When you look into the mirror and blame the weather for your skin condition, you might see only the surface, however you need to look deeper for the real cause. You have to think over what keeps you up and running. You might find, that you are not drinking enough water and consuming too much sugar.
Many things can trigger our sugar cravings, such as stress, lack of sleep, imbalanced diet, fatigue, etc. We are no longer consume sugar to survive, we are getting far too much in our diets and worry about our waistline. However other symptoms can indicate, that you have to watch your sugar intake: headaches, low energy levels, mood swings, heart problems or inflammation in the body. And if your body is unhappy, so does your skin. Skin is the largest organ of our body which is an excellent indicator of our state of health. Your body tries to detoxicate through your skin and this will lead to aggravation in skin condition.
How much sugar is advised?
It is not entirely our decision how much carbs we consume. Natural food sources contain carbohydrates, which our body needs and transforms into energy. We already get a good amount of sugars from milk, bread, fruits, rice, potatoes, etc. Supermarket foods such as dairy products, pastries, pastas, cold cuts, sugary drinks, alcohol and ready-meals contain large amount of refined sugar, therefore be careful with the extra spoonsful. Sugar alternatives are not always good options. Use them sensibly, not all of them are healthy for your body.
Based on the WHO Sugar Recommendations adults are advised to consume less than 70g a day of sugar for men and under 50g a day for women. This translates into about 5-10 teaspoons of sugar a day. So be careful with your free sugar intake above this value, which is best to be kept to a minimum.
What happens if you consume too much?
There’s no nutritional need or benefit that comes from eating added sugar. To break it down and absorb, it removes some of the vitamins (B1, C), calciumot from our body, it destroys the immune system, strains the pancreas, increases acid secretion, upsets of the intestinal flora. It damages the liver on the long run. Sugar and carbs reduce the activity of the collagen and elastin structures in the skin, which can cause deterioration of the skin structure and lose its firmness. It leads to acne, wrinkles, pale skin, color. It can also cause chronic skin diseases such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis.
The first day without sugar has some withdrawal symptoms, but from day two onwards, you will want less and less of it. Leaving it out of your diet, you slowly realize that you are no longer craving for it. If you try just for two weeks, you will see that the puffiness and greasy shine of the skin will disappear, wrinkles will decrease and your skin becomes firmer. You regain your energies while shedding the extra pounds and your two weeks challenge remains a lifestyle.
It’s easier said than done, but watch out! After 1-2 weeks, your body and soul will revive!