How do the foods we eat affect our skin?

Our skin is the mirror of our body. How our skin looks can give clues about our health.
If the color of our skin is pale or yellowish-gray; There may be anemia problem, it may be due to smoking, there may be a nutrition and metabolism problem, there may be kidney or liver disease.

If our skin is too red; We may have an over-excited personality, but there may be gastritis or reflux problem in the stomach, there may be a disorder in the number or function of blood cells.

Some skin diseases are also associated with food; In rosacea disease (red face syndrome), there is a direct relationship with spicy foods, excessive consumption of tea, coffee and alcohol. Redness and capillaries can be related to sun damage, as well as to rosacea and lupus disease triggered by such foods. For some foods, it is recommended not to eat because it increases stomach acid or because it can cause already existing stomach sensitivity to gastritis, reflux problem to become chronic.

In thyroid diseases It can be either drying and flaking of the skin, premature graying or shedding of the hair, or vice versa, and lubrication on the skin, susceptibility to acne, sweating disorders, and sometimes hairiness. Similarly, those with weight problems and diabetes patients may have acne or hair growth problems, even irregular menstruation and male-pattern hair loss.

The foods we eat have a direct effect on our skin. We even know that some foods cause odor on our skin (onion-garlic) and that this substance is eliminated by the sweat secretion of the skin.

It is a common situation that people with dry skin can drink water at a normal level, but complain of dryness. In this case, there may be a problem that the drinking water cannot be retained by the skin cells, there may be a thyroid disease or a hormonal (premenopausal-menopausal) condition. Sometimes too much drinking water is also a problem. One view is that acidic foods eaten can sensitize the skin.

As a physician who has a weight loss department in our clinic and who is interested in this subject, I constantly follow new articles and current books. A book I read belonged to a microbiology and nutritionist. What we ate and drank in the book The one-to-one relationship between the pH values ​​of foods and weight.It was a striking analysis.

In fact, it was said that even the water we consume every day is alkaline, causing us to lose 2.5 kilos per year.Apart from the fact that acidic foods affect stomach acid negatively and tire the body, these acidic foods cause more fat retention.

The fact that our blood is on the basic side in the acid-base balance makes it necessary to make the foods that are eaten basic (alkaline) before they mix with the blood. This process, called alkalization, is carried out in the liver, which causes fatigue of the liver as a result of excessive consumption of these acidic foods. The concept of liver fatigue can result in adiposity at the cellular level. The fact that acidic and high-fat diet causes lubrication throughout the organs is actually a protection mechanism.

The scientist, who examines the effects of eating alkaline foods and consuming alkaline water on weight loss by accelerating metabolism, has striking blood analyzes at the microscopic level.

Reading more and more detailed presentations on a topic we know made me highlight some of my suggestions more, and it was nice to have more convincing scientific data for their implementation.

In this case, let’s take care that the pH level of the water we drink is 7 and above. My first suggestion would be to consume acidic beverages (coffee, tea, alcohol, all kinds of carbonated drinks and fruit juices) to a minimum and to take precautions by consuming more alkaline water when we consume them. Paying attention to the fact that detox drinks are especially alkaline, paying attention so that they do not cause more harm than good. Utilizing food in the required proportions to stimulate metabolism, that is, instead of slowing down the metabolism even more by eating low-fat, avoiding animal fats and taking advantage of unsaturated fats with omega 3-6 content as in fish, avoiding animal fats in moderation.

Contributing to the accelerating and revitalizing metabolism by exercising and regularly working certain muscle groups and to be able to maintain this speed. Consuming some anti-oxidants and food supplements that are beneficial for both skin and healthy body periodically, in consultation with your doctor.

So what are the foods that make our blood acidic or alkaline?

Acidic foods;in summary, all sugar-containing beverages and foods, nuts, cottage cheese, potatoes, offal, most meats, poultry, shellfish,

Foods that make alkaline; It is the food group that we should focus on the most. Considering that our blood has an alkaline structure, we can think of it as the best foods that our body does not have difficulty in digesting. After breast milk, which is the most alkaline food, green vegetables, soybean sprouts, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, sea vegetables, brocoli, cabbage, parsley, green beans, spinach, garlic, kale, chicory, brussels sprouts, okra, leeks, arugula, mustard, zucchini, watercress, chives, avocado.

The important thing here is that proteins, which provide an acidic environment for digestion, take place around 20-25% in our general diet. As much as possible, care should be taken to consume green vegetables and salad types together when protein consumption is realized.

Do not reset the oil intake. Consume quality oil.
After oxygen and water, the most important element for a healthy and fit body is fat. Fats are very important for cell membranes and cells to produce energy and function. Fats have a very important role in the function of nerve cells, and therefore also in brain functions.

Monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 and omega-6 oils, known as essential fatty acids, should be at the beginning of the oils that should be consumed.


If you don’t drink enough water, you will get fat.

We now know that some of the foods we eat create an acidic environment in the body. When your blood maintains an acidic circulation, your whole body and organs are adversely affected. The body starts to receive support from the fat cells to protect itself from this acidic environment, and therefore your tendency to get fat increases. Most importantly, your body uses water, acids, and waste materials to get rid of them through urine, sweat, and intestines. If the body cannot clean the acidic environment, it switches to the fat storage state.

After all, even a slight thirst slows down the metabolism by 3%.

Importance of alkaline water

Pure, distilled water has an average pH of 7. Above seven is alkaline and more efficient than acidic water. But in order to take full advantage of alkaline water, the pH of your water should be kept at at least 9.5 in order to neutralize the acids that make you fat.

It is recommended to drink water with a pH of up to 11.5 -12 in the face of serious obesity and health conditions.