Sugar gets a lot of bad press, and rightly so, for how it affects the heart and health in general. We want to take a closer look at what it does to your skin and how to best avoid the negative side effects.
Whenever we consume sugar or high-glycemic foods that rapidly convert to sugar, our bodies break these carbs into glucose and result in raised insulin levels.
When this food/ drink comes in the form of soft drinks, white bread or sugar then your insulin levels spike up, which has repercussions for the skin. The insulin spikes have an inflammatory effect, which produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin; a nightmare for those avoiding saggy skin and wrinkles. We advise studying the Glycemic Index, which is a scale that determines how quickly your blood sugar levels rise after eating certain foods.
As you will see from the Glycemic scale, simple Carbs are the enemy! The basic tip is to avoid food that is high in saturated fats, pro-inflammatory or high-glycemic. These include White bread, sweets, fried foods, fruit juices, pasta, ketchup, ice cream, sugar, soft drinks and pizza to name but a few.
The better options are complex carbs, such as brown rice and vegetables, as they don’t create the unwanted spike in insulin levels. Also look for low-glycemic foods like whole grain food, beans and nuts. Try your hardest to follow an anti-inflammatory diet of ‘good’ fats such as avocados, lean proteins like salmon and try to include anti-oxidants that are found in berries to give your skin a healthy glow.
Always remember that when it comes to seeing improvements in the skin, patience is crucial! Skin regenerates over a period of weeks, not hours or days, so stick with your new diet and you will reap the rewards!