After living in London for over a year, I couldn’t seem to rid my newly found “adult acne.” I tried everything from skipping coffee, no alcohol, no carbs and sugar but nothing seem to be working. I then tried frequent facials, swapped up my beauty routine but alas, nothing was stopping those angry hormonal breakouts on my jaw line.
I thought that it must have been something to do with my hormones or the extra toxins that my body was dealing with in London. People were telling me about the polluted air and that the London water has remnants of the conceptive pill still in it. Great!
I had come to my wits end and decided it was time to get some professional advice. On one frustrating morning strolling through the aisle of planet organic, I started to pour out my frustrations to the poor girl manning the vitamin section. She kindly listened to me and after hearing my issues, she recommended me to a nutritionist called Giulietta.
Giulietta is a nutritionist but has spent many years researching women’s hormones and hormonal imbalances. After an initial consultation, we decided that a gut cleanse was first on the to-do list in order to clean out my system. A gut cleanse you ask? I know it doesn’t sound sexy, but here a few reasons why you might want to do one for your skin:
Once you stop eating all the things that can clog up your insides, and start taking some extra supplements, you are giving your pipes a mini spring clean. You should begin to see the benefits of a gut cleanse almost immediately, as you just feel lighter and more refreshed. The benefits will continue long after, as other organs have their loads lightened.
You may or may not notice when you eat bad foods, your mind and thought patterns can be effected. I know I can get fuzzy or heavy after a sugary snack or something deep fried. When I did the gut cleanse, I felt more focused, lighter and energised.
This was the main reason why I did the gut cleanse to begin with. After week one of the cleanse, my skin completely broke out. It was probably the worst occurrence since moving to London. I emailed Giuditta saying my world was over but she explained to me (ever so calmly) that my body was cleaning out the toxins and hormones stored in my liver. Normally, when you eat foods that slow down your digestive system, your body works overtime just to stay healthy. When you feed your body with super clean foods, your body has time to go into your organs and clean them out. Lets just say that after the two weeks were over, my skin was glowing. And it has continued to keep it’s sparkle. I get comments on it often and it makes me feel so good to have clear skin again. I’m not one to wear a lot of makeup, so being able to go to meetings fresh faced again was relieving.
Last but not least, after the 2 weeks cleanse is over, you will no doubt find you have lost weight. Your clothes fit better, you look less puffy and you feel AMAZING. Your digestive system is back to brand new as it hasn’t been working overtime to breakdown all the nasties. I personally lost about 2 kilos over the 2 weeks and I could see abs I hadn’t seen since I was in my twenties.
So would you do a gut cleanse or do you want to know what’s involved first? To start, there is a specially planned diet that can seem a little extreme at first (like no sweet potatoes or beetroot). BUT there is no restriction on the amount you can eat. There is no dairy, wheat, processed foods, fruits (except berries), coffee, root veggies, sugar, alcohol or fermented foods allowed. But there are a whole load of things you can eat (trust me – you won’t starve).
I found the diet challenging at first but I managed to get through it without slipping up. Giulietta prepares everything you need including your food plan, recipes and supplements to help assist the clean out. And of course she is there for moral support.
I ended up cooking a lot more at home and became a lot more imaginative with the meals I was cooking. Cauliflower was my new best friend and the boyfriend didn’t even complain!
To learn more, contact Giulietta via her website or if you have any questions about my experience, feel free to comment below.