In last month’s newsletter, we talked about foods that will keep you looking and feeling good. We mentioned that our skin is in charge of many functions that help us everyday: protection from harmful pathogens and chemicals; regulating body temperature through sweating; allows us to sense pressure, temperature, and pain through sensory nerves embedded in our skin; and production of Vitamin D which is important for bone health by helping the body to absorb calcium.
This month, we continue that discussion and look at what foods to avoid in order to keep our skin looking and feeling good.
Dairy items, especially milk, can contain growth hormones and growth factors that can affect your own hormone balance. If you find yourself breaking out with acne, try cutting out milk products to see if it has any effect.
If you drink a lot of soft drinks, you might want to rethink that! Soft drinks contain high amounts of sugar, which can degrade collagen and elastin, two proteins that contribute to keeping your skin looking healthy and soft. Overall, you should keep an eye out on excess sugars in your diet, as that can also weakening your immune system, making it more difficult for your body to protect you from bacteria, one of the causes of acne.
Processed meats can also contribute to poor skin. Chemicals in processed meats can lead to inflammation and affect the collagen in your skin. Processed meats, depending on its source, can also contain higher amounts of steroids, growth hormones, and antibiotics. As with milk, this can affect your body’s hormone balance, which again can lead to acne and inflammation.
As you plan your meals, remember to keep in mind that what you take in to your body has as a great effect on how you look and feel on the outside. Taking small steps to improve your diet will help you keep cleaner and younger looking skin.