Food fuels your body and just like any machine that requires fuel, those with the highest fuel tend to perform best. Pardon the human to the car analogy, but most people would not put contaminated gas into their vehicle on purpose for fear of the vehicle breaking down. Our bodies are similar. Sometimes the body reacts immediately to a contaminant such as in cases of food poisoning or allergies, other times, the body reacts slowly in the form of oxidative stress and inflammation which wreaks havoc in the body in ways we do not always attribute to food.
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Since skin is the largest organ in the body, it seems reasonable that would take a lot of fuel to remain healthy. Skin needs multiple types of vitamins and nutrients to be at its best. For people with skin picking behaviors, eating right can facilitate healing and might contribute to reductions in picking.
NOTE: The following list is not prescriptive, only suggested. There is no guarantee that the claims made will work because each person’s body is different. For dietary recommendations specific to your skin needs, consult with a registered dietician or registered nutritionist.
Low glycemic index foods
Nutritional psychiatry is a relatively new field that researches the effect of food and diet change for people with mental health issues. Both diet and mood are complex, so it is difficult to create a list of good foods and bad foods, however, the following list of eating habits recommended for good mental health comes from an article written by a registered dietician on Mental Health First Aid USA:
Serotonin plays a significant role in many mental health disorders, and 95% of it is produced in the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, it makes sense to take care of the digestive systems by practicing good eating habits. Furthermore, research suggests that probiotics may improve depression symptoms and that sugar may contribute to them.
Food affects people differently. Generally, eating a balanced, healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables will not only help the skin remain at its healthiest, but also improve mood. However, when in doubt, consult with a professional to get recommendations tailored to your needs.
Lewin, J. (2019). Eat your way to fabulous skin. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/eat-your-way-fabulous-skin
Magill, A. (2018). What is the relationship between food and mood? Mental Health First Aid USA. https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/external/2018/03/relationship-food-mood/
Selhub, E. (2015). Nutritional psychiatry: Your brain on food. Harvard Health Publishing. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626