Get rid of acne naturally with these nutrition tips
The VITL Nutrition Team / 31 Jan 2018
Good Zing's Lana Almulla, a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist from London, is here with her top tips on how to treat acne naturally.
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Our skin is our largest organ and one of its many functions is to rid our body of toxins to help prevent chemical and waste build-up.
When the body is overloaded with chemicals, toxins, waste, and excess hormones, the skin has to work extra hard. It has to work even harder if you suffer from constipation, a yeast overgrowth, hormonal imbalances and/or eat a poor diet.
The way to correct any imbalances is by:
- reducing the toxins we consume
- lessening our exposure to chemicals
- improving our digestion and bowel movements
- calming any stress
- eating whole unrefined foods
- balancing our gut microbes
- avoiding sugar
- avoiding refined and processed foods
- healing the gut
What you'll need
- A good healthy lifestyle
- Organic fruit and vegetables
- Whole grains such as brown rice, gluten free oats, brown rice pasta
- Natural beauty products
What you'll do
- What you put on your body is just as important as what you put into it
Cutting out chemicals decreases your bodies work and toxic load. Switch your everyday products to more natural alternatives; this includes your body wash, facial wash, and moisturiser. Aloe vera & hyaluronic acid are great for hydrating facial skin, jojoba oil and an all-natural shea butter face cream are great for balancing sebum production.
Organic foods are grown with fewer pesticides and chemicals.
- Eat organic foods
- Only eat grass-fed, organic meat and wild fish
Farmed fish and meat are pumped full of hormones and antibiotics making acne worse.
Eat whole unprocessed, unrefined foods and cut out sugars. Low GI fruits like blueberries and apples are fine but aim for brown rice, plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, quinoa, oats.
- Balance your hormones by balancing your blood sugar levels
Never use sunflower or vegetable oil that is full of trans fats. Instead cook with coconut oil, grass-fed butter/ghee and dress salads with olive oil, sesame seed oil.
- Cut down on oil
This means 2-3 Litres a day! This helps to flush out any toxins, chemicals and waste build up.
- Drink plenty of water
You should be going to the toilet AT LEAST once a day. Ideally 2-3 times a day. If you suffer from constipation, this contributes to a build-up of waste toxins, which can cause acne. Having a wheat/gluten intolerance can cause constipation so removing these from the diets can make a huge difference. Eating plenty of soluble fibre also is great so plenty of vegetables and Low GL fruits.
- Get your bowels moving
Take a good, high-potency probiotic every morning first thing on an empty stomach. Acne can be caused by antibiotic use, which causes a gut microbial imbalance, killing all good bacteria allowing yeast to thrive. Yeast produces up to 80 known chemicals in the body that overloads the body with more chemicals, toxins and waste. A yeast overgrowth also contributes to hormonal imbalances as well as many other ailments. It can make skin red, inflamed, and acne prone. If you think you may suffer from a yeast overgrowth, it's advisable to see a Nutritional Therapist to undergo a healing protocol to kill the yeast and repair the gut. This is very common and can take a lot of time to heal.
Stress makes everything worse. Find some time for yourself. Go for walks, spend time in nature, meditate, breathe, find an exercise and activities or hobbies that you love, run warm baths with sea salts and essential oils. You'll soon feel the stress melt away!
- Relax :-)
Finally, stay away from toxic foods, toxic relationships, refined sugars, processed foods, alcohol, and, of course, tobacco.