Have you heard the saying, “More veggies better skin?” Well this statement is true. We have all tried that quick fix for clearer skin. From purchasing Proactive, soaps, creams to products being sold on HSN etc. Or running to the dermatologist every time something seems awkward or have that break out explosion at the wrong time. Glamour decided to challenge one individual to change their eating habits to achieve clearer skin. And guess what?! It worked. Their participants traded in junk food for a dermatologist designed prescription menu of vegetables, fish, lean meats and whole grains and ate themselves to clearer skin. If your looking for healthy skin without the added chemicals try this. Let us know your progress.
Here is what was on the menu.
1. Avoid Processed Carbs. They’re digested very quickly, which causes spikes in insulin ( a hormone that increases levels of acne-causing androgens like testosterone) and a chemical called IGF-1. Both lead to clogged pores and oil secretion.
2.Pass on meats. But eat fish. The latter contain omega-3 fats, which help stop inflammation, an acne and redness trigger. Meats, on the other hand, can be high in omega- 6 fats, which trigger inflammation and oil production.
3. Cut down on dairy. Try almond milk instead. Eat yogurt.
Dr. Danby has published ten studies on dairy and acne. In one, of 47,355 women, he found that those who drank the most milk were 44 percent more likely to have had severe acne than women who drank no milk. Why? Many dairy cows in the United States are pregnant. Sounds random, but stay with us: As a result, their milk is full of growth hormones, which some experts believe may boost acne-causing testosterone levels.
4. Don’t scrimp on the veggies. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables like carrots and broccoli are healthiest because they’re full of antioxidants. Any raw fruits or veggies help because they’re made up of as much as 96 percent water.
5. Steer clear of the white food family. White bread, cookies, cakes, and crackers.
6. Eat more fiber rich carbs. Brown rice, whole-grain pasta, sweet potatoes, and lentils.
7. Avoid processed meats like hot dogs. Opt for organic and free- range.
8. Cook with olive oil. Instead of corn and vegetable oils, which typically have more omega-6 fats.
9. Cut down on alcohol. Proven to exacerbate adult acne, eczema, and rosacea.
10. Fill your plate with colorful antioxidants rich vegetables. Carrots, spinach, and broccoli ( and when possible, eat em’ raw)
Source: Glamour November 2012 Issue