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“I cured acne with diet”: the real story

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I won’t bore you with the story about how many have tried creams, ointments, procedures and sobbed the night, believing that all life is doomed to walk around with ugly pimples on the face and not only. One day I came across an interview with Dr. Berkowitz, in which he mentioned that in many cases of acne caused by hormonal reasons, however, the overall tests do not show the problem. I had a slim hope.

I made an appointment and went for tests: General blood test, blood sugar, blood hormones. It was discovered that I have high testosterone, a terrible shortage of iodine, and sugar in my body split three times faster than normal. My diagnosis was reactive hypoglycemia. In an explanatory analyses, the letter, the doctor wrote:

“Yes, the low content of iodine starts a long chain of consequences. The body stops in a sufficient amount to produce thyroid hormone, which is responsible for metabolism. Changes the balance of other hormones because estrogen dominance, low progesterone and high testosterone levels. This provokes the early appearance of wrinkles, inflammation, irritation, and — mostly — acne. We have to completely change your diet in order to lead the system to balance.“

I said goodbye to smoothies for Breakfast: more I wasn’t allowed to abuse the fruits and foods containing gluten. I had to switch to foods rich in fiber, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. I was ordered to eat strictly 3 times a day, and emergency allowed one small snack. The body needed time to digest everything efficiently, so the option of “eat little and often” was not for me. I ate little and seldom, but high-calorie foods. The doctor insisted that I eat bread, but low carb, advised to completely eliminate lactose, allowing only goat cheese as a protein source.

What I ate? Chicken meat, red fish, beef, eggs, green salad with olive oil, avocado, hummus, seasonal vegetables, nuts, legumes. Sweet was at a complete ban, like milk, and flour, fruits were allowed once a week and not more than 1 piece. I found it Very Hard. But after three weeks the blood sugar levels came to normal, I felt a surge of strength and energy, sleeping better, digestion is improved, and the doctor said that we can move on to the next stage: the correction of iodine levels. We adjusted his medication, so I’m not going to tell you what drugs and in what dosage took, it all depends on the tests and strictly individually. Let me just say that the normalization of iodine balance it took us about a month (all this time I continued to diet).

A week after taking the last pill I was supposed to start my period, which meant — wait for the burst acne. Usually 3-5 days before X hours my chin was swollen red lumps, and if it was a bad month — the same “beauty” arose on his cheeks and forehead. I’m doom waiting for these “guests” every month, and suddenly realized that this time nothing happened. My skin remained clear. She did not shrivel up and not “Girnius”, vanished blackheads, and redness around the nose (I have close to the skin surface vessels) turned pale. My boyfriend said that I looked rested, like after a holiday, and mother asked if I was stabbed in the forehead with Botox because the wrinkles that ran across his forehead, visibly smoothed.

After three months of happy life without acne I was broke and on the birthday of a friend of mine has eaten a couple of pieces of pizza and then some cake and happily ate it for a birthday cake. Nothing happened! Then I forgot to bring from home a lunch and ate in the office canteen with macaroni and cheese. A couple of times and bought a soda. 5 days before menstruation on the chin swollen three hill. I panicked and ran to the doctor…

In General, the diet I have to follow all my life, and every three to four months to blood sugar and hormones. It’s a shame, but — honestly — I’d rather live this way than to suffer from acne.”

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