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8 All-Natural Ways to Tighten Your Skin After Weight Loss

Posted by Delgado Protocol on

If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight recently, there’s a good chance you have loose skin. This is understandably frustrating; it can feel as though you've won in one area and lost in another. Although there is no miracle or overnight solution for saggy skin, with a little bit of patience and diligence you can increase your skin elasticity and notably tighten it. 

Here’s How:

#1: Ditch the “Skin Tightening” Topicals

First things first, don't waste your time or money on topicals that claim to tighten the skin as collagen and elastin molecules are too large to penetrate your skin. “There are no efficacious topical products or OTC remedies for excess skin,” says Joshua Zuckerman, M.D., surgical director at Zuckerman Plastic Surgery.You are far better off spending your money on healthy organic food, a gym membership and nutraceuticals.

#2: Take it Slow

Slow down your weight loss. This may sound like shocking advice, but when you lose weight too rapidly your skin doesn't have a chance to adjust, and it will continue to get more saggy with every pound you drop. "Skin stretches to form the shape of your body since it's an 'elastic' organ…(and) your skin may not contract back to its smaller shape if weight is lost too quickly," explains Pritikin Fitness Manager, Lizbeth Simancas. So if you are noticing saggy skin, consider taking your weight loss slower. This is something you want to sustain for life, so think of it as a journey, not a sprint; and ditch any extreme weight loss strategies you may be partaking in.

#3: Eat an Antioxidant Rich, Collagen Boosting Diet

Collagen makes up 80% of your skin's structure, and provides firmness and strength. Free radicals breakdown collagen, and you should vastly reduce or eliminate the following foods because they generate free radicals in your body: processed foods, refined grains, fried foods, processed meats, sugar and alcohol. Antioxidant rich foods help scavenge free radicals and support collage in doing its job. An antioxidant rich diet is one that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables (especially deeply pigmented ones); spices and unprocessed wholegrains. Beans and legumes and GMO-free soybeans are also beneficial as they contain amino acids (glycine, lysine, and proline) which are required for collagen production.

#4: Take Slim Blend Pro

Slim Blend Pro is an organic 5-in-1 meal replacement powder that contains a blend of over 30 antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables and 10 grams of vegan protein per serving, to boost energy and support healthy collagen production. It also contains fiber to help cleanse your body and reduce its toxic load, and probiotics and digestive enzymes - all of which promote gut health. Research shows that cultivating a healthy gut helps reduce cravings, boost metabolism, and enhance weight loss. A healthy gut also increases your chances of keeping that weight off, which is beneficial for your skin because yo-yo weight gain is a major contributor to skin aging and sagging.

#5: Stay Hydrated

Collagen is one of the first things to stop receiving water when your body is dehydrated and this can lead to a breakdown of collagen fibers. Increasing your water intake will support collagen and hydrate your skin and make it appear tighter, smoother, and more radiant. Aim for at least 8 glasses of purified water a day, and use a water filter to reduce toxic elements such as chlorine and heavy metals from your water. A good way to ensure your hydration needs are being met is to look at the color of your urine - it should be almost clear. If it is bright or dark yellow, and you’re not taking a B vitamin supplement (which can darken urine), you need to drink more water.

#6: Boost Anti-aging Hormones

Low testosterone levels leads to a loss of skin elasticity; and testosterone starved skin becomes thin, fragile, dry and saggy. You can boost your testosterone levels safely and naturally with the clinically effective, herbal formula Testro Vida. DHEA is also helpful for tightening the skin because it increases both collagen and testosterone production. Other hormones that play a key role in skin aging and sagging include: estrogen, progesterone and growth hormones. Optimizing these hormones may support the skin tightening process, but hormones need to be kept in a delicate balance and you don't want to boost them if your levels are already high. So it's best to first test your hormone levels, and then proactively increase any that measure in the low-end of normal. You can purchase an at home hormone saliva panel or hormone blood spot test here.

#7: Include StrengthTraining Exercises

It is important to have a well-rounded exercise regime, and avoid the cardio-only trap, as that will lead to muscle loss and exacerbate saggy skin. Strength training uses resistance to contract muscles in order to increase strength. It helps to replace the body fat you once had with muscle, and that added layer of muscle fills out your skin and makes it appear tighter. Increasing muscle mass also boosts your metabolism so you burn more calories while at rest. Some good strength training exercises to try, include: push ups, pull ups, sit ups, leg adductions, straight leg raises, wall shin raises, plank, side plank, arm raises, internal and external rotations, squats, overhead presses and heel step downs. 

#8: Be Patient

When dealing with stretched, loose skin, it’s important to be patient with your body as it adapts to its new size. Resist the urge to compare yourself to others, as your skin elasticity will differ depending on your age, genetics and health status; as well as how much weight you lost, and how quickly you lost it. It's also important that you don't obsess about saggy skin or judge yourself for it. The negativity will bring you down, and make you more likely to self sabotage and seek comfort in your old unhealthy ways. Focus instead on loving your body and taking pride in all of the weight you have managed to lose! If you find this positive mind shift to be difficult, get a copy of the Love Your Body Hypnosis Track, and listen to it daily.

Read more

8 All-Natural Ways to Tighten Your Skin After Weight Loss

Posted by Delgado Protocol on

If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight recently, there’s a good chance you have loose skin. This is understandably frustrating; it can feel as though you've won in one area and lost in another. Although there is no miracle or overnight solution for saggy skin, with a little bit of patience and diligence you can increase your skin elasticity and notably tighten it. 

Here’s How:

#1: Ditch the “Skin Tightening” Topicals

First things first, don't waste your time or money on topicals that claim to tighten the skin as collagen and elastin molecules are too large to penetrate your skin. “There are no efficacious topical products or OTC remedies for excess skin,” says Joshua Zuckerman, M.D., surgical director at Zuckerman Plastic Surgery.You are far better off spending your money on healthy organic food, a gym membership and nutraceuticals.

#2: Take it Slow

Slow down your weight loss. This may sound like shocking advice, but when you lose weight too rapidly your skin doesn't have a chance to adjust, and it will continue to get more saggy with every pound you drop. "Skin stretches to form the shape of your body since it's an 'elastic' organ…(and) your skin may not contract back to its smaller shape if weight is lost too quickly," explains Pritikin Fitness Manager, Lizbeth Simancas. So if you are noticing saggy skin, consider taking your weight loss slower. This is something you want to sustain for life, so think of it as a journey, not a sprint; and ditch any extreme weight loss strategies you may be partaking in.

#3: Eat an Antioxidant Rich, Collagen Boosting Diet

Collagen makes up 80% of your skin's structure, and provides firmness and strength. Free radicals breakdown collagen, and you should vastly reduce or eliminate the following foods because they generate free radicals in your body: processed foods, refined grains, fried foods, processed meats, sugar and alcohol. Antioxidant rich foods help scavenge free radicals and support collage in doing its job. An antioxidant rich diet is one that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables (especially deeply pigmented ones); spices and unprocessed wholegrains. Beans and legumes and GMO-free soybeans are also beneficial as they contain amino acids (glycine, lysine, and proline) which are required for collagen production.

#4: Take Slim Blend Pro

Slim Blend Pro is an organic 5-in-1 meal replacement powder that contains a blend of over 30 antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables and 10 grams of vegan protein per serving, to boost energy and support healthy collagen production. It also contains fiber to help cleanse your body and reduce its toxic load, and probiotics and digestive enzymes - all of which promote gut health. Research shows that cultivating a healthy gut helps reduce cravings, boost metabolism, and enhance weight loss. A healthy gut also increases your chances of keeping that weight off, which is beneficial for your skin because yo-yo weight gain is a major contributor to skin aging and sagging.

#5: Stay Hydrated

Collagen is one of the first things to stop receiving water when your body is dehydrated and this can lead to a breakdown of collagen fibers. Increasing your water intake will support collagen and hydrate your skin and make it appear tighter, smoother, and more radiant. Aim for at least 8 glasses of purified water a day, and use a water filter to reduce toxic elements such as chlorine and heavy metals from your water. A good way to ensure your hydration needs are being met is to look at the color of your urine - it should be almost clear. If it is bright or dark yellow, and you’re not taking a B vitamin supplement (which can darken urine), you need to drink more water.

#6: Boost Anti-aging Hormones

Low testosterone levels leads to a loss of skin elasticity; and testosterone starved skin becomes thin, fragile, dry and saggy. You can boost your testosterone levels safely and naturally with the clinically effective, herbal formula Testro Vida. DHEA is also helpful for tightening the skin because it increases both collagen and testosterone production. Other hormones that play a key role in skin aging and sagging include: estrogen, progesterone and growth hormones. Optimizing these hormones may support the skin tightening process, but hormones need to be kept in a delicate balance and you don't want to boost them if your levels are already high. So it's best to first test your hormone levels, and then proactively increase any that measure in the low-end of normal. You can purchase an at home hormone saliva panel or hormone blood spot test here.

#7: Include StrengthTraining Exercises

It is important to have a well-rounded exercise regime, and avoid the cardio-only trap, as that will lead to muscle loss and exacerbate saggy skin. Strength training uses resistance to contract muscles in order to increase strength. It helps to replace the body fat you once had with muscle, and that added layer of muscle fills out your skin and makes it appear tighter. Increasing muscle mass also boosts your metabolism so you burn more calories while at rest. Some good strength training exercises to try, include: push ups, pull ups, sit ups, leg adductions, straight leg raises, wall shin raises, plank, side plank, arm raises, internal and external rotations, squats, overhead presses and heel step downs. 

#8: Be Patient

When dealing with stretched, loose skin, it’s important to be patient with your body as it adapts to its new size. Resist the urge to compare yourself to others, as your skin elasticity will differ depending on your age, genetics and health status; as well as how much weight you lost, and how quickly you lost it. It's also important that you don't obsess about saggy skin or judge yourself for it. The negativity will bring you down, and make you more likely to self sabotage and seek comfort in your old unhealthy ways. Focus instead on loving your body and taking pride in all of the weight you have managed to lose! If you find this positive mind shift to be difficult, get a copy of the Love Your Body Hypnosis Track, and listen to it daily.

Read more


What Your Acne Is Telling You and How You Can Banish it For Good

Posted by Delgado Protocol on

If you think a zit is just a zit and all acne is created equally, think again. According to ancient Chinese wisdom, each section of the face reflects the health of different organs and systems in your body. The physical characteristics of your blemishes also indicate your current state of health. Below I will explain what your acne is telling you and outline steps you can take to eliminate your acne for good by targeting its root cause.


Acne Face Map


The Forehead: 


Acne here is reflective of digestive issues. Make sure you’re drinking enough water to promote regular elimination, and cut out processed foods, fried foods, sugar and dairy. 


In Between the Eyebrows: 


Acne here is indicative of an overburdened liver. It may be a sign of too much alcohol or fat in the diet, and it’s best to reduce your intake of both. Liv D-Tox may also help; it contains a blend of nutrients that nourish the liver and help it to regenerate new, healthy cells.


The Temples and Under Eye Area: 


The region around the eyes reflects the state of the kidneys and dark circles or acne in this area often means your kidneys are overworked. Common causes may include: smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, dehydration, excess body weight, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. To support healthy kidneys, address any of the causes above that may apply to you and drink plenty of water.


The Nose: 


The bridge and tip of your nose reflect your heart and cardiovascular health. If you have acne in this region, you may want to have your cholesterol and blood pressure measured. To boost cardiovascular health, make sure to exercise at least 5 days a week; eliminate trans fats and animal products; and consume a whole foods based diet. For further support, take PCOS Heart Plus, it contains a potent blend of herbs to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and to support healthy arteries by reducing oxidative stress. 


The Ears: 


The ears also indicate kidney health. If you see redness or swelling in this region, try eliminating caffeine, alcohol and sugary beverages. Stay hydrated with water or herbal teas, exercise regularly, ensure you get enough quality sleep, and eat a wholefoods based diet.


The Cheeks:


The cheeks reflect the health of your stomach and respiratory system. If you have acne or rosacea here steer clear of cigarette smoke, and make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the skincare products you are using. Cheek blemishes may also be caused by stomach inflammation, so consider following an elimination diet to identify any hidden food sensitivities, or purchase a food allergy test kit here


The Jaw:


The jaw area is reflective of hormonal health. To balance hormones, reduce stress, avoid sugar and overeating, and consume a high fiber diet. For stubborn acne, try also taking Estro Block Pro - it helps to eliminate acne causing androgens and estrogens from the body. You may also want to eliminate animal products because they are inflammatory and add to your estrogen load.

 

The Chin:


The lower middle area of the chin is indicative of stomach health. To address acne in this area, consume a high fiber diet and eliminate processed foods. If your digestion is sluggish, you may want to try adding a tsp of raw apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 15 minutes before your largest meal. Peppermint and ginger tea are also helpful for enhancing digestion and reducing inflammation. 


The Throat:


If there is redness, or blemishes at the center of your throat it is indicative of your body fighting an infection. Make sure to get plenty of rest and reduce your food intake so that energy that would otherwise be spent on digestion, can go towards fighting the infection. Also, reduce stress with yoga, meditation or conscious breathing; and consume foods that help boost immunity such as garlic, onions, oregano, lemons, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, turmeric and ginger. 


The Physical Characteristics of Acne


Redness and Inflammation: 


This is indicative of heat retention and inflammation, which is typically caused by a build-up of toxins in the body. Drink lots of water, eliminate alcohol, fatty and processed foods, and take Liv D-Tox.


Dryness and Red Patches:


This is usually caused by allergies. Make sure your cleaning, personal care and skincare products are made from natural ingredients and don't contain any added fragrances (check out this free guide: How to Tell if a Skincare Product is Truly Green). Also, identify and eliminate any possible food allergens. 


Lumps Around the Jawline: 


This often indicates systemic toxicity or lymphatic congestion. Jumping on a trampoline for 10 minutes a day is a great all-natural way to get your lymph flowing. I also recommend you consume beets or take concentrated Beetroot powder to help reduce inflammation, fight free radicals, and enhance the circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. 


Oily Skin:


This may indicate that your diet is too high in fat and/or your liver is having a tough time breaking down fat. Eliminate fried foods, vegetable oils and animal products; and reduce your overall fat intake. 


Uneven Skin and Rash-like Pimples:


This may be caused by an overgrowth of candida (yeast) in the body. Yeast thrives on sugar, so vastly reduce your intake of all types of sugar (white, brown, honey, molasses, maple syrup etc.), and all products that contain added sugars. 


Cyclical Breakouts (usually on chin and jaw): 


If your breakouts coincide with your menstruation or ovulation, it is indicative of too much estrogen, and Estro Block can help prevent this. If you also have oily skin, excessive hair growth and struggle with your weight, you may have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and should consult a physician. If diagnosed, it is likely that high testosterone caused by insulin is triggering your acne and worsening your PCOS symptoms. To help reduce insulin and testosterone, eliminate sugar and processed grains, eat a high fiber wholefoods based diet, and take PCOS Heart Plus

Read more

What Your Acne Is Telling You and How You Can Banish it For Good

Posted by Delgado Protocol on

If you think a zit is just a zit and all acne is created equally, think again. According to ancient Chinese wisdom, each section of the face reflects the health of different organs and systems in your body. The physical characteristics of your blemishes also indicate your current state of health. Below I will explain what your acne is telling you and outline steps you can take to eliminate your acne for good by targeting its root cause.


Acne Face Map


The Forehead: 


Acne here is reflective of digestive issues. Make sure you’re drinking enough water to promote regular elimination, and cut out processed foods, fried foods, sugar and dairy. 


In Between the Eyebrows: 


Acne here is indicative of an overburdened liver. It may be a sign of too much alcohol or fat in the diet, and it’s best to reduce your intake of both. Liv D-Tox may also help; it contains a blend of nutrients that nourish the liver and help it to regenerate new, healthy cells.


The Temples and Under Eye Area: 


The region around the eyes reflects the state of the kidneys and dark circles or acne in this area often means your kidneys are overworked. Common causes may include: smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, dehydration, excess body weight, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. To support healthy kidneys, address any of the causes above that may apply to you and drink plenty of water.


The Nose: 


The bridge and tip of your nose reflect your heart and cardiovascular health. If you have acne in this region, you may want to have your cholesterol and blood pressure measured. To boost cardiovascular health, make sure to exercise at least 5 days a week; eliminate trans fats and animal products; and consume a whole foods based diet. For further support, take PCOS Heart Plus, it contains a potent blend of herbs to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and to support healthy arteries by reducing oxidative stress. 


The Ears: 


The ears also indicate kidney health. If you see redness or swelling in this region, try eliminating caffeine, alcohol and sugary beverages. Stay hydrated with water or herbal teas, exercise regularly, ensure you get enough quality sleep, and eat a wholefoods based diet.


The Cheeks:


The cheeks reflect the health of your stomach and respiratory system. If you have acne or rosacea here steer clear of cigarette smoke, and make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the skincare products you are using. Cheek blemishes may also be caused by stomach inflammation, so consider following an elimination diet to identify any hidden food sensitivities, or purchase a food allergy test kit here


The Jaw:


The jaw area is reflective of hormonal health. To balance hormones, reduce stress, avoid sugar and overeating, and consume a high fiber diet. For stubborn acne, try also taking Estro Block Pro - it helps to eliminate acne causing androgens and estrogens from the body. You may also want to eliminate animal products because they are inflammatory and add to your estrogen load.

 

The Chin:


The lower middle area of the chin is indicative of stomach health. To address acne in this area, consume a high fiber diet and eliminate processed foods. If your digestion is sluggish, you may want to try adding a tsp of raw apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 15 minutes before your largest meal. Peppermint and ginger tea are also helpful for enhancing digestion and reducing inflammation. 


The Throat:


If there is redness, or blemishes at the center of your throat it is indicative of your body fighting an infection. Make sure to get plenty of rest and reduce your food intake so that energy that would otherwise be spent on digestion, can go towards fighting the infection. Also, reduce stress with yoga, meditation or conscious breathing; and consume foods that help boost immunity such as garlic, onions, oregano, lemons, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, turmeric and ginger. 


The Physical Characteristics of Acne


Redness and Inflammation: 


This is indicative of heat retention and inflammation, which is typically caused by a build-up of toxins in the body. Drink lots of water, eliminate alcohol, fatty and processed foods, and take Liv D-Tox.


Dryness and Red Patches:


This is usually caused by allergies. Make sure your cleaning, personal care and skincare products are made from natural ingredients and don't contain any added fragrances (check out this free guide: How to Tell if a Skincare Product is Truly Green). Also, identify and eliminate any possible food allergens. 


Lumps Around the Jawline: 


This often indicates systemic toxicity or lymphatic congestion. Jumping on a trampoline for 10 minutes a day is a great all-natural way to get your lymph flowing. I also recommend you consume beets or take concentrated Beetroot powder to help reduce inflammation, fight free radicals, and enhance the circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. 


Oily Skin:


This may indicate that your diet is too high in fat and/or your liver is having a tough time breaking down fat. Eliminate fried foods, vegetable oils and animal products; and reduce your overall fat intake. 


Uneven Skin and Rash-like Pimples:


This may be caused by an overgrowth of candida (yeast) in the body. Yeast thrives on sugar, so vastly reduce your intake of all types of sugar (white, brown, honey, molasses, maple syrup etc.), and all products that contain added sugars. 


Cyclical Breakouts (usually on chin and jaw): 


If your breakouts coincide with your menstruation or ovulation, it is indicative of too much estrogen, and Estro Block can help prevent this. If you also have oily skin, excessive hair growth and struggle with your weight, you may have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and should consult a physician. If diagnosed, it is likely that high testosterone caused by insulin is triggering your acne and worsening your PCOS symptoms. To help reduce insulin and testosterone, eliminate sugar and processed grains, eat a high fiber wholefoods based diet, and take PCOS Heart Plus

Read more


The 10 Best and 3 Absolute Worst Foods for Acne and Skin Aging

Posted by Delgado Protocol on

Do you know the secret to youthful-looking, acne-free skin? Here’s a hint - it doesn't involve expensive skin products (many of which don't work at all or actually make your skin look worse). So what is it? It’s a healthy diet and optimal liver functioning. 


Your skin is a reflection of your internal health, and when your diet is lacking in nutrients and antioxidants your skin suffers. Likewise, if your diet is high in toxins, your liver becomes overwhelmed and your skin suffers big time because all those toxins get released through the skin. 


Below is a list of 10 foods to eat frequently, 3 foods to eliminate and 3 powerful nutraceuticals for enviably gorgeous skin. It may take a few weeks or a few months, but be patient because acne, eczema, premature aging, dry skin, oily skin, puffy eyes, and virtually every other skin problem can be reversed if you stick with it.


The 10 Best Foods For Radiant and Clear Skin:

  1. Broccoli (and other cruciferous veggies) - Cruciferous vegetables contain a special compound called DIM (Diindolylmethane) which clears inflammatory, acne-causing androgens and estrogens from your body.

  2. Berries - Loaded with antioxidants that help speed up the healing of acne and slow skin aging by fighting free radicals and preventing them from degrading collagen.

  3. Lemons and Limes - Help balance pH levels and promote bowel regularity as well as a gentle release of toxins (especially when squeezed into a glass of warm water on an empty stomach). 

  4. Beets - High in the super antioxidant glutathione, which helps support detoxification and liver health. Beets also boost nitric oxide, which enhances the flow of blood and nutrients to the skin.

  5. Ground Flaxseeds - Support regular bowel movements which helps your skin because constipation causes toxins to be absorbed into your bloodstream and purged through the skin.

  6. Avocados - Rich in essential fatty acids to keep your skin moist and plump; and in vitamin E which helps fight free radicals.

  7. Pumpkin seeds - Rich in skin-nourishing vitamin E; and zinc, which is a mineral that helps clear acne by reducing inflammation and fighting bacteria.

  8. Wasabi - A natural antibacterial agent with a high concentration of vitamin C and phytochemicals, which strengthens the body's antioxidant defenses.

  • Carrots - Rich in beta-carotene which helps protect your skin from sun damage and free radicals; and also converts to vitamin A, which is an essential vitamin for skin health. 

  • Sauerkraut (and other pickled vegetables) - Contain probiotics which help fight acne-causing bacteria, boost skin barrier function, and protect from photo-aging.

  • 3 Foods to Avoid:

    1. Dairy: It’s highly allergenic and loaded with estrogens which trigger inflammation and acne. Try almond, cashew or coconut milk instead.

    2. Fried Food and Oils: These foods clog your pores and clump-up your blood cells, which slows down the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your skin

    3. Sugar: It increases inflammation and worsens acne, eczema, and other inflammatory skin disorders. It also causes free radical damage to your cells and breaks down collagen - leading to premature aging.

    The 3 Best Nutraceuticals for Flawless Skin:


  • Slim Blend Pro - This 5-in-1 meal replacement powder is beneficial for fighting the signs of aging and also for achieving acne-free, radiant skin. It contains a blend of probiotics and antioxidant-rich superfoods and is rich in fiber, which helps you detoxify and keeps you regular. It also contains many of the best foods for your skin mentioned above - including beets, broccoli, carrots, pumpkin and flaxseed sprouts. 

  • EstroBlock Pro - This internationally renowned supplement helps clear even the most stubborn cases of acne. It’s so helpful because it targets the root cause of hormonal acne - an excess of androgens and/or estrogens. It does this with a triple-strength dose of DIM. It also contains wasabi root for added skin healing support.

  • Liv D-Tox - Your liver helps eliminate toxins and excess androgens and estrogens and when it is in rough shape, acne and premature aging often occur. Liv D-Tox contains potent antioxidants to support liver health, slow down aging and fight inflammation. It also contains silymarin (milk thistle) which helps the liver to regenerate itself with new, healthy tissue. 

    Read more

    The 10 Best and 3 Absolute Worst Foods for Acne and Skin Aging

    Posted by Delgado Protocol on

    Do you know the secret to youthful-looking, acne-free skin? Here’s a hint - it doesn't involve expensive skin products (many of which don't work at all or actually make your skin look worse). So what is it? It’s a healthy diet and optimal liver functioning. 


    Your skin is a reflection of your internal health, and when your diet is lacking in nutrients and antioxidants your skin suffers. Likewise, if your diet is high in toxins, your liver becomes overwhelmed and your skin suffers big time because all those toxins get released through the skin. 


    Below is a list of 10 foods to eat frequently, 3 foods to eliminate and 3 powerful nutraceuticals for enviably gorgeous skin. It may take a few weeks or a few months, but be patient because acne, eczema, premature aging, dry skin, oily skin, puffy eyes, and virtually every other skin problem can be reversed if you stick with it.


    The 10 Best Foods For Radiant and Clear Skin:

    1. Broccoli (and other cruciferous veggies) - Cruciferous vegetables contain a special compound called DIM (Diindolylmethane) which clears inflammatory, acne-causing androgens and estrogens from your body.

    2. Berries - Loaded with antioxidants that help speed up the healing of acne and slow skin aging by fighting free radicals and preventing them from degrading collagen.

    3. Lemons and Limes - Help balance pH levels and promote bowel regularity as well as a gentle release of toxins (especially when squeezed into a glass of warm water on an empty stomach). 

    4. Beets - High in the super antioxidant glutathione, which helps support detoxification and liver health. Beets also boost nitric oxide, which enhances the flow of blood and nutrients to the skin.

    5. Ground Flaxseeds - Support regular bowel movements which helps your skin because constipation causes toxins to be absorbed into your bloodstream and purged through the skin.

    6. Avocados - Rich in essential fatty acids to keep your skin moist and plump; and in vitamin E which helps fight free radicals.

    7. Pumpkin seeds - Rich in skin-nourishing vitamin E; and zinc, which is a mineral that helps clear acne by reducing inflammation and fighting bacteria.

    8. Wasabi - A natural antibacterial agent with a high concentration of vitamin C and phytochemicals, which strengthens the body's antioxidant defenses.

  • Carrots - Rich in beta-carotene which helps protect your skin from sun damage and free radicals; and also converts to vitamin A, which is an essential vitamin for skin health. 

  • Sauerkraut (and other pickled vegetables) - Contain probiotics which help fight acne-causing bacteria, boost skin barrier function, and protect from photo-aging.

  • 3 Foods to Avoid:

    1. Dairy: It’s highly allergenic and loaded with estrogens which trigger inflammation and acne. Try almond, cashew or coconut milk instead.

    2. Fried Food and Oils: These foods clog your pores and clump-up your blood cells, which slows down the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your skin

    3. Sugar: It increases inflammation and worsens acne, eczema, and other inflammatory skin disorders. It also causes free radical damage to your cells and breaks down collagen - leading to premature aging.

    The 3 Best Nutraceuticals for Flawless Skin:


  • Slim Blend Pro - This 5-in-1 meal replacement powder is beneficial for fighting the signs of aging and also for achieving acne-free, radiant skin. It contains a blend of probiotics and antioxidant-rich superfoods and is rich in fiber, which helps you detoxify and keeps you regular. It also contains many of the best foods for your skin mentioned above - including beets, broccoli, carrots, pumpkin and flaxseed sprouts. 

  • EstroBlock Pro - This internationally renowned supplement helps clear even the most stubborn cases of acne. It’s so helpful because it targets the root cause of hormonal acne - an excess of androgens and/or estrogens. It does this with a triple-strength dose of DIM. It also contains wasabi root for added skin healing support.

  • Liv D-Tox - Your liver helps eliminate toxins and excess androgens and estrogens and when it is in rough shape, acne and premature aging often occur. Liv D-Tox contains potent antioxidants to support liver health, slow down aging and fight inflammation. It also contains silymarin (milk thistle) which helps the liver to regenerate itself with new, healthy tissue. 

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    How to Tell if a Skincare Product is Truly Green or if It's a Marketing Ploy

    Posted by Delgado Protocol on

    Did you know that only 11% of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products have been assessed for safety? Or that 20% of personal care products contain chemicals that are linked to cancer? Or how about the fact that the average woman will ingest a whopping 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime? 


    The chemicals in many cosmetics aren't just hazardous to your health, they’re also hazardous to the health of our planet. The packaging of cosmetics can take hundreds of years to break down in landfills. And toxic chemicals in cosmetics get washed down drains and end up in oceans, damaging ecosystems and killing aquatic species. 


    There are so many reasons to go green but thanks to sneaky marketing it can be tough to decipher the truly green products from the posers. Below are 10 guidelines to help you do just that.

    Check the Company’s Moral Code

    Before buying a new product visit a company's website and see how their values stack up. Do they test on animals? Are they committed to reducing the environmental impact of their products?

    Have they signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics (a vow to replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives)? Most companies with strict moral codes share these with their clients, so if a company’s website doesn't mention any of the above, move on. 

    Make Sure it Really is Natural

    Unfortunately, there is no regulatory body that monitors the use of the words “natural” and “all-natural.” Many companies slap these titles on because it’s good marketing, but their products are loaded with toxic synthetic chemicals.

    Check the ingredients and choose the products that contain ingredients from nature and not from a lab. I also recommend you visit the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database site - it rates the toxicity of cosmetics and personal-care products on a scale of 0 to 10.

    Buy Organic

    Unlike “natural” the word “organic” is regulated and only products that meet the strict requirements of the USDA will have “USDA organic” on their labels. When you see this on the label you can be assured that the ingredients are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, genetic engineering, preservatives, sewage sludge and irradiation.

    If you want to take things one step further and actually help the environment with your purchases, look for a “Demeter certified biodynamic” stamp of approval. This certification means the botanicals in your product we're grown using biodynamic farming methods that benefit the environment.

    Always Buy Fragrance-Free Products

    Companies aren’t required to declare chemicals used in a fragrance mixture and many fragrances contain dozens of hidden chemicals. An example of a commonly included toxic chemical that is hidden is phthalates; they are highly allergenic and linked to sex hormone imbalances, reproductive issues, cancer, and many other health issues.

    Every chemical you apply to your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream, so I advise you to check the label and if it contains a fragrance, don't buy it.

    Choose Non-toxic Packaging

    Avoid containers that have the letter “V” or recycling code #3 on it. These symbols refer to PVC which is extremely hazardous to the environment and your health. The safest container is glass but those can be hard to find. The next best options are polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is labeled as recycling code #1, and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is labeled as recycling code #2. Both are considered safe and are recyclable in most municipalities.

    Get Beautiful Skin from the Inside-Out

    Your skin is a reflection of your health and the best way to get gorgeous, glowing skin is to work from the inside-out. Eat a wholefoods based diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and moderate amounts of beans and legumes, nuts and seeds.

    Eliminate or vastly reducing your intake of animal foods because they are inflammatory and loaded with toxic estrogens which can lead to inflammatory skin disorders such as acne. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to flush out toxins and keep your skin moisturized.

    Finally, if you are serious about slowing down the signs of aging, take Stem Cell Strong. Stem Cell Strong is a complete body rejuvenation formula with over 30 superfoods and herbs that slow the aging process by helping the body create new, healthy cells.

    Avoid Petrochemicals

    Petrochemicals are a common ingredient in cosmetics, they are non-renewable and toxic to both the environment and your health. If you see the following petrochemicals on the label avoid the product: paraffin wax, mineral oil, petrolatum, toluene, benzene, polyethylene glycol (PEG), diethanolamine (DEA), ethanolamine (MEA), butanol and any ingredient with ‘butyl’ in its name. 


    Simplify

    Most creams, lotions, and potions make promises they could never keep - aging happens at a cellular level from within and no topical ingredient can stop it. Besides which, using too many products can aggravate the skin, dry it out and clog pores - making it look worse. Keep it simple with a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and mineral-based sunscreen. Also, check how many ingredients the product contains; often times the ones with the least ingredients are the most natural.

    Make Your Own 

    Making your own skincare products is the best way to know what is in it and to ensure it is completely non-toxic. Plus it saves you money and it reduces your environmental impact, especially if you reuse your containers. You can make a moisturizing, anti-aging face mask with honey and cocoa; a toner with green tea (keep it in the fridge) or diluted raw apple cider vinegar (6 to 1 ratio); and a moisturizer with coconut oil (so long as your skin is not acne-prone). 

    Use Annihilate Acne Cream

    If you have acne, Annihilate Acne Cream is the green solution you’ve been looking for. It contains powerful, all-natural ingredients that reduce oil and relieve acne, scaling skin, itching, and inflammation. It’s produced in an FDA-GMP certified facility, it's GMO-Free, Lecithin-Free, Artificial Color, and Preservatives-Free and is made with organic veggie capsules. Best of all, it actually works!

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    Did you know that only 11% of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products have been assessed for safety? Or that 20% of personal care products contain chemicals that are linked to cancer? Or how about the fact that the average woman will ingest a whopping 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime? 


    The chemicals in many cosmetics aren't just hazardous to your health, they’re also hazardous to the health of our planet. The packaging of cosmetics can take hundreds of years to break down in landfills. And toxic chemicals in cosmetics get washed down drains and end up in oceans, damaging ecosystems and killing aquatic species. 


    There are so many reasons to go green but thanks to sneaky marketing it can be tough to decipher the truly green products from the posers. Below are 10 guidelines to help you do just that.

    Check the Company’s Moral Code

    Before buying a new product visit a company's website and see how their values stack up. Do they test on animals? Are they committed to reducing the environmental impact of their products?

    Have they signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics (a vow to replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives)? Most companies with strict moral codes share these with their clients, so if a company’s website doesn't mention any of the above, move on. 

    Make Sure it Really is Natural

    Unfortunately, there is no regulatory body that monitors the use of the words “natural” and “all-natural.” Many companies slap these titles on because it’s good marketing, but their products are loaded with toxic synthetic chemicals.

    Check the ingredients and choose the products that contain ingredients from nature and not from a lab. I also recommend you visit the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database site - it rates the toxicity of cosmetics and personal-care products on a scale of 0 to 10.

    Buy Organic

    Unlike “natural” the word “organic” is regulated and only products that meet the strict requirements of the USDA will have “USDA organic” on their labels. When you see this on the label you can be assured that the ingredients are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, genetic engineering, preservatives, sewage sludge and irradiation.

    If you want to take things one step further and actually help the environment with your purchases, look for a “Demeter certified biodynamic” stamp of approval. This certification means the botanicals in your product we're grown using biodynamic farming methods that benefit the environment.

    Always Buy Fragrance-Free Products

    Companies aren’t required to declare chemicals used in a fragrance mixture and many fragrances contain dozens of hidden chemicals. An example of a commonly included toxic chemical that is hidden is phthalates; they are highly allergenic and linked to sex hormone imbalances, reproductive issues, cancer, and many other health issues.

    Every chemical you apply to your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream, so I advise you to check the label and if it contains a fragrance, don't buy it.

    Choose Non-toxic Packaging

    Avoid containers that have the letter “V” or recycling code #3 on it. These symbols refer to PVC which is extremely hazardous to the environment and your health. The safest container is glass but those can be hard to find. The next best options are polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is labeled as recycling code #1, and high-density polyethylene (HDPE), which is labeled as recycling code #2. Both are considered safe and are recyclable in most municipalities.

    Get Beautiful Skin from the Inside-Out

    Your skin is a reflection of your health and the best way to get gorgeous, glowing skin is to work from the inside-out. Eat a wholefoods based diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and moderate amounts of beans and legumes, nuts and seeds.

    Eliminate or vastly reducing your intake of animal foods because they are inflammatory and loaded with toxic estrogens which can lead to inflammatory skin disorders such as acne. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to flush out toxins and keep your skin moisturized.

    Finally, if you are serious about slowing down the signs of aging, take Stem Cell Strong. Stem Cell Strong is a complete body rejuvenation formula with over 30 superfoods and herbs that slow the aging process by helping the body create new, healthy cells.

    Avoid Petrochemicals

    Petrochemicals are a common ingredient in cosmetics, they are non-renewable and toxic to both the environment and your health. If you see the following petrochemicals on the label avoid the product: paraffin wax, mineral oil, petrolatum, toluene, benzene, polyethylene glycol (PEG), diethanolamine (DEA), ethanolamine (MEA), butanol and any ingredient with ‘butyl’ in its name. 


    Simplify

    Most creams, lotions, and potions make promises they could never keep - aging happens at a cellular level from within and no topical ingredient can stop it. Besides which, using too many products can aggravate the skin, dry it out and clog pores - making it look worse. Keep it simple with a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and mineral-based sunscreen. Also, check how many ingredients the product contains; often times the ones with the least ingredients are the most natural.

    Make Your Own 

    Making your own skincare products is the best way to know what is in it and to ensure it is completely non-toxic. Plus it saves you money and it reduces your environmental impact, especially if you reuse your containers. You can make a moisturizing, anti-aging face mask with honey and cocoa; a toner with green tea (keep it in the fridge) or diluted raw apple cider vinegar (6 to 1 ratio); and a moisturizer with coconut oil (so long as your skin is not acne-prone). 

    Use Annihilate Acne Cream

    If you have acne, Annihilate Acne Cream is the green solution you’ve been looking for. It contains powerful, all-natural ingredients that reduce oil and relieve acne, scaling skin, itching, and inflammation. It’s produced in an FDA-GMP certified facility, it's GMO-Free, Lecithin-Free, Artificial Color, and Preservatives-Free and is made with organic veggie capsules. Best of all, it actually works!

    Read more


    7 Best Natural Anti-aging and Skin Care Secrets

    Posted by Delgado Protocol on

    Aging happens when cells and DNA become damaged and unable to repair themselves. This occurs either because of oxidative stress caused by free radicals or because of telomere shortening. Telomeres are the protective tips of DNA, and when they get too short, cells become unable to reproduce, which causes tissue to degenerate and eventually die. The most effective way to halt aging is thus to reduce oxidative stress and lengthen telomeres. 

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    7 Best Natural Anti-aging and Skin Care Secrets

    Posted by Delgado Protocol on

    Aging happens when cells and DNA become damaged and unable to repair themselves. This occurs either because of oxidative stress caused by free radicals or because of telomere shortening. Telomeres are the protective tips of DNA, and when they get too short, cells become unable to reproduce, which causes tissue to degenerate and eventually die. The most effective way to halt aging is thus to reduce oxidative stress and lengthen telomeres. 

    Read more