4 Guidelines for Clear Skin

Acne. It is not just a problem for teenagers. Around 20% of women suffer from acne in their 20s and 30s. Men can go through it too. Acne can be caused by stress or hormonal fluctuations or nutritional imbalances in your diet. It can even be caused by your beauty routine or medications. But regardless of the ‘trigger’ the major culprit is inflammation.

Your skin says a lot about what’s going on on the inside. It is the largest organ of the body and it’s purpose is to protect your body from microbes and the elements, to regulate your body temperature and allow the sensations of touch, heat and cold. Your skin is there to protect you. But it is also the first thing people see when they meet you! Whether you are a salesperson, CEO or actor - your skin is part of the impression you make on another human being. Making it even more important to have a healthy, clear complexion - and a healthy, clear complexion comes from a healthy inside.

4 Cardinal Guidelines for Healthy, Clear Skin

  1. A diet rich in nutrient-dense foods, REAL foods

  2. Proper hydration - always drinks ½ your body weight in ounces daily

  3. A way to manage stress - exercise, meditation, music

  4. Proper, quality sleep - a good 7-9 hours every night

The first one isn’t that simple to explain. There are several factors to maintaining a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods, that will lead to decreasing inflammation in the body and clearing up your skin. I’m going to start with the foods to avoid (below) and share with you the best foods for clear skin in my next post on Thursday.

4 No-No's for Clear Skin

  1. Reduce/Limit Dairy - cow’s milk and cheeses are very pro-inflammatory, meaning they cause inflammation. They are best avoided but if you must eat a little cheese, choose organic, pasture-raised, hormone-free and antibiotic-free.

  2. No “Diet” or “Sugar-Free” or “Fat Free” or “Zero Calorie” or “Low-Fat” - if it has any of these (or other) “buzz words” it is full of chemicals and should be avoided (like the plague).

  3. Reduce/Limit Sugar - this is crucial to maintaining a healthy body and clear skin. There are added sugars in so many ‘foods’ and drinks because it makes those foods tasty and because sugar is addictive (it acts on your brain in the same way cocaine does). Read your labels carefully to know how much sugar is in your food in order to start making wiser choices and switch from sugary drinks and ‘juices’ to water.

  4. Avoid Processed, Refined Foods - white flour, bread, pasta, margarine, cold cuts, refined oils like canola, corn & vegetable oils, fast foods, white salt are all quasi-foods. They are lacking in nutrients, filled with chemicals, fillers and preservatives and cause unhealthy spikes in your blood sugar. All leading to inflammation.

These 4 Guidelines and 4 No-No's are the starting point to clear skin (and to a healthier you). Following these will reduce the inflammation in your body that can cause acne, clearing up your skin. Even if you don’t suffer from acne, these tips will help protect your skin from the environment and help it age better. I mean who doesn’t want beautiful, lit from within, skin??  

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Are you hooked on these foods??

Think you have an ‘addictive personality’ because you crave sweets and unhealthy foods?? What if it wasn’t you?? What if it is the chemicals in those foods that you’re addicted to?? More and more research is coming out about the compounds in sweets and processed foods that stimulate your appetite and create dependence. It’s even in foods like cheese. This is the stuff that the big food companies (that mass-produce 80%+ of the food on your grocery store shelves) know and use to keep you spending your money buying their 'foods' (crap) and deprive you of your health. So do you want to take control of your diet and your health?? Then read on!

There are 5 categories of foods that contain substances called exorphins. These chemicals, once in your body, have an opioid-like effect - which can lead to overconsumption (because it feels so darn good to eat these), addiction/dependency and withdrawal-like symptoms (if you quit these cold-turkey)! Ever notice how you are more irritable a couple hours after having the sugar-laden donut or frappucino??

  1. Cheese - I know, you hate me.. But cheese and milk contain a protein called casein, which when digested become casomorphins. Casomorphins are the chemical (in cheese) that have that opioid-like effect mentioned above. That’s why it is so hard to go vegan!! I know I had a very hard time letting go of my cheese! But I weaned myself off ever so gently and now I eat cheese maybe once a week and can go weeks sans fromage (without cheese). You can get there too! The trick is to wean yourself off in small steps.

  2. Meat - I didn’t see this one coming and perhaps neither did you! But the blood in meat contains proteins (albumin, hemoglobin, gamma globulin) that activate opioid receptors! Et voilà, you’re craving more! In studies it has been found that people treated with opiate blockers reduced their consumption of all types of meat. Interesting stuff!  

  3. Rice and Wheat - I knew about wheat, but rice caught me by surprise! Apparently both of these grains have proteins that have the same drug-like effects on your body. But wheat has 5 types of gluten exorphins, while rice has only 1, albumin. This could explain why one is more like to munch on the breadbasket more so than on the rice served with your entree.

  4. Sugar and Fat - please note, when I speak of ‘fat’ I am not speaking of healthy fats like the one’s in coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds. I speak of trans-fats and corn oil, canola oil, margarine, processed, refined oils is what I am referring to. Sugar is addictive and so are fatty foods. So together, the combination is even more addictive!

What can you do about it??      

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to lessen one’s addiction to foods that do more harm than good. I am a strong advocate of eating right for one’s body and lifestyle. This is the way to health and wellbeing. Eating right means eating nutritionally-rich foods. (If the box is ‘telling’ how ‘nutritious’ it is.. here’s a hint - It isn’t!! Stay away)

  • Limit (or Eliminate) the amount of processed foods in your home/office This helps you in 2 ways: it removes the temptation of these ‘foods’ and encourages you replace them with foods like beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, whole grains like quinoa and brown rice and lean proteins (this last one should only be one fist in size for the ladies and two fists for the gents - more if your workout regularly and intensely)

  • Breakfast IS the most important (and biggest meal of the day) Here’s why - your body has been fasting all night and now that you’re going to engage all part’s of your body - brain, digestion, your breathing will increase, etc - your body NEEDS fuel! Eat gluten free oats with berries and almond butter or a smoothie or try a chia seed pudding or a cage-free egg omelette with spinach.

  • Engage family and friends for support in keeping you honest Let your friends and family know you want to get healthy and seek out their help. Surrounding oneself with people that encourage healthy habits goes a long way to help us keep ourselves on the right track.

  • Rely on your body’s endorphins, above all else Your body is an amazing organism. It can produce its own feel-good chemicals. A good, solid workout. Spending time with your honey. Enjoying quality time with your family and friends. Relaxing on the couch with your furry friend. A soothing bubble bath. All these help your body produce endorphins. So find things that make you feel happy and appreciative and let your body do its work.

Just remember to make changes gradually, especially if you’re addiction involves cheese, sugar and fat. As you limit (and eliminate) these from your diet, replacing them with nutritious, whole foods, unprocessed and unmessed around with, you will see your skin clear up, your hormones balance out, have more energy and enjoy a flatter belly and a leaner physique. How does it get better than that??

If you found this post helpful, feel free to share it with your friends and share your progress too! & if you’re up for it - schedule a Self-discovery Session with me at https://www.timetrade.com/book/B6X4N