Why Your Skin Is a Vital Part Of Your Health
“You can’t walk on planet earth without your terrestrial space suit,” stated Dr. Peter Elias, an authority when it comes to the skin and its outermost layer the stratum corneum. What does that mean? Your skin acts as a human space suit, protecting your body from the elements and environment surrounding us. The skin cells regenerate themselves every 28 days, meaning if you live to be 75-80 you will put on 1,000 space suits in a lifetime. Your human space suit (your skin) is simple, yet complex. So, how does it work?
- It protects you – protecting you against bad elements and bacteria that can cause harm or damage.
- It’s water tight – 70% of your body is water, it is important to maintain that. You have to manage your body’s water supply.
- It allows you to feel – your skin is part of your sensory system, allowing you the gift of touch.
Your human space suit has two parts, one part that is you, and one part that is not. The part of your skin that is you, is your stratum corneum, which is over 20 layers of cells. The part that is not you is the microbiome, the thousands of micro-organisms living on the skin made up of both good and bad bacteria. This TEDxRiverton talk walks us through how the two parts of the human space suit work together to protect you and the various areas of your body.
For the two parts of your space suit to work together your body has to be acidic. Your body can resist infection by staying acidic. When our pH levels fluctuate, our resistance to infection can increase or decrease. As your pH goes up due to age or elements, you begin to lose defensive functions.
Why does our human space suit matter?
- 1 in 4 Americans are affected by a disorder of their skin at any gvien time.
- 90% of Americans over the age of 60 have skin disabilities
- 22,000 deaths annually occur in the United States due to infections picked up in the hospital.
Watch the video to learn why our human space suit “skin” is so important to our global health.