Inflammation-Skin Enemy #1

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Inflammation of the skin can be categorized as either acute or chronic. In its acute form, the condition results in redness, heat, and swelling of the skin and can result from extended sun exposure, or vulnerability to skin allergens or irritants like soaps, fragrances or dyes.

But the good news is that many of these conditions typically go away in a week or two and minimal damage is caused to the skin tissue; nothing that can’t be resolved by using common topical applications.

However, when skin inflammation is of the chronic sort, the consequences are more serious. For instance, chronic inflammation is often longer lasting and can also cause a lot of skin tissue damage. And instead of subsiding quickly, the condition often becomes worse and very uncomfortable for the individual. Chronic skin inflammation can cause skin conditions like acne, rashes, and severe sunburn.

Learning how to manage and prevent inflammation is important and essential for maintaining the health of your skin. And while there are many medicinal treatments available to address each of these conditions, one of the most effective tools in regulating and preventing inflammation is eating the right foods.

Medicinal options may do their part when applied to the skin on the outside, but healthy food choices can help fight inflammation from within, which is so much of a better option at preventing the spread of inflammation.

Altering your diet can really help! It can help regulate irritating conditions like acne, and at the same time slow down the signs of aging that are associated with tired and worn out looking skin.

Here is a quick look at how to use food to relieve the spread of skin inflammation:

Eat to soothe and prevent inflammation

Inflammation can damage the body and affect your complexion. To prevent this from happening just make sure to add omega 3s into your diet as these nutrients can help calm skin, relieve burning, itching, swelling, redness, weird rashes, and prevent chronic breakouts.

Add walnuts, flax seeds, sardines, Brussels Sprouts, salmon, cauliflower to your diet today.

Cut down on the following foods:

Avoid sugars and simple carbs

Choose foods with a low glycemic index and avoid processed foods that always have lots of added sugars.

Steer clear of high-fructose corn syrup

People think corn syrup is healthy because it comes from corn. However, it has undergone extreme processing and chemical reactions and has very little nutritional value. It is commonly found in sweetened cereals, protein and meal replacement bars, cookies, crackers, bread, sodas, fruit-flavored beverages. These will send your blood sugar levels sky high.

Cut down on refined grains

The process of refining flour strips the flour of its fiber and essential nutrients like calcium, iron, and selenium. It is important to stay away from “enriched grains” and “bleached flour” as these products have a longer shelf life because the living part of the whole grain seed has been removed. The remaining carbs are quickly converted into sugar by the body.

So foods like white toast, muffins, pastries, croissants, bagels, pasta, cereals, and white rice are all very high on the glycemic index and will contribute to inflammation. Just remember that the more processed the grain, the higher it sits on the glycemic index.