During the dark times of my acne years, I had absolutely no idea that my nutrition was the main reason for my skin problems. After so many courses of antibiotics, hormones, birth control pills and hundreds of dollars spent on lotions and face creams, I came to the realization that none of these things were ever needed. All I had to do was to heal my gut for all my acne problems to disappear like magic.
The trick was figuring out what to eat in order to replace my highly refined diet. I was discouraged knowing I would have to abandon my love for sugars and carbs. After many doubts, I decided to follow my gut feeling.
A major change I made was to become a fermented-food junkie. I learned about the intimate connection between the gut and skin, convincing me I must address my digestive system in order for my skin to heal… and that’s exactly what happened!
The gut and skin are directly linked. After all, the intestinal lining is a special type of skin that requires the same nutrients as the external skin (zinc, vitamin A and D). By repopulating the gut with healthy bacteria, we allow our body to absorb nutrients essential for healthy skin.
This is why I make a habit of always including probiotic rich-foods in my daily nutrition. One of my favorites is raw kefir!
Kefir is similar to yogurt in texture and it is made from milk and water. During the fermentation process the bacteria feeds from lactose, leaving a drink virtually lactose-free. It is very likely that your local grocery store carries several brands. The problem is many of these are pasteurized and pasteurization destroys the good bacteria which is essential to gut healing. On the other hand, non-pasteurized raw kefir contains 150 billion bacteria and at least 60 strains per tablespoon making it a cocktail of healthy bacteria… yummy!!
Making kefir is easy. All you need is kefir grains and quality milk (preferably grass-fed). Find the recipe at www.culturesforhealth.com. If you are the grab-and-go type person, I love the brand Organic Pastures! They have high quality raw dairy products including raw kefir. Kefir will add variety to your intestinal flora and improve your nutrient absorption, which is super important for skin. As with every fermented food, it is always suggested to start with small amounts. Start drinking 1/4 cup of raw kefir daily and increase gradually.
One of my favorite ways of including raw kefir in my daily nutrition is a tasty parfait in the morning. Find more parfait recipes on my blog www.nakedflavorsnutrition.com.
In the meantime, I leave you with this simple yet delicious parfait recipe. Enjoy!
Cheers to your health!
Happy Belly Parfait Recipe
1/3 cup frozen raspberries
2 tbsp coconut cream
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp cacao powder
2 tsp maple syrup
1/3 cup raw kefir (Organic Pastures)
1/3 cup full fat coconut milk
1 handful chopped pecans
- In a mason jar add frozen berries and cover with coconut cream. Use spoon spread the cream to cover the raspberries.
- Mix coconut oil with cacao powder and 1 tsp of maple syrup. Add just a pinch of sea salt and mix. Pour into mason jar and transfer to the freezer for 5 minutes.
- In a bowl mix kefir, coconut milk and maple syrup. Add this mixture to the mason jar, cover with chopped pecans and enjoy!