Sometimes you simply don’t know what you can do to get clearer skin.
You’ve changed your diet.
You’ve changed your exercise routine.
You’ve taken supplements.
What the hell else can you do!?
If you’ve been reading other posts on the site, you should have a pretty good idea of what diet, supplements, and exercises you can do for clearer skin and optimal health. You also can check out one of the only topical skincare products that I recommend.
If you’ve been working on all of those things and still have bad breakouts, you will want to dig deeper and look at these 3 reasons why your healthy diet and supplement regimen might not be enough.
Number 1 – Sleep
Hands down, the number 1 issue that people have the hardest time with is sleep. Getting proper sleep is crucial for cellular repair, detoxification, and metabolism.
Getting enough sleep regulates our hormones and even determines how much willpower we have.
When you sleep, that is when your body (and your skin) repairs itself. It’s also when your body detoxes.
While you sleep, your liver binds up toxins and pushes them into your digestive system to be excreted. Your intestines undergo waves of peristalsis (constriction and relaxation of the muscles, creating wavelike movements that push the contents of the canal forward). This helps your body detoxify by making sure wastes don’t linger in your gut for too long.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is said that different times of the night correlate with different organs. Your liver’s optimal time is from 1-3 a.m. If you are not sleeping at this time, your liver may have a much more difficult time detoxing your blood, which means you may accumulate more toxins which can show up on your face. The liver is also emotionally connected to anger. You may find that you wake up between 1-3am if you have repressed anger or long standing resentment.
You are a human being.
For millions of years humans have woke up and went to bed based off of the sun.
Up until electricity was invented we never routinely stayed up till the a.m. every single night.
Cortisol and many other hormones are all regulated by our circadian rhythm.
Ideally we should be in bed by 9 or 10 and get around 8 hours of sleep a night.
If you’re doing hardcore exercise (intense crossfit, bodybuilding, hours of physical sport) you might need 9 or 10 hours of sleep a night.
Sleep is just as important to your health as diet and exercise.
If you’re getting less than 8 hours of sleep a night, or are going to bed past midnight more than once a week, you are seriously derailing your efforts of clearing your skin and being as healthy as possible.
I’ve tried a LOT of different methods to waking up earlier (and going to bed earlier), and hands down, the best method I found to change from a night owl to an early bird was to follow the advice Hal Elrod lays out in his book “The Miracle Morning.”
Number 2 – Too Many Toxins
Toxins are everywhere.
There’s BPA and xenoestrogens in plastics, mercury in fish, arsenic in chicken, chlorine, fluoride and pharmaceutical drugs in our water, hidden mold in houses, lead in pipes, and pesticides in our food.
It’s impossible to completely avoid toxins, but we can still lesson the blow.
Here’s 4 easy ways how you can help lower your toxic load:
- Filter Your Shower Water
- Get a shower filter to remove toxins from your shower water. This is important because we absorb more toxins when we shower because the warm temperature opens up our pores. Shower filters help with acne, dandruff, dry skin, dry hair and other skin and hair conditions. I like the Pelican.
- Filter Your Drinking Water
- You don’t want to be drinking chlorine or other toxins. For starters, I recommend the new wave. For more advanced water usages I recommend either an under the counter reverse osmosis filter or a kangen filter.
- Filter The Air You Breathe
- The air inside your house is more polluted than the air outside. Polluted air can cause congestion and irritation to the lining of the lungs. To get clear skin and optimal health, we have to bring down inflammation. This is why going outside and being in nature every day is so important. Doing deep breathing outside can be a healing process in its own right. As great as that is, you don’t live outside. So for your indoor time, you need a filter. I recommend Alen air filters.
- Use Clean Cosmetics
For a complete list of ways you can get rid of toxins and recommendations on how to deal with them specifically for acne, check out Clear Skin Nutrition The Book.
Number 3 – A Damaged Gut / Food Sensitivities / Hormonal Imbalances
These three are lumped together because they all affect each other. Many people experience food sensitivities that create inflammation in their body that leads to acne. Personally it wasn’t until I did my IgG food sensitivity test that showed I was highly sensitive to eggs that my cysts went away. To know about all of the different methods of food sensitivity testing, you can watch this 45 minute informational video here.
A damaged gut can create food sensitivities if undigested food proteins get through and activate your immune system. If this happens, your immune system will react to different food proteins that normally wouldn’t be harmful. This can create more inflammation in the gut, which can affect your hormones.
Hormonal imbalances can be caused by a compromised digestive system, but they can also be the result of many other mechanisms. Like most things, you simply won’t know what your hormone levels are unless you test them. If your hormones are too out of range, acne can result.
Remember though, that a big part of the solution when taking care of hormonal imbalances, a damaged gut, and toxins, comes down to eating real, clean, whole foods with plenty of vegetables. The other part is living a clean lifestyle. If you think you have these things dialed in, you can get tested for food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances and more.
If you are interested in getting your hormones and food sensitivities tested, you can either get the test you want from the store or schedule a consult with a functional health practitioner to discuss your goals and order the tests.
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