I don't know what you mean by chemicals and artificial ingredients, everything that I'm taking is either an herb, vitamin, or mineral. Spirulina, chlorella, reishi, and green tea extract are extremely beneficial for anybody's health.
The problem is not in the vitamins, minerals, or supplements. You need to understand that your body will react to these substances by trying to rid them from your bloodstream, and in order to do that, your liver is going to be doing extra work. Additionally, you may have problems actually absorbing these nutrients. Not everyone is capable of absorbing nutrients properly through their current diet - a change must be made as there is damage to their system. I'm not sure how old you are, but you need to repair the damage before overloading yourself with "micronutrients."
Speaking of which, food falls under 2 categories (of which you appear to be focusing on only one, when you can get both through actual real food) :
micronutrients - all these vitamins you're taking that can easily be absorbed through plant matter, which gives you the added benefit of dietary fiber.
macronutrients - carbs, proteins, fats.
I also found this interesting excerpt about spirulina :Few side effects have been reported from spirulina including headache, muscle pain, flushing of the face, sweating, and difficulty concentrating. These have been described in people taking 1 g of Spirulina per os daily. Skin reactions and liver damage have also been reported (Iwasa et al. 2002). It is remarkable that the appropriate dosing of Spirulina has not been standardized for the various health problems; doses used in the few human studies that have been conducted varied from about 1 g per day to more than 5 g per day (Torres-Duran et al. 2007)http://www.thefreeli...s).-a0184613207
We have the potential to learn from people's mistakes, rather than make the same mistakes over again. People have been down your exact path.
Chromium controls blood sugar levels, magnesium because it's basically nonexistent in today's food supply, vitamin D because I don't get alot of sun exposure, etc.
Blood sugar levels are naturally regulated by the body's homeostatic mechanism. Not sure of your size, but on average an adult male has 5 liters of blood, and less than 5 grams of sugar within the bloodstream at all times
. This small factoid profoundly changed the way I eat.
Chromium, while it may be beneficial, is not a magic serum in controlling blood sugar. This is typically done through diet, and carbohydrate restriction.
You might also have inflammation - not just in the face, but likely in your blood vessels. Try an anti-inflammatory diet. Avoid wheat and dairy for a bit and see where that takes you. Inflammation is caused by eating inflammatory foods and processed unsaturated fats.
If you're consuming a good deal of grain, your body will be robbed of many nutrients.
Magnesium is very important, but you can get this, also, through green vegetables.
Have you ever looked into a ketogenic diet?
I too agree that the DKR regimen is not a good solution. It worked for me in the past, but has since stopped working. I found my solution through diet.
Sorry, but my opinion is that you are wrong about the DKR regimen. I'm glad it's working for you, but the regimen doesn't attack the cause of acne in the first place, which is lipid metabolism and overproduction. You're basically just masking the problem by (literally) slathering chemicals on the skin every day.
Pantothenic acid is a water soluble vitamin that I'm taking in low doses, it raises levels of co-enzyme-a which is responsible for many functions in the body, it's also relieved my stress and anxiety - it's harmless
I'm glad you have found pantothenic acid, but it's not a good idea to mega-dose on it. Consider the extra strain on your liver. I say this with utmost honesty that I've been down this route before.
Pantothenic acid is naturally available in these incredible foods :
- Egg yolk
There's tons of nutrients and dietary fiber in kale.
It confuses me that people would rather stick to eating whatever they please, and add the imposed load of supplements on the side. If you really want to put your body in check, it's going to be about diet.
Diet will help you :
1. regulate blood sugar by controlling carb intake.
2. get your micronutrients and macronutrients
3. reduce inflammation.
4. restrict and control calorie intake
Starting from a baseline diet of simple foods rich in micronutrients and macronutrients will most definitely help improve, if not cure your acne. Give it a shot for 2 weeks - what do you have to lose? Then, re-introduce foods that contain wheat or dairy every other day and find your triggers.
So again, I'm just curious about what you eat. I'd love to help you.
Edited by jarrit, 07 November 2012 - 01:01 PM.