Although some people say there is no dietary link to acne, I have observed that what my clients eat surely influences outbreaks of pimples, the duration of its time on their skin, and even the size and quality of the pimples. My theory has support from many holistic aestheticians, but also Edgar Cayce, an alternative medicine practitioner, and Dr. Hyman, a nationally-popular physician specializing in wellness and nutrition (see his blog for interesting perspectives on many common health issues).
The following nutrition plan for acne comes from the teachings of Edgar Cayce and Dr. Hyman, and is a good way to eat even if you don’t have acne. This way of eating minimizes animal proteins, caffiene and sugars, while increasing plant based foods.
*Zinc citrate - Take 30 mg a day.
*Vitamin A - Take 25,000 IU a day. Only do this for three months. Do not do this if you are pregnant.
*Vitamin E - (mixed tocopherols, not alpha tocopherol): Take 400 IU a day.
*Try probiotics - Probiotics also help reduce inflammation in the gut that may be linked to acne. Taking probiotics (lactobacillus, etc.) can improve acne.
Alkaline and Acidic Foods Balance
Edgar Cayce: I added parts of his list not included on the above list, so there will be some discrepancy.
Alkaline grains: Amaranth, Quinoa , Buckwheat & millet are thought to be either neutral or alkaline.
ALKALINE NUTS: Almonds, Chestnuts (roasted), Coconut (fresh)
ALKALINE DAIRY : Acidophilus milk , buttermilk , yogurt, Milk (raw only -- human, cow, or goat), Whey
ALKALINE VEGETABLES: Alfalfa sprouts, Asparagus, Bamboo shoots, Beans (green, lima, wax, string), Chicory, Com, Dulse, Eggplant, Escarole, Horseradish Jerusalem artichokes, Kale, Mushrooms, Okra, Oyster plant, Peppers (bell), Potatoes (skin is best part), Sauerkraut, Soybeans, Sprouts, Yams, sweet potatoes
ALKALINE FRUITS (* should not be eaten with otherfoods) :
Avocados, Citron, *Grapefruit, *Kumquats, *Lemons (ripe) , *Limes, *Oranges, Passion Fruit, Pomegranates, Sapotes, Tamarind, *Tangerines, Tomatoes (fully ripened)
Simple recipes to start:
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