Hey guys I'm curious....I use raw coconut oil for my lotion. I have dry skin, especially in the winter! I know that whatever goes on the skin enters the blood stream, is this going to effect the 10% fat intake? I want to keep my skin care natural, any suggestions??
The body cannot absorb fat through the skin, except at the very surface. It does not ever get to the bloodstream or into the body really at all
However, it cannot enter the bloodstream. Fat cells are just that - cells - relatively large things that can't just pass between other cells easily. More of what should be worried about coming in through the skin are (non-fat-based) chemicals, which are much smaller molecules. If you picture your skin cells as a bunch of balloons packed tightly together, you can see that there is no way you could squeeze another balloon between them, although water (and water-soluble chemicals) would pass right through.
Oil on the skin will actually help prevent other things from entering the body through the skin, particularly after bathing when your skin's natural oils are depleted.
Also note not all oils are the same - volatile oils, such as tea tree oil will be absorbed more, whereas coconut oil will not.
Coconut oil is not made up of fat cells, but fatty acid molecules.
WWW research gives contradictory answers to the question of absorption through the skin into the bloodstream. These studies:
were the only actual evidence that I found and, yes, at least some parts of the coconut oil find their way into the bloodstream.
BUT this is not via the digestive system, so I'm not sure if fat consumed this way will interfere with carb metabolism in the same way as fat you eat ...?
Also, all fats are not the same and coconut oil has quite a different profile from typical dietary fats and isn't metabolised in the same way anyway. Check this interesting article and CTRL-F "fatty" to jump to the bit I'm talking about:
why is tea tree oil volatile?
There's no way that what we put on the skin goes into the blood,otherwise everyone would be dead,considering some of the things people put on their skin.Anything that enters the blood must go through the digestive tract and be transformed into human substance otherwise we would all die of severe allergic reaction and toxemia.
So if the coconut oil helps your skin dont worry about using it,just be sure to use unprocessed coconut oil,not chemically extracted stuff.
Is your eczema cured yet? I had bad skin issues and was told that you can't do anything but treat them for the rest of your life. Funny they're all gone once I went raw. :) I've got a story about it on my profile page if you're interested.
Spot on about the liver and lymph nodes! Probably most everyone has a lot of toxicity stored, and most people's lymph systems are pretty backed up and not at peak function. But as soon as you start talking about detox and cleansing, people think you're way more crazy than you were for eating "too much" fruit. :P
A lot of people use petroleum-based products on their lips and then end up swallowing it down over time. So even if it was hard to get in through the skin apparently having artificially colored lips makes health compromise worthwhile!
The body is quite amazing really - even when we treat it like crap it eliminates what it can and keeps going as best as it can. Diseases are simply the result of an overly toxic/acidic body...not that hard to cure anything though it takes time - took time to get sick, will take time to get well. But our bodies are amazing in that they are self-healing if you give them the right things and keep away from the wrong! Just don't get scared when the body starts ramping up the cleansing after a while of treating it right (a.k.a. detoxing illness)...
I'm completely amazed by the fact that the body is such a magical machine. No matter how much science thinks it knows or will ever know, it is and always will be beyond our comprehension. So let's honor it by treating it right. :D
Are you actually saying that if I put coconut oil on the skin that the same coconut oil will end up in the blood stream?.If thats the case it would be no different than injecting coconut oil into the blood,would it?,as far as I know the skin is not a digestive organ????????,of course it is permeable to a certain degree and is made up of atoms and molecules but there is a vast difference between living organisms and dead matter(a chair).
I remember years ago when some folk used to promote breatherianism,part of the theory behind it was everything including the human body was ultimately made up of atom and molecules and as atoms and molecules exist without the need for food,then we can live without eating and get everything from cosmic space and the atmosphere,once we overcome the habit of eating.
Thats more like it........cheers!
Yes I forgot to mention that it's important to use unprocessed, preferably organic coconut oil. Likewise be careful about soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, balms... There's so many things people use on a regular basis that are questionable at best, and it's gotten to the point where it takes some sincere effort to find good things.
I think it makes perfect sense to be fully conscious of what enters or come in contact with the body, and keep it as natural and wholesome as possible. Just because something won't kill you instantly doesn't mean it's a good idea!
We're not all dead because we have awesome immune systems :)
Ok I did some research on this too and your right it does go into your bloodstream which is why it is so good for you to use coconut oil and not chemicals for your skin (because we don't want chemicals in our bloodstream). HOWEVER it seems doesn't go into your digestive system and instead gets filtered out most likely through your kidneys so you are not actually adding the fat to your diet when you use it. It is much more beneficial then chemical lotions and I also use coconut oil. :)
At least that is what I have come up with, but you know I am not going to stop using it as a lotion because I really don't want to use anything else. If there is something better I am willing to try it but I like things to be "straight off the tree" so to speak.
The best way to improve your skin is: sun, fresh air, exercise, sleep: 8 hrs per night minimum, lots of water, and of course the 80/10/10 eating program. I use nothing on my skin except an organic body wash once a week in a shower. Every other day I simply scrub. I do not have any odor, dry skin issues - they have cleared up.