Are you at wits end about how to clear up your skin? Have you tried everything that has been recommended and still are just stumped? Acne creams and alcohol based toners. Check. Microdermabraison. Check. Grueling regimens of medications and even anti-biotics. Double check! Unfortunately, you are not alone. Many people have tried every almost product on the market, yet their skin is still horribly broken out.
Often we try to treat acne by slathering our skin with products to kill bacteria, but this is not where the problem truly lies. Skin problems, such as acne, are often caused by multiple factors, from hormonal imbalances to inflammation. However, all of these causes can be a result of poor elimination and instead of having our metabolic waste eliminated from our body, it builds up and creates problems.
We have many organs of elimination (kidney, liver, skin, lymphatic, lungs, and GI tract) that act as a filter to wash away waste products, toxins, and hormones from our body. When detox pathways are inefficient, lymphatic circulation is sluggish, gut microbiome is unhealthy, hormones are imbalanced and we are prone to inflammation. So the first step is to gain control over our body’s waste management to keep acne and skin breakouts under control. Following the Hot Detox program offers deep cleansing without harsh caloric restriction.
The Hot Detox focuses on nourishing foods that can help improve all elimination pathways in our body so that you can get rid of metabolic waste, toxins, and balance your hormones. Let’s see just how this gentle, yet effective detox can help your skin.
One of the major functions of the liver is to breakdown and remove excess hormones and toxins from our body. Two hormones of interest are testosterone and estrogen. Testosterone is the major culprit in acne through its stimulation of sebum production, which feeds Propionobacterium acne. Estrogen can help decrease the level of testosterone in our body, but only when it is metabolized by the liver. Metabolized estrogen increases sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), a protein that binds excess testosterone preventing it from being active in the body and producing sebum. When we overload our liver with too much caffeine, alcohol, sugar and processed foods, the resulting overload can lead to acne due to hormonal imbalance.
Don’t worry though, liver function and detox pathways can be improved by following the Hot Detox! Our liver needs nutrients such as B vitamins, glutathione, Vitamins A, C, and E, and supportive herbs and spices like milk thistle, dandelion, turmeric, dill and caraway in order to smoothly run phase 1 and phase 2 of the detoxification pathway. The Hot Detox menu plan will ensure that you will get the vitamins and nutrients required for liver detoxification because it is based around whole foods.
Not only are whole foods important for liver detox, but they help keep the GI tract healthy and optimal. High fat diets and processed foods cause alterations to gut motility and mibrobiota thus increasing the burden of inflammation and oxidative stress, sebum production, and exacerbating acne. There is some evidence in the literature that people who suffer from acne have altered intestinal microflora and constipation and that the consumption of fermented drinks or supplements seem to improve clinical aspects of acne. More specifically, it appears that probiotics led to significant reductions in sebum production and regulates the release of inflammatory markers and cytokines.
Because inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in causing acne, it is important not to forget to address this. In fact, acne is primarily an inflammatory disease, and should be treated via mechanisms of anti-inflammation. There is evidence to support that adults who suffer from acne have decreased levels of antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, and E) in comparison to those who have clear skin. Incorporating antioxidant rich foods such as bright coloured and dark green vegetables is an excellent choice and also works through reducing inflammatory factors (cytokines), supporting digestion, and improving regularity of bowel movements.
Let’s not forget about the lymphatic system! Impaired lymphatic circulation means that your immune system and detoxification may be sluggish. The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, which colonize follicles and glands of the skin, activate an immune response. Dry skin brushing, which is described in the Hot Detox, clears pores and stimulates the lymphatic system, strengthening the immune system and transporting waste to the liver and kidneys for elimination.
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