Which sounds better: covering up your acne, dark circles, and dry skin with chemical-laden lotions and makeup, or having naturally clear skin by healing it from the inside out?
Your skin is the largest organ in the body. It’s your barrier to the outside world. When you’re putting toxic substances such as caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and processed food into it, your body is going to detox by pushing those chemicals out through the skin. That “self-cleaning” often manifests on your skin as dark circles, rashes, and acne.
Below are 4 tips to help clear your complexion, plus a smoothie recipe that will leave your skin looking refreshed and glowing.
Tip #1: Diet does matter.
If you are eating a diet filled with real whole foods like organic vegetables, fruits, and pasture-raised meats but have yet to see your complexion clear up, it’s possible that you have some underlying food sensitivities. Eating inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, corn, and soy if you are sensitive to them can be a stress to your system. Your body responds to this stress by releasing the hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol causes weight gain, poor sleep, and, you guessed it: acne.
Hormonal imbalances are one of the largest factors in acne development. It’s why acne is more common during puberty. Fluctuations in hormone levels can also happen if you’re eating non-organic, GMO meat or dairy products as they often contain added growth hormones. Always look for 100% USDA certified organic, grass-fed and pasture-raised on the label.
Tip #2: Your gut is the gateway to your health.
The goings-on in your gut have big implications for the rest of your body. A poorly functioning intestinal tract puts you at risk for chronic health problems such as autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, eczema, rosacea, and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. You must heal your gut to heal the rest of your body, including your skin.
In Functional Medicine, we use an approach called the 4R program. Simultaneously, you:
- Remove the bad: inflammatory foods, yeast and bacterial overgrowth, parasites, and other irritants.
- Replace the good: digestive enzymes, HCL, and other components for good digestion that may have been depleted.
- Reinoculate by adding beneficial bacteria back into your system.
- Repair the gut lining by supplementing with nutrients to promote healing.
For a more detailed description of the 4R program, see my article here.
Tip #3: You are what you apply.
To your skin, that is! Just as “you are what you eat,” you are what you put on your body. Your skin has a very large surface area making it great for absorption. That’s why certain medications are administered as creams and gels. This also means however, that you can absorb toxic chemicals from beauty and personal care products into your bloodstream where they can wreak havoc on your hormones.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the average American uses approximately 10-15 personal care products with a total of 126 different ingredients daily. Parabens and phthalates, which are found in almost all hair care products, lotions, and skin care items, are estrogen mimickers. That means that though they do not contain actual estrogen, your hormone system believes they are estrogens and acts accordingly. Once again, hormonal imbalances are to blame for blemishes, and other, bigger problems, such as early puberty and reproductive difficulty.
Check the ingredients in your personal care products using the EWG’s cosmetics database, “Skin Deep,” and replace any offending products with paraben-free and phthalate-free alternatives. If the idea of replacing everything at once is too overwhelming or cost prohibitive, set a goal of replacing one item per week or month until you have replaced everything.
Tip #4: Relax and get your beauty sleep!
Stress is your skin’s worst enemy. By now you know that stress causes hormonal imbalances that negatively affect your complexion. During sleep, your body is working to repair damaged tissue and soothe inflammation. If you have acne or other skin problems, good, restorative sleep is essential for healing.
The natural cycle of your hormones throughout the day is governed by your circadian rhythm, or 24 hour sleep cycle. Insufficient or poor quality sleep raises your cortisol levels just like stress. Aim for about 8-9 hours of sleep each night. That’s the amount that most people are going to need, but you can find your ideal number by seeing when you wake naturally without an alarm.
Heal from the inside out! My nutritionist designed this smoothie to be packed with foods that are rich in skin-clearing vitamins. The Vitamin E in almonds will nourish your soon-to-be-glowing skin, and the anti-inflammatory properties of flax and kale will calm your complexion.
Brianne Williams, RD LD
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 stalks purple kale
- 1 stalk dinosaur kale
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen berry mix
- 1T almond butter
- 1t coconut oil
- 1t Ground flax seeds
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Do You Know Your Body’s Most Important Weight Loss Secret?
By J. Davis III
Tags: HEALING | HEALTHY FATS | REMEDIES
Recently, Doctor of Naturopathy, weight-loss expert and best-selling Amazon author Liz Swann Miller, creator of the Red Smoothie Detox Factor, revealed 2 of the secrets to easy, steady weight loss. Secrets the big food corporations do their best to hide from us.
Secret #1: Enjoy real food. Don’t fall for the lie that you have to deprive yourself to lose weight.
Secret #2: stop eating out. You will automatically eat less without even noticing.
Then start detoxing your body with tasty, nourishing smoothies that are just as easy on your wallet as they are easy to make.
Because a single day of enjoying Liz’ smoothies demonstrated the radical power of her superfood-packed red smoothies to make me feel incredibly good.
Now prepare yourself for one of the biggest weight loss secrets there is. A secret that, when you use it properly, can transform your body and your health.
You probably know most of us eat too much processed food. What you may not know is that it’s full of toxic chemicals and substandard, dirt-cheap ingredients designed to make you eat more…and force you to gain weight.
Here’s how it works...
“That stuff is just a lot of calories your body can’t use,” Liz told me, “Some are poison. And all these foods are stripped of the anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories that help your body detox. The result? Your body expends huge amounts of calories to eliminate some toxins—the rest, it stores in your fat to protect you. This is why most people are hungry all the time. They’re not getting energy they need.”
“So… what’s going on with me? Why am I losing weight but not going hungry?”
Liz paused, then dropped the bombshell.
Your body is designed to burn fat. You just have to let it.
“What? I thought we were designed to store fat?!?” We were Skyping and I was practically shouting. Then I heard Liz say…
What good is a fat reserve if you can’t burn it?
Liz continued: “You’re drinking smoothies packed with phytonutrients, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories that pull toxins out of you like a tractor beam. Allowing your body to burn those toxin-filled fat stores… and releasing tremendous amounts of stored energy.”
So that’s why I’m losing weight without going hungry.
Watch Liz’ free presentation. It’s packed with revolutionary weight loss information—information that works. Because it’s based on how nature works.
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Shed pounds as well as toxins, renew your body and reset your internal clock by up to 7 years.
Because until now, the Red Smoothie Detox Factor has been available only to Liz’ private clients. But now that she’s perfected it to work for almost everyone, almost every time, Liz is sharing it with rest of us so we can feel better and look better.
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Natural Diabetes Treatment Works Better Than Prescription Drugs *PROOF*
By Richard Neal
Tags: HEALING | REMEDIES | PREVENTION
According the latest statistics, diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes in the United States is reaching epidemic levels:
Total: 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes.
Diagnosed: 21.0 million people.
Undiagnosed: 8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed).
Source: CDC Website
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Pharmaceutical companies have been trying to shut these doctors down simply for revealing the truth about diabetes.
Scientific studies have proven that type 2 diabetes can be reversed naturally - but this information has been hidden and suppressed for decades.
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#1 muscle that eliminates joint and back pain, anxiety and looking fat
By J. Davis III
Tags: HEALING | PREVENTION
I bet you can’t guess which muscle in your body is the #1 muscle that eliminates joint and back pain, anxiety and looking fat.
This “hidden survival muscle” in your body will boost your energy levels, immune system, sexual function, strength and athletic performance when unlocked.
If this “hidden” most powerful primal muscle is healthy, we are healthy.
d) Hip Flexors
Take the quiz above and see if you got the correct answer!
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