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Skin Stories: Diet & Aging

August 21, 2018

Skin Stories: Diet & Aging

Did you know that your skin tells a story? An intricate one at that. The food we consume plays a significant role in the appearance of our skin. The condition of our skin can actually provide clues to our overall general health. In this article, we are going to dive in and reveal some of our skins, culinary enemies. 

Dairy: Due to what we have been taught since childhood, this one we suspect will be a little confusing to most but let us explain. Dairy is highly inflammatory and can cause many skin issues such as rashes, rosacea and acne to flare-up. The hormones in cow’s milk can also speed up aging and cause many other problems. There is a host of safe alternatives to meet your daily nutrition needs. Almond, rice and coconut milk are excellent choices.

High Fat and Processed Foods: Any foods that are high in saturated fats and loaded with toxic amounts of salt should be avoided at all times that should be a given. Did you know that your pig out punishes your skin? These high fat, processed foods leave your skin dull and acne prone. No thanks. Breakouts and an oily complexion are also a result of those oh so alluring indulgences.

Sugar: In a perfect world, we could eat cupcakes for breakfast, however, there is only one problem. We do not live in a perfect world. Sugar triggers glycation issues that have the ability to damage the collagen in your skin. Sugar like dairy can also cause flare-ups in skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.

Canned Foods: In the modern world that we live in more and more canned foods are containing plasticizers (phthalates) and other types of plastics called BPA’s. During the heating, freezing (and even while being stored) trace amounts of chemicals are released and can eventually build up and cause chaos within us. These EDC’s (endocrine-disrupting chemicals) can mess up the production, transport, breakdown, binding and elimination of hormones within the body.

Alcohol: Abusing alcoholaffects your skin’s glow and elasticity and not for the better. Alcohol is a natural diuretic and dehydrates your entire body. The residual effects on the skin include skin dryness, redness and inflammation just to name a few.

In closing, the takeaway is this: a few indulgences won’t age you overnight, however, a lifetime of poor choices will. Stay true to a healthy diet and the reward will look back at you in the mirror.

References

The Spa Dr. 2017. 19 Best Foods For Skin (Plus 7 of the Worst). Published November 8, 2017. http://thespadr.com/best-foods-for-skin/

Health. 2017. 14 Foods That Make You Look Older. Published October 23, 2017. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20837371,00.html#alcohol-17




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