What we know is endocrine disruption can make it’s ugly appearance on our skin before we even realize we have a problem in our gut. That’s because our skin is a reflection of how well our body is eliminating toxins that build up on a daily basis. And chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, and Lupus – stem from toxicities in the digestive system, the endocrine system, and immune system. For our skin to be radiant and clear, it’s very important these systems are working effectively. If not, the skin will be overtaxed, compromised and eruptions of one form or another will result.
Organs such as the liver, lungs, gut, kidneys, and skin all rely on cross communication, to control metabolism and inflammation.
So let’s begin with inflammation. Inflammation is part of the body’s natural defense system. When hormones are out of balance, we experience inflammation in some form. Inflammation disguises itself as obesity, psoriasis, gastroesophageal reflux disease or (GERD), joint pain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, and more. When we experience inflammation our immune system and gut are in a chronic state of alarm. Inflammationmay begin in the fat cells themselves. Fat cells swell your belly, disrupt hormones and your gut microbiome, increasing our risk for leaky gut and toxic skin.
The brain and nervous system influence the skin’s immune cells through various receptors and chemical messengers. This is called the brain-skin connection. “The relationship between the central nervous system and the endocrine system have been known for many years. In fact, some of the hormone-secreting glands are actually located in the brain.
The notion that the CNS and hormones are also involved in the bi-directional cross-talk with the immune system has been the target of intense research in the recent decades. We’ve seen an explosion of scientific advancements showing the close interconnection between the central and the peripheral nervous system, the endocrine system, and the immune system.
Why is this important? Psoriasis has its roots in a compromised immune system and endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for metabolism, sleep, sexual function and skin health.
It’s not only necessary that we have a healthy and functional central nervous system, but we also need to create harmony within the endocrine system.
Endocrine disruptors include GMO’s, alcohol, drugs, smoking, caffeine, junk foods, pesticides, toxic skin care products, BPA’s, perfumes, shampoos, laundry detergents and more. In today’s world, 95% of people have constant chronic exposure of endocrine disruptors that are linked to depression, psoriasis,and digestive disorders.
In putting two and two together, you can see endocrine disruptors, disrupt more than just the endocrine system. That’s because the endocrine system has its fingers in every bodily function!
“The modern view of the skin is that it receives hormonal signals from other glands, and it produces hormones and enzymes – making it a true endocrine organ.” Just as the ovaries can release hormones into the body through the bloodstream, the skin can also produce hormones that are released through blood circulation!
Depression can be liked to slow blood flow.
Psoriasis can show it’s face more so when stressed and depressed. Mood disorders are connected to the gut-brain axis via the vagus nerve. Poor quality food choices such as sugar, gluten, and alcohol can disrupt both the gut and the brain increasing our risk for depression. The gut-skin connection is where depression leads us into inflammation disrupting epidermal permeability.
Unfortunately, inflammation can escalate into a disease. According to the World Journal of Hepatology, psoriasis is related to obesity and metabolic syndrome. The double-edged sword is obesity seems to predispose us to psoriasis and psoriasis seems to increase the risk of obesity. What’s worse? “Psoriasis can also increase the risk for insulin resistance, leading psoriatic patients to atherosclerosis and a higher cardiovascular risk.”
Steps to begin your journey towards wellness
Working with psoriasis includes lifestyle modification, reducing inflammation, and changing dietary habits that can play an important role in your recovery. Talk to your holistic health coach and get an individualized program designed just for you. Together we create a holistic vision to promptly identify what you need to help your body heal itself.
Working through depression may be particularly well-suited to decreasing inflammation. Another way to decrease inflammation is to increase meditation. According to Dr. Herbert Benson, “Meditation is a well-established antidote to the harmful effects of the body’s response to stress and stressed skin.”
Connie Rogers is a Certified Integrative Nutritional Holistic Health Coach, Certified Brain Health Coach, & Published Author. Expert in non-pharmaceutical applications to chronic illnesses for endocrine, metabolic and skin health.
Her book Path to a Health Mind & Body is found on Amazon.