Inflammation In the Body & How It Ages You
While inflammation is a natural process of protecting our body, it can accelerate aging. You'll be surprised to learn that a simple change in diet can help you fight inflammation, and make your skin look glowing in the process.
Here we'll discuss everything you need to know about how inflammation damages our skin and make it look older than it should.
How Inflammation Accelerates Aging
Symptoms of Underlying Ailments
Inflammation is a normal and occurring process of the human body. It is a way the body protects itself from harmful internal and environmental causes. Infections, allergies, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema are all symptoms of inflammation.
Role of Hormones in Inflammation
Our endocrine system plays a role in hormone regulation. Hormones are something difficult to manage because it isn’t something you can see.
They are a bodily function that requires testing to know what is happening. A doctor can check your hormones and even then, finding the right balance of treatment can be a challenge.
Everyone understands that stress is damaging to the body. Our challenges are regulating stress. When the body is under any kind of stress, it releases the hormone cortisol from the adrenal glands in response.
Stress strains our adrenal glands which can cause us to feel troubled, tired, anxious, depressed, etc. However, stress that causes inflammation also inhibits the body from regulating other hormones in the body.
For example, if a woman remains too stressed for a long time the adrenal glands cannot do their job of regulating hormones. Certain hormones, such as testosterone and progesterone, are not produced at optimal levels.
This drives the body to become estrogen dominant. This creates a situation in the body that is hormonal aging and stress plays a huge role.
When a person does not produce enough testosterone, muscle loss occurs. There is also difficulty in muscle development.
We need adequate muscle mass in our bodies to burn fat and calories and remain healthy. Estrogen dominance creates a vicious cycle for anyone trying to lose weight and gain more muscle.
Foods that Cause Inflammation
Aside from the obvious causes of inflammation such as stress, an allergic reaction, or injury, the other culprits of skin inflammation that occur within the body we can’t see and most know about makeup two factors; Lifestyle and stress.
If you are lucky enough to have steered clear of any major diseases and you feel that your overall health and appearance could use better care, then there are ways that a person can reduce inflammation. A few changes in diet and lifestyle will contribute to overall health and your skin will thank you for it.
- Excessive Alcohol
- Processes meat
- Artificial trans fat
- Refined carbs
Foods for an Anti-inflammatory Lifestyle
- Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
- Nuts like almonds and walnuts
- Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
- Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Some spices (ginger, rosemary, and turmeric).
Mediterranean Diet to Fight Inflammation
Keeping up with the different foods that fight inflammation may be difficult to remember; however, for simplicity, following the Mediterranean diet is easy to remember. The number of foods in the diet is anti-inflammatory and a good way to keep your body at a healthy weight.
- Whole grains
- Healthy oils
Although most fish are good for us to eat, salmon has the most benefit in relieving the body of inflammation. Take, for example, Dr. Perricone, he is a plastic surgeon who specializes in countering skin inflammation with food versus plastic surgery.
“Eating salmon twice a day allows for the benefits of the DMAE, astaxanthin, and essential fatty acids in the salmon to take effect,” Dr. Perricone says.
He has his own skincare line, his practice, and several books on the subject and would be worthwhile to read. It may be easy for a person to burn out from eating a lot of fish and if so, there are many salmon supplements, however coming straight from the source is best.
Just because the fruit is on the list, this isn’t carte blanche to fill up on fruit. Remember, fruit is full of natural sugar that can elevate insulin and result in more inflammation in the body. Eat fruit and avoid pasteurized juice.
Healthy oils are ones like coconut and olive oils. Again, despite that these oils contain good fats, it is best to use them, and they are the best alternative to vegetable oil and butter.
A great meal would have:
- Baked or grilled salmon
- Side of vegetables such as red or green peppers
- A salad with tomatoes and a serving of spinach
- A handful of nuts like almonds
Do you have a sweet tooth? Try Mediterranean inspired chocolate chip cookies or brownies. There is also a Greek chocolate mousse. You can substitute the butter with olive oil, and you may forget they are healthy for you.
Look Better & Feel Better
Eating right for the body not only brings vitality into your life, a healthy weight, it also shows in your skin. The right foods and self-care help slow down the aging process by reducing the invisible inflammation that is occurring inside the body. The likelihood of the body developing diseases is reduced by an overall healthy lifestyle.
Inflammation is not something most think about. We don’t notice it from the outside like an injury or other skin ailment.
It occurs in the body from stress, the type of lifestyle we live, and the foods we consume. This kind of inflammation ages us faster and chronic internal inflammation can surface on our skin, making us appear older than we are.
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Have you tried any of these remedies to deal with inflammation? How did it go? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
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