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Beauty starts from the inside. Proper digestion is essential for that glowing skin, lush hair, and overall youthful look.

Our liver does a lot of work to keep us looking and feeling great. When you nurture that important organ, it does a great job detoxifying all the bad stuff, environmental, and all that goes inside your body. When you constantly give it extra work, it can’t keep up. When it can’t keep up you can see it in your complexion. It comes out as inflammation, acne, puffiness, redness—premature aging.

No one wants that!

A healthy gut is crucial for beautiful, glowing skin.

Proper diet, paired with a high-quality probiotic can help you get the complexion you want.

Here are some foods that are bad for beauty:

Fried food

Most fast food is fried in refined oils like vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil—all of which are loaded with trans-fat. Vegetable oil might sound like it’s a good thing to have in your diet, but it is actually way too high in omega 6 fatty acids. Although we do need a certain amount of these omegas for proper health, too much can cause inflammation: swelling, pain, redness.

Replace with: healthy omega 3 rich foods like grass fed meats, algae, wild fish, chia seeds. Avoid grabbing lunch on the go, especially if your options are limited to fast food. Keep your car stocked with trail mix, granola bars, fruit and vegetables to hold you over if you get hungry.

Refined carbs

Cutting white sugar out of your coffee just isn’t enough. Look for all the hidden sugars that wreak havoc on your liver. They fuel oil production in your skin. Processed sugar ages your skin by a process called glycatin. When your organs try to digest refined carbs, the sugar molecules become “co-dependent” and attach themselves to proteins such as collagen. The body just can’t break this down and you put unnecessary strain on the liver and other digestive organs, depleting your healthy gut bacteria.

Replace with: Raw honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar

Dairy

About 75% of the world is lactose intolerant. It isn’t human food, and our bodies really aren’t able to digest it. Many people who have this sensitivity don’t even know it, but it comes through skin issues, and digestive problems. Skin flare ups, acne, eczema, have all been linked to dairy consumption.

Replace with: nut milks, oat milk, hemp milk, coconut milk.

Wheat

While definitely one of the lesser evils, wheat is getting higher and higher up the list of “sometimes foods”. “Modern day wheat’ is quite different from the ones our grandparents ate and is higher in gluten, which causes inflammation. This is why gluten sensitivities are becoming more and more common.

Replace with: Spelt, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice

Alcohol

Alcohol is very high is sugar, and spikes blood sugar levels, depleting collagen. Your skin thrives off moisture, and alcohol is dehydrating. A glass of red here and there is okay, but definitely not an everyday thing if you’re concerned about premature aging.

Replace with: Sparkling water with lemon, coconut water ( a wonderful, hydrating agent), kombucha. We know there is no replacement when you’re out for drinks for your friends—limitation is key.

Processed Meat

Think sodium overload. Puffy swollen skin is the result of a diet high in salt. Things like packaged meat, cold cuts, bacon, cured meats, are packed with sodium which results in water retention, killing your beauty regime.

Replace with: Grass fed meat (higher in omega 3s)

Caffeine

This is a tough one to kick to the curb, and as always, a bit is okay. Caffeine increases your cortisol levels, which causes inflammation, and throws your hormones all out of whack.

Replace with: Bone broth (Aaamazing for your skin), herbal teas like dandelion

 

 

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