What should you do to support your recovery when you have any of the 76 most common diseases? In Patrick’s latest book, Good Medicine, he gives you up to six actions per disease to help you to firstly address the underlying cause of a health problem, to enhance your body’s ability to fight off disease and to return to a state of health. In many cases this involves cleaning up your diet, making simple lifestyle changes and taking high potencies of nutrients or herbs.
His book starts with the A – Z of common diseases, so let’s look at the very first one; The Good Medicine solutions to ACNE.
- Avoid dairy products for a trial period
Some people are unknowingly allergic or intolerant to milk, but even if you are not, milk promotes a hormone called insulin –like growth factor (IGF-I) in all of us and possibly also oestrogens. IGF-I levels peak in teenage years and doubly so if you consume a lot of dairy products. They are a factor in causing acne if they become too high. Oestrogen dominance is also a common cause of acne. A diet high in meat and milk can contribute to oestrogen dominance, even in men.
- Cut right back on sugar
High sugar and high-glycemic load diets are strongly linked to bad skin. Spikes in your blood sugar level (caused by eating too much fast releasing carbohydrates) causes the release of insulin which causes sebum production. The increased sugar in your blood also feeds infections in the skin.
- Increase you intake of zinc
A number of topical treatments including zinc have proven to be effective against acne. Zinc, especially combined with vitamin C is an antimicrobial agent that helps to kill infections in the skin. Most people consume only half the basic amount needed (15mg) daily. A good quality multivitamin or mineral should provide 10mg, which is enough if your diet is rich in fish, eggs, lean meat, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils.
- Use vitamin A- and C based skin creams
Among the most common prescribed treatments for acne are retinoids, which are vitamin A-like drugs. The natural alternative is to use creams or gels that contain natural retinol. These are highly effective. Try to find one that also contains vitamin C, which is also good for acne reduction, possibly because it helps prevent oxidation of sebum and oils in the skin or act as a natural antibiotic.
- Vegetables – raw or steamed
- Fruit – berries, cherries, plums, apples, pears
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Beans and lentils
- Water – the equivalent of 8 glasses a day
- Refined ‘white’ foods
- High-fat foods such as meat and cheese, especially processed or fried
- Milk, cheese, cream and other dairy products