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The real culprits behind changes to your skin

by , 05 June 2013

The great thing about reading great detective novels like Sherlock Holmes or Charlie Chan is that they use common sense and hard facts to uncover the most obvious signs to solve the mystery. Imagine if you could read your own body just like a book. Well you can! Read on to discover what changes to your skin are really telling you.

Do you know that you could solve the mystery of whatever’s ailing you?

That’s right, you can “uncover clues for conquering illness and disease. And by the end of your quest, you will have found the true path toward optimum health,” says Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing.

You see, there are warning signs written all over your body that point directly to a larger problem with your health. But all too often, you shrug off changes to your skin and other parts of your body as a natural part of growing older.

But it needn’t be this way…

Here’s what skin changes are telling you

  1. Dry skin. Cosmetic companies have made millions of rand marketing their special creams to women and men who suffer from dry skin. But dry skin points to a nutritional deficiency of essential fatty acids. If you increase the amount of fish, nuts and salad oils in your diet, “your dry skin won’t come back even in the harshest of winters,” says Dr Wright.
  2. Earlobe creases. Do you have diagonal creases across your earlobes? If so, it might mean you’re at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you’re eating right, getting regular exercise and taking vitamin E, it’s probably nothing to worry about. But, Dr Wright recommends you have your doctor check your cholesterol, triglyceride, homocysteine and C-reactive protein levels to stay on the safe side.
  3. Raised dry spots. Many older women suffer from small, slightly raised dry spots, called “actinic keratosis,” on their hands and forearms. But rubbing Retin-A, a natural acidic form of vitamin A, into these patches often helps reduce the size or take them away entirely if used persistently. A prescription is required, so check with your doctor.
  4. Cracked ear skin. If you have cracked skin behind your ears, your body isn’t getting all the nutrients it needs. Add more zinc and essential fatty acids to your diet through pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and fish oil supplements until it’s healed.

There you have it. Knowing how to read changes to your skin will help you spot underlying health issues and treat them before they become problems.

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