High Glycaemic Foods And Dairy Products Have A Negative Impact On Skin Health

There is increasing evidence of a significant relationship between diet and skin health. If you are training regularly to get your body in great shape but your skin is constantly letting you down it could be a matter of diet.

High GI foods such as white bread, doughnuts and watermelon and dairy products like cheese, yoghurt and milk can cause skin aggravation leading to outbreaks of acne. That is not to say that diet choices are the direct cause of acne because there are many other factors which come into play, but studies show that it does have a significant influence on skin health.

Instead of splashing out on expensive face creams, it may be worth trying ‘nutrition therapy’ first. It may seem really obvious, but the majority of us don’t drink enough water. Water is a vital ingredient in the battle for beautiful skin. It helps to flush out toxins and reveal fresh, clear skin. You can also try including the following in your diet:

Peppermint – A contributing factor to looking tired and a common aggravator of acne is stress. We all have this in our lives, but studies have shown that ingesting peppermint (most commonly in tea) helps relieve stress and therefore can help in the bid for fresh looking, acne free skin.

Watercress – This is an excellent source of manganese, carotene and potassium. It acts as a powerful cleanser nourishing the skin and helping to flush out toxins.

Cashew nuts – High in selenium, they actively increase the number of infection fighting white blood cells while the vitamin E, calcium and iron improve skin health and function.

Avocado – Vitamin E gives skin a luminous glow while Vitamin C helps reduce inflammation and the avocado oil containing collagen improves texture and tone.


Burris J, Reitkerk W, Woolf K, Acne: The Role of Medical Nutrition Therapy, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2013, 113(3): 416.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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