The quality of skin appearance reflects the quality of the diet. All the cosmetics available in the market are not enough to keep your skin in perfect condition. You need a healthy diet as well. Your diet affects your complexion and you can control and manage it yourself. There are many foods which has negative impact on your skin. You don’t need to completely remove from your diet but need to control its intake. Eat everything in moderate rather than cutting it off completely.
Poor nutrition can cause inflammation, which triggers oxidative stress and in turn damages collagen and DNA, making you look older. Poor diet is as bad as cigarette smoking. Here are top 10 worst foods for your skin.
Iodized salt is terrible for your skin. It causes your tissues to swell, making you look puffy and even a little unhealthy. It can aggravate acne, so it’s important to reduce your intake. Unrefined sea salt is high in all kinds of trace minerals but refined table salt don’t have such minerals and will cause you to retain water and puffiness subcutaneously while drying your skin surface.
Sugar can weaken immune system and suppress it. Then our bodies aren’t as effective at fighting off bacteria which is a leading cause of acne and other inflammatory skin conditions. Sugar also can contribute to constipation in our bowels, which can lead to congestion in our skin. Too much sugar will negatively impact the skin. Sugar in the body is acidic, creating issues in our digestive tract, which create a more suitable environment to the bad bacteria to spread in the gut. More bacteria mean more toxins and worse skin.
3. Packaged, processed and canned foods
During processing, living enzymes and nutrients are broken down and lost. Diets high in such foods almost always demonstrate nutritional deficiencies, and such deficiencies always show up in the skin.
The better the quality of your food, the better your health and skin will be. Additionally, boxed foods frequently have low water content. All foods, and especially fruits and vegetables in their natural/raw state, are higher in water content and add hydration to the body necessary to proper organ function. This hydration is essential to healthy skin because it assists in skin detoxification and helps to regulate oil production. Processed foods are often loaded with sodium and sugar which are bad for the skin.
Salty foods cause your body to hold onto water, resulting in a puffy face and the appearance of under-eye bags, says Bowe. Iodized salt is especially bad for skin in high doses, as it has been shown to aggravate acne. If you must eat pre-packaged food, make sure to rinse all canned vegetables, meats and beans after opening them to reduce the sodium content.
Snack on whole grains and fresh fruit and veggies instead.
All nuts contain oil and when those nuts are roasted the oil becomes oxidized. Not only will the oxidation contribute to overall aging of all tissues, including your skin, the oxidized, highly toxic oil is difficult for your liver and gallbladder to process. The liver and gallbladder are two major organs that are responsible for removing toxins from the body. When they aren’t functioning well, toxins have to be eliminated in another way and they will often come out through the skin.
Peanuts are also high in aflatoxin, a carcinogenic fungus, so even if you buy raw peanut butter, you could still be unfortunately ingesting a large amount of aflatoxin. In some cases, the natural oils and fats can clog pores and lead to breakouts. It can also be as simple as the natural allergens in peanuts that promote inflammation, gout and acne in sensitive individuals.
If you want clear, healthy skin, as well as a happy liver and gallbladder, avoid all roasted nuts. This includes all nut butters made from roasted nuts.
Caffeinated beverages stimulate pituitary-adrenocortical response, which leads to increased cortisol levels in our bodies. Excess cortisol is also known as the stress hormone. This hormone has been proven to accelerate the aging process and damage our skin, including thinning the skin. The thinner your skin, the more prone it is to fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration and a lusterless appearance. Coffee is also a diuretic and can dehydrate the body. The better hydrated the body, the healthier the skin appears.
Many dairy cows are fed hormones to keep them lactating year round, which doubles their milk production. When we drink that milk or eat their yogurt, ice cream, cheese, etc. we get a dose of those hormones too. Dairy consumption has been linked to acne, and excess estrogen, often found in dairy products, can cause a cascade of health issues in both men and women. Dairy is also known to be mucus-forming in our bodies, which contributes to inflammation and the ‘sticking’ of bad bacteria.
7. Mystery Meat
With industrial farming methods, animals are frequently fed a cocktail of steroids, growth hormones and antibiotics. Additionally, they aren’t fed their natural herbivore diet, but rather are stuffed with foods to make them fatter faster, not healthier. When we eat these animals, automatically we get a dose of their diet as well as this chemical cocktail. These compounds can create hormonal imbalances in our bodies, which can lead to acne and inflammation. Additionally, animal meats in general are more difficult on our digestive systems, and if we aren’t getting enough water and fiber in our diets, meats can get stuck in our digestive system, where they putrefy and contribute to toxicity.
8. Fried foods
Fried foods usually are fried in trans fats that have zero benefit to your body. When oil is at a very high heat, the oils and fats oxidize. We are then putting oxidized fats into our bodies. Fried foods cause your insulin to skyrocket. Skin will become inflamed and will appear damaged and puffy. By eating too many fried food, you will also have to deal with the long term effect of increased cholesterol and blood pressure. They can cause heart disease, poor circulation of the blood and a weakened metabolic process. Since healthy skin requires healthy circulation and metabolism, weak systems can lead to a lack of oxygen in the skin, slowing the collagen and elastin syntheses necessary for youthful radiance.
9. Artificial Sweeteners, Coloring and Flavorings
Artificial colors and sweeteners are essentially science experiments that you’re putting into your body. They have no nutritional value, and can irritate your body, and create inflammation and histamine reactions. And worse still, our bodies tend to store chemicals like these in our tissues. It wasn’t made in nature, so your body has no chance of recognizing it.
10. Gluten-Heavy Grains
Studies show that up to 40% of adults have some form of gluten or wheat sensitivity or intolerance. Foods with a high glycemic index are linked to acne because when you eat a lot of this kind of food, your body experiences an increase of glucose and insulin levels. A body with a low glycemic diet has 50% fewer chances of acne. If we have inflammation in our bodies, it often shows up in our skin. When we reduce gluten intake, there is almost always a marked improvement in their complexion and overall health. Some foods that should be avoided include pasta, breads, crackers, pastries, cakes, oats, pizza, beer, barley, rye and spelt.