Addressing inflammation is one of the most crucial things you can do to begin the journey to achieving clear, glowing skin.
When inflammation is reduced internally and externally, it subsides and skin clears. We recommend following Precision Nutrition’s elimination diet protocol, to not only help calm inflamed skin (clear up acne, treat eczema and psoriasis, and soften wrinkles from within), but also help clear up most inflammatory-induced symptoms such as autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies, addiction to caffeine and smoking, brain fog (“slow thinking”), migraines, kidney problems, etc.
Diet is key to healing. If you are 100 percent sure none of these foods is a cause of your skin issues including bloating, nausea, painful joints, headaches, and moodiness, moderation is key, especially with sugar and diary. However, if you have never gone without eliminating any of these foods, read the following list of foods that cause inflammation and problem skin and how they affect the skin. Then use the pictogram below to learn how food sensitivities can prevent you from reaching your health, fitness, and clear skin goals.
The most important foods to eat for clear, glowing skin are those rich in:
- Skin-loving fatty acids
- Probiotics and prebiotics
- Collagen-boosting nutrients
- Cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties
“It is the daily choices we make over the long term that make the difference.”
FOODS THAT CAUSE INFLAMMATION AND PROBLEM SKIN, IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE
- Sugar (agave syrup, cane sugar, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners). Natural sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup should also be avoided or used in small amounts.
- Dairy (cheese, cottage cheese, ice cream, skim milk, low fat yogurt) especially skim milk has close correlation to acne breakouts compared with other types of diary.
- Gluten-containing grains (spelt, wheat, etc.) are not just for those with celiac disease to avoid. Gluten intolerance excarcebates skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo.
- Alcohol (beer, liquor, wine, etc.) especially if you have sensitive, red, overly reactive skin as alcohol is a trigger for inflammatory conditions such as rosacea.
- Caffeine (chocolate, coffee, tea, soda) is dehydrating, acidic, and triggers the nervous system to shift into the sympathetic dominant, fight or flight mode, which is taxing on the adrenals and neurologic system.
- Eggs (whites and yolks from any bird) have shown a strong link to both acne and atopic dermatitis in young adults.
- Corn (corn chips, kernels, popcorn, etc.) is another common food allergen.
- Nightshades (eggplant, goji berries, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and tomatillos) as some people have sensitivity to nightshades and have difficulty digesting them.
- Peanuts (peanut butter, peanuts [raw or roasted]) are a known top food allergen.
- Soy (edamame, soy milk, tofu, etc.) as its typically genetically modified, is a top allergen, and not as beneficial for men, young women, and those with thyroid disease as it is for peri-menopausal women.
- Artificial colors
- Artificial flavor enhancers
- Processed foods that contain hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils such as chips are processed at high temperatures and the oils oxidize during this process, which can increase inflammation and spur oxidative damage.
We have a firm belief in the effectiveness of our skin care products. We also believe that holistic wellbeing is of utmost importance in our lives, and those of our customers, which is why we choose to educate. As with many things in life, it is all about balance; from your diet, lifestyle choices, and skin care treatments. May you always be beautiful.
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