As the saying goes, you are what you eat; and the fact your Gut makes up for 80% of your body, well, it’s needless to say your diet can have a direct effect on you Skin!
Acne and Insulin
There has been a correlation between high-insulin levels and Acne. This is because insulin makes cells grow more quickly and boosts Sebum production- which is an oily, slightly waxy substance found on the skin.
So, if you are prone to acne, stay away from foods high in refined carbs and sugars; fatty, processed and fast foods AND artificial sweeteners.
Whey protein, although being a popular dietary supplement- especially with body builders- is also another culprit in raising Insulin levels. So take with caution or try another Protein Powder made from Cranberry and Pea Protein such as the Arbonne Protein Powder which comes in three delicious flavours and is packed full of Vitamins and Minerals (see link below)
Acne and food sensitivities
Studies have found that food sensitivities increase inflammation in the body which can include Acne, as Acne does indeed appear to be an inflammatory disease. Foods which have been found to have an inflammatory effect include soy, wheat, sugar, processed meat, trans-fats found in Margarine and foods high in Omega-6 fatty acids such a Vegetable Oil (eating more Omega-3 rich foods like Fatty Fish balances the Omega 3-6 ratio reducing the inflammatory effect).
You can try temporarily eliminating particular food groups and enjoy a clean eating, wholefood, alkaline diet. Then systematically re-introduce food back into your diet to see what effect it has on your body, hence, finding the offenders.
I love doing this occasionally to give my body a break and a reset. I always feel re-charged energetically and my skin glows!!
Skin loving Anti-inflammatory Food
Vitamins A, D, E & Zinc- Crucial for Skin and Immune Health and May reduct Acne.
(Avocados – Seeds – Sweet Potatoes)
Turmeric and Ginger. Anti-inflammatory, regulates blood sugar levels and inhibits growth of acne.
Green Tea. Anti-inflammatory. Can also reduct acne if applied to the skin.
Probiotics and Prebiotics. Dietary fibre for a healthy gut and reduces inflammation. Can be found in pickles.
Omega 3 fatty acids. Anti-inflammatory and reduces acne. Found in Walnuts and fish 🐟
I would highly recommend the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy living programme. It’s a fantastic Elimination Diet who’s supplements and diet programme contain all of the above and more. And believe me when I say eliminating some foods does not mean going hungry!! (see link below or contact me for more info) https://www.arbonne.com/Pws/homeoffice/store/AMUK/product/Arbonne-Essentials-Arbonne-Special-Value-Pack-with-Protein-Shake-Powder-1430,10807,941.aspx
Please keep your eyes out for more of our blogs. The next one being Acne and Skincare. Our sources for todays blog: Biomed Research International.