Healthy Skin Food Battle

Avoid These 6 Types of Foods and Drinks to Keep Healthy Skin

With so many processed, high salt, high sugar foods easily available we can forget the effects they have on our largest organ: our skin. Getting and maintaining healthy skin can be a challenge these days, what foods exactly are causing these issues? Today we discuss 5 types of foods/drinks to avoid to keep your skin youthful and healthy!

1. Candy

Candy contains a lot of sugar which isn’t good for you in the first place, but when you eat too much sugar, it starts a process called glycation. This process creates excess sugar molecules that combine with protein and create advanced glycation end products. These can damage your skin’s collagen.

Drinks such as: energy drinks, soda pop, and lemonade are also filled with sugar so it is best to avoid them as well. It is also be good to stay away from the sweet pastries even if they may be tempting.

2. Alcohol

Wine vs Herbal WaterAlcohol is probably one of the worst things for your skin. It is bad for your liver which rids toxins from your body. When your liver is healthy, you will have healthy skin, drinking alcohol helps toxins to build up in your liver and are not broken down properly, causing your skin to have a lot of issues like acne and wrinkles.

Drinking can also cause rosacea breakouts in your skin. It is also very dehydrating and doesn’t promote good sleep, which can lead to accelerated aging. This can cause wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity.

3. Salt Heavy Foods

Salt disrupts the sodium-water ratio in your body, so your body tries to hold onto extra water. This can cause you to become puffy or swollen in your face, arms, legs, hands and feet. If you consume too little of water and you have a high sodium intake, this could cause you to become dehydrated which is also not good for your skin.

Sometimes it can be hard to avoid salty foods as a lot of canned and packaged foods are preserved with it. Often restaurants cook with salt also. Using a moisturizer that contains caffeine can be a quick, temporary solution for fighting fluid retention because it reduces puffiness.

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4. Spicy food

If your skin is prone to rosacea, then spicy food isn’t for you. Your might find after you eat spicy food that you skin gets blotchy and less youthful looking. It can also cause puffiness, permanent redness and even puffy veins.

It is okay to have spicy food occasionally but having it too often might cause some skin issues that might be hard to undo.

5. Caffeine

Caffeine is a diuretic which means it takes the fluid out of your body and can deplete your body of its moisture. This can make your skin dry, dull and aged looking. The less water your body has the less elasticity your skin will have.

On the bright side. It is very easy to reverse the effects of caffeine on your skin. You can either drink lots of water to replenish the body. 6-8 cups a day is recommended. You can also use a moisturizer on your skin that contains hyaluronic acid. This moisturizing ingredients holds 1,000 times its weight in water and is great for your skin.

6. Fatty, Charred Meats

Many types of meat can cause inflammation in the body and this breaks down the collagen in your skin which helps to keep your youthful appearance. Try to stay away from the black char on meat because it contains pro-inflammatory hydrocarbons which are especially bad for you and your skin. Try to stick to eating leaner meats like turkey or chicken and avoid getting the meat charred when barbecuing. Additionally you can choose meat alternatives.

Processed meats like deli meat, sausage and bacon all have sulfites and preservatives in them that also cause inflammation in the skin and accelerate aging. They are also very high in salt so try to stick to the lean meats/meat alternatives and vegetables. Stay away from fatty meats as well, these generate free radicals which negatively affect your skin’s ability to protect itself and generate collagen.

 

Sources:
https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20837371,00.html#black-tea
https://www.popsci.com/heres-what-happens-to-your-body-if-you-eat-too-much-salt

 

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