The Skin Cure Diet
The skin cure diet is a dietary regimen designed to reduce the severity and frequency of various skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema and acne. The diet is also used to address edema, muscle aches, oral thrush, fingernail abnormalities and other conditions commonly attributed to an overgrowth of candida yeast in the body. The other goal of the diet is to minimize or eliminate the dependency on prescription medications and topical treatments that are often associated with unwanted side effects.
The term "skin cure diet" was coined by Kathleen Waterford, who authored a book titled, "The Skin Cure Diet: Heal Eczema From the Inside Out." In her book, Waterford describes her childhood as one characterized by a never-ending cycle of prescription drugs for a variety of illnesses, including allergies, frequent migraines, chronic eczema and recurring bouts of acne. As a teenager, she began to notice a connection between these ailments and food. As an adult, Waterford pursued a Bachelor's degree and spent 20 years studying nutrition, biology and yoga. She claims she was also able to "cure" her own allergies and skin conditions.
Waterford recommends including plenty of herbs, vegetables and fruits in the diet that provide anbacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. For example, she suggests enjoying garlic freely because the herb promotes all of these qualities and may help to reduce the symptoms of eczema and other skin diseases. While she advises that garlic should be consumed whole and raw as much as possible, she also says that adding chopped or minced garlic to meats, soups, stews and side dishes is also of benefit.
Bernard Jensen, Ph.D., author of "Chemistry of Man," acknowledges many of the theories proposed by Waterford and supports their validity. For instance, Waterford perceived that she had intolerance to cow's milk from an early age and observed marked improvement of her eczema when it was eliminated from her diet. Similarly, Jensen notes in his book that he has witnessed numerous cases of eczema in children clear up simply from avoiding cow's milk or consuming goat's milk as an alternative.
The Yeast Connection
An integral part of Waterford's skin cure diet is the restriction of yeast. Since Waterford believes that many skin conditions and allergic disorders are caused by the overgrowth of Candida albicans, she asserts that a yeast-free diet will help to correct an imbalance. In order to reduce the growth of yeast in the body, it is necessary to eliminate certain foods from the diet, namely wheat, sugar and processed foods that typically contain synthetic preservatives and artificial colors and flavors.
Although Waterford and Jensen have experience in the management of skin disorders through dietary measures, it would be prudent to consult your own health care practitioner before attempting to self-treat your condition. In addition, seek professional advice before discontinuing any medications prescribed for your condition.
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