Step 3: Eat Nutrient Dense Whole Foods
Healthy humans have been eating fish, meats and eggs for thousands of years, up until just 100 years ago when industrialization took place. Now the common diet is filled with breads, processed foods, and sugars. Not coincidentally, human disease, including acne, is at the highest point it has ever been in human history!
We must “learn” from our ancestors and enjoy the foods that have kept us healthy for thousands of years.
All Nutrients Work Together
A healthy diet consists of natural whole foods because they are dense in a multitude of different nutrients and their accompanying cofactors in proper ratios.
The reason why many acne sufferers have failed in curing their acne using dietary means is because they are attempting to single out a certain symptom, and treat this symptom with a certain vitamin or supplement.
This approach is not effective because acne can manifest due to a large amount of varying reasons. In order to make sure we are allowing our body to cure acne from all possible angles, we must make sure our body’s health is optimal – more specifically, every organ in our body is functioning as it should, and our immune system is at an optimal strength.
In order to do this, we must obtain ALL the nutrients necessary for optimal skin and health. If our body is lacking just one essential nutrient, then the health of our skin will fail.
Eat Coconut Oil Everyday
Coconut oil is an extremely healthy saturated fat that contains many beneficial properties that helps prevent unhealthy bacteria, viral infections and fungus. It supports immune system function, supplies important nutrients necessary for healthy skin and improves digestion and the absorption of nutrients from proteins and carbohydrates.
The fat in coconut oil is easily digested and absorbed, unlike the unnatural man-made fats or oils that act just like plastic in the body. It puts little strain on the digestive system and provides a quick source of energy necessary to promote healing.
Coconut oil has a high burning point and is the perfect oil for cooking. It can be used alone, or mixed with butter, lard or other good fats for cooking and frying.
Coconut oil can be taken by the spoonful with meals or melted on cooked foods to obtain the required amounts.
Coconut oil is a very healthy food which will cause healing and detoxifying reactions. The most common healing reactions are stomach upsets and diarrhea. Other healing reactions may include an increase mucus in the intestines, throat, nose, sinuses, lungs, etc. Read more about healing reactions in the article titled ‘Healing Reactions
To minimize healing reactions or die-off you must start taking coconut oil at a low dose (1/2 to 1 teaspoon three times a day) and gradually increase the amount every 4-5 days, or more depending upon your die-off symptoms, until you reach the maximum therapeutic dose of 5-6 tablespoons per day.
Amount Per Day: 5-6 tablespoons per day, in divided doses. Start with 1-1.5 tablespoons a day, and build it up gradually over 1-2.5 weeks time.
Eat Beef, Pork, Poultry & Other Animal Meats Everyday
It is important that you get the proper amount of protein required by your bodies from a selection of quality protein foods from animal meats.
Proteins are found in all types of food, but only meats, eggs, and other foods from animal sources contain complete proteins, providing the eight essential amino acids that your body cannot produce on its own.
Vegetables, fruits and grains contain incomplete proteins, and also do not contain the fat-soluble vitamins required by the body for utilizing protein and other nutrients.
Amino acids (made by the body from protein) provide the structure of all living things and in the human body they make up the muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, glands, nails, hair and body fluids (except bile and urine). Enzymes, hormones and genes also are comprised of various amino acids.
Protein in the diet has the unique quality of slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates, which decreases the need for insulin secretion by the pancreas and it also stimulates glucagon release, that hormone that unlocks our stored fuel. Protein also helps produce hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Recommended Amounts: Eat as much as you please to satiate your hunger.
Eat Ocean Sea Salt Everyday to Obtain Necessary Minerals
Minerals play a very crucial role in health. If you are lacking the essential minerals that all humans needs for optimal health, absorption of other vital vitamins is hindered.
Seven (7) macrominerals are required by the body, meaning your body requires 200 mg or more daily – all other minerals are only required in small amounts (trace amounts):
- calcium – obtained through supplement
- magnesium – obtained through supplement
- chloride – contained in good ocean sea salt
- sodium – contained in good ocean sea salt
- phosphorus – found in all meats and eggs
- potassium – found in many foods, i.e. eggs, meats, vegetables and tea
- sulphur – found in eggs, meats, lemons, garlic and many other foods
A good ocean sea salt contains over 84 different types of minerals as well as necessary trace minerals for optimal skin health.
Amount Per Day: 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of ocean sea salt per day, in divided amounts.
Recommended Source: Selina Naturally Celtic Sea Salt®
Eat Butter Regularly
Butter is a very important saturated fat in the diet. Butter added to vegetables and meats, ensures proper assimilation of minerals and water-soluble vitamins in foods.
Many trace minerals are contained in butterfat, including manganese, zinc, chromium, and iodine, as well as Vitamin D and many other nutrients. Butter is also extremely rich in selenium, a trace mineral with antioxidant properties.
Butter is a unique dairy product because pasteurization does not destroy its fat soluble vitamins. These include true vitamin A (retinol), vitamin D, vitamin K and vitamin E, as well as all of their naturally occurring cofactors needed to obtain maximum effect.
In fact, vitamin A is more easily absorbed and utilized from butter than from other sources – it is the very best source of true vitamin A.
It is recommended that you buy butter without salt, and consume ocean sea salt in conjunction.
Recommended Amount: Try to eat atleast 1-2 tablespoons of butter per day. Keep in mind that you must eat copious amounts of fats to meet the ratio requirements of this program.
Eat Eggs Regularly
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. They are a great source of high-quality protein and are rich in vitamins and nutrients essential to health, including B vitamins, vitamin A and E.
Raw, whole, organic or certified organic eggs are inexpensive, and are an incredible source of high-quality nutrients that many of us are deficient in, especially essential fatty acids.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
The human body can produce all but two of the fatty acids it needs, which are omega–3 and omega–6 fatty acids. These two fatty acids are called essential because we have to get them from food since our bodies cannot manufacture them from other fats.
Most diets today contain an excessive amount of omega–6, therefore it is important to ensure the diet contains more omega–3 rich foods to offset this imbalance. Good sources of omega–3s meats and eggs. However, the best source of omega–3 is found in fish. That is because omega–3 in fish is high in two fatty acids crucial to human health, which are called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These two fatty acids are essential to health, and also in preventing heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. EPA and DHA from fish do not require conversion by the body like alpha–linolenic acid (ALA) found in flaxseed oil.
Recommended Amounts: Ideally, you want to eat 4 eggs per day. This may be unrealistic for some. It is recommended that you eat atleast a dozen eggs divided through the week.
Eat Fish Regularly
Fish has long been touted as a very healthy food, and for good reason. Not only does it contain complete sources of protein like meats do, but it also contains high amount of various nutrients from healthy fats, which is equally important to the program.
Recommended Amounts: Try to eat atleast one serving of fish per week.