Following a plant-based eating plan rich in colorful vegetables and fruits, grass-fed/pasture-raised meats, nuts, seeds and spices is a solid dietary guideline. Plants are naturally anti-inflammatory and are full of all kinds of vital nutrients that also help to detoxify the body by:
- Eating organic nutrient dense foods.
- Reducing potential allergens/allergy-causing food groups.
- Reducing candida in the body.
Three detoxification strategies accomplished just by diet alone!
4 Diets that Promote Healthy Skin
Diet # 1 : The Mediterranean Diet – Includes fresh fruits, vegetables, plant-based proteins (beans and legumes), healthy fats (olive oil), fish, minimal dairy and red meat, whole grains and fresh herbs and spices. Many studies demonstrate people who eat
Mediterranean have far fewer health problems than those on most other types of diets.
Diet # 2 : The Paleo Diet – Based on foods eaten by early humans largely consisting of various meats, vegetables, nuts and
berries. The Paleo diet allows for minimal dairy and excludes grains and processed foods. My Recommendation: No diet that includes large amounts of meat and fat could ever be considered anti-inflammatory. I would argue that it’s not likely that
our ancestors ate large amounts of animal protein on a regular basis when starvation was one of the biggest threats to their survival. Paleo is really plant-based, but allows for meat and minimal dairy. Therefore, a vegetarian could eat Paleo (a bit trickier) by just cutting out the meat and dairy. The main difference between the Mediterranean and Paleo is that the Paleo does not
include grains. Decide which is a better plan for you based on your food goals.
Diet # 3 : The Whole30™ Diet – A way of eating that eliminates certain food groups (sugar, grains, dairy and legumes)
that could be having a negative impact on your health (acne) without you even realizing it. The Whole30™ helps to eliminate the most common blood sugar disrupting, gut-damaging, inflammatory food groups for 30 days. (refer to “Additional Resources”).
Although people report significant improvements in all aspects of their health (weight loss, better sleep, more energy, etc), more serious or chronic health conditions, including digestive issues or acne, may take longer than 30 days to heal. This diet is like
pressing the reset button on your health. The Whole 30™ diet changes your tastes, cravings and habits. This is the first place I recommend starting dietary-wise in clearing your acne. After completing the Whole30™ you may discover that one or more of the temporarily eliminated food groups will need to be permanently eliminated to remain acne free. Unfortunately, this is sometimes the case. It sucks, but having incurable acne is awful too. It will ultimately be your choice.
Diet #4 : The GAPS Diet – Similar to the Whole30™, the GAPS diet, also known as the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet, was created by Dr. Sidney Valentine to naturally treat chronic, inflammatory conditions in the digestive tract as a result of damaged gut lining. The GAPS protocol restricts all grains, processed carbohydrates, starchy vegetables and dairy to heal the gut lining, rebalance the immune system, and restore the gut’s bacterial ecosystem.
In addition to dietary guidelines, GAPS has a supplementation and detoxification protocol. Some of the recommended supplements include probiotics, essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Light methods of
detoxification and overall reduction of our exposure to toxins are also part of the dietary protocol (refer to “ Additional Resources”).