By Sabrina Taylor (Bio below)
There’s not much of a silver lining when you have skin inflammation. Red, itchy, tender, swollen skin is just not pleasant. Unfortunately, skin inflammation seems to be quite prevalent these days and most people don’t realize how much they can do to prevent it.
Have you ever considered that what you put on your plate may be affecting your body and ultimately, taking its toll on your skin? Before we answer this question, let’s discuss how inflammation occurs.
Skin inflammation occurs when your immune system goes into overdrive. The result is damage to your healthy skin tissue. If you already live with skin issues like eczema or acne, they will become exacerbated. Prolonged or chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.
So how do we reduce our chances of skin inflammation? As they say, you are what you eat. If you are consuming pro-inflammatory foods, you certainly won’t be helping yourself.
Did you know that two-thirds of your body’s natural defenses live within your gastrointestinal (GI) tract? Your GI tract is meant to rid your body of bacteria and disease before they have a chance to infect you. With all our overly processed and fatty foods, this means your GI tract is working overtime to flush your system. You can see how this could turn into an inflammatory issue.
Educating yourself on what foods you should be avoiding and which you should be enjoying more will help you deal with inflammation. To make it simple, foods rich in the essential fatty acid Omega 6 should be avoided. Foods like nuts, seeds, safflower, grape seed and corn oils should be avoided. High carb dishes should be avoided as well.
Foods rich in Omega 3 on the other hand, are considered soothing. The following foods are considered some of the best. Add these to your diet and you should experience a serious reduction in your skin inflammation:
- Baked Beans
- Dried Cranberries
- Red Grapes
Not only will these 13 foods soothe your skin, but they are heart healthy and brain stimulating. They will give your body the much-needed rest it requires to recharge your immune system. Diet changes can be difficult, but living with the alternative is far worse. Give your body and skin a break; stock up on Omega 3’s and enjoy clear, itch-free skin!
Bio: Sabrina is a beauty and skin care blogger for BESskincare . Though she’s a lover of DIY’s and home remedies, she also enjoys testing and reviewing the latest skin care products on the market. Stay connected with her via Facebook and Twitter.
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