InterestsI have a certificate in plant-based nutrition through eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. I am very interested in nutrition and am a big believer in a mostly plant-based diet. I look forward to increasing my knowledge further as time goes by! :)
This is an old thread, but it's the only one I found on Vitamin E. I wanted to add something about taking vitamin E internally. I learned today from my very smart chiropractor that food based vitamin E, like Cataplex E by Standard Process, can clear up acne if it's "hormone" based...wanted to throw this out there.
I love that you're enjoying your smoothies so much!! That's awesome!! I have heard that the longer you blend them (exposing the nutrients to air), the more nutrients they lose, and they do lose some nutrition while stored. However, when I first started out, I made mine every other day and would store a day's worth in the fridge. I still got great results doing it this way, so I'm guessing the majority of nutrients are still retained a day later. If this method works best for you and this enables you to keep doing them, then I'd stick with it. Thank you for sharing your story and recipe, which sounds super nutritious and delicious!
Sorry for this very late reply! I mostly do blending rather than juicing (though I should do more juicing!). I haven't seen any scars just disappear on myself but in regards to the video, I have heard stories of people who have had scars disappear after changing their diets. I think there is a lot to the alkalinity argument.
Well, I think we should do our best to take care of ourselves but try to not stress too much over what we can't control, and there's a lot we can't control unfortunately! Ha! The human body is a mystery, and sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error to find solutions. You are trying really hard right now. In the meantime, feel good about who you are and maybe you not looking perfect makes those around you feel more comfortable? That's never a bad thing. We all have pride and want to look good, and it's natural to stress over these types of things (especially when we see something bad happening to ourselves that we don't know how to stop...I was worried about my skin too), but allowing yourself to let go of some of that pride is very, very freeing. Why be a slave to your looks? Okay...I'll move on...haha.
You have only been doing this for a week and have already made really great progress, so I think that will continue. It took about 6 weeks before my blemishes stopped appearing, and I was already eating a pretty healthy diet, so definitely hang in there! You might check out the link I posted above your post about acne scars to be sure you're properly caring for your blemishes so they hopefully don't create new scars, and I think Paula's Choice has an anti-scar serum that you could use in the meantime that might help stop new scars from forming?
Keep me posted on your progress!! And good will come out of this...you're getting healthier!
What an inspirational testimony! I'm so happy you are making such fast and wonderful improvements not only in your skin but in your overall health! Thank you so much for sharing this and best wishes on your new journey of health!
There have been some who have said green smoothies have helped fade old acne scars, and because juice would have an even higher concentration of nutrients, it could certainly help as well.
I would consider topicals as well. You might look into retinols, BHAs and Vitamin C to help. And be sure to wear sunscreen as well--I prefer tinted mineral sunscreens. Paula Begoun has a scar-reducing serum out now that you might also want to check out. Here's an article on reducing red marks: http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/acne/_/red-marks-and-acne-scars
Great points and thank you for addressing these for others to see. For many, the smoothies alone will greatly help without needing to be so strict about them, but you are right in that a low-glycemic smoothie is often a better choice, and your smoothie sounds like a very safe choice. The first post goes into more detail about low-glycemic foods as well as specific food allergies/aggravations, and other issues that some many run into and will need to dig a little deeper to find what works for them. I'm glad you got yours figured out.
That sounds like a very nice, well-rounded smoothie!! Thank you for sharing, and I hope they help you!
The family outings can be hard, and I'm sorry this has been an issue for you. If they happen all the time, you may consider bringing your own healthy snacks and desserts to share with the family so you can mostly eat what you bring but can still eat a little of theirs as well. Sometimes I'll eat before I got to a function and then just "graze" a little on the foods. Unfortunately, when many people begin to eat more healthfully, family conflict is an unavoidable result, but eventually, they will accept that you are serious about wanting to improve your health, and hopefully they will support you as well, but this isn't often the case--it's just part of eating more healthfully, but it's worth it.
It's hard to want to help yourself when you don't feel well. It's great that you're taking action though, and I think baby steps are really important when you don't feel like trying, because you just take it one step at a time and eventually, you've made some big steps. The green smoothies are a great step! Little by little, you can add even more helpful things into your life.
I'm not a gym goer either--I much prefer the ease of working out at home! Bicycling is great fun! I think that's a great idea!
Yes, you rub magnesium oil on your skin, and it's a highly absorbable form, but you might also look at Magnesium L-Threonate, as it crosses the blood-brain barrier and helps with mental conditions.
^ Great advice Tim! I do believe diet has an effect on all things health related though--what we eat is so important, and diet trumps genetic tendencies. There are definitely other factors though like environmental toxins we are all exposed to. Detox is also vital. A far infrared sauna is one of the only ways to eliminate many of the toxins we get exposed to in our lovely toxic world of today. Haha Many gyms now have these set up for use--I definitely recommend people using one if they have access!
It's great that you're looking to diet as a way to improve your acne. As for time, it really depends on you. Some people experience improvements in just a couple weeks but some people don't see changes until a few months down the road. Your body didn't get this way overnight, so it can take a while to reverse the cause.
Definitely avoid dairy and sugar. Check out my green smoothie thread. It gives ideas for incorporating greens (the #1 skin food) and other skin tips as well. Hang in there. The key is finding healthy alternatives to the foods you like. Once you start cooking healthy, enjoyable meals, it's easy to continue.
Hey Mudfootball! Good to hear from you! It's definitely hard when there is a lot of good food around! It can help to drink a smoothie before a celebration and you might then find you'll want a smaller quantity of the bad stuff.
You mentioned some anxiety a while back, and I should have thought to tell you about transdermal magnesium oil. It's one of the best ways to absorb magnesium, and a lot of people with anxiety are low in magnesium. You might also look into EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy). It's an easy, scientifically proven technique that helps with emotions (sometimes right away).
Keep up the smoothies! I'm hoping in a few weeks you'll start seeing results! You might check out the diet tips section in my original post of this thread too for any other tips you could implement, such as staying away from dairy and sugar. Also, are there any gyms/spas in your area that have far infrared saunas? These are helping people with acne, and they have great health benefits. Maybe a gym would get you working out again?
You are welcome!! And the main thing is that you do get quickly back on track. Some people get off track and never get back on. When I first started the smoothies, a few days without would begin to show up on my face too, and I'd always quickly get back into my routine. It becomes a habit after a while. This is my favorite recipe lately, and it's low-glycemic as well...thought I'd share!:
* handful of spinach or kale
* one scoop plant-based protein powder by Garden of Life (optional).
* 1/3rd to 1/2 bag frozen berries
* one squirt of honey
* one to two tbs cocoa powder
* 1/3 can coconut milk
* about 1 cup water
How about a weighted hula hoop? Hehe! It's really fun, and you can watch TV while you use it! I have a really cute one--mine only weighs 1 lb I think. A mini-trampoline is great as well for indoors, and if you get one with bungee cords (Bellicon or JumpSport), you can easily watch TV while you bounce, because they're so quiet.
I'm glad you found kale!! Yay!! And no worries--it's good to hear how you're doing!
No problem! If you look a few posts up, you'll find an article, but you might also check out The best blenders for summertime smoothies. It says, "For a well-rounded machine that won't break the bank, consider the top-rated Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004, $60. It does practically everything well, including smoothies and icy drinks, and it's also very quiet. Its brand mate, the Ninja Professional NJ600, also delivers excellent versatility for $100."
You may not get as smooth of a smoothie with the cheaper blenders, but they'll still get the job done. I used a very vintage VitaMix when I started that would leave little chunks of lettuce, but it still produced smoothies that got results!
I hope you're able to find a blender soon and get started! Have fun!
I'm so sorry for this late reply! Is your skin doing better? Your reaction is one I have noticed in others over the years as well, and I believe it's due to a detoxification effect. It's not uncommon for a person's skin to get worse before it gets better. You might try drinking only half the amount and then working your way back up again so the detox effect is lessened. Are you feeling better? Detox will definitely make you tired. Hopefully the smoothies will make you feel more energetic soon!
I really hope this works out for you, and gradually, you can start changing other aspects of your diet as well. Acne might end up making your really healthy. Please let me know if there's anything else I can help you with!
That's what I used up until last year when she came up with her natural line, "Earth Source," which I know use and love. Green smoothies are what I credit for clearning my skin, but I do believe a good skin care line is also important, and I love her well-formulated products and also reviews of other products!! I really like Olay's Regenerist Serum too. You are so kind to come online and post about your experience.