This is a guest post by Stephany Lehman of AriaStarrBeauty.com.
There is a lot of information that scientific research has provided us in terms of the origins of the human race. Today we know quite a bit about where our ancestors lived and how they expressed themselves in terms of art (think cave drawings) and we also know a great deal about what they ate.
It is this research that forms the basis of the paleo diet. Those following the paleo diet consume grass fed meat, fish and seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds, as well as healthy oils, such as, olive oil and avocado oil while avoiding dairy products.
Of course, we have no idea about what the skin of our early ancestors looked like but given how healthy the paleo diet is, we might suppose that they didn’t suffer from the skin complaints that are common for people who live in the 21st century.
Not many people consider the health of their gut when they are thinking of skin care, but the two are actually related. Without diving too much into the science behind the relationship, it is important to know that different problems with gut health often result in unwanted skin conditions. This can be intestinal permeability, intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or any other similar problem.
There are several foods that can lead to gut problems and, in turn, skin conditions. Alcohol and grain proteins are two of the biggest problem. Interestingly enough, both of these culprits are removed from the paleo diet. To improve the matter, the paleo diet consists of certain fibers that actually encourage gut healing.
Removing Foods That Cause Inflammation
The paleo diet attempts to remove a great many of the foods that can lead to inflammation. Inflammation is a serious problem for skin care. It can lead to increased oxidative stress, which can damage DNA, as well as, collagen. Collagen helps form most of the connecting tissues that hold the skin together. As collagen is destroyed, the skin will start to sag. The result is that you look visibly older.
By removing the foods that can lead to inflammation, you are reducing the damage done to collagen. You will be able to keep younger-looking, healthier skin for longer. There are several foods that are considered health foods by the majority of the population, yet are actually bad for the skin because they lead to inflammation. Some examples are:
- Corn oil
- Soybean oil
The problem with these oils is that they contain too much omega-6 fat. This leads to inflammatory problems with the skin. All of these fats and oils are removed from the paleo diet.
Obtaining That Healthy Glow
Even when your skin does not seem to have any apparent conditions, that does not mean it is at its healthiest. One indicator of healthy skin is that healthy glow that some people seem to have and others do not. It is a glow that cannot be faked accurately with makeup. It comes from taking care of your skin and eating the right foods.
Many people have found that after switching to a paleo diet they obtain this glow. Why? It is most likely related to an existing nutrient deficiency. Dull skin is often a sign that something is wrong with a person’s diet. Most paleo diet foods are healthy and packed with nutrients. A short period with this diet can lead to vibrant, glowing skin.
A Diet That Improves All Facets Of Health
You know that a diet is truly healthy when it does more than just promote weight loss. The paleo diet has visible signs in different areas of health. This includes hair, nails, and skin as well. When you see all of these areas improving in front of your eyes, you know that your diet is actually working.