You Are What Eat, Part One: Foods to Eat to Help Acne

It is true that we are what we eat, or we are what we do not eat, more to the point.  Most of us do not eat the recommended servings of whole grains, and fruits and vegetables a day.  Instead, we fill ourselves with processed food, junk food, and fast food.  We struggle with weight, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  But, our skin reflects we eat and do not eat just as loudly, and more quickly than do numbers we get at a visit to the doctor.

Our skin is the largest organ in/on our bodies.  Yup, skin is an organ, and just as we have to eat well to keep our internal organs healthy and functioning properly, we need to eat well to make our skin look clear and healthy.  Did you know that only 3 percent of Americans eat the required 3-5 serving of whole grains a day?  Not only that, some 40% of Americans don’t eat any whole grains at all!  You only need a couple of slices of while grain bread, and a bowl of whole grain cereal, so what’s so hard about that?  To find out what constitutes a whole grain, and what a serving size is, check out this quick guide.

Add to that the fact that only 24 to 28 percent of Americans eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and it is no wonder that we have to spend so much money on products to treat our various skin conditions.  I will now step down off of my soapbox 😉

So, if you have acne prone skin, what should you be eating and what should you be avoiding?  Well, if you are concerned about acne, the first, best thing that you can do it to stop eating processed foods, junk food, and fast food.  Maybe you are not much of a cook, or you are in a hurry.  You can still skip the bad-for-you-skin foods when away from home, or if you do not cook much.  

Fruit is easy to eat and you do not need to eat much for a serving.  Did you know 15 grapes equals a serving of fruit?  So, instead of a bag of chips, nibble on grapes, or strawberries.  Keep a bag of baby carrots with you and crunch on them throughout the day.  Fill your body with good things, not the yucky stuff that mucks up your skin.  Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and dark, leafy greens are especially good for acne prone skin, but any fruit of veggie is an improvement over chicken nuggets.

Trade in your white bread, pasta, and rice, for the brown, whole grain counterparts.  Once you adapt to brown rice, or a good whole grain bread, you will wonder why you ate the white stuff for so long.  Add nuts to your diet.  Pecans are good for acne prone skin, but go easy, as nuts are calorie heavy.  

Lower your fat intake, and add healthy fats to your diet. such as olive oil, and the omega 3 rich foods, like salmon, and tuna.  if you do not like fish, take and omega oil supplement.  Drink lots and lots of water, and add some green tea to your diet.  The polyphenols are super for glowing skin.

My mother used to say that you have to suffer to be beautiful, and as you make your food choice changes, you may suffer a little bit.  In the end, your suffering will improve you all over health, and will lead to clearer skin.  Why not take all of that money that you spend on acne skin care products and put it towards so good and tasty fruits and veggies, and those whole grains.  Bon Apetit!


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