Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs used for Better Skin Conditions, Acne, Dry Skin, Psoriasis, Rosacea
Are you wondering if juicing can help your skin glow or help skin conditions?
I believe it can. In fact, I sort of feel like I have a lot of experience in this area. It's not just because I have a natural soap buisness where I hear tons of stories about bad skin...
It's because I had terrible acne for years that I tried to cover up with make up. They were more like boils, or cystic acne. I did go to the dermatologist and tried all those advertised cosmetics.
While the gel based meds the doctor gave me to put on my face did help (and so did the cosmetics) I also think that they ended up having some side effects, making my skin dry and mal-nourished(if that would be the right word). Some even caused boils that never came to the surface, making a whole new type of acne appear for me.
Had I known then that...
Skin conditions often occur because skin is our largest eliminative organ. When our body cannot rid of toxins and is not flowing properly, it forces out impurities through the skin, causing many different types of conditions.
Juice fasts and detox programs have shown to have a great effect for those with skin problems.
Skin conditions usually respond to dietary changes and cleansing herbs listed below. For most people, thier liver or bowels are dirty and need to be cleaned.
Do you have dry skin? Adding essential fatty acids to your diet helps to nourish dry skin. This includes flax oil, udo's brand oil (my fav), ground flax seeds, raw walnuts, hazelnuts, oily fish.
Do you have psoriasis? It typically is an increase in proliferation of skin causing red, scaly plagues. Some studies have shown that citrus and nuts aggravate the condition. A balanced diet and good nutrition have helped many. If I had this condition, I would absolutely detoxify my liver and bowels(bowels first or it could back up and get worse!) I also know many who have transitioned to a raw food diet and thier symptoms disappeared!
Do you have rosacea? A chronic inflammatory skin condition in which too much oil is produced by the glands are the characteristics. It is often associated with digestive disorders. The dietary and cleansing herbs listed below are often effective in clearing this condition.
The fact is...
Any time we increase the nutrition in our bodies it will show in our skin. We look prettier and glow when our body is receiving the nutrients it needs. Juicing is a great way to get that natural glow!
Fruits and vegetables to juice:
Apples, Apricots, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Mangoes, Papaya, Pears, Carrots, Cucumber, Leafy Greens, Beets(and thier greens), Pumpkin, Squash, Watercress
Herbs to juice and cleanse:
Burdock, Calendula, Cleavers, Dandelion, Echinacea, Evening Primrose oil, Licorice, Fennel, Red Clover, Nettle, Yellow Dock, Milk Thistle
If you suspect acne is related to the menstrual cycle, try taking the hormone balancing chasteberry herb.
Juicing recipes for better skin
Dandelions are super cleansing to the liver. I happen to drink dandelion tea every day. When I forget, I notice my skin will get worse.
Carrots are super cleansing on the entire body. Celery adds water to aid in hydrating our skin.
Add a 1/2 tsp of powdered licorice after juiced.
While all juicing will improve skin's appearance, these recipes specifically feed the body with nutrients to make you *glow*
If you can manage to change your diet to mostly raw and unprocessed foods, I believe that you will see a signifcant difference in your skin. It worked for me!
If you are going to do a detox to improve a skin condition, make sure your bowels are clean first, and then start on your liver.
To clean the colon and bowels, I like Cascara Sagrada to break things loose and Psylum husk with lots of water or Alfalfa. It will keep your regular and sweep out the old waste. Once you're going to the bathroom 2-3 times a day, then you're ready for a nice juice cleanse to aid your liver and blood in detoxifying.
Take a look at these pages for cleansing help...