It’s incredible how some people don’t seem to care about their diet, but at the same time they moan about the condition and appearance of their skin. Everybody should realize that whatever you put into your body, be it food or products of vice, will manifest soon itself on the outside. That clearly means your skin will be on the lineup of casualties.
It may not be the first one in line—the internal organs will be, which is frightening if you’re not careful about your diet—but your skin will still be the canvas where your health (good or bad) will leave a mark. What’s inside will eventually become visible on the outside where the body is concerned.
This is why one’s diet is a huge factor in the appearance of the skin. The food you eat directly affects your health, and that in turn becomes very evident. Consider that when you have the flu, your skin appears dull, grayish, and pale. When you’re feeling better and your body starts regaining strength and replenishing lost vitamins and minerals, your skin would start to regain a healthy, rosy shade.
1. Too Much Alcohol
What affects the liver also affects the skin. The liver is one of the most vital organs of the body. One of its functions is filtering the blood of impurities like toxins, harmful chemicals, and the like. When a large part of your daily liquid intake is alcohol, and if you eat plenty of trans fat-rich food, your liver will be the first to take the brunt of this unhealthy onslaught. Drinking too much alcohol and eating a lot of fatty or preservative-laden food will compromise your liver—and once that happens, your body’s natural blood filter and storage for vitamins and minerals will begin to cease functioning properly. One of the first symptoms would be yellowing of the skin (and that’s not the worst of it).
2. Too Much Sugar
Aside from ruining your diet, sweets can cause glycation. This is a situation where fructose and glucose molecules attach to proteins and lipids, forming harmful molecules called advanced glycation end-products (aptly called AGEs). These are big molecules that disrupt normal metabolism, cause inflammation of the blood cells, and damage connective tissues (which can lead to more serious illnesses like Alzheimer’s and vascular tightening). When the glycation affects the proteins in the skin, it leads to discoloration, weakening, and stiffening of the skin.
3. Not Enough Vegetables
When there are not enough greens and vegetables in your diet, you deprive your body of vital vitamins and minerals. Green vegetables are rich sources of vitamins C and E, which act as antioxidants. They help maintain the natural healing process of the skin, and protect the skin from the detrimental effects of the sun’s rays. They also help correct discoloration caused by free radicals, wrinkle formation, and loss of elasticity.
4. Not Enough Calcium
In connection to the previous item, not having enough vitamin E and D in your body will lead to inefficient absorption of calcium. Calcium is not just essential for the bones; it is also important for the skin. It helps in generating new and healthy skin cells. A deficiency will manifest itself in a thin, dry, fragile-looking, and easy-to-bruise epidermis.
5. More Hydration
When you’re not keeping your body hydrated enough, it makes your skin look and become unhealthy. It doesn’t take a genius to know that dehydration leads to dull, dry skin.
6. Zinc Rich Foods
When there’s too much wheat and soy in your diet, your body is blocked form absorbing zinc (also calcium, magnesium, copper, and iron—all of which are essential to the body). Considering that these two are commonly recommended for people who don’t want to gain weight, it is too easy to fall for this blunder. Zinc is important because it promotes natural healing of the body. A deficiency manifests itself in the form of skin lesions, among others.
7. Balance Your Meals
Having too much of one thing (even the seemingly-healthful food like wheat and soy) may not be good for the body, and vices are certainly discouraged. Fill your diet with whole foods, fruits, and vegetables, especially beans (at least 1/3 cup each day for liver health) and carrots (as many as five sticks a day for vitamin A). Minimize your dairy, sugar, and trans-fat intakes. That’s the most important thing here: to carry out each new thing you’ve learned about having a healthful diet, and not just for the sake of having beautiful skin.
There are so many other examples that can be given for this. The important thing is to emphasize the importance of watching one’s diet.