Most us have at least one friend that seems to be able to eat just about anything he or she wants and never gains a pound. While his or her metabolism may be in overdrive, it still does not offset the effects of a diet that is unhealthy. Yes, your physical health is affected by your diet, but so is your appearance. If you want that glowing complexion, it is time to put down the burger and doughnut and start eating a healthy diet.
We have put together a list of some everyday things many of us use or enjoy but that can be harmful to your skin health if eaten or overindulged:
• Caffeine – a morning cup of coffee or tea or is not a problem, but when you are drinking two or more cups a day, you could be in trouble. Caffeine stimulates the pituitary-adrenocortical response. This, in turn, increases cortisol levels. For those of you that read our posts regularly, you already know cortisol is associated with stress, which can prematurely age your skin due to dehydration (caffeine is a natural diuretic) and the thinning of your skin. When your skin lacks those fatty deposits, you are more prone to wrinkles and fine lines.
• Sugar – too much sugar is dangerous because it can weaken the immune system, resulting in inflammatory skin conditions and, of course, acne. Too much sugar can also affect your digestive system. When you are unable to properly digest food, these toxins will remain your body, wreaking havoc throughout your digestive tract.
• Supplements – taking supplements is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as you know what you are taking. The problem here is that many of the “discount” supplements people buy to save a few dollars are discounted for a reason. They may be packed with “filler” ingredients and you end up putting something harmful in your body instead of your initial intention.
• Fried Foods – the benefits of antioxidants are well publicized, but what about oxidants? Well, oil, when used for cooking at high temperatures, “oxidizes” the fats in the oil. These “oxidized” fats are then included in the food that is being cooked in the oil. So, that deep-fried chicken and fries platter you bring home every Friday night could lead to a lower metabolism and heart disease. This, in turn, can lead to poor circulation, which means your skin is not getting enough oxygen, removing that radiant glow from your skin.
• Processed and/or Packaged Foods – frozen dinners may be convenient, but they are not healthy for you or your skin. Processed foods are often robbed of the food’s initial nutrients. In addition, many of these types of foods are often prepared in a microwave, which has its own concerns. After all, there is a reason why they calling it “nuking” your food. Take the extra 15 or 20 minutes and prepare yourself a fresh, organic meal. Your skin will love you for it!