As a teen, I struggled with acne. My dermatologist prescribed oral antibiotics, and my acne resolved. Hooray! When I inquired when can I stop the antibiotics, the answer was to an effect “We have patients on antibiotics for years.” Huh? Really?
Not knowing anything about skin health, I stopped the antibiotics and continued with various topical skin support through my teens and twenties. Pregnancy with my oldest inspired me to choose safer personal care products and remove topical skin support. My acne flared, big time! So much so, I remember my sister looking at me puzzled, asking, “What happened to your skin?” LOL.
Skin is an outward reflection of your inside health. It took me years to resolve my dry-flaky acne-prone skin, so I’m excited to shorten the learning curve for you! Here’s how you can have glowing skin naturally in three simple steps.
EAT FOR YOUR GENETICS
Nutrition is best when tailored specifically for you – your genetics. Some genetics don’t care for dairy. Other genetics don’t do well with sugary high-glycemic foods. Dairy and sugar are two common culprits for skin irritations – including acne. Too much sugar can also disrupt collagen – hello wrinkles!
On my ten-year quest to find the right healthy diet for me, I tried so many different ways of eating healthy. It became a standing joke amongst friends and family. From vegetarian and Paleo to a whole series of diets with acronyms, including GAPS, SCD, and FODMAP. But none fit me like a well-tailored suit. I was just about to try the Keto diet when I discovered a simple genetic saliva test. The results revealed the best diet for me – tailored specifically for my genetics.
Eating for your genetics is based on your genetic markers and the most recent research in nutrigenomics. There are twenty different diet types and variations within those based on analyzing 125+ of your genetic markers.
Once I learned how to eat for my genetics, I couldn’t believe my results: vibrant energy, sound sleep, and digestive happiness. I was already eating dairy-free and low-glycemic foods. Otherwise, you could have added clearer skin to the list too!
Once I learned how to eat for my genetics, I couldn’t believe my results: vibrant energy, sound sleep, and digestive happiness.
Collagen holds your body together as mortar holds bricks together in a building. It’s the most abundant protein in your body, but after 25 years of age, you produce about 1% less collagen every year. If you do the math, by age 50, you’ve lost around 25% of your collagen! That’s why collagen supplementation becomes more critical in maintaining vibrant health as you get older.
There are 20 different types of collagen, but a few types stand out. Bone broth and chicken/bovine protein powders contain primarily type II and type III collagen, excellent for digestive, joint, and bone health.† Whereas type I collagen strengthens hair, skin, nails, and bones.†
After consuming type 1 collagen for 30 days, my skin tone brightened and texture smoothened. After 45 days, wrinkles began to fade, and some even disappeared. Yay!
Collagen holds your body together as mortar holds bricks together in a building. It’s the most abundant protein in your body, but after 25 years of age, you produce about 1% less collagen every year.
One of the many health benefits of routine cleansing is cellular renewal. Detoxing through fasting kick-starts a process of cleaning up cellular debris and damaged cells to make way for newer, healthier cells – including skin cells. You can think of it kind of like an inside-out exfoliant for your skin.
For my entire life, I’ve struggled with dry-flaky skin. Just ask my childhood friends! I have a vivid memory of a pediatric resident colleague handing me a bottle of lotion from her pocket, saying, “You obviously need this more than me!” LOL.
Once I began routinely cleansing, my skin felt softer and smoother. Thankfully, I also stopped shedding a bucket of dead skin cells when I changed clothes! Sorry for the gross visual. If you’re curious how I’ve beat routine cleansing into my lifestyle even when I’d rather go eat a bowl of ice-cream, try my FREE Detox 7-Day Reset.
Detoxing through fasting kick-starts a process of cleaning up cellular debris and damaged cells to make way for newer, healthier cells – including skin cells. You can think of it kind of like an inside-out exfoliant for your skin.
Are you thinking, geez! All this for glowing skin? Remember, the skin is an outward reflection of your inside health. Your skin will not only glow, but your entire body will be healthier! Start with eating for your genetics. Next, add collagen – so easy and tasty! Then, learn how to add routine cleansing into your healthy lifestyle. You can do it!
#WeAreInThisTogether for #HealthyChange
P.S. For vibrant health, choose safer personal care products. Think all of your personal care products are safe? Think again! Search ingredients, products, and brands at EWG Skin Deep.
“If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” – Mark Hyman, MD Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
About the Author: Dr. Sue
Sue McCreadie, MD (aka Dr. Sue), is a Pediatric Physician and Breakthrough Coach for Midlife Mamas. For over two decades, she’s helped thousands achieve vibrant health as a wellness expert. Bringing three daughters into this world, she lost four along the way, and crossed the pregnancy finish line a digestive–hormonal–emotional mess. But, over the following decade, she found a deeper meaning for miscarriages, reclaimed vibrant health, and grew emotional resiliency. Dr. Sue is obsessed with living her soulFULL purpose and helping other growth-minded Mamas do the same. She believes we are in this together to rise up, realize our dreams, and feel fulfilled in every facet of our lives.