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Get Rid of Acne by Eating Healthier

For the past few months, I have been receiving a lot of queries from my viewers about their acne issues. I am truly grateful to you all for trusting me with your issues and making time to post your queries. I always love to give out solutions that I have tried and tested. So today, I’ve created a video for acne solutions in which I’m gonna tell you what is acne and what are the best foods you must eat and not eat when you have acne. After all, what could be better than starting the New Year with a beauty solution?

The first obvious question is what is acne?
Well, acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes annoying, painful and unpleasant spots and pimples especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, chest, and upper arms. Whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts and nodules are all different forms of acne. Let me tell you acne is a deeper issue than we think! It’s not just skin deep but it goes way way deeper. In fact, if you have acne, it is because something has gone wrong with your system. I have met so many people for whom acne is not just a skin condition but a reason for low self-esteem and
under confidence. Most of these people often rely on medicines and strong antibiotics which is harsh on their system; these medicines or antibiotics given for acne have major side effects in the long run. So today I am going to talk about the internal factors that affect acne; issues like our overall health in general and specifically our gut health. Remember if you have skin issue, you have gut issue! So get your gut health right and you will get your skin right!

What causes acne?
Your sweet tooth is causing acne You must be thinking, does sugar really cause breakouts? Even though we would
like to believe it doesn’t, the fact is, it does. Sugar has had a longtime bad rep in the skincare world. For decades physicians, dermatologists, and skincare companies have been telling us to reduce sugar, spice, and everything that tastes nice for being one of the main acne triggers and I’ll tell you why! The more carbs
you consume, the more your blood sugar levels increase. This leads to the pancreas releasing more insulin, which absorbs the excess sugar into cells and reduces blood sugar levels again. This increased amount of insulin in the body causes more oil production in the pores. More oil production means more breakouts. So if you have a couple of cookies now and then, you’re ok, but when you go on a binge spree and hog on cookies, sodas or candies on a regular basis, that causes the real problem! Another problem with too much sugar is inflammation which leads to depletion of important antioxidants. This depletion is the cause of many gut problems, allergies, and of course, you can guess what comes next—clogged pores which are prime culprits for bad breakouts. So to satiate that sweet tooth, pick berries and green apples, which are naturally sweet but lower in sugar.

Go grain/gluten free
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and in many types of processed foods like packaged energy bars, cereals to even soy sauce. Although you think you don’t have a problem with gluten because you feel fine after eating foods that contain it, gluten could be the one to blame if you’re having a tough time getting rid of pimples (ugh!). It has sticky, glue kind a properties, which is not so great for digestion! Most of the people who are sensitive to gluten, perhaps don’t know it and they keep dieting and trying new skin products to no avail. Gluten causes inflammation which causes digestive discomfort. And this eventually leads to oil pores and acne!

Avoid dairy products
There is a very strong correlation between consuming dairy products and acne, skin breakouts and aging. The culprit? Hormones! Most of the cows used in farming are actually pregnant. And hormones like progesterone and insulin that have been released in their bodies make their way into the milk. When we consume the milk, the hormones in milk can react with the testosterone in your body thereby increasing the production of sebum in your skin—the oily substance that clogs your pores. This leads to increased levels of inflammation, skin
breakdown and acne. Also, proteins in milk like whey and casein release a hormone similar to insulin called IGF-1, which is known to trigger breakouts. In fact, as per research, athletes and bodybuilders who use whey supplements like protein bars and shakes can suffer from severe acne. So, if you are dealing with skin issues, nix the dairy from your diet and watch out for some amazing results.

Processed food
Processed foods with a high glycaemic fill trigger a chain-reaction that might lead to an acne breakout. So all you need to do is stay away from fried chips, crackers, cookies, white bread, pasta, soft drinks and juices. When you eat these foods, your blood sugar, and in turn your insulin levels spike. Insulin causes more oil
production which contributes to clogged pores and pimples.

Stress can be the driving force
Most of us experience an acne flare up when we go through a lot of stress.Research shows that stress and breakouts are linked directly. The body responds to stress by directing blood flow and oxygen to vital areas to fight the stress and withdraws it from other areas like the skin. Subsequently, the skin is starved of blood flow and oxygen and becomes prone to clogged pores and breakouts. Also, when you have stress, the stress hormone cortisol leads to oil formation causing acne.

Your hormones can be blamed
Your hormones can be one of the major reason for those pimples. Estrogen balances male sex hormones in the skin. Without a healthy balance, the male hormone testosterone may rise leading to oil production in the skin. But why
would you have high testosterone? Perhaps, coz you have PCOS. You may also have high testosterone if you have diabetes or insulin resistance, because when the body produces insulin, the ovaries produce testosterone. To have a healthy balance in your hormones, you need to have a healthy lifestyle! Sleep on time and have foods that are pro health!

Well, now that I say pro health, you must be wondering what exactly I mean by pro health foods. So it’s pretty simple!

Firstly, eat foods that are rich in fiber.
Fiber decreases bad bacteria in your gut and increases good bacteria. Greens loaded with chlorophyll and beta-carotene, nuts and seeds like flax seeds and chia seeds and the likes of it are some super healthy foods you can add to your plate in case you want to go high on fiber, have a great digestion and avoid those
pimples.

Bank on good quality protein sources
Organic eggs, meats and some fatty fish can be a good source of protein. Add them to your diet for a healthy skin! Protein helps in wear and tear of cells and hence will keep you glowing by eliminating the dead skin cells by replacing them with younger and healthier ones!

Include healthy fats in your diet
Include healthy fats in your diet like coconut oil, olive oil, and fatty fish. A lot of people think fatty fish that is filled with oil can make skin problems worse. But when it comes to fatty fish, salmon, sardine etc have omega 3 fatty acids which are anti inflammatory and help big timeee! So include fatty fish in your diet thrice
a week and see how beautiful your skin turns in just a few months!

Fermented foods
We all know that eating a healthy diet reflects in the quality of our skin, but fermented foods have remained hidden in the beauty toolbox for quite a few years. You might not know but fermented foods can help in the prevention and treatment of both acne and wrinkles. Research shows that healthy bacteria in the stomach aids in the healing of inflamed skin. Probiotics formed during the fermentation process keep your gut full of beneficial bacteria. In simple words, gut plus good bacteria makes for a kickass skin.

Herbs and Spices
Spices and herbs like mint, basil, thyme, ashwagandha, amla, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon are great antioxidants and aid in digestion. They increase blood flow and improve blood circulation, helping speed up cell regeneration. This helps in faster skin repair and your skin becomes acne free in no time! You can use herbs and spices while cooking your food, add them in your tea, or sprinkle them on your salads! It’s going to enhance the taste plus do its magic! Win Win!

I hope you found this video useful and by following this you will get the desired results. Beauty is a process that happens inside out! So clean up your inside and your outside will appear beautiful as a result! Just eat right and love yourself! Eating right should be a hobby and not a compulsion! So have fun! And have a great time. Share with me your acne stories, I would love to know your tips too.

Love and Health
Uma


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I am Uma - entrepreneur, award winning television personality,philanthropist and an eternal optimist dedicated to helping you liveyour dreams by bringing daily insights, fitness inspiration, cleaneating and beauty and wellness resources.Join me in this space and lets start this beautiful journey together.

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