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Seven (7) Foods That Can Trigger Acne

Published September 2, 2014 by teacher dahl


If you’re prone to acne, baguettes, croissants, and all that other good stuff may make the situation worse. “Wheat causes inflammation,” Lipman says. “And to get rid of acne, you want to reduce inflammation in your body.” Yap Tan points out that many commercially produced breads also have sugar, soybean oil, and dairy: “You could eat an English muffin and unknowingly consume three big triggers: dairy, soy, and sugar.”




As if we needed another reason to give up the white stuff. “Sugar can absolutely cause breakouts, because it’s pro-inflammatory,” Lipman confirms. “Acne is considered an inflammatory condition, and someone with acne-prone skin should follow an anti-inflammatory diet.”

That doesn’t mean you have to give up sweetness for good, though. Lipman recommends eating fruit (not fruit juice) and, if you must have sweetener, choose small amounts of stevia, raw honey, or maple syrup.


A cup of joe can wake you up, but it can worsen a breakout, too. “There’s an organic acid inside coffee beans that raises cortisol levels,” Yap Tan says. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, can act like an androgen, simultaneously stimulating sebaceous glands and inflammation. Switching to decaf won’t do anything, since caffeine isn’t the trigger; your best bet, says Yap Tan, is to replace coffee with tea or yerba mate.


Bad news, dairy queens: milk actually doesn’t do a complexion good. Because of recent research on diet and acne, the American Academy of Dermatology now says there may be a link between milk consumption and breakouts.

Blame the hormones in dairy, says Dr. Frank Lipman,  an integrative and functional medicine physician and the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. “Dairy causes spikes in certain pimple-producing hormones,” he explains. “I encourage patients to have almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk instead of cow’s milk.”

If you break out around the mouth and along your jawline, tofu and other soy foods could be to blame. And it’s all due to the natural plant estrogens found in soybeans. “Phytoestrogens mimic natural estrogen levels, and that throws off our hormones,” says esthetician Kimberly Yap Tan, founder of Skin Salvation, an acne clinic in San Francisco. Soy derivatives show up in everything from veggie burgers to energy bars, so read labels carefully.

Peanuts contain an androgen, which can make acne worse by increasing sebum production. “Peanuts will generally make people more oily,” Yap Tan notes. “I’ve had clients with white pustules around the nose, and it turned out they were eating more peanut butter than usual.” Acne-safe alternatives to peanuts include other nuts such as almonds and cashews, which don’t affect androgen levels.

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“A lot of people are shocked to hear about this one,” Yap Tan says of this comedogenic oil. “But not only does coconut oil clog pores around the mouth, it also creates a stubborn kind of inflammation—usually on the cheeks and along the jawline.” That goes for coconut oil that’s applied topically or ingested with food, so check your pantry along with your medicine cabinet.

So, what should you eat?

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Both Yap Tan and Lipman advocate swapping processed foods for natural ones. “Sticking to fresh, whole foods like protein, vegetables, healthy fats, and gluten-free grains is the way to go,” Lipman says. And in time, even certain acne-triggering foods may find their way back into your diet—without sending you to breakout town.

“Each person is different, and everyone has a different threshold with these foods,” Yap Tan says. “We don’t want to tell people they can’t eat these foods for the rest of their lives, but without eliminating them, we can’t find out what’s triggering the acne.”

source : Yahoo-She

Foods That Will Keep You Full Longer

Published November 27, 2013 by teacher dahl



Eggs are one of the best choices to eat for breakfast. Not only is it high in protein but it is packed with several vitamins that promote overall health. And this is not a boring food at all. You can eat it in so many ways: sunny side up, boiled, scrambled or even make it into a soup. It is also most often one of the basic ingredients of every dish! Just watch out for the other ingredients you mix with it!


High in unsaturated fat, nuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid that can reduce inflammation and may help prevent blood clotting. Nuts are also packed with a lot of nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, folic acid and vitamin E. So why not eat almonds instead of chips for your afternoon snack. It provides a good amount of fiber to keep you full for a longer time.


Another easy-to-prepare filling food that has a high content in fiber is oatmeal. It is also an excellent source of calcium thus keeping bones healthy and preventing you from osteoporosis. Here’s more good news: the soluble fiber found in oats can lower blood cholesterol. Just make sure to watch your diet! Eat your oatmeal with fresh fruits to add more flavor and vitamins!



This easy-to-buy fruit rich in potassium and vitamin B6 can help lower one’s blood pressure and ward off heart disease. It’s also a natural antacid that gives a soothing relief from ulcer. Bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is known to keep you in a good mood. Eat it with peanut butter to put you in a happier mood!


Do you need a sudden boost of energy? Take a few bites of chocolate and it will give you exactly what you need. Chocolates put us in a positive mood and make us move faster. Chocolates help release serotonin a.k.a. the “happy chemical” in our brain, which makes us happy! And if you’re happy, you’re a better worker, too!

source: Yahoo she

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