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Stress & Acne – Is your diet the problem?

May 1, 2012 by Works with Water
Stress Foods To Avoid

Stress acne is a symptom of a taxed immune system. 

Stress affects your health by causing inflammation throughout your body and that inflammation is the primary physical cause of acne, along with excess skin oil production. Researchers have determined that diet plays a role in the inflammation process.

The Western diet, which is generally rich in refined sugars and other processed foods, has been linked to increased inflammation and to acne.

Foods with refined sugars are high on the glycaemic index; in others words, they trigger your body’s insulin (blood sugar) level to quickly rise.  A high insulin level puts your immune system on alert, triggering the inflammation response.

How to reduce inflammation

A diet rich in complex carbohydrates and omega-3 fatty acids can help you avoid this pitfall and improve your overall health.

Avoid refined sugars and stay away from junk food – (always hard to do when you are feeling stressed).

Not only is a balanced diet important to an overall healthier self, but it’s also good for the health of your skin.

Eat foods that are high in antioxidants, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains – antioxidants help combat free radicals, which can cause fine lines and wrinkles.

Chocolate and Acne

When stressed, we reach for quick fixes – stimulants like coffee, or chocolate. Such stimulants can trigger a stress reaction even when no major external stress is present.

Researchers are certain that cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate does not cause acne; however, the extra ingredients of that chocolate bar–refined sugar and milk, may cause a problem.

Refined sugar helps trigger the immune response, leading to inflammation.  Milk also seems to lead to inflammation in some people.

Casein the protein found in dairy products produces an allergic response in many people; the immune system reacts by trying to fight the perceived toxin and excess inflammation is produced.

Here is a good formula to learn!!
Refined carbs/sugar = more insulin = more hormones = more sebum (oil) = more bacteria = more acne

Water, Stress & Acne

If you want to deal with stress, drink water. It hydrates every part of the body and brain and helps you to better cope with stressful situations. Plus it will help your skin flush toxins out and carry new nutrients to the skin cells so that they stay healthy.

Water also leads to healthier digestive system which is a crucial factor in preventing acne.

Why not start your day with a glass of water and a sachet of help: clear skin?

Not only will you be flushing the toxins out of your body, by adding a sachet of help: clear skin to your glass, you will be fighting the bacteria associated with acne – all from the inside.

help: clear skin contains Praventin™ a clinically proven bioactive protein, rich in lactoferrin, which has been shown to reduce the development of the bacteria responsible for many skin impurities, helping to prevent the formation of blemishes due to its antimicrobial effects.

You won’t be wasting any time on lengthy bathroom procedures and topical skin products that can aggravate the skin. Therefore you’ll have more time to spend relaxing.

Take a look at our case study stories and clinical studies to see exactly how help: clear skin can work… and if you still don’t believe, have a look at our customer testimonials.

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