Gorgeous Skin for Teens: Eat Your Way to Radiant Clear Skin by Erica Angyal

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Junky carbs are digested quickly and cause your blood-sugar level to rise quickly. Have you seen the Glycaemic Index (GI) labels on stuff in supermarkets? The GI is a measurement of a food’s effect on blood-sugar levels. The higher the GI number, the more the food pushes up your blood sugar. Junky carbs are generally high GI. Examples of junky (simple) carbs: White bread, sugar, biscuits, cakes, lollies, bagels, doughnuts, cereals like Rice Bubbles, potato chips, soft drinks and pastries. Eating junky carbs causes your blood-sugar levels to skyrocket.

Who wants to eat that? For girls only: PMT pimples If you’re plagued with pimples just before your period, you can blame it on your shifting hormone levels. After ovulation (the release of an egg from your ovaries which happens about fourteen days after your period starts), hormonal changes make your body more sensitive to sugar and junky carbs than usual—probably right at the time that you crave these foods the most! For the sake of your skin, it’s absolutely essential that you cut back on these foods, and make sure you include some protein with every snack and meal, to balance out your bloodsugar levels.

There are two basic groups of minerals: macro minerals and trace minerals. Macro means large in Greek, so this term is used to indicate that you need these minerals in greater quantities. The macro minerals include calcium, magnesium, sodium (salt) and potassium. You only need the trace minerals, like zinc, iron, copper, manganese, chromium and selenium, in tiny quantities. Here’s a rundown of the key minerals you need for healthy, glowing skin: Zinc Best sources: oysters, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), Brazil nuts, almonds, poultry, legumes (like lentils), peas, beans, cabbage and lean meats.

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