December 10, 2023

Fascinating Facts About Our Largest Organ, Our Skin

Our skin = Our Magical Jumpsuit
 
Unless we are focusing on wrinkles and blemishes issues, we tend to take our skin for granted:
  • It’s always there, and we see it every day. 
  • It’s relatively resilient and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. 
  • Unlike other parts of our bodies, the effects of neglecting our skin are not always apparent, until later.

For these reasons, our skin has been deemed the unsung hero of our bodies.

Did you know that the largest organ in the human body is our skin? It covers our entire body, about 22 square feet – kinda like a magical jumpsuit.

Just as a jumpsuit shields us from the elements, our skin acts as a physical barrier, preventing harmful substances, microorganisms, and extreme temperatures from penetrating our bodies. Like a sturdy jumpsuit, our skin is remarkably resilient, able to withstand daily wear and tear while maintaining its protective integrity.

In addition to the well-known aesthetic and sensory roles our jumpsuits provide for us, our skin provides an incredible array of other life-saving health missions – many of which go relatively unnoticed. 

Protection: In addition to keeping our bones and organs protected, our skin provides a physical defense against environmental elements, preventing harmful substances, microorganisms, and extreme temperatures from penetrating our bodies.
Vitamin D Production: Skin is responsible for producing vitamin D, which is essential for bone health and immune function. When exposed to sunlight, the skin produces vitamin D, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream.
Regulation: Skin plays a crucial role in regulating our body temperature.

Surprising skin facts:

  • Our skin sheds constantly. It’s estimated that we shed about 40,000 dead skin cells every minute, which amounts to about 9 pounds of dead skin cells per year. This constant shedding is a normal part of the skin’s renewal process, and it helps to keep our skin healthy and glowing.
  • Our skin is home to a diverse community of microorganisms that live on and in our bodies. It plays an important role in maintaining skin health, protecting against infection, and influencing our immune system.
  • Our skin is a reflection of our overall health. Poor nutrition, stress, lack of sleep and exercise can damage our skin’s health.
It’s no surprise that diet and exercise play a significant role in keeping our skin healthy…   
Hydrate! Consuming enough water helps prevent dryness, flakiness, and wrinkles.
A balanced diet provides essential nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, and E, which support skin cell turnover, collagen production, and protection from oxidative damage.
Healthy Fats: Omega-3 fatty acids from fatty fish, nuts, and seeds help maintain skin cell structure and reduce inflammation. 
Antioxidants: Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain antioxidants that combat free radicals, reducing oxidative stress that can damage skin cells.

And yet another reason to get your Mojo on…
Exercise-induced SWEAT is excellent at helping our skin organ stay vital and YOUNG in so many ways:
Increased blood flow: When we Mojo, our blood flow increases, which delivers more oxygen and nutrients to keep our skin healthy and glowing. 
Removal of toxins: Sweating helps to remove toxins from our bodies, which can contribute to skin dullness and wrinkles. 
Improved circulation: Poor circulation can contribute to skin problems such as spider veins and varicose veins. 
Cell turnover: Exercise helps to increase cell turnover, which keeps our skin looking younger and healthier. 
 
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