Fibre and probiotics for acne-free skin
It’s been nearly a month since I’ve completed my detox and I thought I’ll update on the state of my skin now. Well, my skin condition has improved, thanks to a dietary change as well. The acne continued to erupt about a week after the detox but has since stopped and are clearing up. When I wash my face now, I no longer feel new bumps which I was plagued with on a daily basis. And I’ll also venture to say that my skin tone looks healthier too. So what sort of dietary change did I make to enhance the benefits of the detox?
1. Taking soluble and insoluble fibre
I increased my intake of fibre. I realized that constipation was causing a build-up of toxins in my body and while the detox had helped to purge some of them, I had to continue or revert back to the same old issue. So instead of eating white rice, I went back to eating brown rice. I increased my intake of fruits and I also ate chick peas frequently. And lo and behold, I was going to the toilet big time! As many of you are aware, the main function of fibre is to aid digestion and keep the digestive system healthy and functioning properly. Waste and toxins shouldn’t be sitting in our intestine for too long and fibre intake can speed up the excretion of such waste and toxins from the body. I also learnt that insoluble fibre such as brown rice and chick peas that I was taking promotes the growth of a certain friendly bacteria that ferments and makes the waste material soft and bulky, which in turn helps it to pass through the intestines quicker to the bowel and out of the body. On the other hand, soluble fibre such as fruits, vegetables and also chick peas help slow down digestion and the sudden release of energy, especially from carbohydrates into the bloodstream. This means that blood sugar levels are more stable, which is really good for people with acne. And overall, I was feeling a lot more energetic on a daily basis.
2. Taking a probiotic supplement
Immediately after my 14-day detox program, I started taking Kordel’s Mega Acidophilus, a multi-strain probiotic formula that promotes friendly bacteria found in our gastrointestinal tract, particularly in the colon – helping to maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora by suppressing the growth of pathogenic fungi and bacteria. The formula comprises of a blend of 4 specially cultured strains of beneficial intestinal bacteria with fructo-oligossacharides (FOS). L. rhamnosus helps to prevent absorption of toxins. L. acidophilus helps to keep a proper pH balance in the small intestine, inhibiting yeast growth. L. casei and B. longum help support immunity against bacterial and viral infections.
Improve intestinal health
So all in all, I was basically bent on improving the condition of my intestines as I suspected that I was accumulating too much toxins that contributed to my acne. Because our skin is considered the largest organ of the body, it is also the largest detoxifying organ in the body next to the liver. So what the liver cannot handle, the skin takes over. Funnily enough, I read in a forum that thinner people may suffer from a severe breakout of acne when the body tries to purge out the toxins. This is apparently because the toxins has nowhere else to purge. I don’t know if this is true but it certainly applied to me!
A firm commitment to change
If you’ve acne issues and you also have poor intestinal health, you may like to increase your fibre intake. There is apparently a great connection between fibre and acne and personally, I think it’s true for me. In the past, I kept thinking I was suffering from hormonal imbalance but it could have been the toxins in the body wreaking havoc. And since embarking on my detox program, I’ve also made a paradigm shift in my lifestyle. Apart from eating healthy foods, I’ve also started exercising and as you know, perspiration is a way to purge out toxins from our body too. Well, I’ll cover the exercise bit in another post soon.