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Acne doesn’t have to be a part of your life. You do have control.
Everything starts from the inside and works it way out through our urine, bowel movements and through our largest organ, our skin. The one thing we do every day that contributes to what is coming out through our skin is eating food.
The acne causing foods on the no-no list are every day choices we make and each have their own results. Think back to high school and the ever-present teen acne. It may have had nothing to do with puberty at all, but a reaction to what we ate as teenagers. And may still eat.
You will probably not be surprised by the foods, but knowing why may make it a little easier to accept.
Milk and Dairy
In the case of persistent acne a non-dairy alternative may be worth a try. Milk proteins can contribute to the release of insulin and growth hormones. There are also hormones that lead to testosterone which is not all bad in the right amounts.
Men and women need testosterone in the right amounts. An imbalance of excess testosterone in men and women and can lead to other health issues.
Acne is your body’s way of telling you “I don’t recognize this and I want it out now!” Unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats are two of the many things your body cannot process because they are man-made.
Fried foods and baked goods may feel like comfort food or a treat but there will be no comfort if you wake up with a red speckled face or a great big zit because of it. What a crappy treat!
High GI Foods
Ever hear of the Low GI Diet. Originally created for diabetes patients to help manage blood sugar levels (insulin), the results for managing those blood sugar levels are also great for overall health that shows on your face.
When we eat foods that are high on the Glycemic Index like potato chips, cookies and white bread, they are easily broken down into sugars that aren’t needed. Read here for more detail on how blood sugar works.
The blood sugar spike overloads the body and it has nowhere to go but out through the skin.
Foods that help prevent acne
Anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables
“Eat all your veggies!!!” heard every kid everywhere! Mom and Dad were right, just maybe not for the reasons they thinking.
Antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies have anti-inflammatory properties and we don’t like being inflamed. Do we?
Antioxidant fruits and vegetables are brightly coloured and include things like peppers, spinach and berries. An added bonus is that antioxidants also fight free radicals and oxidative stress which can also relieve acne.
We have all seen the ads for good gut bacteria and for good reason. Probiotics help digest and make use of the vitamins and nutrients that we put in. Foods that are naturally probiotic are things like yogurt, kimchi and saurkraut. Supplements are also a good way to go if you have an aversion to fermented foods. And there are many to choose from.
We started off the list with the unhealthy fats that contribute to acne and inflammation. Now on to the good fats that are anti-inflammatory and keep our insides moving smoothly.
Foods like salmon, avocados, walnuts and chia seeds are all great sources of omega 3 fatty acids.
Until next time,