I read in a blog earlier this morning that “Your Skin Is A Mirror To What Is Going On In Your Body.” Whatever your struggles are with your skin, it can all be traced back to your inner health and balance. If you are struggling with acne, eczema, psoriasis, or any kind of fungal infection like candida or athlete’s foot, it will show up either in your skin, hair, or nails. And this is a good thing. Sometimes we cannot always know if there is an imbalance. So the skin being our largest organ is a great indicator of how healthy we are on the inside.
More often than not, with some simple dietary modifications, you can truly improve the appearance of your skin giving it a clearer and healthier glow. If you are struggling with skin issues, the first thing you will want to do is eliminate the most common food allergens like dairy and gluten. These seem to be the foods that are consumed the most and create the highest level of sensitivity in the gut. Add into that the daily consumption of eggs, soy, corn, sugar, and processed foods and you are just asking for trouble. Yes, I know there are people out there who eat nothing but junk and still have amazing skin. We love to hate them just as much as we hate the ones who can eat whatever they want and not gain an ounce of fat. But make no mistake…..somewhere on their timeline they will pay the price for it whether it be in their energy levels, chronic digestive problems, or something worse that awaits them down the line. Processed food creates an acidic environment which reduces our immune system and ability to fight off infection including those that show up in our skin. Especially those that show up in our skin.
Sometimes, regardless of my diet, my skin will for no apparent reason just break out horribly. When I asses my diet and see that I’m eating loads of healthy veggies and fruits, properly prepared grains, no dairy or gluten, lots of healthy fats from coconut oil, hemp seed oil, GLA sources, and EVOO, the only conclusion I can come to is that my lifestyle and stress levels are what is acidic and causing my issues. And it’s true. I’m sure if I dissected my diet completely, I could find little tid bits here and there that could be corrected, but overall stress trumps diet when it comes to how we look and feel.
Taking all of that into consideration, there are certain things that we can do to assist the body in re-alkalizing itself on a nutritional level. Certain fruits and vegetables get a gold star over others. GREENS GREENS GREENS & MORE GREENS. Go for your kales, chards, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, cucumber, and dandelion. Excellent detox veggies and can easily be slipped into a smoothie or veggie saute. Certain fruits are extremely beneficial as well such as apples which contain Pectin, Pineapple which has bromelain and reduces inflammation, bananas (not super green and not spotted….but just right), lemons, cherries, strawberries, apricots, grapes, pears, coconut, and cantaloupe all have high vitamins and minerals to help heal your skin and rebuild tissue.
One of the fastest ways to ensure that you get maximum nutrition without your body having to work so hard to break down the components of food is through juicing and blending. Personally I’m a blender kind of gal. Juicing doesn’t satisfy me and it extracts all the fiber from the fruits and veggies. But do what works best for you. Tossing a combination of these fruits and veggies or eating them individually have a tremendous impact on your health and your immune system. Start your day off with a green smoothie and see how you look and feel in the weeks to come. Rotate your foods so that your body doesn’t get too used to any one food and develop another sensitivity. And be creative. There are so many combinations and they are ALL GOOD!!
This was my combination for today and it really hit the spot. Play around and see what works for you.
Apple Banana Bonanza
½ cup Light Canned Coconut Milk
1 scoop vegan protein powder of choice (I used Nutrasumma’s Pea Protein)
½ medium sized banana
½ apple cut up
1 tsp coconut oil
handful of mixed greens (I used an organic blend of kale, chard, spinach from Earthbound’s Organics)
Stevia or sweetener of your choice/or omit
5-8 ice cubes depending on how thick you like it
Blend on high until veggies and ice are all smooth and drinkable
If you like it thinner, add more liquid
This drink offers you lots of antioxidant pH balancing nutrients. It has healthy fats from the coconut, fiber from the fruits and veggies, protein, and is low on the GI Index….which is important when trying to control skin issues. A high glycemic index diet spikes your insulin levels which can increase inflammation if this is the foundation of your diet.
There are other foods to consider adding to your diet to help with the health of your skin as well. Foods high in zinc like pumpkin and sunflower seeds, pine nuts, and coconut help to heal wounds. Healthy fats from avocados, nuts like almonds and walnuts, and omega 3 fats from fish have been proven to reduce inflammation in the body as well. And that’s what acne is…it’s an inflammatory response within the body that shows up in the skin when detox pathways are congested. Opening up those pathways via an alkaline based diet is one way to truly start seeing results.
So try starting your day off with a blended green drink or find a way to slip it in at some point through your day. I generally have mine after my workout and I’m working on incorporating more variety of fruits. See how it makes you look and feel.
“Every type of blemish you have acts as a messenger from the body. It’s suggesting changes in your DIET & LIFESTYLE that will only benefit you in the long run. Without eliminating the “SOURCE” of your condition, you will never get rid of your acne.”~ Mike Walden (Acne No More)