We look at our largest organ Skin: Our Body's First Line of Defence

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We look our largest organ Skin: Our Body's First Line of Defence, And how best to care for it.

Skin is waterproof and yet porous enough to get rid of toxins by sweating

It weighs almost 15 percent of the body weight and is the largest organ of the human body measuring about 1 mm thick when you’re born; it grows to about 2 mm thick by adulthood, the thinnest skin is found on your eyelids and the thickest on the soles of the feet,

This amazing organ has three major layers, the epidermis the dermis and the hypodermis, all are made up from millions and millions of cells which it loses 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells from its surface every minute, in fact the skin sheds a complete layer every 24 hours and renews itself once a month, although when we are younger it tends to renew itself in a couple of weeks.

Apart from covering up our bones and making us look better skin serves our bodies well.

Our body in made up from 55% to 78% of water

It protects our inside organs and help to keep pathogens (Germs) from infecting us, when we are cold the skin produces little nodules on its surface (Goosebumps) to help keep a layer of warm air close to its surface and thereby helping to keep us warm.

Our body in made up from 55% to 78% of water depending on our size and skin helps to keep this vital water in and foreign particles out, and yet it is porous enough to get rid of wastes by sweating.

Don’t smother your skin with cheap gunk.

The older we get the skin gradually thins and becomes more sensitive to sun damage, so it is very important to help it by adding vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as

  1. Vitamins C
  2. Vitamins E
  3. Vitamins A
  4. Vitamins K
  5. And B complex

most of these can be found in the food we eat so make sure you are eating enough and avoid processed foods.

Skin contains a protein called keratin this protein is one of the building blocks in scales, claws in other animals, it’s found in hair and fur and serves us well in protecting us so you see it is so very important to take care and give your skin as much help as your can especially as we get older, its far better to help your skin by a correct diet then to smother your skin with creams although some creams are very good, remember skin needs to “Breath” and release toxins so don’t smother your skin with cheap gunk.

Meat can give you high levels of vitamin "A" but…

Just about the most important of all the vitamins for a healthy skin is vitamin A.

this can be found in low fat products, (the skin still needs fat you can get this from nuts) Vitamin A is found in

  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Red peppers
  • Spinach
  • Curly kaleWatercress
  • Mangoes
  • and apricots.

Yes you can also find (In some cases a lot more) vitamin A in meat, but by eating fruit and vegetables you only get the good foods your body and skin needs, with meat you also get these foods and vitamins and as I said sometimes a much higher level but you can also take in some things that are harmful to your health such as too much cholesterol, fat, and salts, and don’t forget calorie intake can be a lot higher by eating a lot of meat, there are not many obese vegetarians.



We mustn’t forget antioxidants Antioxidants are chemicals that protect cells by neutralizing external forces for example sun and wind damage, for our skin care rather then taking pills try eating Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums. All of these are bursting with antioxidants in fact these four fruits have the highest total amount of antioxidants of any foods and the benefits they can give to your skin is incredible.

Don't you know little fool, you'll never win Why not use your mentality, come on step up to reality

Sorry I just had to put this on.

Your skin takes very good care of you; take care of it and you will live longer, be healthier, and look better.

Some interesting facts

  • The skin can release three gallons of sweat a day.
  • The reason why your lips are red is because the skin is very thin, but the thinnest part is the eyelids
  • The skin stretches 21 square feet, weighs nine pounds, and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.
  • Goose bumps are actually little pimples that help retain a layer of warm air over our body.

Skin comes in many shades

  1. Very light, or "nordic" or "celtic"
  2. Light, or light-skinned European
  3. Light intermediate, or dark-skinned European
  4. Dark intermediate, also "Mediterranean" or "olive skin"dark or "brown"type
  5. Very dark, or "black" type

As the song go's
Take a pinch of white man
Wrap him up in black skin
Add a touch of blue blood
And a little bitty bit of red Indian boy
Oh like a Curly Latin kinkies
Oh Lordy, Lordy, mixed with yellow Chinkees, yeah
You know you lump it all together
And you got a recipe for a get along scene
Oh what a beautiful dream
If it could only come true, you know, you know
What we need is a great big melting pot
Big enough enough enough to take
The world and all its got And keep it stirring for a hundred years or more
And turn out coffee coloured people by the score

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author avatar Jerry Walch
4th Aug 2010 (#)

Nice work here Johnny.

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author avatar johnnydod
4th Aug 2010 (#)

Thanks Jerry, I enjoyed doing this one

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author avatar krrymarie
5th Aug 2010 (#)

a cool read and very interesting! also our skin needs vitamin D which you get from the sun but not too much.
like the song you added too, A nice little touch!

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author avatar Retired
7th Aug 2010 (#)

This was so interesting, filled with much information then finished off with a cute poem. This article had everything. I loved it:) Nice work Johnny:)

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