January 9, 2017
We all love our popcorn, chips, crackers, samosas, murku, and ketchup – but what do all these things have in common? SALT.
According to WHO (2016), adults should consume less than 5 grams (1 teaspoons) per day. In India, an average Indian consumes 10.98 grams per day, which is 119% more than the required intake per day! 119%.
Let’s take a look at how it affects the skin:
Consuming too much salt in any form can cause us to retain water that can cause swelling around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is very thing so your eyes tend to swell more, says Dr. Schultz.
Your skin can also become dry and cracked as a result of excess consumption of sodium.
Your skin could also go the opposite way and there may be an overproduction of oil due to the dehydration of the skin, leading to skin breakouts and acne.
The bottom line is: reduce your salt intake and consumption of processed foods because they often contain hidden salt. So our advice to you is: take it with a grain of salt!
Are there any other effects that we should know about? Let us know in the comment sections below.
January 2, 2017
What do your cereals, canned juices, jams, ketchup, sodas, and ice creams all have in common? If you guessed sugar, you’re right!
According to the American Heart Association, the ideal amount of sugar consumption is 9 teaspoons for men and 6 for women. The actual consumption of sugar in India is 27.2 million metric tonnes.
Let’s have a look at the effect our sugar intake has on the skin:
High glycemic foods such as refined bread, sugar, and soda – quickly convert to sugar and eating these foods causes your insulin levels to drastically increase, leading to a “burst of inflammation,” according to Dr. Nicolas Perricone.
The inflammation produces enzymes that break down the collagen – leading to sagging skin and wrinkles.
Moreover, it is a dehydrating substance so it increases oil production. It also influences the skin’s oxygenated and glowing nature. An increased oil production leads to more breakouts, swelling, and acne.
The more your sugar consumption, the more likely it is that you will develop an insulin resistance, resulting in excessive hair growth and dark patches or pigmentation on the neck and other parts of the body.
The effects of reducing your sugar intake can be seen as soon as after 48-72 hours. Are there any more effects that we should know about?? Let us know in the comments section below.