While the root causes of skin conditions range from genetics and diet to allergies and contact, one thing we can all agree on is that they are all aggravated by inflammation. Inflammation and irritation in the body can wreak havoc on the skin. But, fear not! Your diet can help with that. There are a wealth of foods that fight inflammation, helping you live your healthiest. We’ve rounded up all of our favorite anti inflammatory foods to incorporate into your diet ASAP! After all, healthy skin begins within.
Before We Start…
What do all anti inflammatory foods have in common? We’re so glad you asked! Most of the foods on this list are rich in antioxidants, which means they’re bursting with compounds that fight aging in the body. Each of these foods also contains a wealth of minerals and fatty acids to keep both you and your skin looking and feeling your best.
1.) Leafy Greens
You’ll notice pretty quickly that most of these foods can be found in the produce section. That’s because many fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants. Green leafy vegetables are no exception. Toss together a delicious salad, make a smoothie, or prepare a colorful stir fry! You’ll feel healthier than ever.
2 .) Blueberries
Blueberries are what’s considered a superfood. A superfood is full of nutrients and come along with a laundry list of health benefits. Not only are blueberries delicious, they also contain quercetin, a flavonoid that is said to reduce the risk of cancer. Plus, blueberries are a perfect option for summer! They taste great in fruit salads, pies, and with a helping of cream.
If you’re looking for anti inflammatory foods that provide you all the fatty acids you need, salmon has your back. In fact, feasting on salmon provides your body with enough omega-3s to reduce the need for anti inflammatory medication. They’re also a perfect option for summer barbecues.
Beets can’t be beat! They contain high levels of potassium and magnesium, both of which have been linked to improving inflammation. Beets have also been known to reduce the risk of kidney stones by helping the body process calcium. We love to enjoy beets in salads.
Walnuts are an especially good dietary staple if you don’t eat meat. Not only do they make up for potential protein deficits, but they also contain fatty acids. Additionally, they contain phytonutrients that most other foods don’t have. These phytonutrients help protect against diabetes and cardiovascular issues. You can definitely catch us snacking on walnuts all summer long.
Ginger is known for its antioxidant, anti inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-disease properties. Studies have shown that these properties have the potential to block genes that promote inflammation in the body. We enjoy using ginger to season our food, as a delicious tea, and for its essential oils.
7.) Olive Oil
In addition to being an amazing moisturizer, olive oil contains a wealth of fatty acids. It also helps to reduce damage of joint cartilage and prevents the production of pro-inflammatory enzymes. Drizzle it on salads or vegetable for a scrumptious, healthy dressing.
8.) Green Tea
Okay, you got us. Green tea is a beverage, so why is it on our list of anti inflammatory foods? Well, green tea is full of polyphenol, a compound that fights inflammation and prevents the growth and development of skin tumors. Plus, it tastes great and helps you lose weight!
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