I love to read. I think it’s the best short-cut to acquiring knowledge – it reduces the need to go through experiments, experience and errors – saves me lots of time. Life is short, time flies. And everything changes even faster. 15 years ago, I believed that eating poultry is the best thing for my family, next to fish. 5 years ago I learnt that it’s not so – unless the chicken is free-range or kampung chicken. It seems that the antibiotics and growth hormones injected into those chicken have caused havoc in our children’s hormones.
Just when I thought drinking 8 glasses of water daily was good enough, it turns out that we are poisoning our body with chlorine everyday. Now the mantra is for us to eat more veggies and fruits, less sugar and processed food, do more exercise/workout, etc. Are those still true, I wonder?
I mentioned before that one of Skincare Terbaik tips for a radiant look is to eat more veggies and fruits. Now it turned out that I was merely partially correct.
Karen Fischer’s The Healthy Skin Diet
Yes, fruits and veggies are important, but in order to obtain better and faster results we must pick and choose the fruits that we consume wisely. That’s what I learned from Karen Fischer’s book ‘The Healthy Skin Diet : Your Complete Guide to Beautiful Skin in Only 8 Weeks!’
I picked the book because I was simply fascinated by the synopsis:
THE HEALTHY SKIN DIET is designed to supply your body with the specific building materials to make gorgeous skin. Beautiful skin is created by a body that’s functioning properly; by a body that is eliminating wastes efficiently, digesting food and transporting nutrients at lightning speeds around the body; it’s not something exclusively reserved for the genetically blessed. You can have it too. With its eight basic guidelines, THE HEALTHY SKIN DIET will take the guesswork out of creating clear skin.
Flipping through The Healthy Skin Diet, I see that it’s aim is to benefit those that suffers from eczema/dermatitis/contact dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, dandruff, acne, cellulite, hives, premature aging and wrinkles, mood swings and irritability, and PMS.
Now, isn’t that marvellous news? I believe most of us have at least one of those conditions. And even if we don’t, everyone can benefit from a healthy skin diet because a healthy skin has the ability to:
- hold water in its cells, thus preventing dehydration and dryness that would cause premature aging and wrinkles;
- produce the nutrients that protect it from the damaging effects of pollutants, free radicals and UV rays.
According to Karen Fischer in her book, The Healthy Skin Diet, we should:
- eat more ‘friendly’ gut flora and ‘green’ food and drinks that have an alkalizing effect on the body (pg 27) such as most veggies (dark leafy greens, cauliflower, carrots, green beans, etc), egg yolks, banana, lemon, apple cider vinegar, etc; and
- reduce our intake of acid-forming food and drinks such as coffee, beef, dairy products, nuts, oranges, pineapples, mangoes, pears, lamb, brown rice, quinoa, kidney beans, lentils, etc.
Ouch! Mangoes, pineapples, oranges and lamb are some of my favourites! I know I wouldn’t be able to eliminate them totally from my diet, but perhaps I’ll just increase those alkalizing food and decrease my favourite acid-forming food, as advised.
Just a minute – what does it mean by ‘alkalizing effect’ and ‘acid-forming’?
Food with ‘alkalizing effect’ are foods that would increase the pH level in our blood and cells, thus strengthening our alkaline reserves. While acid-forming food would decrease it, turning our body into a haven for yeasts, harmful microforms, mytocotoxins, bacteria, mold and more nasties (see Energise for Life ).
Now, what is the importance of our alkaline reserves?
In the book, it is mentioned that for our body to remain alive and well, the blood needs to be slightly alkaline with a healthy pH reading of between 7.35 – 7.45 (page 28). If not, then our body will do everything it can to make it so by using up our alkaline reserves and if that’s not enough (because we consume not enough alkalizing food or too much acid-forming food), then it will absorb alkaline mineral such as calcium from our bones which will eventually expedite osteoporosis. We do not want that to happen, obviously! So, the best thing to do is to ensure that our blood and cells are in the right pH zone.
The Healthy Skin Diet is also quite perfect for those who are lactose-intolerant. It provides a dairy-free program and shares a list of non-dairy calcium sources such as fortified soy milk, tin sardines with bones, etc.
As I mentioned before, this book aims to benefit those with certain conditions (eczema, premature aging, etc), so there are special programs discussed to manage certain skin conditions such as the Anti-acne Program, Anti-Cellulite Program, Anti-Eczema Program, etc, including various recipes to fit each program. The recipes are provided with explanations on the benefits of each recipe so that readers may tailor it according to their program. I love the anti-aging broth, Three Day Alkalizing Cleanse and Healthy Skin Diet. There is also a section on fats which are categorized as ‘The Good’ (Omega 6), ‘The Bad’ (saturated fats) and ‘The Beautiful’ (Omega 3) for gorgeous, healthy skin and vitality.
Karen also understands that not everyone would have the same experience when following the diet. So, she shares interesting Q & A in this book such as what to do when skin remains extremely dry even after taking primrose oil.
On page 19, she mentions that our skin begins to look bad when we are further away from good health. When such is the case, camouflaging with makeups will never solve the issue. She believes that genes do not have the final say on our looks and that ‘a healthy diet and good lifestyle habits influence your genes everyday. In fact, good nutrition can switch off a problematic gene!’’ (pg 24). Do read about how and why sufficient sleep at night in a darkened room can help preserve our youthful good looks in the chapter on Guidelines For Healthy Skin.
I read this book from cover to cover and was delighted to note that cocoa butter can help moisturise and heal skin that is damaged due to eczema (pg 178). Yeay to Luscious Cocoa – imagine what it can do for our skin!
Karen Fisher’s ‘The Healthy Skin Diet : Your Complete Guide to beautiful skin in only 8 weeks!’ is the winner of the 2008 Australian Food Media Awards for Best Health, Nutrition or Special Diet book. You could get a copy at major online bookstores or read the e-book, like I did. 😀
p/s : Further readings into other materials seems to show different opinion regarding some of the food categorizations such as quinoa and lentils which according to Karen are acid-forming, but which other writers said to be moderately and mildly alkaline. But that’s another subject to look into later.