Germs and Skin

Germs and skin.....

The skin is the largest organ of your body. It has many functions.

Guards your muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs.

• Acts as a barrier protecting your body against pathogens and damage from the external environment.

Regulates heat. Dilated blood vessels in the skin increase heat loss and constricted blood vessels reduce heat loss. The function of sweating is used by your body as a thermoregulatory function, which is its primary function. As sweat evaporates off the skin it has a cooling effect.

Controls evaporation. The skin provides a comparatively dry and impermeable barrier to fluid loss. Burns destroy this barrier and massive fluid loss occurs.

Controls sensation. It contains an array of nerve endings that react to touch, pressure, heat, cold, vibration and tissue injury.

• Is a window to our inner health. Evaluation of the skin helps to determine your inner physical state.

• Is a storage system. It’s a storage center for lipids and water. Vitamin D is made in the skin by action of ultraviolet light. Getting enough sun light is important in the synthesis of vitamin D.

• Performs the function of excretion. Sweating is a secondary function in excretion, regulating your body temperature being its primary function.

• Is used for absorption. Small amounts of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen can diffuse into the top layer of the skin. Drugs can be given by means of the skin. They’re mixed with other ingredients to form creams and ointments. Transdermal patches can also be used to absorb drugs into the skins. Examples of transdermal patches include nitroglycerin, nicotine, synthetic hormone, and motion sickness patches.

Whether it’s applied topically or taken internally, coconut oil helps to keep your skin young, healthy, and free of disease. When the oil is consumed as part of your diet and, to some extent, applied directly to your skin, antiseptic fatty acids help to prevent fungal and bacterial infections in the skin. The Polynesians use this oil on a regular basis and are rarely troubled by skin infections or acne.

The skin acts as a barrier protecting your body against pathogens (a disease-producing agent) and damage from the external environment. It’s a physical barrier as well as a chemical barrier. The chemical environment on the surface of the healthy skin is unfriendly to most harmful pathogens. As a result disease causing pathogens are few in number.

The pH of healthy skin is acidic (range between 4.2 and 5.6), which allows it to regulate the number and activity of the skin flora (bacteria). This feature is important as these normal flora can become pathogenic under certain conditions. Body oils and your sweat (which contain lactic acid and uric acid) encourage an acidic environment. Therefore, oil and sweat are beneficial to you. Harmless bacteria can tolerate this acidic skin, but injurious bacteria can’t prosper. They are few in number.

The surface of the skin is inhabited by bacteria, including Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus as well the fungus C. albicans. These skin flora help protect against invasion by other pathogenic bacteria.

Lipophilic bacteria are vital to the healthy environment on your skin. They feed on the sebum, breaking down the triglycerides (three fatty acids that are joined by a glycerol molecule). Sebum and coconut oil, as well as all dietary fats, are composed predominately of triglycerides. Bacteria feed on the glycerol molecule that holds the fatty acids together. The fatty acids will become independent of one another (thus are called free fatty acids), when the glycerol is removed.

Medium-chain fatty acids attached together as triglycerides don’t have any antimicrobial properties. Once they are broken down into free fatty acids, they become strong antimicrobials that can kill disease-causing bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

When you bathe or shower the soap washes the protective layer of oil and acid off your skin. Using a moisturizer will make your skin feel better, but it’s not replacing the acids that the soap has removed. You may feel clean and germ free after bathing or showering, but your skin is actually more vulnerable to infection at this time. It’s vulnerable until sweat and oil restores the body’s chemical barrier.

Germs and skin .....By applying coconut oil you quickly help to restore your skin’s natural antimicrobial and acid barrier. I apply coconut oil every day after I bathe. It not only makes my skin feel soft and supple, I know it’s replacing my skin’s natural chemical barrier. It’s important to take coconut oil internally as well as applying it to the skin.

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