How to use the Wellness Journal to fix Leaky Gut and Clear Adult Acne
Before you begin an elimination diet please consult your medical practitioner or dietician to make sure you are not missing out on any vital nutrients specific to your body and needs.
Elimination diets and allergy tests can be efficient ways to identify any foods that may be causing inflammation or negative reactions to your skin and body.
Cutting out certain foods for a month or even a few weeks and then slowly reintroducing them will show you what is causing a skin or bodily reaction, and identify irritations or inflammatory responses you may be having to these foods specifically.
Here is how I use the Wellness Journal to track my elimination diet, which initially helped me rebuild my leaky gut when my acne was at its worst.
I also recommend tracking any changes to your skincare routine alongside the elimination diet to really identify what might be causing the reactions you are having.
Try to keep a consistent routine throughout this process for best results.
1. IDENTIFY THE ISSUES YOU ARE HAVING WITH YOUR SKIN
Is your problem acne, dryness, redness, flaky skin, blackheads, whiteheads, or something else?
Write down all your main concerns so you can effectively track your progress over the course of the month.
2. USE THE AM AND PM ROUTINE SECTIONS OF YOUR JOURNAL TO WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING YOU ARE USING FOR YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE
3. USE THE 'THOUGHTS OF THE DAY' OR AM AND PM SECTIONS TO WRITE DOWN ALL THE FOOD YOU ARE CONSUMING DURING YOUR ELIMINATION DIET
4. BASIC ELIMINATION DIET GUIDELINES
No Fast Food or Processed Foods
No Sugary or Soda drinks
For 28 days
28 days is our guideline for identifying real change within the body and skin as this is scientifically how long it takes for your skin to regenerate. This is also why we advise taking the Powder for a minimum of 28 days to ‘reset’ your system.
Antibodies also take around 23 days to regenerate (they are the proteins your immune system makes when it reacts to foods) so it takes at least this amount of time to identify any sensitivities.
For guidance on what you CAN eat outside of these restrictions please visit our blog post: Eating Guide for Long Term Skin Health.
5. REINTRODUCING FOODS AFTER 28 DAYS
Introduce 1 (only one) thing from the list in Section 4 back into your diet and then wait 2 days.
If you have no notable reactions, eat it again on day 3 and wait a further 2 days. If you have no noticeable reaction on the 4th or 5th day then you can proceed with marking down that this food is tolerated well by your body and skin.
Continue this process for all the food groups and track how you feel and how your skin reacts after each new introduction back into your diet.
You will then identify what is causing the breakouts and in the process give your leaky gut a change to rebuild and heal from the food group that is most probably causing the inflammation.
We recommend taking the Radiance Powder during this process as it will help to strengthen your gut barrier and colon function whilst you are eliminating any pathogens or inflammatory foods from your diet.
6. DURING AND AFTER THE ELIMINATION DIET
Track how your sleep, mood and lifestyle is affected by the foods you are eating or not eating also.
There are icons in the Journal to help you with this process every day.
I was surprised to see how many positive changes I experienced during my elimination diet in other factors of my well being outside of skin health that I hadn’t even considered such as my sleep quality and energy levels.
The aim of this process is to help your body rebuild and strengthen, lower overall inflammation and reset.
I hope this guide helps improve the look and feel of your skin, or even eliminate problematic foods that can prevent discomfort or even chronic disease down the line!