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Foods That Are Killing your Complexion

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You look in the mirror, and there it is: a new zit. You do a quick mental inventory of the foods you’ve eaten in the last few days to determine the culprit, but it doesn’t take you long to determine; it’s that candy bar you ate the other day. How you tried to forget about that dietary blunder. You didn’t even list it in your food journal. But now, here it is, getting its revenge in the form of a large pimple that will probably taunt you for the next two weeks.

You know that you are what you eat and your skin is one of the biggest reminders. Although some foods are hard to resist, pimples are a high price to pay. But, forewarned is forearmed. So, in the spirit of forewarning, here are some foods that may be causing those complexion killers.

Canned Soup
Although it may make a cheap, quick lunch, canned soup contains bisphenol and sodium which can make skin retain water, causing it to become dry, swollen, and inflamed. Bone broth is a gut soothing option which can help to heal the stomach lining without making your skin break out in the process.

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Processed Carbohydrates
Processed carbohydrates include all those foods we love like white bread, cereals, and baked goods. Unfortunately, these dietary staples break down and transform into sugar, which is bad news for your health and your skin. Seed and almond flour crackers are low in sugar and high in fiber and may save you from acne woes.

Juice
Another high-sugar bandit, juice is no friend to the acne-prone. Try a high protein smoothie with healthy fats instead.

Canned Tuna
While it may be accessible and cost effective, canned tuna may not be your healthiest seafood option. Dr. Lipman says, “It lacks the nutrients found in wild fish and is often farmed, causing mercury toxicity. ” Canned wild salmon is a safer source of omega-3s and has anti-inflammatory properties.

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Cheese made from Cow’s Milk
Pizza eaters be warned. According to Dr. Frank Lipman, MD, “Dairy is a brilliant trigger for skin issues like acne, as all dairy products come from lactating organic cows. Organic cows are filled with cow’s hormones, which can trigger hormonal acne in humans.” If you can, try replacing the dreaded zit inducer with lactose free cashew cheese or nutritional yeast, although they may not work as well as mozzarella on pizza.

Soda
Soda is a veritable cocktail of skin no no’s, from its high sugar level to its chemical content. Soda increases insulin levels and can interfere with the production of healthy bacteria. The result? A plethora of skin issuers ranging from eczema and rosacea to acne. Kombucha is a probiotic rich alternative, which would be a less “inflammatory” option.

Coffee
Caffeine in coffee can dehydrate skin. If you can sacrifice the jolt, consuming hot water with a hint of lemon can hydrate skin and reduce inflammation.

Are there any foods worth suffering zits for? Let us know what you think! And good luck keeping your complexion clear and lovely!

Avoid These High Sodium, High Calorie Foods

When it comes to high sodium and high-calorie foods, tv dinners and fast food probably top the list. If you’re trying to cut down on the bad stuff, here’s a few foods you may want to avoid.

Reasons For High Sodium Content
Processed food like frozen dinners, snacks, and pizza are usually high in sodium to satisfy the American taste for salty food. Foods without salt are generally bland and salt is easier to get and cheaper to use than other herbs, spices, and flavoring. Salt can also act as a preservative. When high sodium is combined with high calories, you have a literal recipe for disaster.
Cereal

Surely, this will come as a shocker. With a name like Quaker Oats, you wouldn’t expect one cup of their “Simply Granola” to contain 420 calories, and 10 grams of fat (1 saturated) and 26 sugars. One cup is equivalent to 3 servings of Cookie Crisps!

Fast Food Burgers
Considering their highly caloric reputation, it should be little wonder that the Carl’s Jr. 1/2 Pound Thickburger El Diablo comes in at a whopping 1380 calories, 92 grams of fat, and 3,830 mg of sodium. That’s three-quarter of the recommended daily calorie intake!

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Pizza

Just when you thought there were no more ways to fit more fat and calories into a pizza, check out the Sbarro Stuffed Sausage and Pepperoni pizza. One slice of this will earn you 810 calories, 40 grams of fat and a shocking 2,180 mgs of sodium. This oily shell of bread holds together a hot mess of cheese, sausage, and pepperoni topped by more of the same. If you’re looking for a better option, think thin crust and veggies.

Cheese Whiz
Sorry, bachelors, it looks like convenience comes with a price. Only two tablespoons of this stuff gives you 91 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4g saturated, and 541 mgs sodium. Considering that’s probably enough to get you through two crackers, that’s a lot of bad news for your heart.

Woman with frozen dinner Frozen Dinners
Its probably no surprise to find out that Hungry Man Selects aren’t exactly considered health food. Their classic fried chicken dinner consist of fried chicken, corn, mashed potatoes, a brownie, 940 calories, 56 grams of fat and 1.370 mgs of sodium. That’s almost as many calories as five servings of Chicken McNuggets, 57% of the daily sodium recommendation and 86% daily fat. You’re better off with the Fisher Price version.

What’s your recipe for disaster? We love to hear about all your high sodium, high calorie horrors. Let us know!