What Foods to Avoid for Healthy Skin

Categories Skincare

It’s often easy to forget that your skin is important and that you should be taking careful care of it. But, the skin is the body’s largest organ, a protective barrier that keeps germs out and you in. Through sweat, the skin also regulates your body’s temperature, keeping you cozy regardless of the season.

 

On occasion, your skin could even be an indicator of your internal health, bringing about rashes, itches, and slow healing wounds. My skin is far from perfect, primarily because of the things I ate when I was naive about good health.

 

Foods High in Glycemic and Gluten Loads

Food such as wheat, barley, and rye contain high amounts of gluten. Gluten is unhealthy for your gut and skin, meaning that you’ll definitely want to cut down your consumption of it.

 

Gluten is a combination of proteins called Glutenin and Gliadin, which are responsible for the elasticity in the dough. But these also bring chaos to your insides.

 

The diseases linked with gluten are diabetes type 1, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis, celiac disease, and even eczema. Eczema is where the skin becomes red and itchy. It can occur at any age and flares up periodically.

 

Coffee

Ok, so I’m guilty of drinking too much of this one. I love my filter coffee, and I recently bought my own machine that I love to show off. But, coffee contains both caffeine and tannins. These can be bad for general health and skin health.

 

Tannins can block the pores of your skin if you consume too many; this can result in acne and dry, dull skin. Tannins also dehydrate the skin, making it brittle and rough.

 

Caffeine, it’s a drug. You may experience withdrawal symptoms if you become dependent on it, giving you headaches, migraines, increased mood swings, and makes you feel irritable.

 

Caffeine also increases the amount of stress hormone released, affecting insulin sensitivity.

 

Fried Foods

We all know this! Whether it’s kale, potato crisps, or even ice cream, frying the food makes it worse for our bodies. Vegetable oils are highly reactive and oxidized once they’re superheated. They release free radicals into the body,

 

These free radicals begin to act as toxins, causing stress within the cells and making them age faster. This ages your skin as well, causing spots, wrinkles, and blemishes.

 

The vegetable oils also encourage inflammation within the body, which only adds to the ailment your skin receives.

 

Dairy Products

Naturally speaking, humans are the only creatures to drink milk after they’ve grown past infancy. Which kind of explains why dairy can be bad for us. Dairy products contain natural hormones, some of which increase the production of oil in the skin. Excessive oil increases the chance of acne and other blemishes occurring.

 

Many studies are showing the relationship between dairy and acne outbreaks, but they have not yet been able to prove dairy as the sole factor for outbreaks.

 

Certain milk proteins also contain an inflammatory property, which can cause additional skin problems.

 

Sugar

Well, this fact is slowly becoming accepted, sugar is terrible for the skin, the body, and your entire well being. It triggers a process called glycation. Glycation happens when a covalent bond forms between sugar and protein or lipid molecules.

 

The molecules are called “advanced glycation end products” (AGE), and they disrupt cellular and molecular functions in the body. Additionally, they release oxidizing byproducts and side products that are harmful during their formation process.

 

The AGEs are more reactive than the sugars they come from and damage fibrinogen and collagen within the body. AGEs also link to diseases such as Diabetes, cancers, and Alzheimer’s.

 

They damage the required substances that keep your skin clear and healthy. As a consequence of this, the skin loses its elasticity and firmness.

 

Avoid! Avoid! Avoid!

For the best and healthiest skin, watch what you eat, because you are precisely that. Eat and drink bad things, and you’ll have bad skin. Be aware of what you’re putting into your body, and your skin will thank you.

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