I'm not a model, but I can tell you that following a Paleo diet can certainly make your skin look beautiful and improve your mood.
Through the reduction of gluten, grains and inflammatory foods in general, my skin went through a very positive transformation.
When my journey to Paleo first happened, I had a combination of issues leading to average skin health.
If you pay attention to society at all, most people have seen or can relate to skin blemishes, face and body acne.
These problems were partly due to the conventional foods and mainstream treatment therapies for these conditions that I followed.
One major concern for any readers that are still suffering from acne is to evaluate your skin care regimen.
When you start to read ingredients labels on your soaps, shampoos and expensive acne treatment products, you realize that you may not be able to pronounce some of them. This is a problem.
Two ingredients that do not belong in your personal care products
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
The National Institutes of Health "Household Products Directory" lists over 80 products that contain SLS. Shampoos are notorious for high concentrations of SLS. It's simply toxic.
SLS effects include eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands, face and arms and split and fuzzy hair. The main cause of these problems is sodium lauryl sulfate.
This is another very popular ingredient in anything from tire sealant to soap. It enables things to be preserved for a long time. It's found in many soaps, detergents, shampoos, baby wipes and even deodorant.
Some of the effects of PG are throat irritation, headache, backache, kidney problems, oedema (swelling) and necrosis (cell death).
In short, if you feel like crap and your skin could be in better shape, these ingredients could be the culprit!
Coconut oil is truly a miraculous gift for cooking and health care in general. It can almost replace all of your home care products.
Look on Tropical Traditions for alternatives to your mainstream soaps, deodorants, shampoos and more.
I had at least a few pimples per week with the standard recommended diet of bread, pasta etc. Now, skin blemishes, pimples or other skin problems are rare and happen only when I eat a food that contains a lot of low-quality dairy or when I am overly stressed.
Three other important variables in skin and general health
As we talked about in the article on leptin, hormonal changes are responsible for many of the bodies functions, including skin cell regeneration. This explains acne for growing teens, but what about us 25 and older? Hormonal issues stemming from consuming hormone-injected foods are part of the culprit. However, excessive and chronic stress create hormones including cortisol that I'm more concerned about. Sniff some essential oils, take deep breaths and relax.
Depression and acne coincide with each other a lot! It's a vicious cycle of frustration, picking and popping and then depression and lack of self-confidence. You know that I'm all about being confident with who you are as a person. Acne and depression are huge roadblocks to health
Skin problems can make you feel like crawling in a hole. Or, for women, covering your face in potentially toxic makeup chemicals.
Genetics are HUGE when it comes to acne. In a study at St. Thomas Hospital in London, over 1000 pairs of twins, average age 46 years old, were examined to figure how much genetics play into acne.
The study showed that 81% of acne came from genetic pre-disposal. The other 19% of life that affects acne consists of diet and environment.
How to fix acne through the Paleo diet
The Paleo diet is an anti-inflammatory by nature.
With the inclusion of organic fruits, vegetables, meats and plenty of clean drinking water, the healing of your skin will be another positive effect of the diet.
Make sure to include broccoli, carrots, onions, blueberries and all other mixed greens in your diet.
Blueberries are a top choice as a natural skin protectant due to their makeup. The same process that prevents the blueberries from drying up and dying in the sun works for our skin. Beautiful isn't it?
Sugar is one of the biggest culprits for acne. When you consume carbohydrates in the form of bread, pasta and other processed foods, your body treats these as sugar.
Keep refined sugar consumption to a minimum. Natural sugars found in whole fruits are okay. Remember to avoid fruit juice unless it was freshly juiced. The lack of fiber in most fruit juice basically turns a bottle of juice into a pure sugar bomb.
Sugar raises your insulin levels which in turn, raises the level of inflammation in the body, creating more acne.
This is one of the most interesting and important topics considering skin is our biggest organ.
I am breaking this acne and Paleo guide into multiple parts.
Next weeks section will include lifestyle habits and other tips to improve the health and longevity of beautiful skin.
Stay tuned and feel free to leave a question or comment below.
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