Healing the Body after Service: Veterans and Skin Care

Skin health is a vital component in regards to coming home, and moving forward.

For those that have served our country in times of war, sometimes the emotional pain lingers on long after the war has ended. Emotional pain, like physical pain, can be healed through time, patience, and rehabilitation. Along with supporting emotional health, it is important not to overlook the health of our bodies.

As veterans begin to heal inside, sometimes it is easy to forget what is going on, on the outside. The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It protects us from the dangers of germs, bacteria, and viruses. One of its most important roles, is supporting our immune system. As a part of overall health, veterans should consider incorporating skin health into their emotional and physical health regimens.

A Return to Civilian Life

Sometimes for veterans, returning to civilian life can be a daunting process. It can be stressful, and for some, emotionally straining. It is difficult for some to reinstate their daily routines before leaving to serve our nation, and to protect the freedom of its people. However, it is of the utmost importance to keep in mind that hygiene, exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate water consumption are vital in restoring health, vitality, and a general sense of wellbeing. These attributes will assist by promoting skin health, which in turn, will promote increased general health.

While vying for a return to everyday life, maintaining skin health will restore appearance, help settle stirred emotions, and increase energy levels. According to Dr. Ted A. Grossbart, author of “Skin Deep”, “The mind and body function as a unit in both health and disease. Since they cannot be separated into distinct entities, to treat one and not the other is often fraught with failure.” Dr. Grossbart asserts that there is a direct connection between skin health, and emotional health. This is why it is imperative to combine mental and physical health regimens, with skin health.

Skin Health Regimens

There are many aspects of maintaining skin health, as it reflects on your physical and emotional state. However, one of the more crucial factors, is diet and nutrition. Ingesting a proper balance of vitamins and minerals will assist by promoting skin care, energy, and vitality.

According to the American Skin Association, Eating foods that supply adequate servings of vitamin A will help by maintaining healthy hair and skin. Riboflavin and Niacin, also known as vitamin B1 & B3, assists in skin disorder prevention. These focus around the nose, lips, mouth, and areas especially vulnerable to sun exposure. This is critical for veterans, in particular. Vitamin B6 also assists skin disorder prevention by eliminating and preventing cracked skin on and around the mouth. Skin healing is promoted by adequate servings of vitamin C, while skin vitality and health are promoted by vitamin D. As always, the most important nutrient is water. Water replenishes, rejuvenates, and revitalizes the skin. It keeps the skin healthy, hydrated, and soft.

Washing the skin regularly will also help to keep skin vibrant by removing dead skin, germs, and bacteria. Keeping nails trimmed helps to further eliminate bacterial growth. Keeping the hair washed will help to remove any particles that may be harboring germs or bacteria.

Moving Forward

As it is said, “Time heals all things”. Although, veterans will carry with them the memories and experiences for the rest of their lives. This does not mean veterans cannot move forward, it only means they bring more with them when they do. It means that many have a different perspective than those who have not served in our nation’s armed forces. It also means that their healing process may be more diverse and may take patience and understanding.

During this process, it is vital for veterans to remain hopeful, and to bring home the strength of character they possessed on the field. Incorporating a whole body healing regimen is critical for moving forward. Remembering that the skin they’re in is the front line in their preservation of health and emotional peace, is a critical aspect when it comes to healing the body after service.

 

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