Foods that are cer­tainly not good for the skin

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

We all have heard the old say­ing, ‘You are what you eat’, and it def­i­nitely stands true when it comes to our skin.

A de­li­cious meal put to­gether should bring a smile to your face, and not de­crease the life of your skin. Cer­tain foods can cause an out­break of acne, and even make the skin bumpy and itchy. Some of them can also lead to the out­break of hives, eczema, or an ex­tremely sen­si­tive rash.

Now, health ex­perts have al­ways pointed out the neg­a­tive ef­fects that fried foods have on the skin. How­ever, there are some more food items that can wreak havoc on the body.

Foods Bad for Skin Al­co­hol

Al­co­hol is pow­er­ful nat­u­ral di­uretic; this means the more it is con­sumed, the more it de­hy­drates the body. It also sucks up all the nat­u­ral mois­ture from the skin, mak­ing it dry and flaky, and ul­ti­mately giv­ing rise to wrin­kles. Peo­ple with sen­si­tive skin can also ex­pe­ri­ence rosacea due to al­co­hol.

Cof­fee

You might want to go easy on your cup of Joe. Gulp­ing down 2 to 3 cups of cof­fee in­creases the level of cor­ti­sol (stress hor­mone) in the body. Ris­ing lev­els of cor­ti­sol ac­cel­er­ate the ag­ing process of the skin and also cause sig- nif­i­cant dam­age. As caf­feine acts as a di­uretic, con­sum­ing it in ex­cess de­hy­drates the body, and leaves the skin with a dry and lack­lus­ter ap­pear­ance.

Milk

Al­though its ef­fects are not that dis­as­trous, milk does harm the skin. Ex­cess con­sump­tion of milk leads to acne. Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Academy of Der­ma­tol­ogy, milk over­stim­u­lates the pro­duc­tion of se­bum, even­tu­ally lead­ing to the out­break of acne.

Salt

With­out salt, there would be no taste, but in ex­cess, salt, es­pe­cially iodized salt, is pretty dam­ag­ing to the skin. It swells up the tis­sues, gives a bloated ap­pear­ance, and ad­versely af­fects the over­all health of an in­di­vid­ual. In worst cases, it can also lead to an acne out­break.

Soft Drinks

To give the skin a healthy and ra­di­ant look, it is im­por­tant that the level of sugar in the blood is un­der con­trol. An av­er­age glass of Coke con­tains more than 50g of sugar, which is enough to trig­ger dry­ness and acne. Try to make these car­bon­ated bev­er­ages a weekly or monthly treat, and get in the habit of quench­ing thirst with fruit juice or wa­ter.

Heavy Gluten Foods

Gluten is ba­si­cally a pro­tein that is found in wheat, and all ma­jor grains that come un­der the phrase, ‘Sta­ple Diet of the United States’. Iron­i­cally, ac­cord­ing to re­search con­ducted by the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health (NIH), and The Univer­sity of Chicago Celiac Dis­ease Cen­ter, be­tween 5% to 10% of the to­tal US pop­u­la­tion suf­fers from gluten in­tol­er­ance.

Gluten in­tol­er­ance has many side ef­fects, but the most vis­i­ble ones of­ten show up on the skin, in the form of swelling, dry­ness, and acne. The best ex­am­ples of high gluten foods are pasta, white bread, pas­tries, cakes, pizza, and oats.

Choco­late and Candy

As much as t hey are hard t o ig­nore, sug­ary foods, like choco­late and candy are very un­healthy for your skin. Con­sum­ing them in ex­cess spikes up the blood sugar lev­els, which di­rectly speeds up the pro­duc­tion of se­bum, lead­ing to acne. These foods also ad­versely af­fect col­la­gen and elastin, which help in mak­ing the skin look young and ra­di­ant.

Cut back on these foods if you want your skin to feel healthy and ra­di­ant, and try to fol­low a bal­anced diet for op­ti­mal health.

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