Skip These Inflammatory Foods For Better Skin

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Although it may appear that celebrities are just born beautiful, it seems like a few of them do some work to keep it that way. Tom Brady, Gwyneth Paltrow, Channing Tatum and Penelope Cruz are just a few celebs who use anti-inflammatory diets, adhering to a strict plant- based menu and leaving processed foods, literally, off the table. Besides its numerous health benefits to your internal organs, the anti inflammatory diet is also beneficial to  your skin. If you need proof, just look at the aforementioned Brady, Paltrow, Tatum, and Cruz. Judging by the evidence, this trend may be worth looking into.

Food and Skin
Patricia Farris, MD and author of “The Sugar Detox” says, we’re actually learning that poor nutrition is just as bad for your skin as cigarette smoking. A diet filled with refined carbs and sugar can cause inflammation, which leads to oxidative stress and damages DNA and collagen. Here are some foods that celebrity hunks and hunkettes put on the no- no list.

Rice Cakes
While rice cakes may be kind to your waistline, they cause blood sugar to soar and speed up wrinkle formation. That’s because your body responds to the carbs in rice cakes the same way it does to sugar; it converts them to glucose. Glucose sticks to wrinkle fighters like collagen and can damage them, causing skin to show signs of aging.

No surprise here. Farris says that “in countries without diets heavy in processed sugar kids go through puberty without acne.” What? If this doesn’t have you cleaning out your candy bar stash, sugar is also really rough on collagen and elastin which keep skin from wrinkling.

We’re not just talking Fruit Loops here; even cereals advertised as “healthy” may be harmful to your skin. Although whole grain cereals score a bit lower on the glycemic index than white ones, they still are full of added sugar and can cause inflammation.

Got pimples? Valori Treloar, MD, and author of The Cleat Skin Diet says, “Milk can be full of growth hormones and growth factors that remain biologically active even after pasteurization. Studies show that they appear to make their way into our blood stream where they can affect insulin, cause inflammation, and ramp up oil production.” Organic milk might be a good alternative, although research has yet to say whether it doesn’t have its own negative impact on skin.

woman eating chips
Woe to chips eaters. A study in “The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology,” shows a strong correlation between chips and adult acne. Time to put down the Pringles.

Sugar hides in even the healthiest of foods. Although the fruit in smoothies contain natural sugar, it is the juice and frozen yogurts which provide the added sugar that gives smoothies their adverse effect on skin. Your best bet for avoiding the added sugar is to make smoothies at home using unsweetened yogurt and nut milk.

If you are battling with kicking the carb-sugar habit, and want to tell us about your struggles, we’re all ears. And if you’ve got some more foods to add to the list, we would love to hear it!

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