Soda Pop & Dry Skin

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Soda contains empty calories and little nutrition. (Image: PorFang/iStock/Getty Images)

Not only does the average soda add 150 calories to your daily caloric intake, but it can also add up to 10 teaspoons of sugar to your diet. Soda can also contain caffeine and acidic ingredients that are not good for your health in general. High consumption of soda, and other sugary drinks, might even decrease the health and appearance of your skin. Once you have all the facts, you might consider ditching the soda for good.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is not usually serious, but can impact your appearance. Symptoms of dry skin include redness, itchiness, scaly or flaky skin and feeling as if your skin is tight. The most common causes of dry skin include weather; central heating and air conditioning; frequent exposure to water, soap or laundry detergent; sun exposure; or certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis. Making lifestyle changes, such as limiting your exposure to water and using gentle soaps, can help alleviate your dry skin. Using moisturizer can often help treat dry skin as well.

Soda

While drinking soda pop does not cause dry skin on its own, it can contribute to the development of this uncomfortable condition. According to Denny Waxman and Michio Kushi, authors of "The Great Life Diet," your skin is responsible for removing toxins from your body. When you consume sugary foods, such as soda pop, your pores can become clogged, making this job more difficult. If your pores are clogged, it also makes it more challenging for your skin's natural oils and topical moisturizers to soak into your skin and keep it supple.

Recommendations

Limit your intake of soda. If you cannot completely eliminate soda from your diet, have a small portion every few days instead of drinking one or more on a daily basis. Quench your thirst with water, which is a powerful tool for treating and reducing dry skin. The Harvard School of Public Health notes that water contains everything your body needs to stay hydrated and healthy. Fill up on nutrient-dense foods as well. Fruits and vegetables contain water, as well as essential vitamins and minerals that help maintain the health and vitality of your skin. Opt for foods that contain unsaturated fats, such as avocados, nuts, salmon and olive oil, over foods with saturated fats, such as fried foods, fast food and full-fat dairy products. Unsaturated fat contributes to the good health and appearance of your skin, while saturated fat does the opposite.

Considerations

While most cases of dry skin are related to your environment and lifestyle habits, certain instances might warrant a call to your doctor. If your dry skin does not improve after you have made lifestyle changes like limiting your intake of soda and other unhealthy foods, call your doctor to determine if you have a more serious skin condition. If your dry skin interferes with your daily life or your ability to sleep, you should also let your doctor know. You should also make an appointment with your doctor if you have open sores or large areas of peeling skin.

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