Diet is the best medicine for the largest organ in the body, skin. A large part of what your mental and physical constitution is directly related to what you eat daily. Long-term studies have found that our body responds outrightly to whatever we feed it. The oldest mantra of life preservation is to eat right, think positively and lead a stress-free life.
Although it’s hard to be totally devoid of stress in recent times, you can at least choose what you eat. Here is the list of 5 food varieties that are responsible for your skin problems.
5 Foods You Should Avoid For Your Skin’ Sake
One look at the foods below and you would know that they have limited or no ability to protect the skin from free radical damage. They even alter the digestive and metabolic processes in the body causing toxins to buildup. Amidst such an environment, the skin experiences a series of health problems ranging from allergies to breakouts.
1. Processed Foods
Processed foods are rich in refined sugar, trans fats and plenty of additives in the form of colorants, and preservatives. The western diet is filled with processed and high-glycemic foods that do more harm to the skin. Devoid of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, they aggravate symptoms of acne and allergic dermatitis.1
2. Gluten Grains
Grains with gluten include whole wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten sensitivity and intolerance are conditions that can affect the health of both body and skin. Studies have revealed that people who went on gluten-free diets found respite from inflammatory skin diseases like dermatitis herpetiformis (blistering disease of skin), psoriasis and urticaria.2
Almost 75% of the world is either lactose sensitive or intolerant. Despite being a good source of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D, dairy has its demerits. Researchers have found that dairy can stimulate the secretion of hormones like insulin and IGF-1. Both of them have been involved in worsening symptoms of acne and rosacea.3
4. Non-Organic Produce
Pesticides came into the limelight for helping farmers get a higher yield of fruits, vegetables, and grains. These harmful chemicals have penetrated into our diet and have left us afflicted by a wide range of disorders affecting the skin and other vital organs.
Long-term studies have found that children and pregnant women are at a higher risk of suffering adverse reactions to pesticides in food. The best way to prevent unnecessary pesticide intake is by having organic produce as much as possible.4
Having alcohol regularly is the worst way to destroy your skin. Being a diuretic, it dehydrates your skin and deprives it of vital vitamins like B complex, D, and zinc. This makes your skin more vulnerable to microbial infections and allergic conditions like rosacea, urticaria, and dermatitis.5
Caring for your skin’s well-being through dietary choices is not rocket science at all. Have real, unprocessed foods rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Say no to junk foods and alcohol. Drink a lot of water and exercise regularly so that your skin can feel refreshed and rejuvenated from within.
|↑1||Pappas, Apostolos. “The relationship of diet and acne: a review.” Dermato-endocrinology 1, no. 5 (2009): 262-267.|
|↑2||Humbert, Philippe, Fabien Pelletier, Brigitte Dreno, Eve Puzenat, and François Aubin. “Gluten intolerance and skin diseases.” European Journal of Dermatology 16, no. 1 (2006): 4-11.|
|↑3||Melnik, Bodo C., Swen Malte John, and Gerd Schmitz. “Over-stimulation of insulin/IGF-1 signaling by western diet may promote diseases of civilization: lessons learnt from laron syndrome.” Nutrition & metabolism 8, no. 1 (2011): 41.|
|↑4||Fast Facts about Health Risks of Pesticides in Food. Center For Ecogenetic And Environmental Health|
|↑5||Poikolainen, Kari, Timo Reunala, Jaakko Karvonen, Jorma Lauharanta, and Päivi Kärkkäinen. “Alcohol intake: a risk factor for psoriasis in young and middle aged men?.” Bmj 300, no. 6727 (1990): 780-783.|