Dump Sugar & Refined Carbs!
Simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar, white bread, desserts, candy, and soda, cause insulin levels to spike. This leads to a burst of inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation isn’t at all good for your skin.
Digested sugar permanently attaches to the collagen in your skin through a process known as Advanced Glycation. This process actually ages your skin. It produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.
Sugars and refined carbs, through advanced glycation end products (AGEs), also causes loss of elasticity, stiffness, and compromised skin barrier function. This all adds up to saggy, dryer, duller skin! Other conditions that appear when circulation is damaged and cell turnover slows is a loss of volume in the face, that sunken hollow look. YiKeS…
Aside from being toxic to your body and contributing to digestive conditions, sugars and refined carbs also have poor nutritional value. What’s worse is that they feed the bad bacteria in your gut, overcrowd the good, which leads to digestive conditions, such as candida, a yeast overgrowth. This leads to acne and skin rashes, and an increase of oil production. Can you say breakouts and clogged, large pores!?!
When it comes to refined sugar, simply cutting out table sugar isn’t enough. It’s really essential that you read labels. Refined sugar goes by many names, including high fructose corn syrup, table sugar, cane sugar, and glucose-fructose.
Also watch out for white flour in cookies, muffins, pastries, pasta, pizza crust, and white bread. Processed sugar and flour are also hidden in many packaged foods. That’s why it’s critical to read food labels for maintaining your skin’s health. Better yet, consider avoiding processed foods altogether.
There is a very strong link between consuming dairy products and getting acne, skin breakouts, and wrinkly, aging skin.
Cows used in dairy farming are actually pregnant. Their hormones, such as progesterone and insulin growth factors get into the milk, and into your body. This leads to increased levels of inflammation, and you remember, from above, what inflammation does to your skin…sagging skin, wrinkles, rashes, eczema, and more!
Growth hormones and antibiotics are also added to conventional dairy products. These hormones may interfere with your body’s natural hormonal balance. In particular, excess estrogen (the female growth hormone) in your system can contribute to hormonal cystic acne.
The antibiotics play havoc with your good gut bacteria. Remember, from above, what happens when the bad bacteria in your stomach and intestines takes over… oily skin, large pores, acne, aging skin, and more!!!
Milk naturally contains components related to the hormone testosterone, that stimulates oil glands in your skin, setting the stage for some horrible skin conditions like acne. It can cause seborrhoea, a long-term skin disorder, which includes red, scaly, greasy, itchy, and inflamed skin. Dairy can also cause spotty skin, hyperpigmentation, and other skin pigmentation disorders. ICK!
Another problem with dairy is that most adults are intolerant to lactose, the sugar found in dairy, and most aren’t even aware they’re sensitive. Food sensitivities lead to to inflammation and all those awful skin conditions and flareups caused by it.
Quit Eating Meat!
Eating meat has many of the same problems as eating sugars and dairy. A single meal of meat, triggers an inflammatory reaction inside the body within hours of consumption. This not only sets you up for inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers but also leads to those nasty skin conditions you’re trying to avoid. (ie., fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, dull, dry skin, etc.) Eczema and other chronic inflammatory skin conditions can also be relieved by eliminating meat consumption.
Especially problematic are processed meats. They contain a lot of salt which leads to water retention and puffy, swollen skin. Studies also suggest sodium nitrates, which are a preservative added to many processed foods, can break down collagen and elastin and cause signs of premature aging.
Red meat contains a high level of L-carnitine which harden blood vessel walls, causing premature aging. Red meat has also been linked to increased levels of testosterone in the body, which leads to more oil being produced, blocked pores acne, and other skin problems.
Just like sugar and dairy, meat disrupts your microbiome, the good bacteria in your gut. When you eat meat, you get a growth of disease-associated species in your stomach and intestines. This leads to the inflammatory response, which destroys and ages your skin. Also when your microbiome has too much bad bacteria, you don’t absorb as many of the nutrients in your food. You need this nutrition to make your skin look young and healthy.
How Should You Actually Eat To Get Beautiful, Healthy, Vibrant, Skin?
A plant-based, whole food, clean eating plan is the best way to eat for the health of your skin. Center you food choices on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. Your meals should include mostly vegetables, fruits, legumes, tubers, and whole grains. Exclude or minimize meat (even chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs. Avoid highly refined or processed foods, like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil. Stay away from trans fats and artificial sweeteners.
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- Shopping list
- Foods low in the glycemic index
- Handouts to track eating habits
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