Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so it's no wonder that the food you fuel your body with will have an impact on your skin. Those who are suffering from conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis may find that changing their diet to a plant-based one could help clear up their skin conditions (as well as helping them overcome a host of other health concerns, as well!). If you've been struggling with your skin, it's time to explore your options and see if a change in your diet could create a positive change in your skin.
The truth is we're not entirely sure, but there certainly seems to be a link. There are numerous studies about why food effects skin, but right now, there is no definitive answer but the theories are interesting. One researcher, Loren Cordain, who discussed his findings in an NBCNews.com article, theorized that refined carbohydrates could be to blame. His study looked at the skin and the diet of "1,200 Kitavan Islanders from Papua New Guinea...and 115 Ache hunter-gatherers of Paraguay." The researchers didn't come across a single case of acne in the group, which is startling as almost 90% of American teenagers will experience the skin condition and those in middle age are often no strangers to the condition, either. So why did the study group have such clear and healthy skin?
The researchers think it's because the group rarely ate refined carbohydrates, such as the ones found in bread. The article stated:
"A steady diet of such foods can trigger a 'hormonal cascade' that leads to acne, according to Cordain's theory. High blood sugar levels cause the pancreas to pump out more insulin, which triggers the release of male hormones and growth factors. In the end, Cordain says, more oil is produced and more skin cells slough off, clogging pores."
All of which leads to acne.
But what about other conditions like psoriasis and eczema? It's unlikely that food actually causes these skin conditions, but it's very likely that what you eat could exacerbate an existing condition and cause it to flare up. Issues like these are inflammatory conditions; that means that any inflammation could lead to the condition becoming worse. There are some foods that can cause inflammation within your body. If you have a food allergy or a sensitivity to certain foods, it can cause these skin conditions to worsen. Foods that are commonly linked to worsening eczema include eggs, cow's milk, fish, and shellfish; all animal-based products.
Eating healthy can help your skin continue to look younger, too. A healthy diet can provide your body with antioxidants and hydration to help fight off wrinkles.
Want to help your skin stay healthy and wrinkle-free? Try adding more of these foods to your diet.
If you are trying to give your skin what it needs to stay healthy, happy, and free from blemishes or other conditions, then it's time to cut these out of your diet.
Now that you know how food affects your skin, what to eat, and what you should avoid, it's time to make some dietary changed that can help you provide the nutrients that your body needs to create healthy, beautiful skin. Our plant-based meal delivery service provides you with flash-frozen meals packed with the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are not only great for your skin but great for the rest of your body as well. Moving to a plant-based diet can help you clear up skin issues along with a whole host of other health concerns, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. If you'd like to see what a plant-based diet can do for your skin and the rest of your body, place an order for one of our meal packs today! Try ten of our meals and see if it makes a difference in how you feel and the appearance of your skin. What have you got to lose, except problematic skin?
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