It’s common knowledge that sugar contributes to your waistline, but how about your skin? There are constant reports on sugar and its effect on obesity and heart health but you may wonder if it is also contributing to acne and bad skin. The bottom line is yes, and I’m here to explain why.
When you look back on 50 years of clinical studies, there is a strong indication that diet and acne are linked. Studies have also shown that sugar promotes inflammation in the body, which in turn is reflected in your skin. We know that an unhappy gut = unhappy skin. When we feed it sugar it will surely aggravate your skin.
What Sugar You Should Avoid
I’m not talking about the sugar that is naturally present in fruits. Fruits can be wonderful for your skin and are far better for you than junk food. I’m talking about sugar that is present in simple carbohydrate foods like candy, ice cream, cake, white bread, pizza, potato chips, pasta, ketchup, jam, soda and snacks.
These foods are simple carbohydrates and cause problems for your skin. Why? They rapidly break down into glucose and cause an insulin spike in your body. They are pro-inflammatory foods which mean that they promote inflammation in your body, including your skin.
Simple carbohydrates are composed of one or two sugars that are refined and hold little nutritional value to the body. Because of their very simple structure, they are converted into sugar in the body much quicker than recommended.
The Best Type of Sugar
The best type of sugar is the one that is present in complex carbohydrates as they are broken down into glucose (sugar) at a slower rate than simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates include foods such as brown rice, sweet potato, whole grains, beans, and broccoli.
Complex carbohydrates have a higher nutritional value to the body than simple carbohydrates. For this reason it’s recommended that simple carbohydrates are limited or reduced and complex carbohydrates are increased. These are the healthier sugars for your body and will fast track your journey to clear skin.
These foods will help to keep your blood sugar levels in check.
Tips To Keep Blood Sugar Levels In Check
- Eat healthy, balanced meals frequently. Lowering your sugar intake does not mean you should lower your food intake. In order to keep blood sugar levels balanced you must re-fuel the body every three hours to avoid insulin spikes.
- Get lots of beauty sleep. Getting enough sleep every night will ensure that your stress hormones (cortisol) are kept in check!
- Stress-less! Keep stress levels to an absolute minimum and practice deep breathing techniques to manage daily stress. Stress can spike insulin levels in the same way that sugar can.
For best results, I recommend that you follow an anti-inflammatory diet of lean protein, healthy fats and a complex carbohydrates for clear, glowing skin!