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Your Food Affects Your Skin: Here’s How!

HomeWellnessYour Food Affects Your Skin: Here's How!

You are what you eat. We have heard this phrase so many times. But how true is it? Keep reading to find out. 

The gateway to the immune system is the skin. This large organ is the one that responsibly protects us against pollution and inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s protection mechanism.

Is it a good sign? 


The body only takes a protective mechanism against foreign infections that do not belong in your system. 

The main reason for inflammation can be a poor diet.

The inflammation caused due to poor diet leads to ageing. 

This premature skin ageing again leads to a poor gateway of the immune system. 

See the cycle! It’s all interlinked! 

Inflamm ageing. It’s like a forest fire.

Once a forest fire strikes, it spreads quickly on a large scale. It burns down trees, destroys households. 

Similarly, inflammation can spread on your skin, showing signs of ageing.

A happy and healthy diet leads to a happy and healthy gut system. 

Your gut system has control over your whole body. While a healthy gut system can ensure the proper functioning of the body, an unhealthy one can take it! 

Unhealthy gut leads to skin issues such as acne etc, improper digestion. 

All this leads to ageing problems. This is called digest ageing. 

Premature ageing is optional with good gut health and diet. 

How to recognize digest ageing? 

Symptoms are:

  • Burping
  • Indigestion
  • Acid reflux
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Bowel movement issues

A few of the skin problems that can manifest along with this issue are:

  • Acne
  • Blackheads 
  • Bumpy, loose, sagging skin
  • Open large pores
  • Rosacea 
  • Dry skin
  • Eczema
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Redness of skin

While these symptoms alone are not a proper way of assessing whether you are digesting ageing or not, it is the first step. 

With your dietary choices, there are essentially four phases of ageing. 

According to Dr Nigma Talib, a renowned Naturopathic doctor and writer of the book ‘Younger skin start in the gut’, there are 4 phases of ageing:

  • The Gluten phase: This happens due to high levels of gluten in your everyday diet. According to studies, 1 out of every 4 people has symptoms.
    • Puffy face, and,
    • Insensitivity
    • Cracked lips

A more serious case can lead to chronic illnesses such as Celiac disease, which damages the small intestine’s lining, leading to medical complications.

An alternative to this would be using gluten-free flours such as amaranth flour, Ragi flour etc. However, seeing a dietician and planning a diet recommended by them would be the best idea. 

  • The Dairy phase: We Indians love dairy, don’t we? However, what we don’t love is, 
    • Swollen eyelids
    • Acne
    • Blemish
    • Skin paleness

These skin conditions come with excess dairy consumption.

Coming to the scientific aspects, sugars and proteins are the main reactors in this phase. Lactose in dairy wouldn’t cause as many problems as sugar or protein. 

Protein is the building block of collagen. Excess dairy consumption can inhibit the absorption of protein, which will result in a lack of collagen building blocks. This will lead to premature ageing of the skin.

Substitutes of Oat milk, almond milk etc can be taken. Lack of Calcium from the reduction of dairy in diet can be overcomed with whole foods.

  • The wine phase: Prominent symptoms are:
    • Fine lines across Eyes
    • Blemishes between the brows
    • Dehydrated skin 
    • Enlarged  pores 

This is mainly caused due to high levels of sugar in the diet. 

Some alcohol contains gluten as well which takes a toll over the holistic skin health. 

Since there is no such substitute for alcohol, it is recommended to stay away from it, to avoid premature ageing.

  • The sugar phase: The highly refined carbohydrates in our diets which quickly turn into double-chained saccharines in the system are major causes of the sugar phase. 

It contributes to premature ageing. It also triggers a condition called glycation. This happens due to excess storage of sugar in the system. 

Excess glucose in the bloodstream attaches itself to the collagen harming the skin. Some of its symptoms are

  • Lines and wrinkles on the upper  forehead 
  • Blemishes on skin 
  • Cystic acne 
  • Pasty white Hues on skin

Sugar is often seen as The bad guy, however it is important to know the difference between essential and processed sugar. The best way is to avoid sugar in processed foods. 

Think about the last time you ate a heavy dinner at a party. 

It was very fun gulping down three plates of paneer tikka…until…

You had morning sickness, along with face Puffiness the following day, THE DAY OF YOUR IMPORTANT MEETING! it was not worth it, was it? 

Switch to whole foods, and say tata bye-bye to a processed lifestyle. 

Organic Health drinks contain extensive levels of nutrients and phytochemicals that help you with maintaining healthy skin. Some of the ways are:

  • Removal of toxin
  • Purification of blood
  • High levels of fibre 
  • High antioxidant properties, and so much more! 

Imagine not having to deal with skin issues anymore!


Lucky for us we can fulfill this dream with advanced food technology now. You can choose organic health drinks of your choice and incorporate it in your everyday lifestyle. If you would take our word for it, Kalmegh bitters is one such great option, that won’t just give you happy and healthy skin, but a happy and healthy life! 

Food and skin have a very close connection. It is about time we acknowledge it, and use the knowledge to our benefit. 

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Sanya Bajaj
Sanya Bajaj
Sanya Bajaj is a profound lover of nutrition, and everything about human physiology and gut health interests her tremendously! Having worked closely with dieticians across the globe, she has conducted vast studies in the field of human nutrition and its impact on the body. Currently working at Hugg beverages as a content specialist, she is determined to explore all about the world of whole foods and holistic nutrition.


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