A couple of months ago, Isla June had a stomach bug (that I thought was a UTI), and I turned to this book for answers.
I love this book for the fact that I can look up symptoms and it can give me a general idea of how I can treat the illness, or give me enough information to give the doctor in order to help diagnose the symptoms. I received it from our Holistic doctor right after Isla June was born, but you can buy it from Amazon.com. Seriously, I love this book and I know it will be a valuable resource for my family many years into the future. I definitely recommend it.
So whilst looking up Isla June's symptoms, I ran across a word of interest to me. The dreaded A word (acne). ugh. I decided to see what the book had to say. And essentially a lot of the information entailed that it's a bit of a mineral and vitamin imbalance. There's more to it than that, but I'm giving the quick version. It definitely made sense to me. My skin is very much affected by my diet. Over the years I've noticed that it didn't matter what I wash my face with, much more depends on what I am eating (or what week it is in the month). Ice cream is my nemesis. I love the stuff, but I live to regret what it can do to my skin. I decided to try and implement some of the supplements into my routine and see if they made a difference.
And along with that research, I also stumbled across this website talking about the supplement Astaxanthin.
Essentially, this supplement belongs to the family of carotenoids (something my book said I needed to help with my skin.). It's naturally occurring in salmon, which is where they get their pink skin. It's known for it's healing properties for the skin and shown to be beneficial in preventing certain cancers. Yeah, sign me up. Seriously though, I figured I could try it for a month, see how I felt and decide from there if it's something I wanted to keep taking.
And at first, I didn't notice anything. I read that it can take 1 whole month to notice a change. And after a month, I did. Well, honestly, I didn't notice it until after I stopped taking it! My skin showed me that I needed the vitamin.
So, now it's back in my regimen and my skin is looking much better, which means I feel better. And hey, maybe it will help with my whole "not looking 30 when I turn 30".
And honestly, this supplement isn't just for someone with skin concerns, it has so much more in it than that. But, if it can help my skin, imagine what it can do for yours!
Here's Dr. Mercola's take.