It wasn’t until I started to follow Dr. Sebi’s Nutritional Guide that I truly understood what has been causing my breakouts for most of my life. I’d assumed it was my hormones being unbalanced…which is definitely a part of it. I just didn’t realize that most of the imbalance was so directly effected by what I was eating. No amount of amazing face cleanser did anything for me. No super clay or mask. I’m not saying that they didn’t help the situation but I can say that I wash my face less now in order to save the natural oils on my face and my skin has never looked better. The skin is a reflection of your total body health, so I realize that my improved clarity is also due to the nutrient dense foods that I consume…and LOTS of water. But this post is dedicated to my Top 5 “Leave Them Alone” foods if you want clear skin and smaller pores.
1. Yeast – Giving up yeast changed the game for my skin. Out of everything, I think not having yeast as a part of my diet had the most impact on clearing my skin. And this includes Nutritional Yeast – sorry. I mean think about it, yeast makes dough rise, and it seems to also bloat the skin and create larger pores. Adding to that, most products with yeast in them also contain sugar and dairy. The good news is that there is bread without yeast that you can buy in stores or make at home. The benefits to the entire body by giving up yeast include less inflammation and a better functioning lymphatic system.
2. Dairy – Milk contains components related to the hormone testosterone that may stimulate oil glands in the skin, setting the stage for acne. Not to mention all the hormones pumped into cows in order to get them stimulated to produce milk. Cow’s milk is for cows! Changing out dairy for coconut, walnut, brazil nut or hemp milk will not only improve your skin but up your daily intake of good fats. And if cheese is your issue, try making vegan cheese!
3. Changing the Oil I Use – Oils with a low smoke point give no nutritional value to the body. As a matter of fact, they often coat the intestine making it more difficult for nutrition absorption during digestion. We use Grapeseed Oil and Avacado Oil exclusively for cooking, and Olive Oil and Coconut Oil for sauces and spreads.
4. Sugary Foods – Sugar is the most used drug in the world. My before and after “using sugar” could be used like a before and after of any drug user with all the ill effects of dehydration, inflammation, and constipation. Elevated blood sugar stimulates your body to pump out insulin, which triggers a avalanche of hormonal changes, including elevated levels of androgens (the acne-causing male hormones), excess oil, and increased skin cell production. This can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
5. Alcohol – It’s a hard one because so any activities surround drinking but once you realize that it doesn’t just dry out your skin, dehydrate you and leads to joint inflammation, it doesn’t seem so worth it. Now, I order a Perrier. My friends THINK I’m drinking vodka…and what they don’t know won’t hurt them…or me either.