The ensuing story usually is as follows: They were prescribed birth control pills to "balance" their hormonal activity and clear up their complexion. Often they discontinued because the pills made them feel moody. They were left with a feeling of despair, resigned that they were condemned to a life with a bad complexion. There was nothing they could do as even their doctors could not help. But before I get into how you can turn your life around do the following stories sound like you?
Stories of Bad Skin
In the case of a colleague I will call "M" the birth control pills she was prescribed as a teenager caused massive weight gain. M went from 140 pounds on her 5 foot 10" frame climbing to 286 pounds. As for her skin it didn't improve. The next recommendation M was given was retinol which in her case burned her skin causing discoloration. At school "pizza face" became her new name.
"C" is in her early thirties, subsists on a vegan diet and has some of the worst acne I have ever seen. While being a vegan is not necessarily a strike against her (See my article on glowing skin of vegan athlete Mark Eisenhart) her lack of magnesium and calcium intake is. The skin on her neck and chin are cracked and reddened with large pimples on her cheeks. Not only is it unsightly it's painful. She is tired all the time and can barely get through her eight hour work day. How is she going to feel when she is 40?
Beauty and Energy - Magnesium and Calcium A Match Made in Heaven
When I think about these women I reflect on my own past. While people like to point out that I have beautiful skin it wasn't always the case.
"You have? What do I do?"
Yael informed me that I was deficient in the trace minerals magnesium and calcium. She told me that this could be brought on by stress where the body uses up it's reserves. The body is left deficient with one feeling a profound sense of fatigue no matter how much you sleep. I had eczema. She lovingly ordered me to go the the pharmacy and purchase a chewable magnesium and calcium supplement, vitamin B complex along with some other trace minerals. She told me I'd feel an improvement in three days and much better in a week provided I took these supplements daily both morning and night. Sure as can be my fatigue melted away. My once beautiful skin returned. After this dramatic incident I vowed never to neglect this aspect of my health again by neglecting to take these essential nutrients.
Put Yourself in the Drivers Seat - Keys to Long Lasting Health
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