When you were in middle school you probably heard rumors that chocolate or beer causes acne. While this is not entirely true, it is true that diet plays a huge role in the appearance of your skin.
We don’t often think of it this way, but skin is the largest organ in your body. It plays a crucial role in protecting you from illness and disease in the environment, and eliminates toxins that would otherwise build up within. Through its varying states of luster and clarity we can get a sense of how much toxicity is being generated and how efficiently your body is functioning to filter it out.
If everything is working perfectly you will have clear, glowing, even skin, and if things are out of balance, you may develop dry, red, inflamed, or prematurely aging skin.
So what can you eat to get that perfect baby skin you had at 4? Today we're discussing our 3 most commonly heard skin concerns and foods to help out.
To fight acne we work to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods that soothe your skin from the inside out. Chickpeas, nuts, seeds, and lentils are all great options.
Refined sugar spikes insulin levels which can stimulate oil glands and lead to break outs. Dairy often contains added hormones given to cows to help them produce more milk. These hormones can affect your body's own hormone levels and further exacerbate break outs.
To combat dullness we work with the hydration and pH balance of your skin. Lemon is wonderful for helping the liver detoxify blood, and it's alkali nature helps to rebalance your body's pH. Try a mug of hot water with lemon every morning.
Acidic foods, particularly the oils used for frying, can deplete the skin and disrupt your body's pH balance.
Ginger is a fantastic herb to fight free radical damage and inflammation. Try adding it to your lemon water in the morning for glowing, wrinkle free skin.
Sugar and charred foods create damaging by products in your blood stream that damage collagen and elastin, the primary proteins for keeping your skin looking young. Reduce both to help maintain your skins youthful texture.
For more information on how your diet may be affecting your skin, send us a note here. We’d love to hear from you!