Food vs. Skin

How different foods can impact skin

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Food vs. Skin

Kelly Holmstrom, Staff Reporter

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Food plays a significant role in your everyday life, especially when it comes to your skin. People often think that food only impacts your body, but it does more than meets the eye. Dairy is a perfect example of this. It is known for being a great source of calcium, and many people include it in their diet. However, it is also known for clogging pores due to the hormones found in cows’ milk, such as progesterone and insulin. It also triggers oil glands deep in the skin which often provokes acne to form. If you are interested in lowering your dairy intake, consider dairy-free milk, such as almond or soy.

Carbohydrates, similar to those found in candy, soda, cookies, and cake, lead to inflammation throughout the body. Furthermore, it breaks down the collagen in the skin, which is what provides elasticity and stretch. Fatty proteins in pizza, cheese, and red meat also greatly impact the skin, mainly by causing under eye circles and puffiness. On the other hand, chicken, fish, vegetables, and nuts are a much healthier source of protein and can even assist in fighting future breakouts from occurring.

Dark undereye circles and minor swelling of the face are a side effect of consuming too much sodium, also known as salt. This is because sodium causes water retention in the body, including the area around your eyes. It’s extremely important to take care of your skin, and some underestimate this.

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All types of foods can affect your skin, but healthier alternatives are always an option. Some have skin that is more prone to acne, while others do not. However, if you are looking to make improvements, it all starts with what you eat. Consider investing in healthy alternatives that benefit both your skin and body, such as drinking more water. Although this is fairly well known, it is often overlooked. Water will help remove all of the toxins in your body and skin, immediately providing a healthy, radiant glow. Other foods such as dark chocolate, kale, and raw almonds can help with hydration. Cutting certain foods completely out of your diet to keep your skin looking and feeling great is obviously not necessary, but it is still very important to take sufficient care of it.

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