We are required to have a certain amount of calcium in our body, therefore the main product we reach out to is milk. While milk is an important beverage that can benefit our health in numerous ways - the impact of it on your skin is much stronger than you realize.
This has been clarified by registered dietitian Maria Bella of Top Balance Nutrition. Speaking #OWNSHOW, Maria says that certain skin issues could be related to how much dairy we consume - and it is something that she has seen firsthand in her practice.
Maria says that most of her clients with a youthful look have just one thing in common: they do not consume any dairy. "There is a very strong correlation between consuming dairy products — such as milk — and acne, skin breakouts and aging." and the reason for this is hormones.
"Most of the cows used in farming are actually pregnant cows. The hormones such as progesterone and insulin growth factors make their way into the milk" explains Maria. "When we consume the milk, it leads to increased levels of inflammation, skin breakdown, aging and acne in many people."
If you are dealing with similar skin issues, Maria recommends cutting dairy out from your diet completely and observe how your skin responds to the change. It should be done for about 12 weeks, suggested Maria so that you will get to see significant improvements during this period. "Once that happens, try reintroducing one dairy product at a time back into your diet, to see if you’re actually sensitive to it."
"An average life of a skin cell is about 120 days, so you should be seeing significant improvements in your skin tone and any breakouts that you have within 120 days of cutting dairy out of your diet," says Maria.
However the down side to cutting dairy from your diet is that you will no longer be getting the required amount of calcium into your system. Which is why it is important to incorporate other food sources (non-dairy) that contains that critical mineral.
Maria recommends sardines, which has a third of the daily calcium intake, almond milk, fortified tofu, soy beans, nuts, and even dark leafy greens (one cup has 150 milligrams of calcium) like kale, spinach, and broccoli.