Have you ever noticed a red, swelling, tenderness to your skin? Inflammation is often unnoticeable because it happens at such a deep layer of your skin, but when it reaches the surface it can be pretty damn uncomfortable.
Inflammation is caused by your immune system revving into overdrive for no apparent reason. The immediate result is healthy tissue damage, but chronic inflammation can lead to scary illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.
Obesity? Yep! Who knew inflammation could be that disruptive?
It’s pretty obvious that inflammation is no walk in the park, so how can we preemptively strike against it? The old fashion way, of course; through eating food that helps to reduce inflammation naturally. After all, you are what you eat!
How Can Food Help to Reduce Inflammation?
Chronic inflammation in particular, is a direct result of what goes in your gut. Not surprisingly, because two thirds of your body’s natural defenses reside in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Your GI tract is designed to rid your body of bacteria and virus before they get the chance to infect your body. With all the processed, trans-fatty foods we eat nowadays, it’s no wonder our immune systems are clocking so much over time.
Some foods are considered pro-inflammatory, while others soothe the sitch (that’s a super lazy term for situation; learn it, love it!).
Foods high in the essential fatty acid omega 6 typically cause inflammation. Their counterpart omega 3 on the other hand, soothe inflammation.
Back in the good ole days our ancestors ate a diet that offered a 1:1 ratio of omega 6 to 3. Nowadays, we’re eating upwards of 10-25 omega 6’s to 1 measly omega 3. Yikes!
If you are like most people, you probably aren’t sure which foods are rich in omega 6 and therefore don’t avoid them. Most polyunsaturated vegetable oils are high in omega 6.
Think safflower, grapeseed, corn and soybean oils. Nuts and seeds like sunflower, peanuts and pine nuts are also big contributors. Many of your favourite carb-filled dishes contain these ingredients.
Since we’re clearly eating far too many omega 6’s, let me share a list of the best omega 3 food sources. Start supplementing your diet with these food choices and reap the rewards on your skin.
13 Foods to Reduce Inflammation Naturally
Give yourself a heart healthy, brain boost by adding these omega-3 rich foods to your diet. Best of all, you’ll soothe skin inflammation and give your immune system a well-deserved break.
Start stocking up and chowing down on:
- Baked Beans
- Dried Cranberries
- Red Grapes
If you’re looking to add some of these items to your menu, why not whip up a big green salad full of all your favourite veggies and add a slice of grilled salmon to it.
If you’re feeling extra daring, sprinkle on a few sliced almonds and you are well on your way to evening out your omega ratio. Rather than snack on potato chips, eat a few fresh cherries or apple slices.
Little changes can go along way in helping to reduce inflammation naturally. Give your skin the best chance at thriving and choose anti-inflammatory food options from now on.
Have you ever suffered from skin inflammation? How did you deal with it? Did you try swapping up your diet by including foods that could help to reduce inflammation naturally? If so, share your fave recipe below! Bon Appetit BES’ers!