Diet & skin relation

Body, Skin

The relationship of diet and skin (vol. 2)

16 Oct , 2015  

Why so much focus is put on a poor diet? Have your every thought about it? The simple answer is most of our body problems arises from our stomach. If your stomach does not digest well you cannot absorb nutrients well and also suffer from gastric problems. If you cannot eliminate toxic waste, due to problems like constipation, it is done through the skin. In my previous post, I listed the nutrition needed by our body regularly. Let us see how our body reacts when it does not get those nutrients.


How does a poor diet affect our body?


  • Eating food high in carbohydrate and sugar. When you consume a large amount of sugar and carbohydrates, the sugar molecules chemically bond itself to a protein molecule of skin. This is known as ‘glycation’. Glycation is the process due to which skin and organ inside body ages and degenerates. In addition, to this high glycemic diet increases insulin spikes in your body which result in insulin resistance and type II diabetes. More problems are discussed here.


  • Avoiding fats. As discussed earlier our body is not capable of producing polyunsaturated fats namely linoleic and gamma – linolenic acid. These fatty acids are good to sustain healthy sebum levels. Lack of this fatty acid generally worsens skin problems like acne, psoriasis and eczema. Another important role of fats is helping in the absorption of vitamins which are essential for skin. No matter how many supplements of vitamin E, D and A you take, if you skip fats, vitamins will go to waste.


Lack of essential fats in our diet can cause psoriasis

Lack of essential fats in our diet can worsen psoriasis



  • Eating fried food. Fried foods contain ‘transfat‘. One of the responsible reasons of overproduction of cholesterol in our blood. Trans fat is formed when hydrogen gas is passed through any vegetable oil in the presence of nickel. Vegetable oils found in the form of refined oils these days are not as beneficial for our health as they are projected.



Avoid fried foods in your diet



  • Skipping green vegetables and fruits. Green vegetables and fruits are the major carriers of all the essential nutrients discussed earlier. Taking multivitamin pills does not help all the time. Making you diet balanced in every possible way helps a lot. Intake of vegetables and fruits also helps in proper functioning of bowel movements. Only protein-rich food may clog your intestines leading to chronic constipation. If the body is not able to throw out toxic waste through bowels then other forms of elimination are bound to happen. Toxic will be excreted through the skin. Hence, a normal stomach is necessary for healthy skin.


  • Including dairy rich food. Dairy is a very widely and easy available heavy drink. Studies showed that people in south Asian region never drank dairy. The trend of drinking milk started 7500 years ago in central European region where it is cold without any sunshine. The best source of macronutrients for them was milk. Since a little part of human race started drinking milk majority of population presently are still lactose tolerant. Those who are lactose tolerant scientist trace their genes back to the genes of their European ancestors. They have the presence of a special type of bacteria ‘lactase’ in their tracts which helps digest lactose. The main drawback is 90% people do not know about lactose intolerance. Some can tolerate milk derivatives but not milk. Some cannot even tolerate dairy products. Moreover, cows are injected with hormones these days to meet the excess demand of dairy. These hormones can produce a hormonal imbalance in our body. Hence, dairy has been found number one cause of acne.


Dairy is not a part of skin friendly diet

Dairy is not a part of skin friendly diet



  • Consuming gluten. Gluten is a protein which is found in wheat, wheat derivatives, oats, barley and rye. Gluten consists of two proteins gliadin and glutenin. The former protein attacks enzymes of intestines and gives birth to autoimmune diseases like celiac disease and leaky gut. If your intestines are not healthy then most of the nutrients are not absorbed and gives you poor nutrition. Poor nutrition will show up on your skin too.


  • Not drinking sufficient water. Water is an essential part of our diet. You can live without food for days but can not live without water. Water helps in the assimilation of all the nutrients. Our body is made up of 70% water. Lack of water in our diet can lead to dehydration. Dehydration can reduce electrolyte levels in our cells which lead to weakness. Dehydration of skin leads to dry skin and wrinkles. Dehydration will cause constipation. Constipation gives birth to many problems related to skin and other organs.


Lack of water in our diet causes extreme dehydration of skin

Lack of water in our diet causes extreme dehydration of skin



Hence, you will see that every function within the body is correlated. A change in our diet can make a huge difference on every organ. In my next post, I will describe how a good diet filled with essential nutrient helps our skin to be healthy. Share in the comment section how your diet has changed your skin.


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I am a self-practising naturotherapist with a primal diet. Primal diet has helped me maintain my weight and internal health. Herbal lifestyle has helped to rejuvenate my skin and body. Hence, combining the diet and herbal lifestyle creates harmony between my mind, body and skin.

13 Responses

  1. shilpa says:

    This had been the much needed info dear Ankita. Well written!

  2. anubhuti says:

    agree with you on each point..this makes a great informative post for everyone :)

  3. rupendra says:

    salads, fresh fruit of the season can do wonder with skin and glow.

  4. rupendra says:

    Agreed, water to a certain quantity, is a must for good health and soft skin. Additional treatments make the skin glowing and the skincare serum has been found to be highly effective. I have personally used it and have found that.

    • Ankita Das says:

      Yes, prescribed quantity of water is 3 litres or 8 cups of water. Thank you for giving us your feedback of serum ‘Elisir’

  5. Arpita says:

    I avoid too much fried food too! :)

  6. Sonali says:

    Great information gal. We tend to eat junk food all the time. I suffered severe hairfall due to iron deficiency!! So can relate to healthy eating.

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