:
- Maintains healthy bones and teeth
- Maintains our immune system, healthy brain activity and calms our nervous system
- Regulates insulin levels and assist in the management of diabetes
- Maintains healthy lung function and heart health
- Reduces risk of getting the flu
- Reduces the risk of preeclampsia in pregnancy
- Assists to protect against cancer
How much Vitamin D should you take per day (RDA - Recommended Daily Allowances)
The RDS (recommended daily allowance) of Vitamin D are:
- Infants 0-12 months - 400 IU (10mcg)
- Children 1-18 years - 600 IU (15mcg)
- Adults up to 70 years - 600 IU (15mcg)
- Adults over 70 years - 800 IU (20mcg)
- Pregnant or breast feeding women - 600 IU (15mcg)
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
There are many reasons that can cause vitamin D deficiency such as night shift workers with less exposure to the sun or office workers that spend little time outside, darker skin colour and/or the use of heavy sunscreens that reduce the body's ability to absorb UVB rays.
Some of the more common symptoms of deficiency include:
- Getting sick more often than usual
- Feeling fatigued on a regular basis
- Feeling depressed
- Slow wound healing
- Losing hair
- Muscle pain
If deficiency is not treated it can result in:
- Increased obesity
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Alzheimer's disease
- Chronic headaches
What foods contain Vitamin D?
Here are some of the more common foods that contain varying levels of Vitamin D. Cod liver oil, fresh fish including herring, swordfish, salmon, sardines and tuna, eggs and fortified milk.
What to look for and what to avoid when purchasing Vitamin D...
Most supermarket brands of Vitamin D are derived from lanolin. To produce Vitamin D from lanolin the manufacturers have to purify it and then crystallize it and then put it through a heavy chemical process which produces a substance called 7-dehydrocholesterol. This is then liquified in a solvent and exposed to ultraviolet radiation and the end result is a synthesised Vitamin D3. After this the manufacturers purify and crystallise it, add fillers and binders and then produce the Vitamin D3 capsules you see on the supermarket shelves.
Doesn't sound great right? CORRECT!
What you really should be looking for is a pure natural D3 product like my Pure D3 with K2 and Magnesium Glycinate. This product as its name suggests is natural and pure and is sourced from the germ of sprouted buckwheat which is a wholey vegan source. Pure D3 also contains Pure Vitamin K2 and Pure Magnesium Glycinate which ensures maximum absorption by the body.
Vitamin D is essential to our daily wellbeing and studies have shown that 33% to 84% of the Australian and New Zealand population are affected by vitamin D deficiency, so please ensure that you are supplementing sufficiently and avoid the lanolin derived products and only put pure natural vitamins in your body free of chemical processing and full of nasty binders and fillers.
If you have any questions or would like any further advice on Vitamin D intake please don't hesitate to contact me on the Facebook Messenger
What is Vitamin C and what are its benefits?
Vitamin C is found in some foods naturally, it's water soluble and is also available in various forms as a daily supplement, such as:
- Vitamin C serum
- Vitamin C powder
- Vitamin C tablets
- Vitamin C drinks
Vitamin C plays a vital role in our bodies and is essential for:
- the production of collagen in the body
- the production of L-carnitine in the body
- the development of neurotransmitters in the brain
- the metabolisation of protein
- the regeneration of antioxidants in the body
- improving the absorption of iron
- the development of our immune system
What is the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for adults and children?
|19 years and over||90mg||75mg||85mg|
Please note that because of the effects of smoking, people who smoke require 35mg per day more Vitamin C than those that do not smoke.
What happens if you are Vitamin C deficient?
Vitamin C deficiency leads to Scurvy. You can start to see signs of scurvy in as little as one month depending on the current stores of Vitamin C in the body. The symptoms of scurvy include; fatigue, headaches, vomiting, insomnia, increased bruising, swollen and bleeding gums, joint pain, slow wound healing, loosening or loss of teeth and iron deficiency and anaemia can also occur due to the absorption issues with a lack of Vitamin C. Over time symptoms can become chronic and may be fatal.
In the 18th century sailors that were on prolonged voyages would often suffer from scurvy due to poor nutrition on the boats and mostly resulted in death.
Can you take too much Vitamin C?
Whilst Vitamin C is considered low toxicity and your body can tolerate far higher doses than those of the RDI (recommended daily intake), prolonged excessive supply can result in diarrhoea, nausea, cramps, heart burn and headaches.
The following table outlines the Tolerable Upper Intake Levels for Vitamin C
|19 years and over||2000mg||2000mg||2000mg|
What foods contain Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is found naturally in many fruit and vegetables and as I always recommend raw and organic is always best. This is not an exhaustive list but will give you an idea of the %of RDI that occurs in some of the more common meal preparations.
1/2 cup raw sweet red pepper contains 158% of the adult RDI of Vitamin C, 3/4 of a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice contains 155%, 1 medium kiwi fruit contains 107%, 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli contains 85%, 1/2 cup cooked Brussels sprouts contains 82%, 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries contains 80%, 1/2 cup of cooked cabbage contains 47%, 1/2 cup of raw cauliflower contains 43%, 1 medium baked potato contains 28%, 1/2 cup of cooked frozen peas contains 13%.
Beware Synthetic Vitamin C and how it's hidden in plain sight...
What most people don't realise is that a high percentage of your popular supermarket versions of Vitamin C are actually made from ascorbic acid which is derived from genetically modified corn. This synthetic version of Vitamin C is often also manufactured with all sorts of fillers and binders.
Synthetic vitamins like ascorbic acid have less effect on the body rather than pure supplements or whole food sources. Taking synthetic vitamins can quickly lead to imbalances in the body and your hormones which have negative effects on your health and lifestyle.
Pure Vitamin C derived from the Alma Berry
At M&R we are renowned for the highest quality ingredients in our natural supplements and our Pure C is no exception. The alma tree and it's berries are one of the richest and purest forms of natural Vitamin C, it has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to support bowel health and boost the immune system.
This is an important difference that separates the M&R Pure C from many other forms of Vitamin C that are commonly associated with bowel issues.
The Alma berry is quite exquisite as one berry contains the same Vitamin C levels as two oranges as well as being a rich source of calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and B vitamins.
M&R Pure C is all natural. It is GMO free, dairy free and suitable for people with a range of dietary requirements. It’s ingredients, aside from vitamin C, include rice flour and a tapioca capsule.
Each M&R Pure C capsule contains Orgen-C 500mg (certified organic), Vitamin C 250mg and Non Citrus BioFlavonoids 50mg.
Vitamin C is a very important essential nutrient for our bodies to maintain good health, strengthen our immune systems, manufacture collagen and aid in the absorption of iron. When buying vitamin C supplements always look for no isolated ascorbic acid or other ascorbates and no other fillers or binders. Look for pure food sources in your Vitamin C supplement and where at all possible choose organic ingredients.