Healthy Eating for Clear Skin: Why Good Nutrition is so Important in Acne-Fighting
There is so much misleading information out there about diet, in particular what’s healthy and what’s not. The USDA guidelines are confusing and the iconic pyramid is actually outdated. The new USDA guidelines, which were implemented in 2005 with a new pyramid and then reborn in 2011 as MyPlate (a plate symbol rather than a pyramid), are also misleading. While nutritionists, food scientists and health experts had a say in how the MyPlate was created, food lobbyists from the food industry also stepped in. Harvard University created a Healthy Eating Plate based on research done at the Harvard University School of Public Health.
The Harvard University Healthy Eating Plate
If you look at the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate, you’ll see many of the same healthy eating guidelines that Dr. Schweiger recommends to combat acne in his book 100 Acne Tips & Solutions: The Clear Clinic Guide to Perfect Skin. Not only do these guidelines help lower your risk of developing a chronic disease, they also lower your risk of breaking out. The link between following a healthy diet and acne is supported by more and more research. Acne is an inflammatory skin condition, brought on by several factors, internal inflammation being one of the biggest factors.
Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Inflammation can lead to many health issues and be the trigger for chronic diseases. Acne is often considered a chronic condition. Some leading healthy experts say the best diet you can follow is an anti-inflammatory diet, which contains lots of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, fish and walnuts. The stuff to avoid is simple carbohydrates, processed and refined foods. If you want to set the tone for a lifetime of wellness, not to mention clear skin, follow the Harvard University Healthy Eating Plate as your main nutritional guideline.