Not only are you what you eat, but the reflection of your complexion displays your diet. Love your pasta, breads and sweets? Who doesn’t? I love cake – as food, as an art form, as therapy. A good piece of cake can take away any problem except wrinkles. But cake only multiples wrinkles, acne, psoriasis, and other unlovely skin conditions. How can an innocent piece of cake do this? Inflammation, my friend.
“The whole process of skin aging may be the byproduct of inflammation – that’s the whole premise behind not only using antioxidants in skincare products, but also [eating them in foods] as well,” Elaine Linker, PhD tells WebMD. The goal, she says, is to reduce the inflammatory reaction in the body. Inflammation of the body produces free radicals, unstable molecules that attack and damage the skin from the inside.
To combat inflammation, a three-pronged attack is most effective:
· Quality skincare products that can reduce inflammation on the skin. Use skincare products that actually penetrate the cell wall and cause cellular turnover in the dermal layer.
· Detoxification through a fast or cleanse helps clear toxins from the system. A detoxification process is often needed to reset the body’s metabolism. Purging organs and fatty tissue of toxins gives the body a chance to intake food properly. A fast orcleanse is helpful to rid the body of built-up toxins and will jump-start nutritional rebalancing. You guessed it: simple carbohydrates, refined sugar, white flour, and starchy foods cause an insulin spike, causing inflammation, causing aging.
Choosing antioxidant foods can stop the internal inflammation. By keeping inflammation-causing foods from entering your system in the first place, you can prevent potential skin problems from spiraling out of control.
Eight Simple Foods to Boost Skin Health
Whether you are looking to defeat a particular skin problem, or simply wanting to gain – or keep – that youthful glow, our experts offer a list of eight simple foods that can feed your skin head-to-toe.
- Seafood 3 times weekly. The key is omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show adding fish reduces the inflammation associated with psoriasis and even eczema.
- Nuts, grains, seeds. A handful of walnuts – about 1 ounce – gives you the same amount of omega-3 as 3.5 ounces of salmon. Flaxseed sprinkled on cereal or used in muffins also offers a generous supply.
- Olive oil. Your skin needs at least 2 tablespoons of oil a day for proper lubrication.
- Vegetables. You just can’t enough of these – and their powerful antioxidant benefits.
- Whole-grain cereals and breads. Use these items to replace white flour, refined baked goods, and cereals in your diet, all of which are linked to an inflammatory reaction that can be harmful to skin.
- Brazil nuts, tuna, and turkey. These selenium-rich foods can help reduce the inflammation associated with acne breakouts.
- Tea. Be it white, green, or black, studies show the polyphenols found in tea have anti-inflammatory properties that may be beneficial to skin, especially eczema.
Regular facials, effective home care products and eating and exercising can take 10 years off anyone’s age. “You are what you eat” is clearly present on the surface of your skin. The reduction of inflammation helps your skin, your joints, and your mood.
References: 1. Bouchez C. Want healthy skin? Feed it well. WedMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/want-healthy-…. Accessed August 14, 2012.
2. Prior R.L. Antioxidant capacity and health benefits of fruits and vegetables. US Highbush Blueberry Council Web site.
http://www.blueberry.org/antioxidants.htm. Accessed August 15, 2012.