What To Eat For Clearer Skin

From Nutritionist Mikaela Reuben.

There are certain foods/ingredients that are known to potentially stress the body, and we are going to look at some of those today. When it comes to health, knowledge is power. By understanding what you are putting in your body, you can make educated decisions that reflect balance and lead to greater health and happiness.

We all want to have glowing radiant skin, an abundance of energy, and a positive emotional state of well-being. What if I told you the secret to feeling amazing has a lot to do with what’s on the end of your fork? If you want to have a positive impact on the way your skin and body look and feel, being mindful about what you choose to eat is one of the first steps.

Try cutting out these foods to see a difference in your skin, particularly for acne:

Sugar:

The ever wavering dip and flow of the blood sugar levels can lead to extra stress at the cellular level and, in turn, premature aging. Sugar increases testosterone in the body which increases pore size, and makes the skin appear dull, produces acne, dark circles under eyes and is known for its hard effects involving premature aging and wrinkles. Cutting back on sugar or only having naturally sourced sugar will help minimize acne.

Dairy:

Dairy is highly acidic. When the body is exposed to acidic foods, it has to work hard to restore the ph levels to a more alkaline state. The skin is our biggest detox organ, and the acid comes out through there – causing acne. The body does this by using its own mineral stores which can leave the body depleted and with compromised immunity, not to mention many diseases thrive in an acidic environment.

Gluten:

On the skin it is possible to experience an itchy, red rash with raised blisters. There can also be dull sunken skin and very dry patches that peel. This irritation can also cause acne. When the skin is showing rashes, bloating or dryness, it means that the gluten sensitivity or intolerance is aggravating the body quite a lot. The skin represents the internal health of the body. Dark circles are also possible if the person is lacking nutrients due to a lack of absorption.

Alcohol:

When alcohol is consumed too often and for a long period of time, the continuous inflammation and dehydration can lead to a skin disorder called Rosacea. This is where the skin can appear red, scaly, bumpy, dry and feel itchy or possibly a slight burning sensation. Added sugars that are in drinks need to be watched carefully when prioritizing skin health. These refined-sugar filled drinks often cause systemic inflammation leading to an inflamed digestive system, resulting in acne, dryness and dullness of the skin.

Another little added ingredient to watch out for that is found in many common alcoholic beverages is salt. Salt dehydrates the skin and the internal organs, leading to puffiness and an almost swollen appearance.

Follow Mikaela’s advice – check out these low sugar alcohols and these organic skincare products.