No matter what kind of skin condition you suffer from, whether it’s acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, hives, fungal infections or any other kind of symptom, there is a way to make it better naturally, and even get rid of it entirely.
Alkaline, hydrating food and drinks come first...
I’m sure that for most of you it’s no surprise that what you eat and drink is absolutely related to the health of your skin. If you are consuming too many (or any) processed foods, refined sugars, cows dairy, poor quality animal proteins, sodas, or refined salt your skin will be suffering.
What we put into our bodies is the first place to look to alleviate skin troubles, provided you haven’t just started using a new external product that could be irritating your skin like a new face cream or laundry liquid.
The key is to remove the worst offenders from your diet (those listed above) and make sure that the majority of your diet is high quality, alkaline-forming whole foods. Aim for at least 60% alkaline foods and drinks if you are very new to a clean diet, and at least 80% alkaline foods and drinks if you are already eating a fairly healthy diet.
What does that mean? Focus on the fresh food, particularly fresh vegetables. They will pack the alkaline punch your body is crying out for so that the acidic toxic matter in your body is drawn out and neutralised (Hint: it’s the acidic toxins that are causing your skin problems and any other symptoms you are experiencing).
Fresh vegetable juice is the best tonic for your skin. A delicious juice combination is 1-2 cucumbers, a few stalks of celery, a lemon, a small piece of ginger, a beetroot, 2 green apples and a big handful of spinach.
Add in some fresh salads, avocados and a little fresh fruit and you have an awesome alkaline base. Then add in some soaked (and ideally fermented) raw nuts and seeds, lightly cooked vegetables and high quality soaked whole grains for your acidic component and to add density and comfort to your meals.
Watch the fruit and natural sugars...
Watch the refined sugars too of course but that goes without saying right? If you are cringing you know I’m talking to you ;).
While natural sugars in fruit and sweeteners like pure maple syrup and molasses have a lot of great nutritional properties, they are not great foods for someone with skin problems. In small quantities they are usually fine but you don’t want to overdo them.
If you are suffering from regular acne breakouts or rashes, there is a very good chance you have an overgrowth of yeast in your body and your bacteria (the army in your body to fight off disease) is out of balance. Sugar in any form, even in fruit, feeds yeast and throws this bacterial balance out even further. Focus on low sugar fruits like green apples, berries, grapefruit, lemons and limes.
Reduce inflammation and build up your bacterial defense.
Skin issues are often helped a lot just by taking a really high quality probiotic to help replenish the good bacteria in the gut, and to help ensure the balance of yeast and “bad” bacteria stay under control. This is one of my favourites.
If you suspect an underlying yeast issue, then some anti-fungal supplements such as Oil of Oregano or Olive Leaf Extract, can really help to re-balance your digestive system which will lead to better skin health. Of course, eating a diet that doesn’t feed the yeast is also a must-do!
You can and should enjoy foods naturally rich with beneficial yeast and bacteria, like raw cultured vegetables, coconut kefir, and other fermented foods. Find the highest quality options and enjoy a little with your meals to aid digestion and replenish your bacterial defense system.
It’s also wise to avoid foods that might inflame your skin further. What is inflammatory to your body will be entirely different to what might irritate someone else’s body. However, there are some foods which are best treated with caution if you are suffering. These include all processed foods, refined sugars and starches, chocolate, dairy, wheat, tomatoes, citrus for some people, nuts, and soy products. If you are consuming a lot of any of these foods, try eliminating them for a week and see if there is a noticeable difference in how you feel and your skin quality.
Now that you’ve read these tips, the key is to put them into action! Choose one thing from these suggestions and do it today. Then keep doing it. Over time it will become a consistent habit and the changes will happen in your skin.
Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3.