Good news! Better nutrition can help your acne!
That’s right, acne and frequent skin disturbances speak to an unhappy digestive system, often made worse by the medications used to treat acne. Optimal digestive health allows you to get rid of waste and absorb the nutrients you need. When these processes are slowed down, you’ll often see the effects appear on your face whether it be with acne, irritation, bags or darkness under the eyes. So when it comes to your skin, tune up your digestion first. Get The Better Nutrition Digestive Tune-Up.
I clean my skin regularly and eat nutrient-dense foods more often! Why isn’t my acne better?
In addition to your eating habits, your acne may be triggered by things you might not suspect. That’s why it’s so crucial to understand everything that goes in and on your body. If you have a history of antibiotics (including topical ones), medications such as birth control, steroid, and anti-inflammatories, they may be a key factor affecting your skin.
The products you use to clean your skin may not be healthful for your skin or your digestion. The quality of products and frequency of use, as well as the water quality, even what you use to wash your towels and sheets. What you put on your skin should be better quality, not junk food.Get The Better Nutrition Beauty Guide to learn more.
Do I need to avoid chocolate, sugar, dairy, gluten, and all my other favorite foods?
Your skin needs more nutrients to help it run better, and less of what can irritate, overwhelm and disrupt its efforts. It’s essential that you get in healthy fats – mostly from plants – including hemp seeds, walnuts, avocado, olives/olive oil, and those found in nuts and other seeds more often.
There is nothing in dairy that is helpful for your skin and even high-quality dairy may be mucus forming which can trap unhealthy bacteria, which can add to your digestive systems workload and increase the likelihood of skin irritation. Fat-free dairy is a definite no when it comes to skin health. Swop your dairy for healthy fats more often, and make sure to choose better quality non-dairy options too.
If you like it sweet, opt for baked sweet potato and frozen mango, berries or other of nature’s sweets in small amounts. The orange color – along with dark blues and purple – indicates it packs nutrients that help your skin. Added sugar is not a win for better skin, but neither are artificial sweeteners. So if you normally grab a diet soda, switch to water and sweeten it with frozen fruit versus ice. Sugar is also found in a lot of sauces, so spice your foods up with cinnamon, turmeric, ginger and others instead of applying sauces and pay extra attention if you are ordering food.
Caffeine and alcohol
In moderation, like one coffee and one drink daily, should not disrupt your skin though if you are working to help your body heal you may want to skip altogether or choose tea which is less acidic but still delivers caffeine. The key thing is to avoid the other stuff in your caffeine and alcohol drinks – like added sugar, dairy, or anything artificial.
Is unlikely to be an issue unless you are intolerant or allergic. However, you should rotate grains to include gluten-free ones more often and choose to eat whole foods more often versus highly processed ones which may add gluten as part of their ingredients. So if your overall intake of gluten is high, look to reduce it by upgrading your food choices.
PRO TIP: Better Liquid Nutrition is an easy way to get in a lot of nutrients to help your skin look and feel better, deliciously. Get The Better Liquid Nutrition Guide. Try this Better Nutrition Anti-Inflammatory Ginger and Citrus Smoothie to get a wide array of skin-healing nutrients in one glass, deliciously.
- 1/2 c plain unsweetened Califia Farms dairy-free drinkable yogurt
- 1 thumb fresh ginger, skin on, washed
- 2 handfuls organic arugula
- 4 oz coconut water
- 4 oz coconut cream
- 1/2 banana, frozen
- 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1/2 cucumber, skin on
- Few drops stevia, optional
Blend all ingredients. Pour into a wine glass (be fancy!) and enjoy.