Inflammation in the body is a common complaint among millions of people across the world. But you might ask – why? Inflammation is the body’s attempt at self-protection. When something harmful affects our body, our body’s response is to try and heal itself.
An anti-inflammatory diet plays an important role in keeping your skin clear and your cortisol (stress hormone) levels in check. Research has shown that certain types of fats and carbohydrates play a major role in promoting inflammation in the body.
5 FOODS TO AVOID:
White bread is made from refined white flour containing very little nutrients and dietary fibre, which are essential for a healthy digestive system and stable metabolism. It is also filled with added sugar and bleached using chemical bleaching agents, all which can wreak havoc on your skin.
Alcohol is a hepatotoxic which means its a toxin to the cells that detox your body, leaving you with pasty looking skin and huge pores, as well as liver damage. It also dehydrates the skin, leaving it less plump and fresh the next morning.
When you ingest sugar or foods high in sugar, you body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose, which raises your insulin levels (hormone that controls blood sugar levels). When your insulin levels are raised, it is like a burst of inflammation throughout your body. Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in saggy skin and wrinkles.
Oils found in greasy, fast food aggravate acne. They are also filled with artificial flavours, added sugar and saturated fats all, which spike insulin levels and lead to inflammation.
Sausages, bacon, hot dogs and deli meats are bad for your skin because they are FULL of artificial flavours, fat and salt. This in turn makes it hard for your body to digest and also aids in inflammation.
5 FOODS TO FIGHT INFLAMMATION:
Salmon is full of Omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation and signs of ageing in the body. These ‘good fats’ help protect against and repair sun damage, and are responsible for health and hydration of cell membranes – giving your skin that soft and glowing appearance!
Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease fighting phytochemicals. They also contain lots of water which keeps you hydrated and contribute to glowing skin and hair.
Nuts are filled with good fats, fibre and protein which can help make skin supple, smooth and younger looking. They also help reduce swelling and inflammation, helping treat skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Garlic is a great all rounder full of compounds like Allicin, Sulphur, Zinc and Calcium all which have health and skin benefits. Allicin has anti-fungal, anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits and also increases anti-oxidant levels in the skin. Sulphur prevents infections and helps to reduce inflammation.
Olive oil is a good fat and has been known to reduce inflammation. It is also great for very dry skin, ingested both orally and applied topically to clean, damp skin.
“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food” – Hippocrates