Updated: Nov 17, 2022
Gut health. It's everywhere. if you have an unhealthy gut it can have a big impact on our overall health and especially the appearance of your skin, including spots, inflammation, eczema and rosacea. The gut microbiome is the bacteria found in your intestines that influences your overall health, especially your skin. The overall question that is frequently asked is... can certain foods impact your skin negatively? Let's get into it.
YAY OR NAY: FOOD EDITION
We know, food is irresistible and we can't tell you not to eat certain food but we can help you slowly eliminate the junk that's causing your skin issues:
🥫 𝗛𝗜𝗚𝗛 𝗦𝗢𝗗𝗜𝗨𝗠 𝗦𝗡𝗔𝗖𝗞𝗦: Sodium, while a vital nutrient for the body, can sometimes be abused by eating too many salty foods. The primary function of sodium is to hold water in the body and keep fluids in a normal balance. Sodium is also a key element in the normal functions of your nerves and muscles, as well as helping control the total amount of fluid found in your blood. However, modern diets can contain too much sodium, or salt. Foods like french fries, hamburgers, potato chips and many other salted snacks can have a large amount of sodium that often exceeds the body’s daily allowance. Too much sodium intake can cause puffiness and bloated skin, acne breakouts, and dehydration.
🥩 𝗧𝗢𝗢 𝗠𝗨𝗖𝗛 𝗥𝗘𝗗 𝗠𝗘𝗔𝗧: Red meats often contain saturated fat and cholesterol. This means that consumption of red meats lead to inflammation in the body. Our skin requires to make collagen. Too much inflammation in the body means collagen production decreases leading to dull skin.
🥯 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗙𝗔𝗦𝗧 𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗𝗦: Another major stimulant for bad skin. Excess of baked foods like breads, cakes, doughnuts or foods rich in sugar like ice creams can severely damage your skin. This is because these foods lead to a spike in your insulin levels. Refined sugar is extremely bad for your skin. Keep it limited to one tablespoon per day, if you just cannot do without it.
🍺 𝗔𝗟𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗗 𝗕𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗚𝗘𝗦: Aerated beverages have hidden ingredients like high sugar content, caffeine and even the fact that they are carbonated is a nightmare for your skin. Try leaving them for 21 days and see the difference in your skin.