Top 7 foods for beautiful skin

sweet potato acne skinNow that I’ve experienced the power of food as medicine and its transformative effect on my skin, I’m humored by all the skincare products and their big promises that I see on the market. The old me bought every new cream and serum in hopes that one would be the solution to my acne and hopefully give me that porcelain complexion that I’ve always craved. But I never saw such results from any skincare product. The only way I was truly able to change my skin for the better was through diet and the right supplements.

In past posts, I’ve talked about the foods that feed acne and the ones that kill it. Here, I’d like to talk specifically about some of the many powerful fruits and vegetables that improve the skin in different ways. Each food includes an important compound that’s critical for the skin: beta carotene. This is the fuel your liver needs to send nourishment to the derma. Here are the top seven foods for beautiful skin.

Papaya – This is an amazing fruit for your skin if you’re looking for that beautiful glow. Papaya has the ability to prevent and lessen wrinkles, creating a more youthful look. It’s also effective at clearing up acne, eczema and psoriasis. Look for the Maradol type of papaya at your local health store.

Mango – This miracle fruit helps build and maintain elasticity and can be used internally and externally to get rid of blemishes, clear clogged pores and increase your natural glow. Eat some fresh mango before bed as part of your beauty regimen.

Sweet Potato – This vegetable is packed with the nutrients needed for healthy hair, skin and nails. It can help heal scars, sunburns and protect you from skin cancer. Adding into your daily diet will result in a beautiful, almost sun-kissed glow. If you have acne scars, try rubbing sweet potato on it topically to help heal the scar tissue. Or, if you have puffy eyes, reach for sweet potato slices instead of cucumber to revitalize the under-eye skin.

Leafy Greens – All greens are especially good at rejuvenating the skin and healing skin conditions, like eczema, acne and psoriasis, because of their ability to detox the liver. Spinach, in particular, is very helpful in clearing up breakouts because it kills the strep bacteria that causes acne.

Apples – The red-skinned apples contain powerful phytochemicals to cleanse and purify the organs. This improve circulation in your lymphatic system, where the acne-causing bacteria strep proliferates, and repairs damaged skin. Try eating three of these a day to see the best results.

Berries – All berries, particularly cherries, strawberries and wild blueberries, contain antibacterial properties that are effective against the strep bacteria that causes acne. They also great for the liver and support healthy hair, skin and nails.

Melon – This fruit is deeply hydrating on a cellular level, which is wonderful for the skin and detoxification. Melons boost the immune system, which is highly beneficial for those fighting acne, which is a bacterial infection in the lymphatic system.  Eat melon in the morning on an empty stomach for the best results.

By incorporating these skin-nourishing foods into your diet on a daily basis, you’ll soon see the benefits and love your new glowing, more youthful appearance.

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How strep causes acne

strep acne connectionHave you ever had strep throat? Your answer is probably yes, if you suffer from acne. That’s because the bacteria that causes acne is streptococcus. That’s right. All those strep throats that you had as a child, and subsequent antibiotic use, have resulted in a long-term, chronic strep infection that has worked its way to your derma.

You see, when this bacteria feeds and grows over years, it eventually finds it way into  the lymphatic system, which sits directly beneath the skin, and can make its way to the derma and cause eruptions. From there, the body builds up puss-filled cysts – cystic acne – above the skin as a defense mechanism to keep the bacteria at bay while the lymphocytes fight it from beneath.

You may be saying, “But wait, my acne is hormonal because it’s worse at certain times.” Your acne is worse at particular times, such as during your monthly cycle, because your immune system is lower and unable to fight off the bacteria as well.

Furthermore, the antibiotics you’ve taken throughout the years have caused the bacteria to mutate and become virulent over time, making it harder to combat. Fortunately, unlike antibiotics, there are many natural remedies that kill the bacteria without causing resistance.

Even more importantly, you must stop feeding the strep bacteria the food it loves: grains, eggs, dairy, soy, and canola oil. And start consuming the foods that kill it: fresh fruits and vegetables like wild blueberries, lettuces, avocado, onions, garlic, lemons and oranges.

It’s not easy overcoming such an aggressive bacteria. But, by having the knowledge of what’s causing your acne and how to kill it, you can begin your journey towards beating it.  To read more about how to do this click here. 

And there’s a fantastic podcasts on streptococcus here!

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Vitamin c: a must to fight acne

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Vitamin C: a must to fight acne

vitamin c acneIt’s no secret that vitamin C is good for you. But most people don’t realize that vitamin C deficiencies are quite common and can contribute to almost any disease, including acne.

Vitamin C helps to increase the white-blood-cell count, strengthening the immune system against viruses, yeast, mold and bacteria – like the one causing acne. When this bacteria gets into the lymphatic system, which sits directly beneath the skin, it can make its way to the derma and cause eruptions. The body builds up puss-filled cysts – cystic acne – above the skin to keep the bacteria at bay while the lymphocytes fight it from beneath.

In addition to boosting your immune system, the right vitamin C helps cleanse the blood, liver and, more specifically, the lymph where acne bacteria is wreaking havoc. Therefore, getting an adequate amount of this important vitamin is crucial to overcome the chronic infection of acne bacteria residing in your lymphatic system.

Some of the best sources of vitamin C are rosehips tea, fennel juice, oranges, tangerines and kiwis. Also, getting at least five minutes of direct sunlight a day can enhance the absorption and function of this vitamin.

Furthermore, since this vitamin is a must-have for fighting acne, I also recommend taking a supplement. There are two that I recommend:

  • Pure Encapsulation Ester-C – this supplement is great because it provides complementary bioflavonoids in addition to the Ester-C. It’s also a gentle choice for those with sensitive stomachs.
  • Lipo Naturals Liposomal Vitamin C – this product is highly potent and bioavailable. It’s very effective but the taste is pretty terrible. It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s so strong that it might be too acidic for very sensitive people.

I recommend starting with the Ester-C and then working up to the Liposomal Vitamin C. As with any supplement, it’s best to work with a healthcare professional to determine what’s right for you.

Garlic each day keeps the acne away

garlic acne.jpgModern medicine has made great advancements and saved many lives. However, along the way our society has been long removed from the medicinal application and benefits of natural herbs, spices and foods. For example, garlic is one the world’s oldest medicines and is incredibly powerful against many illnesses and diseases, especially acne!

Garlic contains antibacterial and antiviral properties. Just one clove has the strength of 100,000 units of penicillin. This is a great alternative for killing acne bacteria that otherwise would be treated by dermatologist-prescribed antibiotics.

Garlic has the ability to eliminate toxins from the lymphatic system, where acne bacteria proliferates.  When experiencing any chronic illness, like acne, incorporating raw garlic into your diet will help your body overcome the infection.

To understand how garlic works I have to get a little scientific on you. The human body runs on a negative charge and harmful bacteria runs on a positive charge. When garlic comes along, it acts as a wolf in sheep’s clothing because it too is positively charged. The bacteria lets its guard down and allows the garlic in only to be destroyed by the powerful sulfuric compound allicin found within the garlic.

To get the full benefits from garlic you want to consume three raw cloves a day. Don’t concern yourself with the size of the cloves because they all possess high concentrations of acne-fighting phytochemicals and nutrients, so each “dose” is comparable. A garlic bulb is Mother Nature’s pill pack with just the right dosage in each clove.

I take garlic every day to keep my skin clear. I pop the cloves like pills and down them with water. As soon as I feel an itchy throat coming on or any swelling of my lymphatic system, I up my raw garlic and by the next day I’m free and clear of infection. This was a lifesaver when I was pregnant and couldn’t take many herbs and supplements. It’s amazing how one food can prevent so much disease and it’s available at any grocery store.

Here’s a nice garlic supplement if you can’t take it raw. Also, if you can’t stand the taste of garlic, you can also purchase an odor-free supplement at any healthcare store.

Goldenseal: a powerful herb for fighting acne

goldenseal acneThere are numerous remedies throughout the webisphere for fighting acne, but one of the most effective supplements is hardly being talked about: goldenseal. In my experience, this is one of the most powerful herbs for fighting acne and one that must be in your regimen.

Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic. Because acne is caused by a chronic bacterial infection in the lymphatic system, which I’ve discussed in earlier blog posts, it’s important to include natural antibacterial herbs and supplements in your diet to help keep these bacterial levels down – so your immune system can regain the upper hand.

Unlike antibiotics, to which bacteria grows resistant, goldenseal can kill acne-causing bacteria without the threat of resistance or mutation. However, one must supplement this herb intermittently to continue experiencing the highest benefits. For example, two weeks on and then two weeks off.

Once I began taking goldenseal, in addition to the other diet and supplements I recommend on this blog, it completely change my acne-fighting game. I was blown away by the results because they were quicker than any other herb I’ve tried. My pores were smaller, blackheads were gone and the overall clarity of my skin was elevated. There was no question that this was a very powerful and effective herb against acne. Why hadn’t I done this sooner!

I started by taking two dropper-fulls twice a day. However, everyone’s body is different, so please consult a natural health practitioner to find the dosage most appropriate for you. In terms of products, I’ve had success with Nature’s Answer Echinacea and Goldenseal. I’m sure there are other effective brands, but just look for a supplement free from fillers and alcohol.

Tell me, have you tried using goldenseal to treat your acne from the inside out? 

Why zinc is critical to fight acne

Most acne sufferers have heard that zinc izincs a helpful supplement and maybe even dabbled around with it at some point. However, many people don’t fully understand why this mineral is critical in the fight against acne and how to supplement it.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, acne is caused by a chronic bacterial infection in the lymphatic system. Because the lymphatic system sits right beneath the derma, when your immune system is unable to keep the bacteria under control, it proliferates, pushing through to the skin causing cystic acne. The body builds up puss-filled cysts above the skin to keep the bacteria at bay while the lymphocytes fight it from beneath.

To help your immune system fight the bacteria, you have to support your lymphocytes with the fuel they need most: zinc. If you’re struggling with acne, chances are you are severely zinc deficient, which is why the bacteria was able to flourish and wreak havoc to the point that you’re experiencing it at the skin level.

When supplementing with zinc, it’s important to choose a high-quality product. Here are a few that I recommend (note: I have no affiliation with these brands, they’re simply what worked for me):

In regards to dosage, it’s best to work with a natural practitioner who can help you find the right application for your specific needs. Some people need to start low with one dropper-full a day. Others can handle a few droppers-full a few times a day.  Even a few drops of zinc a day will be a large step towards healing.

How to get rid of your acne for good

heal acne naturallyIf I told you that the secret to healing your acne forever is by making diet changes and incorporating a few supplements, would you do it? If you’ve come this far in your search, then I’m sure your answer is an overwhelming YES! That’s why I developed this site: to share what I’ve learned throughout years of struggling with cystic acne and how I finally got clear skin without drugs or chemicals.

If you’re like me, you’ve tried every over-the-counter cream, dermatologist-prescribed medication and antibiotics, as well as endured dead-end explanations about overactive sebum glands and hormones being responsible for breakouts. It never sat well with me that I was fated to have bad skin. I knew that there had to be something causing the acne and that once I found this, I would rid myself of acne forever.

After several years of removing and adding foods to my diet, I finally realized what foods were causing acne, which were healing it and why. It’s a shame that doctor’s aren’t researching and discussing the effects of food, but itf there’s one thing Western medicine has been correct about in terms of acne, it’s the use of antibiotics – originally.

You see, dermatologist prescribe antibiotics because years ago (when they first stumbled across this solution) it did reduce acne in patients. What does that tell you? Acne is caused by a BACTERIA! Yep, that’s right. But, as with the use of all antibiotics, the bacteria mutates and the antibiotics are no longer effective. That’s where we are today and why antibiotic don’t work. So, how do we kill the bacteria?

By not feeding the bacteria the foods it loves and incorporating the foods and supplements that destroy it, we all can overcome our acne. It’s that simple. Here are the foods to avoid at all cost if you have acne, because they feed the bacteria:

  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • All grains, including corn
  • Canola oil
  • Soy
  • MSG, including nutritional yeast
  • Citric acid

On the other hand, the acne bacteria hates fruits and vegetables, particularly these foods:

  • All berries, especially strawberries and wild blueberries
  • All greens, especially spinach
  • Cherries
  • Bananas
  • Fresh herbs: thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano
  • Garlic (raw)
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Red bell pepper
  • Winter squash
  • Sweet potatoes and other tuberous roots

Here are the supplements that are most effective for acne (I have no affiliation with these companies, but they’re what worked for me):

Also, there are quite a few herbal teas that help kill acne bacteria:

  • Peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon balm
  • Thyme
  • Cinnamon

Additionally, you want to drink a lot of lemon water to help your body detox and I also recommend getting a mini trampoline and rebounding at least five minutes a day. This helps move the lymphatic system where your acne bacteria is living (for more on this, read here).

If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to do this for two weeks. Incorporate the tips above into your diet for two weeks and experience clearer, less oily skin for yourself. What do you have to lose, right?

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