Diet is the cornerstone of healing any period problem, acne breakout and hormone imbalance.
Without addressing what you are putting in your mouth, no amount of supplements, herbs, dermal treatments or skin care products will truly get rid of your acne.
The food you eat provides the building blocks for your hormones and skin cells.
I like to think of diet as addressing your skin issues from the inside-out.
Most of the conventional methods of treating acne work externally on the skin.
These treatments do play a role in clearing out dead skin cells and build up in the skin, but not addressing why your spots are emerging from deeper within your body is leaving a huge piece out of the puzzle.
The good news is, a few simple tweaks to your diet can dramatically improve your acne, reduce period pain and eliminate PMS.
Let’s cover what to avoid eating to reduce acne and period problems. See my other post for foods to enjoy to reduce acne.
Similar to cow’s dairy, refined sugar creates inflammation in our body which can trigger and worsen acne and period problems.
Excess sugar intake is seen as a threat to our tissues and triggers the immune system to create inflammatory cytokines to repair the damage.
This increased inflammation leads to acne and period problems in a similar way to the cow’s dairy reaction described above.
When eaten in excess over a long period of time, excess sugar intake can contribute to the development of insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to a carbohydrate or sugar-rich meal.
Insulin’s main role is to escort the sugar which came from our food out of our bloodstream and into our cells where it can be used for energy or stored for later use.
The problem is, when we consume sugar in excess, our body pumps out a huge amount of insulin to keep up with all the sugar we are eating.
Over time, our cells get tired and become less responsive to the effects of insulin, eventually leading to a condition known as insulin resistance.
Too much insulin can stimulate your ovaries to produce extra testosterone and cause irregular ovulation.
This is why insulin resistance is estimated to be the major driver of around 70% of PCOS cases, a condition that involves irregular cycles and excess androgens like testosterone that cause classic symptoms like acne, unwanted hair growth and hair thinning on the head.
Focus on eating protein-rich meals and snacks.
This helps to stabilise your blood sugar and prevent sugar cravings.
When you do eat something sweet, opt for a single piece of fruit, a few squares of dark chocolate or a protein ball. Overtime, your tastebuds will adapt and these foods will begin to taste much sweeter.
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