We greet the world with our faces, so it’s likely that cavemen and cavewomen were just as anxious to “put their best face forward” as are modern folks.
Perhaps the greatest skin problem to beset humanity is acne, followed closely by psoriasis, eczema and seborrheic dermatitis (a fancy name for waxy deposits on the scalp).
While it is true that the hormonal battles fought through puberty by both sexes contribute greatly to acne, it’s also true that as we have strayed from the diet our cavemen ancestors enjoyed skin problems have increased accordingly.
The pharmaceutical industry makes a king’s ransom every year on both over-the-counter and prescription medications to deal with skin problems. Unfortunately, the true cause of spots, ugly patches and itchiness usually lies with what we are putting into our mouths. Over the course of several million years of evolution, our bodies adapted to a high protein, high fat and high fruit and vegetable diet – the typical table fare of the hunter/gatherer.
Grains entered the scene about 10,000 years ago and, more than likely, so did chronic skin problems. This got even worse as people discovered artificial additives, and these toxins began to build up in the body. Sugar just added another element to the mix, and skin problems have become almost endemic.
Returning to a diet that kept humans healthy and strong for thousands of years will help to sweep accumulated toxins out of your body. These toxins are typically stored in the liver and other organs, but they like to bloom out on the skin in various forms, especially as acne. Because a Paleo diet eliminates so many foods that we are in effect “allergic” to, a cleaner, healthier skin will be the result.
Part of a Paleo diet is drinking plenty of water, which helps to detoxify the body. Getting rid of those toxins will not only get the whole system running better, but will also help to clear up quite a few skin ailments.
However, cavemen and cavewomen had some other tricks up their sleeves (yes they did have clothing with sleeves) to get rid of those unsightly zits and nasty flaking patches of skin. Honey is actually great on both pimples and eczema – it has antibacterial qualities that help the skin to heal. Drinking herbal teas of burdock and dandelion root also helped to clear the skin.
Our ancestors may have lived in caves, but they were smart enough to stick close to what the earth provided for them naturally to stay healthy and look good.
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