It's True What They Say, You Are What You Eat
Happy Monday! A few weeks ago I did a post about using apple cider vinegar to help with my acne. I got a lot of great feedback on the article and I know a lot of people have been giving #ACV a try. But that doesn't mean the journey of understanding my skin is over. I'm always on the look out for new, healthy ways to make my skin more beautiful and have less acne - #lifegoals. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw over the weekend that I posted about going gluten free (recipe in link below) and I want to explain a little bit about that. You may want to sit down for this one, it gets pretty long. :)
Image (and recipe) via: The Big Man's World
I'll back up a little bit and say that I've never been big on prescription medicines. That's, of course, not to say that people should do away with them or that sometimes they are not required. I personally prefer to find natural ways of dealing with a problem before turning to prescription medications. I use doTerra products on a daily basis and I am always looking for ways to reduce unnatural chemicals from my every day routine and replace with something more natural. My most recent example of this was replacing my Clinique Skin Care Kit with a #DIY apple cider vinegar solution.
I have been so happy with the results that I've seen from ACV, but my skin isn't perfect and I know I could be doing more to help fight breakouts and have overall healthier skin in a natural way. I have been doing a lot of research about how my eating may effecting my acne and was pretty much blown away by the results. Of course I've heard people talk about fried foods and chocolate making you break out, but to be honest I don't eat a lot of that stuff so I assumed there wasn't a connection for me with food and acne. The research that I've been doing is telling me that I couldn't be more wrong about that.
When I first started doing research I found a lot of sites that talked about food diaries. I figured I would give this a try to really understand what I'm putting in my body. Every day is different for me when it comes to diet, so a food diary helped me to see trends in the types of foods I eat. I would highly recommend doing this. For me, it's also helped me to want to eat healthier, as it could sometimes be shocking to look back and review what I had eaten in a week. After reviewing my diet I found that I do eat a lot of gluten and dairy which basically sucks for people with sensitive skin. I've self-diagnosed (a marketing degree could also be an M.D. right??) myself to have leaky gut.
Yes, it's as sexy as it sounds.
Leaky gut is when your intestine has holes in it caused by wheat. Instead of all the toxins flushing out of your system the way they’re supposed to, some of them fall through the cracks and when the toxins fall into the bloodstream, they get recycled into your body and come out through your skin. When I was reading that I stopped and thought to myself, "well, damn." I continued to do research but kept finding information to suggest that gluten and dairy may be having some harsh side effects on my skin.
I found this pretty amazing infographic on Cosmopolitan's Snapchat:
All of this information has lead me to decide to give going gluten and dairy free a try to see what impacts this might have on my skin. Today is day 6 and I'll be sharing my journey with you on here, Instagram and Facebook! I've already been trying a few recipes and I've been sharing additional recipes on my Pinterest.
Leave your thoughts/experiences in a comment! I would love to hear from you!