Think that food and skin health is unrelated? Think again. Recent studies have shown that high-glycemic foods such as refined grains and processed sugars may in fact, trigger breakouts.
What is considered “High-glycemic”? Examples include foods such as french fries, white pasta, white bread, and sodas. These foods spike your blood sugar levels too quickly causing the pancreas to respond by pumping extra insulin in order to bring those sugar levels down. End result? The insulin also signals the sebaceous glands to manufacture and secrete sebum, the oily substance that is carried to our pores. This increased production of insulin and sebum leads to breakouts and skin woes.
So if eating high-glycemic foods can lead to breakouts, the opposite can be said as well for low-glycemic foods. There are foods out there that are actually good for the skin! Want to rid yourself of breakouts, acne, blackhead and whiteheads? Give these five foods a try!
1) Whole grains
High fiber whole grains are great for acne prevention. Whole grains are chock full of antioxidants, and unlike processed grains, they actually stabilize blood sugar and prevent insulin spikes. So by stabilizing the insulin spikes, you’re stabilizing your sebum production. Voila! Controlling oil production controls your breakout disasters.
2) Green Tea
You’ve probably heard all about the multitude of benefits from drinking green tea by now. Well add clearer skin to that benefit list. Similar to the previously listed items, it acts as an anti-inflammatory and is a great detoxifier. This miracle worker helps you to flush out infections and bacteria, paving the way for clearer and brighter skin.
Speaking of flushing bacteria out… turn to water! Our bodies are comprised of mostly water. Dehydration can lead skin to over correct, over production of oil, all leading to unwanted blemishes. Load up on water! Flush bacteria out, keep your skin balanced and hydrated.
If you can’t “beet” ‘em, eat ‘em! Beets are loaded with antioxidants which promote all around health. In addition, they also help to promote cell turnover. If you’re not into beets, give other purple foods a try. You can find similar benefits in pomegranates and acai berry as well.
There you have it, 4 great foods to help your real skin shine through. Remember, you are what you eat, so eat your way to the beautiful new you! Mangia!
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