A big welcome to our newest writer Casey Loraine. Apart from being another red head (which automatically makes her awesome), Casey is super in the known about raw food and kooky alternative health stuff which is why of course she has climbed on board with us. Casey has started her High on Health journey with a three part series on how she treated her own severe acne. Here is the first article of the series, enjoy!
I know all about having uncomfortable and unsightly skin conditions which make you feel ugly and self-conscious. I know how red bumps, lumps and rashes make you want to hide away from all contact with the outside world to avoid another stare, comment, look of horror or sympathy.
For most of my life I was covered with severe and debilitating eczema from top to toe. Think bleeding, itchy and excruciatingly painful rashes all over my body. Yuck and depressing is right. For over 25 years I used steroids daily in an attempt to manage the angry red rashes, which only weakened my immune system and made the next bout of eczema that much worse.
Finally, after experimenting with natural therapies and diets of all kinds for a decade, I found my way out of that cycle of pain and misery. I found a way to manage my eczema naturally and to reduce the symptoms significantly without relying on drugs. Not only do I now know how to manage my health to prevent and reduce eczema breakouts, I have turned my life around in every way imaginable. My health physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually has reached whole new heights.
I offer my experience here so that you know that you too can be free of the misery that comes with poor skin health. I’ve been there and come out the other side, and I have worked with countless clients to help them do the same. No matter what kind of skin condition you suffer from, whether it’s acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, hives, fungal infections or any other kind of symptom, there is a way to make it better naturally, and even get rid of it entirely.
Below I share with you the first three of my top tips to get beautiful, healthy skin, no matter what symptom you are experiencing. The rest of the tips will come in Part two and three of this series. Everyone’s skin is different but these tips all work to detoxify your body and improve your health at a cellular level – so that your skin mirrors your vibrant inner health.
1. Alkaline, hydrating food and drinks come first…
I’m sure that for most of you it’s no surprise that what you eat and drink is absolutely related to the health of your skin. If you are consuming too many (or any) processed foods, refined sugars, cows dairy, poor quality animal proteins, sodas, or refined salt your skin will be suffering. What we put into our bodies is the first place to look to alleviate skin troubles, provided you haven’t just started using a new external product that could be irritating your skin like a new face cream or laundry liquid.
The key is to remove the worst offenders from your diet (those listed above) and make sure that the majority of your diet is high quality, alkaline-forming whole foods. Aim for at least 60% alkaline foods and drinks if you are very new to a clean diet, and at least 80% alkaline foods and drinks if you are already eating a fairly healthy diet. What does that mean? Focus on the fresh food, particularly fresh vegetables. They will pack the alkaline punch your body is crying out for so that the acidic toxic matter in your body is drawn out and neutralised (Hint: it’s the acidic toxins that are causing your skin problems and any other symptoms you are experiencing).
Fresh vegetable juice is the best tonic for your skin. A delicious juice combination is 1-2 cucumbers, a few stalks of celery, a lemon, a small piece of ginger, a beetroot, 2 green apples and a big handful of spinach.
Add in some fresh salads, avocados and a little fresh fruit and you have an awesome alkaline base. Then add in some raw nuts and seeds, lightly cooked vegetables and high quality whole grains for your acidic component and to add density and comfort to your meals. If you are not a vegan, some wild fish, raw goat’s and sheep’s cheese, organic eggs and raw goat’s milk kefir are good acidic options.
2. Watch the fruit and natural sugars…
Watch the refined sugars too of course but that goes without saying right? If you are cringing you know I’m talking to you! While natural sugars in fruit and sweeteners like pure maple syrup and raw honey have a lot of great nutritional properties, they are not great foods for someone with skin problems. In small quantities they are usually fine but you don’t wnat to overdo them.
If you are suffering from regular acne breakouts or rashes, there is a very good chance you have an overgrowth of yeast in your body and your bacteria (the army in your body to fight off disease) is out of balance. Sugar in any form, even in fruit, feeds yeast and throws this bacterial balance out even further. Focus on low sugar fruits like green apples, berries, grapefruit, lemons and limes.
3. Reduce inflammation and build up your bacterial defense
Skin issues are often helped a lot just by taking a really high quality probiotic to help replenish the good bacteria in the gut, and to help ensure the balance of yeast and “bad” bacteria stay under control. If you suspect an underlying yeast issue, then some anti-fungal supplements such as Oil of Oregano, Olive Leaf Extract, Candex or Candigone can really help to re-balance your digestive system which will lead to better skin health. Of course, eating a diet that doesn’t feed the yeast is also a must-do!
You can also go crazy on foods naturally rich with beneficial yeast and bacteria, like raw cultured vegetables, coconut kefir, and other fermented foods. Find the highest quality options and enjoy a little with your meals to aid digestion and replenish your bacterial defense system.
It’s also wise to avoid foods that might inflame your skin further. What is inflammatory to your body will be entirely different to what might irritate someone else’s body. However, there are some foods which are best treated with caution if you are suffering. These include all processed foods, refined sugars and starches, chocolate, dairy, wheat, tomatoes, citrus for some people, nuts, and soy products. If you are consuming a lot of any of these foods, try eliminating them for a week and see if there is a noticeable difference in how you feel and your skin quality.
Now that you’ve read these tips, the key is to put them into action! Choose one thing from these suggestions and do it today. Then keep doing it. Over time it will become a consistent habit and the changes will happen in your skin. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!