For the most part, the body’s inflammatory response is a good thing as it is the body’s way to defend itself from invaders. Although inflammation is a part of our body’s defense mechanism, it can happen even though there is no invader. This kind of inflammation hastens the process of skin aging.
Pollution, processed foods, dehydration, a diet low in fat and protein as well as leading a high-stress lifestyle and lack of sleep can trigger inflammation. Household and personal care products containing harsh chemicals can also cause inflammation which would lead the skin to age faster.
The good news is there are ways for you to prevent the early and speedy onset of skin aging. Here are some tips.
Add anti-inflammatory spices to your diet. Most spices are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds. Cayenne and turmeric are great examples of these spices. You can sprinkle them in just about any meal whether it’s salad, beef, chicken or fish dishes. It is best to spice your meals with these spices regularly if you are serious about beating early skin aging.
Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
You can hold off skin aging and even reverse the aging process by simply following an anti-inflammatory diet. Eat lots of vegetables especially the brightly colored ones. Red, yellow and orange bell peppers, cabbage, spinach and broccoli will do your skin great wonders. You should also include omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats in your diet. Eat fatty fish like salmon, herring and tuna and include olive oil, culinary Argan oil, walnuts and pumpkin seeds in your meals as they are chock-full of monounsaturated fats and omega-3. To make sure that your diet won’t trigger unnecessary inflammation, you should control your cravings for sweets and refined carbohydrates. Lay off sweet treats and wheat and grains or at least minimize your intake.
Eat Enough Protein
Right beneath the epidermis or your visible skin is the dermis. This inner layer of the skin is made up mostly of collagen and elastin which give support and structure to the skin. To ensure that enough amounts of collagen and elastin are produced by the body, you’ll need protein. Eat protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and legumes.
How much of protein is enough? To ensure that your body’s production of collagen and elastin is healthy, the recommended number plays around 0.55-0.7 grams of protein per pound of your body weight. To make things simpler, this is about 2 whole eggs with your breakfast, a side of chicken with your lunch, 1 handful of almonds for your snack and 1 serving of beef with your supper.
Take alpha-lipoic acid supplement
Alpha-lipoic acid is considered to be among the most potent antioxidants, anti-aging and anti-inflammatories we know of. Alpha-lipoic acid is fat and water soluble which makes it effective in preventing wrinkles. Take 100-200 mg per day and you will surely notice a great difference on your skin.
Follow these tips if you want to keep your skin youthful for a longer time.
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