I know I’m long overdue for a new post, but with my internship and school keeping me busy beyond belief there is little time left for me to spend time in the kitchen planning out new recipes and photographing the results. However, I had an idea after Alena, founder of Nutriciously, contacted me about a collaboration. In order to keep posting regularly, I have decided to start this series called Nourished. I will be collaborating with with other bloggers, health junkies, and wellness experts who share my similar wellness philosophy or are just pure inspiration. I’m hoping to cover a range of topics through these posts, including skin care, wellness advice and interviews with those I find inspirational. My hope is that you find these posts helpful, intriguing and inspirational! Now, on to the first post in the Nourished Series!
Bad health and lifestyle choices show up in people’s life in different ways. Some smoke and eat cheeseburgers without getting a heart attack until their late 70’s, some sleep for 4 hours every night without getting wrinkles and others are the biggest couch potatoes and can stay slim. But for others, they get rashes or pimples by just looking at a peace of chocolate – for you, I’ve collected these 6 tips to try for clearing up your skin. Now, throw away your chemical weapons of zit-destruction and opt for these natural, long-term solutions for healthy skin:
- Clean up your Diet
What we put into our bodies has the biggest impact on all of our hormones, detox processes and much more. So it’s important to keep it all clean and green! Avoid junk and processed foods, soft drinks and animal-based products (meat and dairy have been linked to acne). Instead, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, potatoes, squash, nuts and seeds. The more whole and unprocessed the food, the better your body will react to it.
Now that you’re getting the great stuff in, you also need to support your body in flushing out any accumulated toxins in your cells (yes, your body does this naturally). These are waste products from foods you used to eat but your body couldn’t handle properly – saturated or trans-fats, additives, animal protein which acidified your system, pastries, chips etc. Things like cigarettes and alcohol, as well as pesticides, environmental pollution, radiation and also negative thinking contribute to the amount of toxins in your body. You can support the detoxing process by drinking at least 2-3 liters of water every day, bonus points if you add in some greens like chlorella or wheatgrass! Also, don’t forget to move your body regularly and keep things flowing.
- Check for Intolerances
By following the eating guidelines I mentioned above, you already avoid many triggers for your breakouts. If it’s still not any better, try cutting out some possible allergens such as soy, wheat, nuts or corn from one at a time. You cannot know what causes your skin to break out until you observe the specific ingredients in your meals and your reaction to them. Opt for a starch-based diet (rice, potatoes, legumes etc.) with lots of fruit, veggies and legumes.
- Optimize your Digestion
Did you know that your gut and your skin have a very strong connection? Therefore, it’s so crucial to make sure that your bowels are moving regularly and inflammation goes down to a bare minimum. This can be done by eating a clean diet, drinking lots of water, chewing your food well and also by taking probiotics. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods such as sauerkraut or other pickled vegetables, but my favorite source is home-made kefir water. You can buy the grains for them online and keep re-using them for years on end!
- Try some Natural Remedies
When it comes to skin issues, adding some extra zinc into your diet can work wonders. It gives you an immediate relief and a nice boost in health too. Applying apple cider vinegar can also be very beneficial. Apple cider vinegar works by killing bacteria, making your skin more alkaline, and drying up excess oil. Mix it with some water and apply it for roughly 10 minutes, then wash it off. Steam can also help opening up your pores and flush out impurities.
- New Skin Care
A huge thing is switching to natural, alcohol-free and organic products. What you put on your skin is almost as import as what you put into your mouth! Your skin acts like a sponge, soaking up all the chemicals which lead to further toxification and irritation. Try to limit washing your face to 2 times a day and don’t rub it with a towel. After washing, a plain and very natural solution is Aloe Vera Gel, which has a very soothing and hydrating effect on the skin. On top of that, tea tree oil makes your pimples vanish in a very short amount of time! Another great tip is to use Epsom salt. Its sulfates help flush the toxins, making your spots get noticeably smaller or disappear sometimes overnight. If you can, avoid putting on make-up, since covering up your skin is very counterproductive and may cause irritation.
About The Author: Alena is a food lover and health enthusiast from Germany who spends most of her time studying, writing, playing and meditating. Having read every book imaginable on healthy living, she is excited about spreading this powerful message and reaching out to others. When she’s not in the kitchen creating awesome meals, she likes to travel, make music or enjoy the world outside. Together with her partner, she created Nutriciously where she loves to help other people to thrive on a healthy plant-based, whole food diet full of raw foods and constantly puts out new content. You can check out their free course on transitioning to a high raw food diet, get the free recipe ebook and follow them on social media via Facebook, Pinterest, GooglePlus or Twitter.
Let me know what you think of this series idea and if you have any topics you would like for me to have covered!