I understand I have given you a lot of information to digest over the past few weeks. So if you’re super busy, you don’t care about the intricate details, you just want to know what you can do TODAY to make improvements to your skin. What are the basic things you can EASILY DO to improve it? First off, I’m going to assume that you are vegan at this point – because really that is the minimum you can do. Health and life begins with veganism. Up until the point you are still consuming death, or by-products of death, you have to concede that your desire for life and health is not yet 100%.
Without getting into it, the consumption of animal products of all kinds, including meat, dairy, eggs, fish, chicken etc., are incredibly taxing on the body, in particular the digestive system, which is the source of many skin diseases, in fact, many diseases in general. Many vegans, however, still have issues with their skin, and I want to share with you some things I’ve learnt along the way, and where you might be able to make some improvements.
Have a look at your macros to make sure you are eating a low fat diet – the ideal proportion of carbs : fat : protein, is 80:10:10. A great book to read is 801010, by Dr. Doug Graham, which promotes a minimum of 80% of calories from carbs, and a maximum of 10% each from fat and protein. Jump on to cronometer.com, where you can simply put in the food you ate that day, and it shoots out a breakdown of all of your macro and micronutrients for the day – easy as peeling a banana. Fat and protein are way over-hyped in today’s society, why? Because fat is tasty, and if you write a book that promotes it, you’ll sell extremely well. Behind the push for protein sits one of the wealthiest sponsors – the meat industry.
The only reason you ever sat in the classroom being told about the importance of milk for calcium and healthy bones, was because of the money funding that campaign – NOT because of a set of impartial scientific results proved it to be the case. I digress. The beauty of a wholefoods, plant-based diet is that the 801010 ratio is easy to achieve – if you eat a colourful abundance of fruit, potatoes, rice, beans and veggies, you will naturally hit the 801010 ratio. You want to shoot for the quickest transit times in the body, and whole foods, with an emphasis on carbs will achieve this. Fruit is best, it’s the most natural thing in the world to consume, and starches are an excellent 2nd choice.
Again, don’t worry about protein. Mothers milk was only 5% protein, and yet you managed to double in size drinking only that when you were fresh into this world. As an active adult, you really don’t need much protein at all to carry out your daily body repairs and rebuilding. When it comes to skin, judge by results, not theory. Jump around on YouTube and take a look at the skin of the long term low-fat vegans.
Drink enough water that you’re using the bathroom 8-12 times per day. The vegan diet that you are on will naturally be creating a detoxifying effect in the body. The antioxidants, the phytonutrients you’ll be taking in will be encouraging your body to release these toxins, but if you’re not drinking enough water, the toxic matter won’t be flushing out effectively.
A healthy body is always hydrated. Every cell in the body needs water to carry out its function effectively, so keep drinking throughout the day, drink 2-3 litres, and more if it’s hot or you’re active. For best skin results, you want to drink this water away from meal times. Before breakfast, get in 700ml to a litre of water, and have that completed at least 15 minutes before you have breakfast. Repeat this for lunch and dinner. You don’t have to skull it down, just sip it as you’re getting ready. A hydrated body will have no problems getting this amount of water in between meals. The body is like the earth – if it’s dry, it will a few minutes to absorb new liquid, but when hydrated, the liquid will be absorbed quickly.
You want to be getting enough sleep that you don’t need an alarm clock to get up in the morning. For most people, this is usually 8-12 hours a night. Some people say they need less, well, I challenge those people to allow the extra couple of hours rest each night (even if they don’t actually sleep), and see if their digestion, and overall energy level doesn’t improve. Make sure you’re off all stimulants such as tea, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, etc., too, and allow the body to adopt its natural sleep pattern.
When you’re asleep your body does all of its rest and recuperative work. It makes for good hormonal balance, which is essential for skin free of acne, eczema and other blemishes. Somehow, a rested body is a more efficient one – digestion works more effectively, there’s less brain fog, and you are more inclined to exercise. In my experience, sleep assists the involuntary body processes like your heart beat and the peristaltic motion of the bowel, waste products are eliminated more efficiently. After a month of good consistent sleep, your skin will just feel better – you’ll be less inclined to ‘moisturise’ with chemical products and you will have a glow that will invoke a good attitude towards your work, your life and your relationships with others.
So those were all very obvious, but we’re not here to re-invent the wheel. There’s nothing new under the sun – these are all things you are well aware of I’m sure. I bet you’re lacking on some though, and you still needed to hear them again, to give you that boost, that reminder to get conscious and active on these things. I hope you find this useful – please share with anyone you know who would find this information useful.
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