The skin is the largest organ of the body. It plays important roles in several body functions. With this in consideration, it is important that it is supplied with all the necessary nutrients. Vitamins and minerals–derived from a healthy diet–are important in maintaining not just healthy looking skin, but better functioning skin as well.
As much as a good diet affects the skin positively, a bad diet can also significantly affect the skin in a negative way. Some types of foods are just bad for the skin and can cause several skin problems such as acne, wrinkles and many more. These types of food should either be avoided or consumed in moderation.
1. Processed Foods
Processed foods are on top of the list. The more processed the food is, the more harmful it is–not just to the skin–but to the body as a whole. Foods lose most of their important nutrients during processing. Most processed foods are not enough to provide the body with the important nutrients it needs to function effectively.
What may also be more important to note–when it comes to processed foods–is not what is lost, but what is added during processing. Preservatives, artificial food colors and all the other chemical additives in food may just be more than what the body can handle. Some chemicals may be toxic to the body. The body may manifest this by allergic reactions and other skin ailments.
2. Oily, Fatty, Greasy Foods
Foods that contain big amounts of saturated fats, trans fats and hydrogenated oil are bad for the skin. These types of fats can accumulate in the cells and can cause build ups when not used by the body. Excessive intake of these types of fats is a major causative factor in obesity.
The “bad fats” when subjected to heat from cooking, may also release toxins or dangerous free radicals. Free radicals are one of the many causes of aging. People who consume these types of food have higher risks of skin break outs.
A better alternative to meet the fat needs of the body is through consumption of foods that are rich in good fats. Essential fatty acids are good for the skin. They are excellent anti-oxidants resources and are also known for their anti-inflammatory qualities.
3. Foods with High Glycemic Index
A high glycemic index number can be found in foods that contain simple carbohydrates such as white rice, white bread and most desserts. These types of foods are easily digested by the body and are readily converted into sugar or glucose. High levels of glucose in the blood can trigger several hormonal activities which may cause acne. Also, sugar molecules attach readily to collagen. Collagen depletion results to loss of the skin’s elasticity. This may eventually result to premature aging.
It is not just one food alone that affects the appearance of the skin. The key to healthy skin is a healthy lifestyle and a well-balanced diet.