Acne can be both physically and emotionally painful. Most of us do not like the appearance of blemishes on the skin, where some of us are even emotionally disturb by them. Although acne may seem purely vain I believe our natural inclination to feel off put by its appearance comes from an inner wisdom.
Acne is much more than a physical issue to be vain over, it is a distress signal that may be related to diet, hormone fluctuation, and mostly accumulation of toxic materials somewhere in the body. Most of us have been taught to deal with acne with treatments that are nothing more than quick-fix solutions to kill the offending bacteria as fast as possible. Sometimes we even resort to highly toxic pharmaceutical medications that only leave our bodies more acidic and more toxic. Typically, in cases of these traditional modern approaches the acne returns.
The root cause of your acne is often related to inflammation, which is triggered by many things. When we inflame our digestive systems with diets ladened with sugar, rancid fats, GMO grains and proteins, and other stress-related issues, the inflammation expresses itself on the skin. The skin reddens, swells, and oftentimes the location fills with fluid or waxy sebum. This is what we commonly identify as a pimple.
Other signs of inflammation include:
- Joint pain
- Sinus or nasal congestion
- Bloating, gas, or heartburn
- Anxiety or moodiness
4 Must Ask Questions If You Have Acne
1. What am I eating?
Removing sugar from the diet will make the most amazing difference in the texture of the skin. Sometimes, people find that even fruit sugar will generate acne because it feeds inflammation. If you have already cut out all refined sugar, continue to monitor your body when you eat even a minimal amount of natural sugar. The Body Ecology Principles tell us that for some people, fruit sugar may be too much sugar for the body to handle. This is due to common imbalances of bacteria and yeast, stressed livers, weak kidneys and an overall compromised immune system.
Industrial seed oils create inflammation in the body. They contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acid. Too much omega-6 induces inflammation and is associated with almost all chronic disease conditions. It’s best to have a ratio of at least 1:1 (omega 3: omega 6) however, most of us get way too many omega 6’s in our diet, in the Western diets the ratio is 15/1-16.7/1!!!
Try your best to eliminate the following oils:
- Corn oil
- Canola oil
- Vegetable oil
- Safflower oil
- Sunflower oil
- Peanut oil
- Soy oil
A vegan diet excludes butter and ghee and many times, those practicing a vegan diet will buy tubs of butter substitutes. The media teaches us that processed vegetable oils are safer than animal fats. These substitutes are toxic! And they contribute to acne. It’s important to understand that healthy fats are required for optimal hormone function. Many Caucasian people do not digest plant fat well. That means the omega fatty acids in wild greens, chia seed, hemp and flax are not absorbed well enough for optimal health. The most absorbable vegan, omega fatty acid sources are avocados and fermented spirulina.
If you are vegan, be sure to exclude these oils and at the very least substitute virgin, unfiltered coconut oil – the safest plant-based oil available. You may also try red palm oil and stone-crushed olive oil [olive only best consumed unheated].
Gluten and Other Proteins
There are certain foods that frequently contribute to inflammation; refined grains such as gluten, pasteurized dairy, GMOs, eggs and most forms of sugar. These foods are difficult to digest, and are seen as invaders, causing the alarms in the immune system to go off. Mostly, the proteins in these foods trigger inflammation by remaining undigested in the intestinal tract, where they become perfect food for pathogens. These pathogens populate and damage the gut causing undigested food to penetrate the gut wall where they burden the kidneys and liver. They become toxins to the immune system, are difficult to filter so in your bodies attempt to remove them they eventually make their way out through your skin seen as breakouts.
2. How is my digestion?
Gas, bloating, acid reflux, heart burn, constipation and loose stools are all very obvious signs of digestive distress. If you have sluggish bowel movements or if you suffer from leaky gut, you will find that you are especially sensitive to certain foods. These foods such as; gluten, dairy, most sugar, chocolate, eggs, legumes, soy, corn and even nuts and seeds will cause acne flare-ups by promoting inflammation throughout the body. This creates a “vicious cycle” between an overactive immune response and increased permeability in the digestive tract. Fixing your digestion can be an overwhelming process; however, I created a home-study course to help you get symptom free and digesting amazingly quick and simply.
Some ways to detect leaky gut:
If you notice that acne develops after eating certain foods or concurrently with other notable signs of inflammation in the body, consider keeping a food diary in order to detect which foods you are sensitive to.
3. Do I eat a probiotic rich diet?
What “good bacteria” do:
- Help to break down food.
- Aid digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
- Reduce inflammation.
- Heal and repair the lining of the intestinal wall.
- Help to transform and shuttle out toxins from the body.
- Keep yeast overgrowth and pathogenic microbes in check.
- Protect the immune system.
- Balance nutritional deficiencies
Beautiful skin begins with the healthy population of good bacteria, which give us a strong and healthy digestive system. I sue Body Ecology techniques to teach individuals how to create this healthy “inner ecosystem” — as Donna puts — in the gut. When we have a intestinal tract filled with healthy bacteria our skin glows, scars soften and disappear, and breakouts happen less frequently, if at all.
The mistake made by taking antibiotics and other toxic medications is they kill all bacteria when we should rather balance pathogenic bacteria and yeast and restore the natural balance of microbes in your gut and on your skin with probiotic foods.
- Eat cultured veggies at least once a day, or better yet, with every meal.
- Drink 2-4 ounces of a fermented beverage, like homemade coconut water kefir or a pre-made Body Ecology Probiotic Beverage, several times a day.
4. Am I getting enough vitamin K2 [MK-4]?
Over the last several years, there has been a great deal a research surrounding this “missing” vitamin. Vitamin K2 MK-4 (menatetrenon):
- Is not the same as vitamin K1.
- Is also not entirely the same as vitamin K2 MK-7, which is commonly found in a traditional Japanese food called natto, or fermented soybean.
- Plays a significant role in bone integrity and cardiovascular health. (2) (3)
- Is concentrated in the brain.
- May affect glucose levels in the blood and insulin release. (4) (5)
What else does vitamin K2 MK-4 do?
- It promotes the healing of scars, shrinks pores, and creates beautiful and lustrous skin!
- MK-4 decreases pore size by actually reducing levels of inflammation in the skin.
One of the best food sources for MK-4 is found in 100% grass-fed unpasteurized butter. If you tolerate dairy, eat grass-fed butter. The darker and more yellow the butter, the more K2 it contains. This is because vitamin K2 associates with beta-carotene.
Body Ecology frequently recommends grass-fed food products.
- Not only does MK-4 benefit the brain, but it also benefits the gut.
- This is because the fatty acids in grass-fed butter nourish healthy intestinal flora.
You can also find MK-4 in supplement form.
- Liquid drops of MK-4 are synthetic and do not have the added nutrient value of butter or other natural food sources of MK-4. Liquid drops are easier to control. A small dose goes a long way, and a few drops a week is all you need. You would want to mimic what you would find in food, so a few milligrams are more than enough.
- Butter oil is rich in vitamins and short chain fatty acids.