There is something that you do every day that can create problems for your skin. To you, your skin problem may be called psoriasis, eczema, rosacea or acne, but to your skin it is an inflammatory reaction, and the source of that inflammation may very likely be the foods that you are putting in your mouth, into your digestive system. Systemic inflammation and many common skin diseases can be the result of, or be made worse by the foods that we eat and the lifestyle we choose to follow. Adopting a plant-based, whole foods diet is the foundational first step towards reversing systemic inflammation. A gluten-free and/or casein-free diet, that is, one that eliminates foods from the wheat tribe and dairy foods, can also offer systemic anti-inflammatory benefits to those with chronic skin disease. Advanced Skin Solutions firmly believes that good nutrition is a critical component of improving skin health, and if you are struggling to know where to start join us for our wellness class: The Power Of An Anti-Inflammatory Diet! With Pamela Spencer.
10 Foods That Reduce Chronic Inflammation
1. Broccoli provides an excellent source of vitamins C and K, calcium and beta-carotene. It is one of the best anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer foods available. When steamed broccoli has cholesterol lowering benefits.
2. Spinach is a nutrient rich green vegetable providing ample amounts of vitamin K, A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, and much more. Spinach contains a type of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which researchers have discovered reduces a variety of inflammatory cytokines by as much as 43%.
3. Sweet potato is top rated for its beta carotene content. Its antioxidant properties may be especially beneficial for the digestive tract. Steaming sweet potatoes may provide some extra benefits.
4. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which helps to break down proteins, aid digestion, reduce swelling, and improve blood circulation. Pineapple also contains significant amounts of vitamin C and manganese.
5. Papaya is a sweet tropical fruit that has papain, an enzyme similar to bromelain (found in pineapple). It is a digestive aid and also helps build immunity because of its large amounts of vitamin C, A, and E.
6. Blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities of all foods. They are low on the glycemic index and benefit both the nervous system and the brain (memory).
7. Cherries may reduce blood vessel inflammation according to the University of Michigan Cardioprotection Research Laboratory. This antioxidant rich fruit may ease pain and is often recommended for treating symptoms of gout.
8. Ginger has been used for centuries for its all around medicinal properties. It aids digestion, helps alleviate arthritis, and builds the immune system. Ginger is a key component to many healthy juice recipes.
9. Turmeric is a bright orange root plant used as a spice. It is often used in powder form in Asian curry recipes. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent. Turmeric helps to heal wounds and helps prevent progression of inflammatory diseases. Similar to ginger,the root can be juiced.
10. Garlic has so many benefits on the body. It is beneficial for heart health and may help lower blood pressure and LDL. Garlic has the ability to stimulate the lymphatic system which eliminates toxins from the body. This is an whole body anti-inflammatory food.