We’ve all heard that there are certain foods or ingredients in foods that we should avoid for optimal health. Did you know there are also ones you should avoid in order to have healthy and clear skin?
Sugar is the devil. It makes you fat, sick, tired AND makes you look older. Sugar actually destroys elements in our bodies and damage collagen and elastin fibers, these things make our skin firm and in turn, looking younger. When we eat lots of sugar, the sugar sticks to these fibers and actually change their form and work to destroy them. Sugar can also cause breakouts by promoting inflammation and aggravating hormones.
Dairy has also been in the news lately for its unhealthy properties. Turns out milk is actually bad for your skin. Studies show that the hormones and other chemicals that are fed to cows ends up in the milk and gets into our bodies causing acne and a slew of other problems. If you insist on drinking milk, reach for organic or an alternative like coconut milk or almond milk.
I also don’t need to tell you that excessive alcohol is bad for your health AND your skin. When you drink too much, it causes inflammation in the body and can even lead to a chronic dilation of your capillaries causing massive problems for your skin. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to acne. Drink in moderation people!
Processed meats and other processed foods are also in the news lately for the chemicals, nitrites, fats and other junk they put in the foods that can wreck your skin and your health.
Lastly, hydrogenated vegetable oil seems harmless enough. But the hydrogenation process gets rid of any nutritional value of the oil so you’re left with chemicals and unnatural fats. It increases the levels of oil in your skin: think about it, if you eat lots of oily things, your skin will become oily. Our skin soaks up what we feed it with.
Now that you know what to avoid, what should you choose for healthy skin? Choose foods with zinc (think eggs, nuts, oats, oysters, pecans), omega-3 fatty acids (fish, fish oil), silica (green beans, mango, cucumber, strawberries) and Vitamin C (broccoli, oranges, lemons, apples, blackberries) and E (seeds, tomatoes, asparagus, whole grains) for beautiful, young skin.