You are what you eat.
If you know me, you know that I am a product hoarder. Makeup, skincare, hair products, you name it, I’ve tried EVERYTHING! Now don’t get me wrong, I do believe that a solid skincare routine can change your skin for the better. However, I am a firm believer and prime example of the saying you are what you eat.
Before eliminating gluten from my diet, I went through a major rough patch with my skin. Never having teenage acne, having break outs at the age of 23 made no sense to me. I tried almost EVERY product and spend thousands of dollars trying to fix the issue from the outside. Not only to help with the acne breakouts, but also to help with the eczema breakouts that were all over my body.
One of the first symptoms I saw disappear when going off gluten was my eczema. In barely a week, all the red, itchy patches on my skin disappeared and now I rarely get an outbreak. As I cleaned up my diet even more, my acne started to clear and my skin started to glow again.
I believe that eating foods that helped me clean out my gut, prevent inflammation and maintain balance in my body cleared my skin. Keep reading for what foods I found to have helped my skin the most. Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or dietitian, this is just to give you insight on what I know has worked for me.
- Cut out refined sugar. Refined sugar spikes insulin levels which cause inflammation in the body. Inflammation causes acne and eczema breakouts, therefore it is important to find foods that reduce it, not cause it.
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods. Not only do we want to eliminate inflammation causing foods, we want to eat ones that help reduce existing inflammation. Foods and spices such as green-leafy vegetables, celery, beets, pineapple, ginger and turmeric work to reduce inflammation.
- Cut out dairy. The theory behind this is that dairy can cause an over-production of hormones. This increase in hormones (such as progesterone and insulin) can lead to increased inflammation, aging and acne. Especially, if you are allergic to dairy or lactose intolerant (DUH.)
- Drink a glass of lemon water each morning. Lemon water right when you wake up helps to detoxify the body and boost your metabolism. It also helps to alkaline the body and balance pH levels. This in turn reduces skin inflammation and flare ups.
- Cut out coffee. As a coffee addict, this was one of the hardest things for me to do and I am still not completely off coffee. However, coffee is a diuretic which means it dehydrates the body and skin. Since the key to good skin is hydration, too much coffee can dry out the skin and give you under eye circles. Replace your coffee with green tea or matcha, to benefit from the caffeine without the dehydration. I’ve been drinking the YOUR TEA Skin Magic Tea everyday and have been noticing a difference in the clarity and brightness of my skin.
- Drink more water. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. HYDRATE. How many times have we heard those models with perfect skin say its all about hydration. As annoying as it may sound when they say it, hydration is VITAL to maintain good skin. At least 8 cups of H2O a day is recommended, more if you work out.
- Eat lots of healthy fats. Heathy fats such as fish, nuts, avocado, olive oil and coconut oil are irreplaceable in repairing cells, reducing inflammation and healing the skin. Increase your intake of these healthy fats to see a difference in your skin and body.
Hope you guys enjoyed these tips and can’t wait to hear about your experience with cleaning up your diet!