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Do you want to get rid of acne, avoid wrinkles, and slow the aging process?
While popular magazines might advertise an endless assortment of skincare products, they miss the simple fact that what you put in your body is far more important that what you put on it.
In industrialized countries, acne is an epidemic. It affects over 85% of teenagers. 1 But nearly half of men and women still have acne past puberty—and well into their thirties. 2
So, what is going on? Clearly, a shift in hormones isn’t the only cause of acne. A number of studies have drawn a relationship between a “Western diet” and acne. 3
A Western diet is:
At Body Ecology, we always emphasize the importance of a healthy inner ecosystem. This is because we know that the bacteria and yeast living the gut affect the health of the skin. Research shows that microbial ecosystems of both the gut and the skin are directly related to skin health. 4, 5
But there are other ways that a Western diet can contribute to acne.
A study published in 2012 shows that a Western diet can influence the quality of oils that the skin makes and distort the production of hormones in the body. 6
As if that wasn’t enough to deter you from the convenience of industrialized food, a Western diet can also increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), cancer, and degenerative brain disease.7,8,9
If you are struggling to get rid of acne, we suggest closely following The Body Ecology Diet to get lasting results.
You know eczema by the dry, red patches of skin that become tough and calloused. Sometimes, patches of eczema crack and bleed. In adults, the most common places to spot eczema are around the joints of the hands, feet, elbows, and knees.
Studies show that eczema is more common than ever, identified in over 20% of children. Indeed, by some reports, the number of Americans affected by eczema has nearly tripled in the past 30 years! 10
Further research reveals that eczema is not simply an issue of dryness. In fact, the skin ecosystem—or the bacteria and yeast living on the surface of the skin—plays an important role in the development of eczema. And your immune system makes or breaks the skin ecosystem. 11
To balance the ecosystem of the skin, it is crucial to restore the inner ecosystem of the digestive tract, which also balances the immune system. The best way to rebuild gut health is through probiotic-rich foods like cultured vegetables and coconut water kefir.
We also suggest removing potential trigger foods, such as gluten, dairy, nightshades, and nuts, which can contain anti-nutrients and irritants that trigger an immune response.
Wrinkles are folds in the skin that begin to appear as you (and your skin) age. Besides the obvious—like the passage of time, smoking, and sun damage—diet is a major factor that contributes to the development of wrinkles.
You see, one mechanism that fuels the formation of a wrinkle is glycation. 12 Glycation happens when a protein molecule teams up with a sugar molecule. In a series of chemical reactions, this relationship forms something fittingly referred to as an AGE, or advanced glycation end product. AGEs damage the texture of the skin by causing collagen to weaken and harden. 13
Besides following The Body Ecology Diet, we also suggest that you give your body the building blocks that it needs to generate new skin. This includes bone broth (make sure to skim off the saturated fats)—made from bones rich in collagen, like oxtail and chicken feet—and foods that are rich in vitamin C. The body needs vitamin C to synthesize collagen. You can find vitamin C in raw camu camu and rosehips, with small amounts in cultured cruciferous vegetables.
While diet won’t wipe away your crow’s feet, it can help stave off the formation of future wrinkles. Check out our 5 Tips For Beautiful Skin.
Flawless skin has much more to do with diet than the latest skincare product advertised in a magazine.
Your skin issues may be linked to pitfalls in your diet:
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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