Our skin is our largest organ which paints a picture of our health outside and in. How we treat and protect our skin and what we feed it, like our whole body, is essential to our overall health.
A clean, nutrient-rich diet that's also anti-inflammatory promotes healthy skin. Anti-inflammatory foods incorporates fruits and vegetables, healthy fats like those found in avocados, olive oil, nuts and polyunsaturated omega-3s from walnuts, flaxseed, salmon, and sardines. An anti-inflammatory perspective is also about balancing more whole/real foods and less pro-inflammatory, highly processed foods and ingredients like excess sugar, refined carbohydrate grains, and too much saturated fat from meat and other foods.
Mainly, vegetables and fruits (the gifts of Mother Nature) play a very effective role in a skin-friendly diet. Just as the other plant foods, fruits and vegetables contain many vitamins and minerals that support healthy skin, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and others, along with thousands of phytonutrients, many of which play a role in keeping skin healthy, elastic, and young.
Each of us deals with skin problems at some point or the other in life. At teenage, due to hormonal changes it’s normal. But what about the acne post teenage? After you cross your teens, unwanted acne is the result of an unhealthy diet. You do not have to visit dermatologists and empty your pockets by buying all those expensive gels and creams when you can get clear and glowing skin with by choosing a healthy diet.
Here are five foods you should avoid to get a brighter glow, beat blemishes, and keep your skin young and smooth -
Packaged Juice - Juice is healthy and wholesome as a food and it is healthy only when you are consuming freshly made juice from whole fruits. Packaged juices are mostly infused with too much sugar and also lack the natural fibres found in whole fruits. Consuming too much sugar directly increases the risk of unwanted acne.
Cow’s Milk & Cheese - Cows milk spikes blood sugar levels and insulin as well. Many of us have a weakness for cheesy sandwiches and spreads due to its own unique, yummy flavour it adds to regular foods. However, cheese made of cow’s milk can trigger skin problems such as acne. This occurs because cow’s milk cheese is naturally infused with hormones from lactating cows, which could lead to hormone-induced acne. This should be particularly avoided if you already have acne-prone skin or a history of lactose allergy in the family.
Coffee - This can be a little difficult, but it might be best to limit coffee whenever possible. Caffeine is a diuretic which causes your body to lose water and that results in your skin feeling dehydrated. In the long run, with increasing amount of consumption, the overall texture and health of your skin gets deteriorated. It can give you a dry and acne-prone skin.
Grilled Meat - If you are a non vegetarian, you must love grilled meat. It tastes amazing and makes for a good change from the regular meat. Perhaps, one thing should be kept in mind which is - when the meat is grilled for too long, it creates AGE’s (Advanced Glycation End). This can be harmful for the skin and makes it appear aged. If a piece of meat has a blackened finish, it probably has AGE’s.
Breakfast Cereal - Whole grains are overall slightly lower on the glycemic index (a measure of how a food affects the overall blood sugar level), many breakfast cereals that portray to be healthy are highly refined and full of added sugar which in turn leads to wrinkle-inducing glucose spikes. Instead choose eggs or homemade oatmeal as they are relatively healthy.
Always remember what is healthy for your skin and what is not. Your skin is what protects you and makes you. Feed it responsibly!