The clear skin diet finally reveals the truth about the statement “Your diet has nothing to do with your breakouts/eczema/oily or dry skin”. The truth is this is a lie!
Let’s get to the bottom of this ridiculous statement and begin solving the mysteries of skin issues. I’ll make it super simple so you can begin using the principles of the clear skin diet right away. For example, knowing what to eat to end the battle with your skin and let it glow naturally.
Did you know the skin is our largest organ and acts as a messenger for every thing that is going on inside your body- good and bad? Your skin holds all the answers. Isn’t it nicer to think that the breakout on your chin is really a plea from your body, and you can take this message, learn what it is saying and do something about it? This is what the clear skin diet is all about!
In fact, one of the greatest things about the clear skin diet is that you are in control of your skin, not the other way around.
The Clear Skin Diet: Poor quality fuel will lead to a poor functioning body
Here is the first thing you need to know about the clear skin diet- what we put into our body acts as the fuel for running a healthy system. So really the skin is one of the main indicators of our individual health and well-being. And a dull complexion, breakouts and premature aging are all signs that something a little shady is going on inside.
Let’s look at some common foods that end up on a lot of people’s plates and how they relate to your skin problems.
The Clear Skin Diet: Flour
The first clear skin diet enemy is Flour.
This one is tough to avoid as it is involved in almost every meal of the day. Breakfast is brimming with cereal, toast, bagels and pancakes. Lunch orders up sandwiches, wraps, pasta and pizza. While dinner is served with breaded chicken and probably a bread basket finished with a cookie or cake for dessert. That is a whole lot of refined grains (carbohydrates)!
When a whole grain is pulverized to make flour, all of the vitamins, nutrients, fiber and phytonutrients are destroyed. When you see the word ‘refined’, now you know it’s been stripped of all the beneficial nutrition! This fine powder that is everywhere in our diet is unrecognizable to our bodies.
Our system sees this starchy powder as a foreign invader and pulls out all the stops to protect itself. This causes a number of issues like inflammation, blood sugar shock, food cravings, metabolic slowdown, digestive issues, food allergies and sensitivities. And without getting into the nitty gritty of it, all of these issues are directly connected to how your skin looks. Consuming refined carbs can lead to not-so-pretty skin as a result.
The Clear Skin Diet: Dairy
Dairy… Research has also learned that acne and other skin conditions are triggered by hormones and foods that cause an elevation in insulin. What contains an average of 60 different hormones and can spike insulin levels 300%? You guessed it, milk.
You might be saying, “But we need milk for strong bones and healthy bodies!”. That is just an extremely successful marketing campaign by the dairy industry to promote its product.
What is known is that cow’s milk is meant to grow baby calves very rapidly. Milk is full of anabolic hormones, mostly androgens like testosterone and growth hormones (IGF-1). Androgens and insulin both stimulate the skin to produce acne.
These 60 different hormones, many which researches have found a direct link between them and acne, are present in non-organic, organic, raw and bovine growth hormone-free milk.
Unfortunately this includes cheese and yogurt- two very popular foods in our daily meals.
The Clear Skin Diet: Sugar Shock
Sugar…This powdery white substance was called “crack” by the French upon it’s creation due to its highly addictive quality. They weren’t far off with this comparison because eating even a small amount creates a desire for more and abruptly quitting causes withdrawal symptoms like headaches, mood swings, cravings and fatigue.
Sugar also disguised as sucrose, corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, glucose and fructose have no nutrients what so ever causing the body to work extra hard to digest. It also enters swiftly into the blood stream spiking our blood sugar levels, and just like refined carbs and dairy, cause inflammation that leads to breakouts, rashes and dull skin.
Now you have a better idea of certain foods that wreak havoc on your skin and should avoid as much as possible. Let’s move on to what will get the skin glowing and clear!
The Clear Skin Diet: Green Beauty Smoothie
If you want to glow instantly, you will begin each morning with what I call a ‘Green Beauty Smoothie’ (watch my how-to video). For those of you who know me, you’ve heard me talk about the impact making this one change can have. And for those of you who are asking “what in the world is a green smoothie?” you are in luck because this is an amazing share that can change your skin.
Green smoothies are blended veggies and a little fruit…and it is delicious pure skin nutrition. The ‘Green Beauty Smoothie’ blasts you with vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are already pre-digested by the act of blending. The fiber will also keep you full until lunch. You’ll have a lot more energy since your body doesn’t have to steal the energy to break down a heavy or large meal.
Ditch the refined cereals and bagels and embrace your green side for breakfast- I promise you’ll get wonderful attention carrying your green smoothie in a to go cup on your way to work.
The Clear Skin Diet: Amazing Anti-Inflammatory Foods
It’s pretty clear that inflammation caused by foods that don’t serve our skin beauty is a huge cause of skin woes. So it makes sense to fill your body with anti-inflammatory options to keep things calm and glowing.
Omega-3 and omega-6 fats are a great option to reduce inflammation. You’ll find this in fatty fishes like salmon, mackerel and sardines. If you don’t get a lot of fish in your diet, take a fish oil supplement daily.
Hemp seeds are another wonderful pretty skin food that is high in omega-3 fatty acids. You can replace your dairy milk with hemp milk which is very tasty. Just make sure you get the unsweetened kind.
The Clear Skin Diet: Pure & Simple Water
Drinking half your body weight in ounces every day wields an anti-inflammatory effect on our bodies. This will give you instant visible results on your skin. When you’re properly hydrated it will show through a natural glow, suppleness, smaller pores and less visible lines and wrinkles. What wonderful side effects!
Recruit someone at work to create a water drinking party and cheer each other on. Yes, make it fun! Add cucumbers, fresh squeezed lemon or berries for an additional nutritional burst.
Then smile at your glowing complexion every morning! Learn more about my program that helps you easily incorporate the clear skin diet into your lifestyle.
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