New Research – Acne Might Be Linked With High-Sugar?! Well duh….

“….(the research) suggest that physicians might add a dietary change to their acne treatment prescriptions, researchers say.”

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New research published online, on January 13 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, confirms what every holistic practitioner has known for decades – acne is linked to what you eat.

Acne, just like the rest of your body’s health is directly related to the food you eat, to sensitivities/allergies you may have, as well as to your environment, to your mental health to your ability to manage stress.

In this case we are talking about food and acne. My heart goes out to these kids who suffer with bad skin growing up. I can not even imagine the impact it must have! And what if it could get better through better dietary choices?!

What researchers have found, was that patients with moderate to severe acne consumed high amounts of foods with a higher glycemic index. They also reported consuming more sugar and drinking more milk. So in short they ate a lot of carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, low-fiber cereals, baked goods, etc.) processes foods, sugar and milk products.

My daughter who is 15 now, has never had a pimple. She has flawless skin, even her severe eczema (all over her body and face) has being under control for the last couple of years, also thanks to changing my daughters diet and finding her sensitivities/triggers. In her case she has to avoid nuts and seeds, not just dairy and gluten.

So what does her diet and the diet this research found to be causing acne have in common? Nothing! Not a one single food item. She eats grain only on occasion therefore automatically avoiding most hight GI (glycemic index) and processed foods. On some weekends we may go out for dinner or brunch, or go to a friends’ house, or order a take-out, and at that point she may get a gluten-free pizza or pasta, sushi (rice), ice cream, or have some cheese, or a piece of a gluten-free cake, etc – but these are not a part of our daily diet, not even weekly 🙂

We may have an occasional movie night, when we get a ton of GMO-free popcorn, all different flavors and that is our movie/popcorn night. For a special occasion we may eat whatever we want, no matter if it is gluten, dairy, sugar, etc – and we do not suffer any consequences, as by now our digestive systems are healthy, and prepared to handle, and to digest any kind of “treat”.

One thing is interesting – junk food/fast food option never even comes up – no donuts, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, no cheap processed potato chips, popcorn, ice cream, soda or candy. If we get a treat, it is a good quality treat and it is more satisfying, healthier, more filling and more natural for your body. Candy is a treat in our household. We usually have some dark chocolate in the house, figs, dates, potato chips made with avocado oil. So if you choose to eat something that is not a healthful, nurturing, real, fresh food, then at least get the healthiest option available.

What my kids eat, the 5 and the 15-year-old, is what we eat as a family. We have tons of greens in soups, stews, salads, smoothies, juices, as a side dish with eggs, omelets; all vegetables, including potatoes. We eat clean, humanely raised meats, poultry, wild fish, cage free eggs; and fruit. They actually love the food, my 5-year-old even asks for a salad, such a beautiful thing to hear from a little kid: “Can I have a salad for lunch?”

“I would suggest the best approach is to look at each person as an individual, including an assessment of his or her usual dietary patterns. It is important for both the dietitian and dermatologist to work collaboratively to give the ultimate patient care,” Jennifer Burris, a PhD candidate in nutrition at New York University in New York City, who was involved in the study, told Reuters Health by email.

“If appropriate, it would be acceptable to try a lower glycemic load diet or to remove dairy products in an attempt to help treat acne,” Burris says.

Would you not want to try changing your kids’ diet before putting them on prescription drugs to clear acne?! Have you read those meds side effects?!

To your health,

Elena

Source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/820700?src=wnl_edit_tpal; image: http://www.palasasf.com/acne.html

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  • missrainbow1
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    I had major acne issues three years ago. My diet was pristine (said naturopath and GP) and nothing but my thoughts could be linked to the acne problem. Louise Hay says pimples are outbursts of anger and acne is the disliking of the self. At the time, I was experiencing the two. After a hideous treatment of Roaccutane and working through accepting myself and dealing with anger, I now have clear, beautiful skin.

    Diet has so much to do with everything! So do our thoughts and beliefs!

    • Elena
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      You absolutely right! When I was diagnosed with my skin disorder – only changing my diet was not enough, in my case eliminating foods that I was sensitive to was about 70% of the solution, my diet has changed, and my mind, my lifestyle had to follow.
      I do think in teenagers, diet probably plays a bigger role, but on the other hand, the amount of pressure and stress they are under these days, it may be the stress that causing them to eat crap, and therefore their diet and their mental state are interconnected.

  • missrainbow1
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    I had major acne issues three years ago. My diet was pristine (said naturopath and GP) and nothing but my thoughts could be linked to the acne problem. Louise Hay says pimples are outbursts of anger and acne is the disliking of the self. At the time, I was experiencing the two. After a hideous treatment of Roaccutane and working through accepting myself and dealing with anger, I now have clear, beautiful skin.

    Diet has so much to do with everything! So do our thoughts and beliefs!

    • Elena
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      You absolutely right! When I was diagnosed with my skin disorder – only changing my diet was not enough, in my case eliminating foods that I was sensitive to was about 70% of the solution, my diet has changed, and my mind, my lifestyle had to follow.
      I do think in teenagers, diet probably plays a bigger role, but on the other hand, the amount of pressure and stress they are under these days, it may be the stress that causing them to eat crap, and therefore their diet and their mental state are interconnected.

  • missrainbow1
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    I do think it’s a case of each person being very different. Our stories are very different, but frustrations and confusion about it all sound much the same!
    It’s all about loving who we are, doing the right thing by our mind, body, diet and lifestyle and dealing with issues as they arise.

    • Elena
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      I could not agree more! That is why my focus has shifted on adolescence heath, as I believe the earlier we can introduce this idea to kids, the idea of loving yourself, your body, respecting and listening to it, the better off next generations will be.
      I love that you are a teacher, you can understand what I mean. I love talking to parents, to kids, to schools, and you know what I find, that the kids are the most receptive! Their are learning and are open minded, while most adults’s ego is too huge for them to consider anything different from what they “know” to be true.

  • missrainbow1
    Reply

    I do think it’s a case of each person being very different. Our stories are very different, but frustrations and confusion about it all sound much the same!
    It’s all about loving who we are, doing the right thing by our mind, body, diet and lifestyle and dealing with issues as they arise.

    • Elena
      Reply

      I could not agree more! That is why my focus has shifted on adolescence heath, as I believe the earlier we can introduce this idea to kids, the idea of loving yourself, your body, respecting and listening to it, the better off next generations will be.
      I love that you are a teacher, you can understand what I mean. I love talking to parents, to kids, to schools, and you know what I find, that the kids are the most receptive! Their are learning and are open minded, while most adults’s ego is too huge for them to consider anything different from what they “know” to be true.

  • mmmarzipan
    Reply

    I am about to do the I Quit Sugar program and wonder how this will affect my skin (and everything else)! I am scared, excited and curious all at the same time 🙂

  • mmmarzipan
    Reply

    I am about to do the I Quit Sugar program and wonder how this will affect my skin (and everything else)! I am scared, excited and curious all at the same time 🙂

  • Christina Hjelm
    Reply

    I love this post. I believe in clean eating. Yes my diet and metal health effect the clarity of my skin. I also add supplements to my diet to help with over all wellness. I shared this post on my Facebook page.

  • Christina Hjelm
    Reply

    I love this post. I believe in clean eating. Yes my diet and metal health effect the clarity of my skin. I also add supplements to my diet to help with over all wellness. I shared this post on my Facebook page.

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