“We have two different options. One option is that we can suppress and cover up our skin's problems with creams, makeup, or topical steroids. However, this is not really addressing the root problem of what is going on with our body. The other option is to really look at what the body is trying to tell us. The body is so wise and it's so important to pay attention to the signals that our skin gives us instead of ignoring them.” – Dr. Trevor Cates
Skin is an incredible organ that protects our underlying tissues, organs, and bones. Each day, it keeps us insulated, controls our body temperature, and helps us take in essential Vitamin D from the sun.
Skin is also a key indicator that lets us know when our physical and emotional health is unbalanced. If our skin is dry, oil, itchy, or breaks out in acne, it's telling us that there is something else going on with our bodies that needs to be addressed.
If our skin is so amazing, shouldn't we do more for it by eating the right foods and give it the care that it needs to stay strong and healthy?
This week, licensed Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Trevor Cates aka The Spa Doctor shares her personal experience of dealing with skin problems and how we can heal our skin from within. You will learn how to use natural foods and real life methods so that you can have that healthy glowing skin no matter your age or race.
Discover The Root of Skin Problems
“We're all different because of our genes, but that doesn't mean that we're stuck with our genes. We can change our genetic expression based upon how we live. We can change the foods that we eat, the products that we use, or the toxins in our environment such as mold.” – Dr. Trevor Cates
We have the power to take control and improve our own health and wellness.
At a young age, Dr. Trevor Cates suffered from allergies and infections that led to bumps and itchy hives on her skin. Once her parents got in touch with a holistic practitioner, she learned exactly what her skin and body needed to be healthy again. Soon enough, her skin cleared up and her self-confidence at school blossomed.
The root of Dr. Cates skin problems were not only because of her genetics, but also because of the organic milk that she was drinking and the toxic mold in her home.
Our skin acts as a magic mirror and can give us so many clues about our health. Take a moment a think to yourself, do you have the following indicators of poor skin health:
Is you skin __________?
Do you have__________?
Whether we're experiencing mild or extreme cases, if these skin problems show up, it's a good indicator that something is out of balance in our bodies.
The Best and Worst Foods for Our Skin
There are many foods that can help improve the health of our skin, but there are also many trigger foods that can worsen it. Here, Dr. Trevor Cates has put together a list of The 5 Best and Worst Foods for Skin Inflammation:
5 Best Foods for Skin Inflammation:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Wild Alaskan Salmon
- Cruciferous Vegetables
5 Worst Foods for Skin Inflammation:
- Barbecued and overcooked meat
- Refined grains
- Trans fats and common cooking oils such as vegetable oil
Dr. Cates also shared that corn, soy, and nightshade foods (i.e. potatoes, paprika, tomato, and eggplant) also have a negative affect on our bodies.
In her upcoming book, Clean Skin From Within, she shares more information on what foods to eat and what to avoid.
How do we know what foods are best for us?
To learn about your own body and what foods are good for your skin and what will make you break out, Dr. Cates suggests doing a 2 week to 1 month challenge to discover what specific trigger foods affect your health.
During the challenge, eliminate any of the top trigger/ worst foods for your skin from your diet. At the end of the challenge, slowly reintroduce each food once at a time and see if you react to the food in a negative manner.
Dr. Cates also has a 21 Healthy Habits Challenge.
Avoid Harmful Ingredients on Your Skin
“If you can't put it in your month, then you probably shouldn't put it on your skin.” – Dr. Trevor Cates
On average, we use 9 personal care products each day such as: shampoo, fragrance, shaving cream, lotion, face wash, deodorant, hair gel, makeup etc. More often than not, these products contain ingredients that are harmful toxins or hormone disrupting chemicals.
Dr. Trevor Cates shared several specific ingredients that we should stay away from. You may click here to read her entire blog post, Are Your Skincare Products Causing a Hormone Imbalance?
Even if products claim to be “natural,” it's just a word that is used to hide the fact that the ingredients include synthetic fragrance and other hormone disrupting chemicals such as diethyl phthalate and DMDM hydantoin aka formaldehyde releasers.
Diethyl phthalate is a plasticizing agent that is used to help hold the scent in fragrance. Even though we all want to smell good, a long-lasting scent is connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies.
A better alternative is to use essential oils if you want to smell good all day. Do your research and find a company that you know you can trust and one that uses clean extraction processes for their essential oil products.
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and irritant found in nail products, hair dye, fake eyelash adhesives, and some shampoos. It is banned in the European Union, but unfortunately the FDA still allows it to be used as an ingredient in our products.
One common ingredient that also disrupts our hormones is oxybenzone. Stay away from products with this ingredient and replace it with something that includes minerals such as zinc oxide and anti-titanium dioxide. One of Dr. Cates' favorite sunscreens is from DeVita.
The Impact of Our Emotions on Our Skin
Genetics, food, and environmental toxins are not the only factors that affect our skin's health. Our emotional wellness plays a big part as well.
If we're emotionally unbalanced because of stress and other factors, this can affect our thyroid health and cortisol levels. Excess cortisol levels can help trigger skin inflammation which can create or worsen skin conditions.
To learn about your skin's health, Dr. Trevor Cates has a Skin Quiz that you can take. Here are Josh's results:
Josh's Skin Quiz Results
Take Action to Heal Your Family's Skin
“It's important that instead of using food to help us feel better, we should deal with what's really underlying there. Find out what are the emotional issues that are going on and address those issues. The sooner you can do that with kids, the better you can help them address their health on their own. It's so much better than to say, “Here's a piece of candy. Everything's gong to be okay.” – Dr. Trevor Cates on comfort food and children
To help your family live life with healthy skin and bodies, lead by example. Whether they're 7 or 17, kids will pay attention to what their parents are doing and look up to them.
Eat healthy meals and encourage them to do the same.
Instead of serving the same traditional kid meals i.e. Mac n' Cheese or hot dogs, introduce new foods at an early stage. Take them to different restaurants such as Thai or Indian to help them learn to appreciate and try different foods. The earlier, the better.
Pay attention to your children's dietary needs as well. If you know that some foods affect their skin, teach them what foods are not good for them and what substitutes are better for their health. If you know that your child shouldn't eat gluten or dairy, take a moment to teach them the importance of following their diet.
Walk them through a self analysis by asking questions:
- What did you eat?
- How did you feel after you ate? How do you feel now?
- What should you eat in the future?
About Dr. Trevor Cates
Dr. Trevor Cates received her medical degree from the National College of Natural Medicine and was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California.
She was appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California's Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council and served on the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians’ board. In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Cates has a master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
Dr. Cates consults patients over the phone and in her office in Park City Utah and is also a feature contributor on FOX13 News.
Resources From The Show
- Dr. Trevor Cates' official website
- The Spa Dr. official website
- Take Dr. Cates' Skin Quiz to find out how healthy you are!
- Check out The Spa Dr. Podcast
- Buy sunscreen products from DeVita
- From Dr. Cates' blog: Are Your Skincare Products Causing a Hormone Imbalance?
- From Dr. Cates' blog: 5 Best and Worst Foods for “Skinflammation”
- From Dr. Cates' blog: Natural Remedies for Summertime First Aid
- Dr. Cates' 21 Day Healthy Habits Challenge
- From Weight Loss Resistance to High Performance with Dr. Matt Accurso
- Dr. John Gray: ADHD, Brain Health, & Sex Addiction
- Love vs. Fear: Body Intelligence with Katie & Gay Hendricks
What You'll Hear On The Show
- [1:50] Josh discusses today's show topics and Trevor's bio
- [3:20] Introduction to Trevor
- [4:30] What's something unique about Dr. Cates?
- [6:00] Can you tell us about your past and story of healing?.
- [7:50] Did any foods or creams affect your skin's health when you were younger?
- [8:40] Mold's affect on our wellness
- [10:00] Do genetics create skin problems or does it depend what creams we use and what food we eat?
- [10:50] What can our skin tell us about our body's health?
- [12:20] Two options to approaching skin problems
- [13:35]-Can emotional health also impact our skin? Similar to food and toxins, can our emotions improve or degrade our skin's health?
- [15:30] If we argue with our loved ones? Can this stress cause acne or other skin problems?
- [16:00] Does acne have an age gap? Can you get it at any age or can a hormonal imbalance trigger it?
- [18:00] What is Sebum? What is the connection between this oil and our skin?
- [19:20] How do we test what foods make our skin health and what makes our skin break out?
- [21:00]-What are key ingredients in different skin and personal care products that we should avoid?
- [28:15] Can you suggest any brands that use essential oils or provide natural products that are good for skin?
- [30:00] Essential Bundle from Perfect Supplements for the Wellness Force Audience
- [31:20] The problem with FDA ingredient regulations and why we can't have safer standards.
- [34:20] Sunscreen Recommendations
- [36:10] What have you done to help your own family have healthy skin?
- [39:40] What can happen if parents don't set boundaries for their children?
- [41:45] What help change a person's mindset to eat better to get healthier skin?
- [44:00] Can an avocado mask help my skin?
- [46:10] Why did you decide to create your online skincare and supplement brand and program?
- [47:55] 7 for 7 round with Trevor and Josh
- [50:40] Trevor's personal mantra and strategy for motivation
- [51:30] Trevor's definition of Wellness
- [51:40] Takeaways from today's show
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About The Author, Lauren Bryant, Podcast Production
Lauren Bryant is the Podcasting Assistant and Show Notes Writer for Wellness Force Radio. She has a BBA in both Marketing and Spanish for Business as well as certificates in Advanced Business Communications and International Business from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.
Lauren’s wellness journey began at a young age when she joined her local YMCA swim team, The Wave, of La Crosse, WI. One of the most profound views on wellness that anyone has said to her was when she was an assistant swim coach for that same YMCA swim team.
One day during a practice, former head swim coach, Jon Brenner, shared with her that the most important thing about coaching the swimmers was that “It doesn’t matter if they become the best athletes in the world. What’s important is that we give them the tools and guidance they need to live a healthy, active lifestyle for the rest of their lives.”
Since hearing those words, she has taken it to heart to not only focus on continuously living her own healthy lifestyle, but to help others pursue their wellness goals as well.
Lauren is not only an avid swimmer, but a fan of running, yoga, cooking, and doing any activity outside that involves being surrounded by nature. In the Fall of 2014, she completed a long-awaited goal of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.
According to Lauren, wellness is about finding gratitude and joy in doing any type of physical or self-care activity that we love. Wellness means providing ourselves with self-love, good nutrition, and the inner peace that our individual minds and bodies need.