Don't worry about the testosterone issue and working out. I highly doubt exercise has any significant contribution to breakouts. Keep exercising.
You should read up a bit more about creatine. It's actually got very few-side effects. Like most things it's possible that creatine can break you out, but not very likely. Did you take it on an empty stomach? I wouldn't worry much about it. Whey has personally never given me any issues, but much of the whey out there is ill-prepared or comes from diseased cows. I take a whey + creatine blend and it's never had any noticeable effect on breakouts or digestion issues (lots of people get gas from what I suspect is shitty whey.) Egg protein is another good alternative and has a high bioavailability, much like whey. Don't even waste your money with vegetarian/vegan protein powders.
I'm more worried about what you mean when you say you "eat healthy everyday." What does that mean? There's people out there who still think eating whole grains all day long is healthy and it's not.
Since some of you here are on the GAPS diet protocol, or some variation thereof or you're just taking a probiotic I'd highly recommend that if you're looking to get the most mileage out of it, you get a probiotic enema. I'm not aware of any study specifically about probiotic enemas, although fecal bacteriotherapy (basically a probiotic transplant) has been shown to be effective. Similar process, except bacteriotherapy is a bit more extreme. Probiotic enemas are just that. Regular old enemas with probiotics in them.
I'll discuss my experience with it.
Why would someone get a probiotic enema? I don't know but it seemed like a fun thing to do. Before my enema, I had a random flare up of Ringworm. No idea how I got it, but I just noticed it one day out of the blue. I've never had ringworm before and I didn't do anything that would have put me at obvious risk of getting ringworm but somehow I still got it.
Also probiotics (and most natural and chemical compounds) that bypass first pass metabolism in the liver are not subject to your stomach acid and bile, both of which can kill your probiotic bacteria before it occupies your colon. Probiotic enemas go directly from point A to point B and adhere to the intestines. Enteric coatings have been shown to have varying effectiveness. If your probiotic has no enteric coating for acid/bile resistance, don't waste your money on it.
Basically I went to a spa place and paid them the $100. You can go to some "wellness/detox spas" that famous celebrities visit, but it's much more convenient and probably less embarrassing (if that's something you're concerned about) to just prepare it at home. All you need is a some sort of squirt bottle, a probiotic supplement and water. Optional: A helping hand. A mirror might help too I imagine.
You lay down on your stomach and they stick a nozzle up your ass that pumps the bacteria into it. Apparently they can also use yogurt instead of the probiotic solution but the thought of yogurt in my butt is too silly. Expect cramping for at least an hour afterwards.
Within 1 day, my ringworm started receding. By the second day it was about 95% gone and I just had some dry skin in that area. Another benefit I noticed is better regularity. I never had too many digestive issues and I was always regular but after the probiotic enema I feel like my bowels are working overtime. Long story short, it accomplished what I wanted it too and if you think your probiotics aren't doing a good enough job, it might be something fun to do one morning before work or school.
Posted by chunkylard
on 22 January 2012 - 09:44 PM
Dairy isn't the only food on planet Earth that has calcium.
Depending on how much processing the dairy goes through and the source, it's also a shitty to moderate source of calcium. Pasteurized and homogenized conventional milk is the worst and raw unpasteurized fermented dairy is about as good as it's going to get. Goats milk is also less problematic on the whole than cow's milk.
Get calcium from fish, certain cuts of meat, nuts, seeds and some starchy veggies like turnips and broccoli. Many leafy greens have calcium too, but it's bound to oxalate so we can't absorb it efficiently.
P.S. the US has one of the highest intakes of calcium (from dairy) in the world and also, strangely enough, one of the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world as well. I assure you, it's not because people aren't drinking enough milk.
Posted by chunkylard
on 06 January 2012 - 12:32 PM
Edit... you say that wheat/gluten shouldn't be a part of anyone's diet? Wheat is natural and wouldn't that be something we'd eat naturally?
Poison Ivy is natural too. Would you rub it all over your skin? Flourine, Chlorine, Arsenic, Mercury, Lead and Cadmium are all very toxic elements and can quite easily cause everything from neurological damage to death, in low doses. They're elements on the periodic table and thus 100% natural as well. I wouldn't advice consuming any of them in any significant dose.
Wheat may be natural, but it's certainly not healthy. Not to mention, have you ever eaten wheat as it grows in nature? Have you ever seen bread or pasta growing in nature? I don't think I have but then again I live in an urban area, so who knows?
Posted by chunkylard
on 02 January 2012 - 11:49 AM
For exfoliation I use a cheap and simple recipe: brown sugar and honey.
I have to ask, as this just sounds really strange to me, has this actually cleared your skin 100%, no acne, no marks no red marks, absolutely clear? I only ask because it would be my common sense kicking in saying that sticky sugar and honey would only clog pores and make one break out. I am not looking to start this I am just wondering if it works for you and if has made you 100% clear (baby skin).
Well, my skin is already clear. It's clear from my diet, as long as I stay away from grains and all my other known trigger foods. So the scrub doesn't clear my skin per say but certainly doesn't break me out and I'm very glowing afterwards. I probably wouldn't do scrubs and stuff like this except I'm VERY girly and loooooove skin care stuff... just love experimenting, playing with recipes for natural skincare, all of that. I do it for fun.
I like making my own skincare stuff too. It's fun to make a mess sometimes.
Posted by chunkylard
on 27 December 2011 - 11:25 PM
Well, I finally came to the realization that sex was what was keeping me from finally getting clear. Avoiding dairy helps my skin, but despite going on tons of diets for the past 4 years, I always had acne. No matter how strict my diet got, aside from avoiding dairy, it never made a whole lot of difference. So, I broke up with my gf a few weeks ago, and went from having sex almost daily to having none at all. After about a week my skin cleared up, for the first time ever. I thought that maybe my diet was just FINALLY working. I continued to have clear skin for about 2 weeks, which hasn't happened since I was about 15 (25 now). So I met a new girl, had sex a few times, and now am breaking out again. Nothing else changed. I feel like there is absolutely no other explanation. I always thought this was nonsense, but unfortunately its not. I'm not trying to argue on whether or not this is the cause. My question is whether there's anything I can do about this or if I'm just kind of screwed. I'm not going to abstain from sex, that's ridiculous. DO I just have to live with acne?
Your problem is my problem. Good to find someone else that has the same issue. I am different though, because I gave up sex/masturbation. I mean I can still have sex, but it has to be only once every two weeks, that will keep me in the clear. If I do it anymore then I break out, I have been 100% clear for the past 2 years, no breakouts or anything. Although this is easy right now because I am young, I just need to find a girl that doesn't have a huge appetite for sex, which isn't going to be easy, but the right one will just have to understand.
Those women, always scheming against us men.
You have the utmost control of your hormones in what you eat and how you choose to respond to things, like being told to watch what you eat.
You have the utmost control of your hormones... Wait. What?
Well, yeah, your body is a complex factory which does everything on it's own. But where do you think that factory's fuel come from?
The meds a doctor gives you are just these tiny pills which are supposed to make a whole world of difference in your health, at the very least targeting your symptoms. Prescriptions have the power to level your moods, treat acute pain, prevent pregnancy, end your life, etc.
What do you think a whole meal from a fast food chain has the ability to do to your body?
I have a hard time believing diet is solely responsible for all hormone production. But if you want to site your sources, I'd be happy to read them.
All hormone production? No. A large portion of it, definitely.
Posted by chunkylard
on 07 December 2011 - 11:10 AM
why are you fasting? arent you already clear from that perfect diet your at all the time??
My diet isn't perfect. Close to it, but I don't deny myself bad pleasures every once in a while because it's 2011 and I get high periodically which means I get munchies for less-than-healthy stuff. Yes, I'm already clear, but I'm not sure what fasting has to do with that.
Not only people with acne can fast. Fasting is good for everyone.
Posted by chunkylard
on 04 December 2011 - 08:10 AM
My main point is that the OP is a vegan. I think she was asking how she could improve her health within the realm of veganism, specifically if the lack of protein was an issue, which I'm pretty sure she knows now. A thread that originally started out as someone asking for advice turned into a thread bashing veganism, and I don't think that's what the org is for.
Agreed. Bashing only makes you look lesser.
We are here to help and share opinions. Not to shove egos into people's mouth.
I agree wholeheartedly, but at the same time many of us know firsthand the frustration of acne and healthy living and we want to set people on the right path. Veganism is not the right path, unfortunately. I went for almost 11 years not realizing that my supposedly wonderful diet of whole grains, very little meat, very little fat, etc. was actually the cause of my acne. If I can convince even one person to reassess their lifestyle and diet, I can feel great about myself knowing I helped someone.
Anyway, for someone of the OP's height, one should be consuming way more calories. Not necessarily way more food, but more calories definitely. Foods such as sweet potatoes, avocados, nuts, bone marrow (I assume you wouldn't include this in your diet though.) etc. are all high in calories and nutrients.