Acne and The Food We Eat
We are sure that you're moisturizing your skin right, cleaning that air filter, and exfoliating every week for that blemish-free skin and healthier complexion. But one thing which most of us often overlook is our diet. According to several nutritionists, it is important to feed your body with the right nutrients and vitamins which would provide the building blocks for healthier skin. Our body is one unit, where all its functions are powered by our digestive system. It's about time we realize that when our gut is healthy, our skin will shine.
This is why it is important to be vigilant about what we eat as they can trigger and contribute to breakouts and oily skin.
How do you know if your breakouts are caused by food?
- Have you noticed breakouts the day after you had food rich in oil, sugar, salt or milk products?
- Do you get breakouts only when you have indulged in a day of heavy eating, such as festivals, birthdays or New Years?
- If you have tried mapping your face before, have you seen your breakouts on your forehead only?
- Do you often encounter acid reflux, stomach pain and gas? If so, is it related to the food that you are eating?
- Just before you break out, do you experience indigestion problems?
If you relate positively to all the above questions, you may be suffering from digestive issues. And they can lead to acne. Diets that are high in sugar, spices, and salt and alcohol can severely overwork your stomach muscles. They end up dehydrating your organs, such as the kidneys.
Kidneys filter the water out and clean your blood, an affected kidney will not do its job properly, which means that your blood will not rid itself off toxicity caused by your food. This, in turn, will cause your natural body metabolism to dip.
When your metabolism dips, your body won't process food as quickly. This means all the oily stuff will pass from your stomach to your lower intestine, for nutrient absorption. However, since junk food has little to no nutrients in them, the food passes out of your body without supplying anything to it. Your body has no clean fuel to run on. Your blood is toxic, and your capillaries will be inflamed. This is the recipe for your acne, which will multiply rapidly, as there is nothing good in your body to stop them.
How do you maintain your stomach?
- Maintain a food diary: Note whatever you are eating throughout the day. Then, if you have a pimple the next day, you can learn to identify the culprit and eliminate it.
- Drink water: By this, we mean that a minimum of 2-3 litres of water intake is necessary for your body every day. It flushes out the toxins and hydrates your skin.
- Eat healthily: Incorporate fresh foods, such as greens and fruits in your diet, as much as possible. Try lemon balm or hot water and lemon - It detoxifies your body by helping your digestive system and liver eliminate waste quickly. Milk thistle helps to soothe your stomach and intestines.
Remember, our bodies, regardless of our age, love routines and set diets, not irregularities and impure food items. Learn more about acne in our Understanding