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The effects of diets on your skin

27th February 2015

Every year there seems to be a new fad diet arising; one that celebrities endorse and promises significant weight loss in just a short amount of time. Unfortunately, any weight lost during the diet is often put on once the person goes back to their regular eating patterns. Not only this, but extreme diets can have surprising and sometimes dangerous side effects on the body.

High Protein Diets

Protein is very important in a healthy lifestyle; it promotes muscle growth as well as repairing tissue. Both hair and nails are mostly made up of protein and it’s essential for healthy bones, muscles, blood and skin.

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The recommended daily intake of protein for an adult is around 46-56g and requires a lot of water in order to break down in the body. High protein diets have the potential of leading to dehydration which can result in a number of nasty symptoms, including dry and itchy skin.

This dry skin can crack and lead to painful, raw patches at a higher risk of infection. Not only this but the increase in protein will likely mean a reduction of other food groups, including fruit that contains a lot of sugar. This can lead to a nasty vitamin C deficiency, reducing the elasticity of the skin.

Juice Diets

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Juice diets can be particularly dangerous; it will leave you with very low energy levels, stomach aches, constipation and dry skin. The chance of developing patches of eczema is increased as your body won't be getting enough nutrients.

Crash diets can also cause huge fluctuations in insulin levels. There are a number of problems this can cause; acne as well as premature aging due to collagen damage.

All in all, these diets don't sound particularly appealing, regardless of any weight that may be lost. When changing your diet, you should make sure to consult a doctor so you're aware of how your body may react to them.

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