Many teenagers have experienced the dread of acne, whiteheads, red swollen pus filled lesions, we call pimples. At least 8 out of 10 teens experience it. Acne can be traumatic to a teen…trust me I have a 14 year old daughter and I know all about those troublesome spots and the drama that comes along and the way a teen can view themselves.
Too much sugar, fried and fatty foods, and chronic constipation are some causes of acne. If the bowels do not move properly, the waste matter is not eliminated as quickly as it should be and the bloodstream becomes surcharged with toxic matter. The skin then has to go an extra mile to eliminate excess waste.
There is a holistic approach that I used as a teenager and now use with my daughter and it really does work. Treat the body as a whole, lets start with your “internal cleansing system”. This is the key to beautiful skin. Yes, you guessed it, cleaning from the inside.” But, how do I get my teenager to do that, you say…
1. Start eating some ‘digestive accelerators’ such as FRUITS, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds or anything else that’s high in fiber. Consumed in the morning will help jump-start your digestive system. Fiber should be consumed regularly.
2. Stay away from white flour products, such as pizza doughs, white bread etc… this is one way your system clogs up, even worse cookies, brownies, cakes. Try to find healthy alternatives with your teenager that are whole foods full of fiber that offer nourishment. By staying away from colon clogging foods, there will be huge improvements to the skin.
3. Cleanse: One of my favorite quick go-to cleanse is a tea using Dandelion Root. Dandelion root has been used safely as medicine since ancient times. It is a natural vitamin supplement containing choline, vitamins A, B, C, iron, Silica, magnesium, and calcium.
4. Increase healthy oil intakes, such as flax seed oil or evening primrose oil. Taking flaxseed oil for acne is a safe and effective treatment. The omega 3 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid, appears to offer anti-inflammatory effects; thereby reducing redness, less breakouts and healthier-looking skin.
5. One of the most important things of all is drink plenty of good quality water, such as spring water…stay away from tap water. Too many contaminants and added chemicals. “Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses per day.
6. Exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Exercise helps to eliminate stress, which can be a factor in teen flareups as well.
Please feel free to share creative ideas or recipes on how to get your teen to eat more fiber.