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Your diets effect on your skin and overall well-being.

We’ve heard the term “you are what you eat” since the beginning of time, and as many times we have ignored it with an eye-roll the saying stands truthful. What we put into our bodies has a direct correlation with our outward appearance. Whether we like it or not, hormones and diet control our mood, digestion, energy, libido, metabolism, and how our skin looks. A clean nourishing diet helps with both hormone production and metabolism which factor into the outcome of your skin. More than one-third of people with acne see a connection between what they eat and their blemishes. 

How does diet affect my skin?

There are hundreds of steps involved in the cycle of skin renewal, of which the foods you eat are components. The body, skin included, is constantly under construction and it uses vitamins and nutrients from food to repair and rebuild. A healthful diet supports your liver’s detoxification pathways, improving its ability to break down toxins and absorb nutrients. This, in turn, helps you maintain balance in your skin. 

What nutrients do I need in my diet for good skin? 

A balanced diet appears to reduce inflammation and decrease the likelihood of breakouts. Also, foods that help boost liver detoxification will help cleanse your body and carry away waste. These foods include cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, onions, and garlic. 

 

What do I incorporate in my diet to maintain skin health?

Incorporate these vitamins for healthy skin.

– Vitamin A is a skin-cycle regulator and one your body can easily absorb making it an effective vitamin to promote skin health. Experts say that the health of our skin cells is dependent on dietary vitamin A. Good food sources of the vitamin include fish oil, salmon, carrots, spinach, and broccoli. 

– Zinc appears to help prevent acne by creating an environment inhospitable to the growth of certain acne-causing bacteria. It also helps calm skin irritated by breakouts. Zinc is found in turkey, almonds, Brazil nuts, and wheat germ. 

– Omega-3 fatty acids inhibit certain molecules that lead to inflammation and resulting skin problems They also support the normal healthy skin cell turnover that helps keep acne at bay. Essential fatty acids are responsible for healthy cell membranes, which is not only what act as barriers to harmful things but also as the passageway for nutrients. You can get omega-3 fatty acids from cold water fish, flaxseed oil, sunflower seeds and almonds.  

 

What causes bad skin?

Avoid these things for healthy skin

High-glycemic foods:

These are foods that break down quickly in the body, triggering an insulin spike and raising blood sugar levels. They trigger hormonal fluctuations and inflammation both of which encourage acne.  Foods like white bread and rice, potato chips and processed foods. 

Poor diet, especially one high in sugars and starches, can throw off the balance between estrogen and testosterone, exacerbating skin problems. Western diets high in carbohydrates and processed foods cause the body to produce too much insulin, another hormone, which regulates blood sugar levels.
 

Dairy: 

A lot of dairy products contain synthetic hormones that contribute to excess hormones in the body. Dairy is also one of the main causes of leaky guy syndrome. It can cause inflammation in the body, leading to acne and other problems. 

 

What can I do for better skin? 

Food is only about 25% of the picture when it comes to acne 

The other 75% is influenced by hormones, stress, sleep levels, and where you live. Good skin care also plays a role. Most important is understanding how hormones and your diet can affect both your skin and your health. 

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