I used to think that clear skin came in a tube. I was the queen of the beauty products and used acne wash, face cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer on a daily basis. My impression was that clear skin came from good genes and proper facial care, while bad skin came from oily skin and acne genes. I couldn't have been more wrong. Though I have never suffered from severe acne, I have always struggled with breakouts, that is until I went vegan. Within a week of adopting a plant-based diet I began to see changes. My skin became gorgeously clear and even the color changed. For so long I had struggled with rosacea and before long that was gone too. I was in total awe and so I did what I always do, went straight to the research. The first thing that I discovered were the endless studies that exhibited a correlation between acne breakouts and dairy consumption. A large amount of the dairy that humans consume comes from pregnant cows. When the cows are pregnant, their bodies produce a greater number of hormones. Scientists believe that when the hormones from the pregnant cow's milk enter the human body, they put our oil glands into over-drive and cause breakouts. In addition to these natural hormones, many Americans also consume dairy products that are loaded with growth hormones that are injected into the cows. Unfortunately, there is no way to remove the hormones from the milk, even if it is organic. Milk drinkers should also be warned that skim milk has been found to irritate the skin even worse than regular milk due to its low levels of estrogen. The good news? In today’s world there are delicious dairy-free versions of all of your favorite milk products.
Now that you know one way to clear up your skin, what can you do to get your skin glowing? Well, first and foremost, the best thing you can do is start eating more plants! Fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains are all loaded with earth-derived nutrients. Aim to eat foods that are high in things like vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E such as berries, avocado, kiwi, mango, oranges, grapefruit, dark leafy greens, broccoli, bell peppers, sweet potato, carrots and cantaloupe, to name a few! Don't forget that plant-based foods also contain high levels of antioxidants and chlorophyll which are sure to leave you glowing! In addition to eating clean, do your best to limit your sugar intake, drink plenty of water and get some sleep!
I challenge you to go dairy-free for one week. During this week up your fruit and veggie intake, keep hydrated and eat clean. I guarantee you will see and feel the results!
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