This probably isn’t the first time you’ve seen sugar on the chopping block. Although you’ll find sugar in nearly everything nowadays, unfortunately, sugar can sabotage your goal of getting healthy. It plays a role in everything from weight to blood pressure to heart functioning. Because of all this negative press for sugar, more and more people are experiencing the benefits of sugar-free diets (like The Whole30, for example).
Need to see it to believe it? Check out the video below from Lifehunters in which a man named Sacha Harland decides to ditch sugar for a month, along with alcohol, artificial additives, and junk food. Although he has a tough time adjusting at first, as most people do, by the end of the experiment he’s definitely feeling the benefits. He has more energy, finds it easier to wake up in the morning, and doesn’t even crave sugar anymore. On top of that, he’s lost 8 pounds, 8% of his cholesterol, his blood pressure has dropped into a healthier zone, and his blood sugar dropped as well. It’s amazing to see just how great an impact sugar and over-processed foods have on him, and just how quickly things turn around when he cuts it out of his diet.
How Does Sugar Affect My Skin?
After seeing several adverse effects sugar can have on your bodily health, it should come as no surprise that it also plays a role in your skin’s health.
When you eat sugary foods or high-glycemic foods (which have a greater effect on blood sugar and insulin levels) like white rice, cake, or soda, your insulin levels can spike leading to inflammation. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down the collagen and elastin in your skin, leading to wrinkles and saggier skin over time. In addition to contributing to aging skin, an individual may also experience further flare ups in skin conditions like rosacea or acne.
Your best bet for healthy, youthful skin is to incorporate more low-glycemic options into your diet. These foods include vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and healthy fats like avocado. Beware: sugar is often hidden in unexpected foods like sauces, condiments, and white bread. You don’t have to be “perfect” — it’s okay to have a glass of wine now and then in moderation. If you stick with it and keep your diet varied and balanced, you’re sure to both feel the benefits and see them on your face.
Jill Ventimiglia at Just Jill Beauty & Wellness teaches “beauty from the inside out.” When I consult with my clients about their skincare goals, we don’t just talk about product and treatment plan but also diet and exercise because they go hand in hand. Just Jill Beauty & Wellness works with every client in all areas including Life Coaching, Diet, Skincare, Makeup, and Wellness.