Our skin reflects the state of health of the individual
When your body is in balance, your skin reflects this. When you are out of balance, it often shows. A poor diet WILL show up on your skin. The photo here is of Heidi Klum without makeup or retouching. We all want glowing skin, and with proper care, we can have it. As I stated in my prior article, people who earn a living from their beauty simply don’t eat in the way most Americans eat.
How our Food Became Toxic
Many of us simply eat in the manner of how our parents ate. Seldom was there a question about how healthy the food was that our parents fed us, but just because we grew up eating Doritos, margarine, canned foods, Velveeta, Hamburg Helper, sloppy Joe’s, and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, doesn’t mean it was a good choice. The prior foods listed have no health value at all, and are detrimental to your health. I know the FDA allows these foods, and to understand this, we need to look back to the 1950s. This is when the fast food marketing began. Marketed to housewives on the TV, appealing to them to make their lives easier. When corporations began making prepackaged and fast foods, we all lost. Marketing became big business by the 1960s, and also began targeting kids. Seeing a commercial or advertisement for McDonald’s with friendly-looking creatures helped more children demand fast food from their parents. Catchy jingles, flashy colors, and clever slogans began a sort of food mind-control. So corporations like the Kraft Foods and Tyson and General Mills drew us all in with additives like high sugar, salt and MSG because without it, their food would taste like the crap that it truly is. They have to use preservatives to increase their profits by having a longer shelf life. They choose to add harmful fillers for the very same reason, because chemicals don’t spoil as easily as real food does. With the increase in chemicals in our foods, the following is what happened to our bodies:
Pretty sad, huh? The good new here is that the projection of a continued rise in obesity is wrong. In 2014, the rate finally began to fall. Why? Because we started getting smarter. Schools stopped allowing junk food and a healthy lifestyle became more popular than acting on impulses to buy junk food. With so many endocrine disorders like diabetes, and thyroid disease skyrocketing, with so many celiac and gluten intolerances being diagnosed, people started realizing that something was seriously wrong about the foods the FDA says is safe.
Dermatologists can no longer dismiss the association between diet and acne.
Fast forward to 2017. Dermatologists now know that their prior assumption that diet had nothing to do with acne was wrong. New research and studies began proving otherwise. That happens a lot. We follow a train of thought, only to realize that it was wrong all along. With the internet at our disposal, we can also find so much information, not all of course is good information, but those with specific reactions to foods with additives could suddenly connect, and then, suddenly, we realize there’s a ton of people out there who have really serious and bad reactions to these chemicals in our food that the FDA told us was safe. Why? Well, honestly, I believe it’s because we’ve allowed the food corporations to be involved with the FDA, so I will say it: corruption.
Compelling evidence exists that high glycemic load diets may exacerbate acne. Go figure! Processed foods are among the highest glycemic foods. Soda, chips, white bread, candy and the like are all very high glycemic foods. Historically, the relationship between diet and acne has been highly controversial. Before the 1960s, certain foods were thought to exacerbate acne. However, subsequent studies dispelled these associations as myth for almost half a century. Several studies during the last decade have prompted dermatologists to revisit the potential link between diet and acne. Don’t just trust me, read the articles cited below. **
What Foods Should I Eat?
So, now you know what happened to our food and how it became crap, what do you do? Below is the best guideline to follow on what to look for and what to avoid:
It’s grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)
It’s not genetically engineered
It contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs
It does not contain artificial anything, nor any preservatives
It is fresh (if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh conventional produce, the latter may still be the better option as freshness is important for optimal nutrient content)
It was not grown in a factory farm
It is grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors)
It is grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)
Things to NEVER Eat
Artificial Food Dye
Soy Protein Isolate and Other Unfermented Soy Products
Now we know that acne is a disease that primarily affects Western Civilization.* Other civilizations also have some acne, but scientifically, it is proven to be primarily a Western disease. What many developing nations who don’t have acne do not share with Western civilization is processed foods and pollution.
I want all of you to try this for 30 days, and I want to hear from you. Change your diet, change your health and cure your skin! Don’t forget to take your supplements below that I outlined in the first acne article. They will help you immensely. Garlic helps destroy many harmful organisms in your body and probiotics help balance your gut, which is needed for healthy skin.
Love and Peace,