Eating food for healthy skin begins with making upgrades to the current staples in your fridge, followed by the elimination of certain foods from your diet. As I mentioned in an earlier article, this may require a bit of self control. Especially when we are referring to SUGAR! Sugar plays a huge role in the condition of your skin.
In his book, The Perricone Prescription, Nicholas Perricone, M.D., tells us of the scientific connections between sugar and inflammation, blemishes, facial puffiness, under-eye circles, wrinkles, sagging, and premature aging. He tells us that sugar causes a breakdown in collagen and causes wrinkles.
Knowing this I am sure you will be mindful of what you eat, cutting back on sweet snacks, and sugar laden desserts, but what about the drinks you consume every day? Sweet drinks (liquid sugar) are even worse than sweet food. Skin, hair, bones, weight, and overall health are hugely affected by the drinks you consume because of frequency and volume. So although more and more women have come to realize that eating food for healthy skin is a priority, what they don’t realize is if they drink soda, fruit drinks, iced-coffee, and even juice, giving them up can have dramatic effects on their skin even the next morning.
Some ways to wean yourself off of sugar in your beverages:
- Replace sugar in your coffee with Stevia, an all natural sweetener.
- Instead of drinking soda, try fruit spritzers.
- Cut back the grams of sugar in all of your beverages throughout the day including your morning juice. Do this until you have eliminated most, if not all sugar.
- Start replacing one drink a day with pure water and again gradually increase until you have eliminated sugary beverages.
- Gradually replace coffee with unsweetened tea. (green and black tea have far more benefits for your overall health)
Remember, eating food for healthy skin will not make a difference if you are drinking health robbing sugar and caffeine laden beverages throughout the day.