We all know when something is inflamed on the outside, but the real issue is when it starts inside the body. Internal inflammation can occur for a number of reasons such as poor dietary habits, environmental toxin exposures, immune system overactivity (allergies, autoimmune disease), digestive problems and even hormone imbalances.
A high level of inflammation within the body can trigger numerous health issues such as “skinflammation.” One simple way to battle this is to consume more anti-inflammatory foods and eliminate the inflammatory ones.
But, what is an anti-inflammatory food? More importantly, what is an inflammatory food?
What you eat has a great effect on your skin health. You may just believe nutrition affects your internal health and your weight, but eating the right foods can also boost the quality of your skin and soothe inflammation.
5 Inflammatory Foods
- Sugar is everywhere. Try and cut off processed foods, desserts and snacks with excess sugar. Go for fruit instead.
- Dairy promotes inflammatory biochemical pathways in the body. Milk (and other dairy products) is a common allergen that can cause inflammation, digestive issues, acne, skin rashes, and even breathing problems.
- Barbecued and Overcooked Meat are age-accelerators and pro-inflammatory. Cooking meat at high temperatures, like barbecuing, raises advanced glycation end products (also known as AGEs). AGEs cause our skin to become less elastic and we become prone to wrinkles and fast aging. Additionally, research proves that meat cooked at high temperatures can become carcinogenic. Limit your intake of red meat to grass fed, and don’t overcook it.
- Refined Grains have very little fiber and have a high glycemic index. They are everywhere: white rice, white flour, white bread, pasta, pastries. Try and switch them with minimally processed whole grains or skip the grains completely and eat more veggies!
- Trans Fats and Common Cooking Oils such as “vegetable oil,” soy, corn, and cottonseed promote inflammation. You’ll discover trans-fats hidden as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils. These oils are often used in packaged foods because they’re cheap and have a long shelf life, but these oils should be completely avoided.
5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods
- Berries have a high antioxidant content, which aids in protecting against and reverse oxidative damage linked with inflammation and premature aging. Aim for organic berries, as pesticides are difficult to wash away because to their size.
- Sweet Potatoes are an amazing source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, beta carotene, manganese and vitamin B6 and C, these potatoes actually help ease inflammation.
- Ginger contains a bundle of health benefits. Among them, it helps reduce inflammation and stabilize blood sugar. Ginger in food or as tea is a great addition to any diet.
- Wild Alaskan Salmon contains anti-inflammatory omega 3s and the antioxidant astaxanthin. Opt for wild instead of farmed to decrease your exposure to inflammation-boosting environmental toxins and boost the nutrient levels.
- Cruciferous Vegetables broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale and cauliflower are all packed with antioxidants. Naturally detoxifying, they can help eliminate the possible harmful compounds.
This is just a small taste of all the great healthy and anti-inflammatory foods out there. By focusing on healthy foods, and staying away from the worst inflammatory foods, you help eliminate the threats of skin inflammation.