Our skin is the largest organ in our body, but we tend to take it for granted. Washing, moisturizing, and putting on sunscreen are the best things you can do for your skin, but major change starts from the inside. If you’re struggling with acne, eczema, or a hormonal imbalance, adjusting your diet is a great way to improve your skin health.
At her practice in Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Bonnie Friehling provides a holistic approach to nutrition and health, which recognizes and builds on how a good diet can contribute to the wellness of every part of your body, including your skin.
The link between diet and dermatology
What you eat has a direct influence on your digestive system, hormones, mood, blood sugar, and almost every other part of your body. Food provides vitamins, minerals, fortifying nutrients, and energy for the body, but a poor diet can stress it instead, leading to a number of skin problems.
Cutting certain foods from your diet and adopting skin-friendly alternatives can improve your overall health and wellness, promoting clearer skin in the process. Combined with a proper skincare routine, a skin-health diet can completely transform your complexion.
Adjusting your diet
The exact cause of dry skin, oily skin, or skin outbreaks can vary from person to person, but some foods have been known to act as triggers. Adjusting your diet doesn’t mean removing these foods entirely; it just means adopting a healthier approach to when you eat them, how you eat them, and how often you eat them.
You should consult with a doctor before making any major changes to your diet, but progress can be made through small improvements. Even cutting down on junk food and takeout by half can drastically improve your health.
Foods for skin health
Your skin care diet should consist largely of whole grains, protein, and nutrient-rich fruits and veggies. While no food is a magical cure-all, the following foods have been known to boost skin health:
- Dark, leafy greens
- Red grapes
- Fatty fish
- Green tea
Foods to avoid
Generally speaking, high-glycemic carbohydrates, fats, and dairy are the most common triggers for skin issues. Simple carbohydrates raise your blood sugar, leading to higher insulin levels and oil production. Dairy and saturated fats affect your hormones, causing inflammation and hormonal imbalances.
If you’re not sure where to begin cutting down on these foods, focus on limiting your intake of:
- White bread
- White rice
- Baked goods
- Cured meats
- Bacon and sausage
- Fried foods
When to consult a nutrition specialist
If you want to make improvements to your diet, a nutrition specialist can provide guidance and keep you on track.
Many people give up on maintaining their diets because they have trouble figuring out what their body needs. There’s no “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to proper nutrition; it can take years to find the perfect diet for your metabolism.
Dr. Friehling uses hair analysis, IV therapy, and mineral balancing to help her patients improve their nutrition. She creates personalized treatments for each patient, and will work with you to put together a diet and supplement plan you’ll enjoy following.
Tired of struggling with unhealthy skin? Want to improve your diet? Learn the truth about nutrition by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Friehling. You can book your appointment by calling 573-446-1200, or visit the contact page for more information.