You have probably heard the old saying that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but did you know your skin is a reflection of your diet and general health?
In this video, dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra joins The Doctors to illustrate how excess sugar, dairy, and alcohol affect the skin. She uses an altered photo of host Dr. Travis Stork to illustrate the impacts of all three substances on the face.
First up, sugar. Dr. Batra explains that excess sugar in the bloodstream causes the formation of harmful molecules, which bind with protein and selectively target collagen. This leads to wrinkles, sagging skin, and even acne. No more brownies or cookies!
And then there’s dairy. Many people lose the enzyme that breaks down lactose as they age. This leads to inflammation, which manifests as redness and saggy skin.
Additionally, many dairy products are treated with artificial hormones that further damage the skin. Dr. Travis admits he loves dairy and asks if eating organic dairy products is acceptable. Dr. Batra agrees that it is.
And finally, there’s alcohol. Dr. Batra says too much alcohol causes enlarged blood vessels as well dilated capillaries, making the face look red and flushed. Alcohol is also dehydrating and can accentuate wrinkles. Hold the vino!
I found this video so interesting! Sadly, these three substances are often favorites at parties and other celebrations. Like everything else, moderation is key.
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