Struggling with your skin? Breakouts even though you are well beyond your teens? The way our skin looks is a good indicator of how “healthy” our gut looks inside. Pimples and acne are caused by hormonal disbalance and low grade inflammation of our body, especially our gut. If you like to indulge in processed, sugary foods, or foods full of table salt, flavour enhancers, and fake sugars, they create havoc on your intestinal balance, causing the dreaded “leaky gut”. That will show on your outside.. But do not worry,
Here are a few simple things you can do to get rid of breakouts, and have a radiant, glowing skin, from the inside out:
1. Eliminate sugar raising foods, such as refined sugar, wheat, .pastry.
2 Eliminate gut-irritating and inflammatory foods such as grains, legumes (unless properly sprouted and fermented), and all chemically processed foods.
3. Include gut healing foods such as fermented foods (think Sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha), bone broth, or consider probiotic supplements.
4. Focus on prebiotics, the stuff our good gut bacteria live off, such as unripe bananas, plantains, or resistant starch (cooked and cooled down (sweet) potatoes).
5. Eliminate (or experiment with) hormonal influences on your skin. See processed foods above.
6. Eat to meet the needs of your metabolism: Our body wants to be fed, fed well. Otherwise it thinks it is in starvation, and will create all sorts of bad stuff to our system, such as storing fat, and throwing our hormones off balance. Make sure to give it a whole lot of high quality fats (think avocados, coconut oil, organic butter, nuts), protein (organic poultry and meat, eggs, seafood), and an abundance of greens and all other colourful vegetables.
7. Consume at least three servings of fatty fish such as salmon every week. Alternatively, consider supplementing with cod liver oil, which delivers vitamins A and D—crucial vitamins for healthy skin—as well as anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
8. Consume liver on a regular basis. Liver is the densest source of vitamin A available in the human diet. Make sure it is organic though!
9. Consume homemade bone broth—that is, a broth made from simmering bones in water—which is rich in collagen, calcium, magnesium, and other nutrients necessary for skin health.
10. Consume a diet rich in antioxidants, such as leafy greens and other vegetables and limited amounts of fruits.
11. Exercise in moderation. Body weight exercise such as yoga and pilates, in combination with short cardio intervals such as 20-40 minute power walking/ running/ swimming or dancing are ideal for your hormonal balance, toning up, and release of happy chemicals.
12. Manage your specific health issue: PCOS and hypothyroidism are particularly problematic when it comes to skin health.
13. Discontinue the use of soaps and abrasive cleansers, consider natural alternatives to conventional products, or make your own remedies from natural ingredients such as baking soda, coconut oil, and olive oil. The trick is to find one that works for you. My all time favourite, and the easiest thing to travel with, is a jar of coconut oil. I use it as cleanser, moisturizer, anti-bacterial cream, conditioner, and in my beloved morning bulletproof coffee. All in one jar 🙂 xx
14. Consider using a topical probiotic spray on your skin. Topical probiotics add “good” bacteria to your skin that have the ability to offset the “bad” bacteria that inflame pores.
15. Consider applying cold green or white tea to your skin.
16. Exfoliate with a clean washcloth, a sugar or coffee scrub once a week.
17. Do not pick at your skin.
18. Use a clean pillowcase.
19. Keep sunburns and harsh sun exposure to a minimum, but make sure you get enough sun .. 😉
20. Consider supplementing with zinc, an antioxidant that has been shown to be particularly helpful for clear skin. N-acetylcysteine, milk thistle extract, and selenium have also been shown to have powerful effects on skin.
21. Consider supplementing or focusing on other nutrients that are crucial for the skin, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, sulfur, B vitamins (particularly niacin), and vitamin K.
22. Get fresh air and sunshine! 🙂
Source: Paleo Women