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Re: Diet advice
Mar 19, 2005
[QUOTE=UK_dave]Can anyone be so kind as to inform me of a acne beating diet. I know many will say such a thing doesnt exist, but in this thread i am not interested in your views. I know a lot of you have had real succes in beating acne with your diets. I am eager to learn your methods and try them for myself, if you would be so kind as to share? Veggie girl??- u seem to know your stuff?

Focus on what you [I]can [/I] eat. If it appears in nature, then eat it. Broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts, red and green peppers, tomatoes, fruit (berries are best), nuts (almonds, cashew, walnuts are best), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, flax are best), seaweed, fresh fish, organic chicken, eggs, all kinds of salad (romaine, baby spinach). Flavor your food with dried herbs and spices or with ingrediants such a lemons, orange zest, soy sauce, broth, onions, garlic. Eat grains like whole oats, quinoa (so good!), brown rice, millet. Drink lots of water, green teas, herbal teas etc.

What to avoid. Bread, pasta, rice, cakes, soda, coffee, cakes, dairy.

Clean your insides: Too much bad bacteria in the intestines is thought to be one of the causes of acne (Dr. Hoffman, 'Intelligent Medicine' and Dr. Perricone, 'The Acne Prescription') The 4 main things to create the overabundance of bad bacteria is wheat, sugar, fermented foods (ie beer), and dairy. Oh, and antibiotics is the WORST thing for the intestine.

You can clean out your intestines by eating lots of veg for fibre, taking a colon cleanse suppliment, drinking lots of water, making sure you chew your food well you you don't have half digested food stuck to the intestinal wall, maybe take a digestive enzyme for a couple of months with your food to make sure that your stomach is properly digesting you food and - if you're very brave - do an enema or colonic to really clean you out (check out 'You are what you eat' by Gillian McKeith) Also, don't drink water 1/2 hour b4 or after eating as you dilute your digestive juices and the stomach can't digest the food as well.

Strengthen your liver: Holistic doctors refer to the skin as the 'third liver' because it is one of the organs through which toxins are released. You can help the liver by not requiring to work overtime with junk food and alcohol and by feeding it healthy foods (above) that will make its job much easier and by drinking lots of water to flush the toxins out. You can kick start a liver cleanse by doing a one or two day liver feast.

Start off your day with a glass of water and a squeeze of lemon juice, for breakfast have either juice from a few carrots, celery stalks and an apple, or a big bowl of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, for lunch have a huge salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and drizzle on little olive oil and a squeeze of lemon, for dinner juice some cucumbers, carrots, an apple, some ginger and some alfalfa sprouts or/and a salad. For supplimentation, take a tbsp of flaxseed oil, some milk thistle - to strengthen liver - and dandelion tea for detoxing liver. Make sure to drink loads of water during the day (check out 'You are what you eat' by McKeith for more detail) The purpose of a detox is NOT to eat like that all the time, its to give your digestive system and liver a day off.

Don't expect to change overnight, just work towards a natural diet and the slow elimination of bad carbs. Once you get to a point where you're really showing improvement, you can start to encorporate [I]some[/I] bad foods once or twice a week as I think when your body is not overloaded with crap food it can successfully process some much better.

Also, keep in mind that some people will eat well but will avoid certain foods that are natural and healthy ie tomatoes. How you can find out what your triggers are (if they exist at all) I can't help you with. I've yet to discover if (or what) in particular causes my skin to break out. All I know is when I eat crap in abundance I break out, whether its individual stuff or the sum of what I'm eating, I don't know.

Start reading about how the body works esp. the digestive system to see how everything is interelated and how one thing can cause a chain reaction, or read some of the acne specific books like Perricone or the general helath like Hoffman, Null, Weil, Dr. Ali, or McKeith. There is some conflicting info esp. on issues like dairy, carbs etc. so you kind of have to experiment yourself.

Oh, and if you don't already use it try alpha hydroxy products. Not only do they control the oil flow but also slough off the top layer of the skin so there are no old skin cells sitting waiting to clog the pore. Make sure to moisturize too coz overdry skin will trigger more oil production. Something oil free like Simple Moisturizer should work.

Sorry about the length of this post! Didn't mean to go on. And keep in mind that I'm not medically trained and have only come across all this info by reading stuff from holistic doctors.

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