Acne and the Sugar #2

Continued from part 1

The cornerstone of an anti-inflammatory diet is the careful regulation of blood sugar and insulin levels so that inflammation on a cellular level can be controlled.

If one’s blood sugar is high, inflammation runs rampant throughout the body, resulting in feeling (and looking) terrible, low energy levels, susceptibility to infectious diseases, age-related diseases, and an increase in acne flare-ups. To optimize health and keep skin clear and beautiful we must avoid pro-inflammatory foods, which include the aforementioned sugar and everything that is rapidly converted to sugar, such as potatoes, pasta, bread, sugar, honey, cakes, cookies, candy, baked goods, dried fruits, sugary beverages, sweet drinks of any kind.

In addition to avoiding the pro-inflammatory foods, it is crucial to learn about the foods that have powerful anti-inflammatory activity. Many of these anti-inflammatory foods provide excellent sources of essential fatty acids (the good fats). The essential fatty acids designated as the omega 3s have powerful anti-inflammatory activity

Fresh fruits and vegetables are also wonderful foods with anti-inflammatory properties. Those possessing the most powerful anti-inflammatory activities are the ones that are brightest in color– that contain many ntioxidants including vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as the carotenoids.

To fight inflammation and improve acne, water is just as important as high-quality protein; essential fatty acids; and low-glycemic, antioxidant-rich carbohydrates.Water exerts an anti-inflammatory effect on our bodies, and when we combine plenty of water with an anti-inflammatory diet, there is a very rapid reduction of inflammation in the body with visible results on the skin. See part 1

(Above are comments by Dr. Perricone )

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