What You Eat Affects Your Skin Health Scientists Emphasize

by Paul on March 3, 2014

food for skinAlthough in the past doctors and nutritionists commonly thought that the foods we ingest do indeed have a lot of effect (either positive or negative) on our organism’s functions and well being, skin – while the largest organ in our bodies – had nothing to do with what we feed ourselves with and, moreover, skin disease or skin disorders couldn’t have been in any way linked to our dietary habits. But years have passed and now this hypothesis sounds a bit silly, as science clearly showed there are direct connections between food and skin. Just as your bones need calcium and vitamin D you usually find in dairy products and vegetables and just as your internal organs show improvements if you focus your diet on specific nutrients and vitamins, in the same way skin disorders, and especially acne, rashes, itchy spots, dark circles and skin color changes come from within and have everything to do with our food regimen.

Experts in the field consider that in case of skin disorders, although dermatological treatment is necessary, people should not forget that they are indeed what they eat, so healthy – skin centered diets are not a novelty issue in the medical world. On the contrary, extensive research has been conducted in the recent years and results show what many people know based on common sense and long term practice, but now the data is backed up by solid studies: the healthier your diet is, the less vulnerable you are to developing skin disorders and acne. You might say this is a no – brainer, but you’d be surprised how long it took medical and nutritional researchers to gather up solid data in order to prove that what you eat affects your skin health.

Let’s talk about sugar

You will find few products that don’t contain sugar in one form or another, besides the obvious sweets, cakes, sodas and processed foods we eat on a regular basis and while you can bump into warning signs the size of Lady Liberty telling humanity that sugar is quite bad for our health from an incredible number of points of view, researchers found that sugar is detrimental to our skin health, as it increases the insulin levels (evidently) which, in its turn, causes increases in the testosterone levels – especially in women – which leads to inflammations and acne. A clean tan may be treated with outside remedies, as we mentioned before, but on the other side of the fence, doctor Mark Hyman says the best cure for skin disorders comes from the inside.

Fat acids balance for the skin

We are used to calculate the fat levels in our foods and differentiate from the good fats and the bad ones – cholesterol levels – wise – but how many times did you ever gave your skin some thought when you poured some canola oil on some salad? Experts consider that fatty acids imbalances in our system lead to inflammations and systemic inflammation can very well show up on the skin, just like food allergies do. If you ever read some articles linking a multi – vitamin diet containing fresh fruit and vegetables and the reduction of wrinkles, itchy spots, acne, rashes or skin color bizarre changes, you should take a look at that article, as it may have some useful insights.

Do you want to keep your skin healthy?

Dieting for weight loss is a common habit, but dieting for skin health also comprises some very valid principles which are not even so farfetched as you might think: doctors emphasize on the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish rich in omega3 fatty acids, try a gluten – free diet if gluten seems the problem for skin disorders and replace some of the dairy products with other foods that contain the same (or more) levels of calcium. So it is not enough to put olive oil, fruits and vegetables on our skin, we have to feed them to it.

To be continued…

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