the clean eating, clear skin diet
Clear skin. Many of us thought those annoying bumps, blackheads, and acne would be long gone by time we hit our mid-twenties. Well, someone lied to us. And all those times the dermatologist told us eating an entire plate of cheese fries isn't causing those breakouts... well that too was a lie.
Clear skin can be linked directly our diet. In fact, our bodies are a direct product of what we put in them... you are what you eat. Many foods in our diet can cause damaging inflammation, as a result of this our bodies show signs of wear, tear, and damage.
Recently I decided I was tired of feeling self conscious of my occasional breakouts and made some serious dietary changes. Note I am not a doctor and all dietary changes you make should be run by one first, but here is what I've learned on how to achieve flawless, poreless skin through my diet.
Clean Eating 101
- Eat whole foods, real foods. Does it have a barcode? Don't eat it. Your diet should subsist on lean meats, proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. I personally don't eat gluten or dairy, but to each his own. I followed the candida diet for two months before adding in various foods. This helped heal my gut, reduce my sugar intake, and rebalance my body. For more information on the candida diet check out this link here.. http://www.thecandidadiet.com/anti-candida-diet/.
- Food allergies/sensitivities. Beware of how certain foods make you feel and make your skin react. You may have an intolerance to foods you never thought possible. Chocolate, potatoes, and eggs inflame my skin. I learned this through monitoring my skin and reflecting on what I ate 1-2 days prior to a breakout then eliminating any possible allergens.
- Stop the sugar. Sugar and high-glycemic foods raise your insulin levels, which causes a flash of inflammation in the body and increases acne. Inflammation also produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Aka sugar equals bad skin.
- Try probiotics. A daily probiotic can work wonders for the skin. They help prevent and correct digestive issues and rebalance our gut flora. When our gut is not healthy, and there are more bad bacteria than good bacteria, a lot of problems can arise including chronic inflammation, a cause of acne.
After about two weeks I saw a noticeable difference in my skin. I had fewer pimples, smaller pores, an overall fresh dewy look and saw improvement each day.
I wish I had a before photo but here is a nice awkward no filter selfie of my makeup & product free skin two months after changing up my eating habits. My skin tone has evened out, breakouts have reduced, and my annoying under eye circles are starting to disappear.
Here is a link to my past post, the great skin diet, which talks more about skin loving benefits of specific foods.
Not only does clean eating do wonders for your skin, but it improves the overall health and well-being of your body!
Happy healthy eating, L