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Acne vulgaris treatment with low GI diet

October 4, 2012 by Works with Water
Acne Vulgaris Treatment

Last nights episode of The Food Hospital featured teenager Adam, an 18-year-old student from Middlesex who suffers from very bad acne vulgaris. Approximately 80% of young people suffer from acne, but less than 20% get it as bad as Adam.

With the help of The Food Hospital team, Adam was placed on a low GI (Glycemic Index) diet to reduce his insulin levels, and help control the production of hormones as a new form of acne vulgaris treatment.

Benefits of a low GI diet in treating acne

High insulin levels can increase free androgens – a male hormone produced by women as well as men – and too many androgens have long been known to trigger acne by making the skin’s sebaceous glands produce extra oil.

The effect of insulin can be more of a problem in adolescence because that’s when we’re more responsive to insulin.

The show demonstrated the effects that a low GI diet had in reducing the acne breakouts on Adam’s skin in just 4 weeks of sticking to the diet – the results were impressive. If you missed the episode catch up this week on 4OD.

How to start a low GI diet

One way to lower the glycemic impact of your diet involves cutting back on refined foods and eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Low-glycemic foods include nuts, low-fat milk and yogurt, fresh fruits and non-starchy vegetables, such as leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts and bell peppers. Low-glycemic grains and grain products include pearled barley, air-popped popcorn, brown rice, wild rice and 100 percent whole grain breads, pasta and unsweetened cold cereals.

help: clear skin is also perfect to add to your low GI diet – containg 100% natural ingredients including Lactoferrin – clinically proven to fight the bacteria associated with acne vulgaris from the inside, Aloe Vera – which has a smoothing and nourishing effect on the skin and Oligofructose – a natural source of soluble fibre. Increasing fibre intake prevents your body from expelling toxins that affect the skin and help prevent acne.

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