Excess sugars – Consuming excessive amounts of sugar causes dry skin and bacterial infections on the skin. Avoid adding sugar to foods, as well as consuming processed foods that tend to have hidden sugars and sugar derivatives.
Salt – Yes, our bodies do need this electrolyte for normal bodily functions. Adding salt to our foods, however, is an un-needed and harmful habit for our overall health and health of our skin. Salt is damaging to the skin and tissue because it drains the needed fluid out of the body.
Alcohol – I, too, enjoy a glass of wine or two, but overdoing it can reap havoc on your skin. Alcohol causes the skin to dry out, leading to inflammation and the gradual appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Saturated and trans-fats – As we discussed yesterday, some fats are extremely beneficial to the skin. Saturated fats and trans-fatty acids, on the other hand, are destructive. They are known to raise blood cholesterol levels and this in turn can lead to heart problems. They also are known to break up skin cell structure causing a reduction in moisture and the skin’s ability to maintain its firmness and flexibility.
To put it simply, WE ARE WHAT WE EAT! Include a balance of healthy foods including fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, lean proteins, dairy sources and healthy fats. Following a healthy and balanced diet is essential for optimal health and to the appearance of healthy, youthful skin.
For more information on how nutrition can impact your skin, contact Alissa Robertson, Nutrition Specialist and owner of Lifestyle Management & Nutrition.