Sugar face: Nutrition tips to keep your intake in check
Nowadays we have no shortage of tempting sugar-laden food and drinks from frappuccinos to delicious pastries. Unfortunately, the over consumption of sugar is all too common and very damaging to the body. One of the recent discoveries is that too much sugar can cause problems on your face. Sugar face is the newly coined term for blemishes caused by a diet too high in sugar. If this sounds familiar, here are nutrition tips to help keep your sugar intake in check.
Choose high-fiber, slow-release carbs
One of the problems that many diabetics face is the high blood sugar levels obtained when they take in too many carbohydrates. You may not think of sugar when you eat bread products, but this high carb food quickly is broken down and spikes your blood sugar level. To slow your body down in the making of insulin, it is recommended that you stay away from items like bread, pasta, crackers, soda, rice, candy, and other snack foods. Slow-release carbs are better for you and keep you feeling fuller longer.
Breakfast like a king (or queen)
You have heard it a thousand times: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is where you get all the nutrients and energy you need to build muscles and stay awake until lunchtime. You can control your own sugar by making healthy and balanced choices like omelets, oatmeal, or green smoothies. Be sure to balance carbs with proteins and fats.
Choose whole grains
Stay away from refined foods and select whole grain options instead. You can reach your daily intake requirements for fiber while also consuming more minerals, vitamins, and various nutrients when you select whole-wheat pasta, bread, corn, oats, and barley as alternatives.
Choose food low on the glycemic index
The foods that are considered to be diabetic-friendly choices are found at the lower end of the glycemic index. In general, if you follow this scale, you will find yourself picking out whole grains, vegetables, beans, and other high-fiber food options.
Protein is essential to balance your blood sugar levels
When you need to pull your sugars into your blood stream for energy, increase your level of proteins. Just make sure that you are balancing your proteins with healthy fats to avoid the depletion of essential vitamins.
Get quality beauty sleep
If you are sleep deprived, your body is going to automatically have a harder time with glucose tolerance making your blood sugar level higher. You are also running the threat of decreasing your cortisol concentrations. Avoid these issues by heading to bed early, making sure you get the hours of rest you need.
Learn the label lingo
Be on the lookout for hidden sugars in your foods. Anything that ends in “ose” is most likely a sugar including glucose, fructose, and sucrose. Look for ingredients like molasses, fruit juice concentrate, and corn syrup, as these are also types of sugar.
Finally get rid of the blemishes on your face by practicing moderation when it comes to sugar. This will also likely balance your energy level and help you lose weight! Just remember: learn what foods contain “hidden” sugars, choose the right foods, learn what all the different ingredients in your foods are, and make sure to get enough sleep. Then you are guaranteed to be on the right path to clear skin.
Jessica Walrack is a gal from California who loves to write. She has been freelance writing for 4 years while traveling the world. Jessica specializes in travel, fashion. health, and all things beauty-related.