Acne is painful, and many of us do not like the appearance of blemishes on the skin.
Acne is a distress signal that may be related to diet, a fluctuation of hormone levels, and an accumulation of toxic materials somewhere in the body.
The most common treatments for acne are quick-fix solutions to kill the bacteria or offending pathogen as fast as possible. Sometimes we even resort to highly toxic pharmaceutical medications.
Not only are these treatments drying and irritating, they are also ultimately ineffective in the long run. Harsh, medicated soaps and ointments or even toxic pharmaceuticals do not get to the root of the problem. So, typically the acne returns.
Inflammation expresses itself on the skin. The skin reddens, swells, and oftentimes the location fills with fluid or waxy sebum. This is what we commonly identify as a pimple.
Other signs of inflammation include:
1. What am I eating?
Removing sugar from the diet will always make a tremendous difference in the texture of the skin. Sometimes, people find that even fruit sugar will generate acne because it feeds inflammation. If you have already cut out all refined sugar, continue to monitor your body when you eat even a minimal amount of natural sugar. The Body Ecology Principle of Uniqueness tells us that for some people, fruit sugar may be too much sugar for the body to handle.
Industrial seed oils create inflammation in the body. They contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acid. Too much omega-6 induces inflammation and is associated with almost all chronic disease conditions. (1)
These oils are frequently seen in processed foods on supermarket shelves and do not benefit your skin.
Try your best to eliminate the following oils:
A vegan diet excludes butter, and many times, those practicing a vegan diet will buy tubs of butter substitutes. The media teaches us that processed vegetable oils are safer than animal fats. These substitutes are toxic! And they contribute to acne.
Substitute virgin, unfiltered coconut oil - the safest plant-based oil available.
Gluten and Other Proteins
Foods that frequently contribute to inflammation cause the alarms in the immune system to go off. Common culprits are glutinous grains and certain proteins found in eggs and dairy.
2. How is my digestion?
If you have sluggish bowel movements or if you suffer from leaky gut, you will find that you are especially sensitive to certain foods. These foods will cause acne flare-ups by promoting inflammation throughout the body. This creates a vicious cycle between an overactive immune response and increased permeability in the digestive tract.
Some ways to detect leaky gut:
If you notice that acne develops after eating certain foods or concurrently with other notable signs of inflammation in the body, consider keeping a food diary in order to detect which foods you are sensitive to.
3. Do I eat a probiotic rich diet?
With these kinds of benefits, it is a wonder why more people don’t make bacteria-rich fermented foods a part of every meal!
Body Ecology teaches you how to build the inner ecology of the gut. We know that the quality and quantity of beneficial microorganisms in the intestinal tract matter.
Skin glows with a probiotic rich diet. Scars soften and disappear. Breakouts happen less frequently, if at all.
Rather than constantly trying to kill and control pathogenic bacteria and yeast with harsh chemicals, the Body Ecology principles teach you how to restore the natural balance of microbes in your gut and on your skin.
4. Am I getting enough vitamin K2 MK-4?
Over the last several years, there has been a great deal a research surrounding this “missing” vitamin. Vitamin K2 MK-4 (menatetrenon):
What else does vitamin K2 MK-4 do?
One of the best food sources for MK-4 is found in 100% grass-fed unpasteurized butter. If you tolerate dairy, eat grass-fed butter. The darker and more yellow the butter, the more K2 it contains. This is because vitamin K2 associates with beta-carotene.
Body Ecology frequently recommends grass-fed food products.
You can also find MK-4 in supplement form.
Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!
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