I’m on this “beach bod” kick.
Most people who are into beauty on the outside are interested in what is happening on the inside, too. Me? I’m a health freak. I’ve tried every lifestyle you can think of from being a vegan raw-foodist to the paleo diet; told you, freak.
Anyways, I am always browsing health information and holistic remedies to improve the body and keep it strong and healthy, because as I have said before (in my mermaid hair diet post) beauty really does start within, in other words what you put in your body and how it functions.
I came across a really interesting article today about skin and it’s number one issue: Acne.
The reason we humans get acne is because the body is telling us that something is wrong and of course embarrassing you to get your attention just seems like the most appropriate way to handle the situation; but the method works right?
So let’s talk food. Most food today is genetically altered; loaded with steroids, antibiotics and pesticides; mixed with corn products (which seem to be in everything now a days) and matched up with vegetable oils and refined sugar. All of this is for mass production and meant to be cost effective. Why is there corn in my protein bar?
This is why organic, whole foods are your best bet when shopping. Although possibly more expensive, the benefit from these foods are greater then any price tag you could put on them.
Back to skin.
Some foods that can cause acne are: Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Vegetable Oils., Artificial Food Additives.
Let’s look a little bit closer.
Have you had a diet soda today, or this week for that matter? Aspartame (which is an artificial food additive) is known to cause inflammation in the body (not to mention brain cancer). Our bodies need to be in an alkaline environment to be healthy, which means our PH levels are above 7. When our bodies drop below this alkaline state into an acidic state we are in danger for inflammation along with numerous other problems but in regards to this article- acne.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Did you grab a candy bar as a meal replacement on your lunch break? Sugar causes the production of the wonderful hormone that causes acne. Check what is in your protein bar you grabbed from the store, how many grams of sugar are you actually eating? That Vanilla Latte you grabbed from The Coffee Bean, oh yea, loaded with sugar. Keeping your blood sugar levels in control and not bouncing all over the scale can help keep your acne in check and your cravings to a minimum. And sorry boozers- that goes for alcohol too.
Along with your favorite flavored coffee, it’ usually married with dairy. Whatever kind it may be, organic, fat free, reduced fat, whole: it’s not good. That goes for yogurt too! Cow milk is loaded with growth hormone- I mean it, is meant to make a baby calf twice it’s size, right? Along with that, growth hormone has shown that it does aid in the production of acne when consumed. It’s simple. Ditch it. There are plenty of alternatives out there if you want your probiotics and “milk” (just don’t reach for soy—eeek).
I know this next one is part of the huge fad that is out there right now. We are constantly seeing everywhere ‘Gluten Free Options’ and new gluten free menus at our favorite restaurants. We will make it simple. When you think of gluten associate it with sugar because it has the same effects on your skin. It causes inflammation in your digestive track, which in turns puts all that goop on your face.
Try to keep things like cereal, bread, pasta and flour out of your diet. Eliminating this ingredient could eliminate your bumpy skin!
Go to the cupboard and pick out one of your favorite snacks. Look at the ingredients and tell me if you see canola oil or some other kind of vegetable oil in it. Waiting…
Ok, most likely it’s a yes. These vegetable oils are closely related to trans fat and both cause inflammation. Try sticking to olive oil or coconut oil.
On the positive side there are so many healthy, delicious foods that help create beautiful clear skin such as: avocados, walnuts, almonds, wild salmon, blueberries, raspberries and leafy greens like kale. Creating a digestive track that is free from inflammation and healthy is a great start so stick to whole foods and eliminate the 5 ingredients you should stay away from!