Whatever fashion trends over the years and regardless of changing beauty standards, there is one thing that is always in fashion – and that is beautiful skin. No matter how we try to cover them up, imperfections will remain and we can even worsen our condition, provoking the appearance of acne. What is it? Simply put, it is clogging of the pores of the skin. Usually the cause is a change in the background of the hormonal balance during puberty. But the problems may continue after that.
Our surroundings, dirty air, spending long hours indoors, bad eating habits – these are all factors that will certainly have an adverse effect on our skin.
What can we do? Of course, the first thing that comes to our mind is to look for some solution - in the form of a cream or a mask. Unfortunately, we may have wasted our money. Much more drastic action is needed – including a complete change in lifestyle and diet.
What diet should we choose if we suffer from problematic skin? Here are some tips that may help you:
Avoid blood sugar spikes
Foods that cause spikes in blood sugar levels help release a hormone similar to insulin. Its increased levels can cause inflammatory processes - this leads to an increased risk of developing acne, as the pores increase the production of sebum.
Foods that cause blood sugar spikes are: white bread, white rice, pasta, sugar
Listed are all products that have a high glycemic index.
Other foods that can cause skin problems: dairy products, saturated fat, trans fat.
Studies prove that consuming large amounts of these products can lead to the production of hormones that cause more sebum to be released from the pores. In addition, they are also associated with an increase in the risk of inflammatory processes in the body.
What foods to choose?
If you do decide to consume carbohydrates, they should be complex - slow-release carbohydrates, as they will not raise blood sugar so sharply. These are: whole grains, legumes, unprocessed fruits and vegetables.
Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables – carrots, peaches, sweet potatoes. Also, spinach and other dark-colored green leafy vegetables.
Tomatoes, blueberries, brown rice, quinoa, turkey, pumpkin seeds, nuts and seeds, salmon.
Foods rich in zinc – pumpkin seeds, cashews, beef, turkey, quinoa, lentils, seafood. The he alth benefits of zinc include – the proper functioning of the digestive system, improving the function of the immune system, reducing stress levels, speeding up metabolism, etc.
Foods rich in omega-3 – mackerel, herring, oysters, caviar, eggs, beef, flaxseed, chia, walnuts. In addition to the good condition of the skin, these foods will help you improve the function of the cardiovascular system, stabilize the emotional state and improve cognitive function.