Your skin is the largest organ of the body and you need to take care of it. While natural ingredients are key to helping your skin maintain a radiant glow, the biggest thing you can do to boost any skin care regimen starts on the INSIDE. The saying " You are what you eat" is true.
There are several ingredients that do wonders for the skin, however, they may not work topically. Many active ingredients need to be ingested to work, as with a skin care product, they are not readily absorbed. Think of a plant. Your houseplant is a bit droopy, indicating it needs some water. If you spray the leaves, the plant perks up and looks healthy, but the plant will continue to droop unless you water the roots.
Your skin really can look better than ever — no matter how old you are — once you recognize that what happens on the inside, on both a physical and emotional front, truly does show up on the outside. That’s because the aging you see in your skin is biological, not chronological, and can be delayed or even reversed with a holistic, natural approach that includes optimal diet, lifestyle and product choices.
The biggest cause of premature aging and chronic skin problems is Inflammation.
Inflammation is a vital part of the body's immune response. It is the body's attempt to heal itself after an injury; defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria; and repair damaged tissue.
Without inflammation, wounds would fester and infections could become deadly. Inflammation can also be problematic, though, and it plays a role in some chronic diseases.
There are two types of inflammation, Acute and Chronic.
- Arises after cut/scrape
- Short Term
- Long Term
- Wear and Tear Conditions
- Increased by habitual and/or environmental factors ( diet, weight, smoking, pollution)
We are going to discuss Chronic Inflammation.
Chronic inflammation, sometimes called persistent, low-grade inflammation, happens when the body sends an inflammatory response to a perceived internal threat that does not require an inflammatory response. The white blood cells swarm, but have nothing to do and nowhere to go, and they sometimes eventually start attacking internal organs or other necessary tissues and cells.
The threat is real but we do not feel it or the inflammatory response, and the inflammation can persist forever. Persistent inflammation has been linked to a variety of ailments, including heart disease. It is often associated with environmental or habitual factors, such as pollution or poor diet, which has made it of interest to nutritionists.
Chronic inflammation can be reduced by following a good diet. Incorporating a few of these items may help reduce inflammation.
- Cold-water fish: These are among the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, herring, tuna and mackerel
- Avocados: Have great anti-inflammatory properties. They contain phytosterols, carotenoid antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids and polyhydroxolated fatty alcohols— compounds that can help reduce inflammation. A 2013 study in the journal Food & Function found that people who ate a hamburger with avocado had lower CRP levels four hours after eating than those who did not.
- Broccoli and other vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels sprout, kale and cauliflower and other green leafy veggies contain sulforaphane, which is associated with blocking enzymes that are linked to joint deterioration and, consequently, chronic inflammation.
- Watermelon: Watermelon contains lycopene, a cellular inhibitor for various inflammatory processes. It also works as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals.
- Walnuts and other nuts: Great source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Onions: Their anti-inflammatory properties have made them a popular home remedy for asthma for centuries. Onions are a good source of quercetin, which inhibits histamines known to cause inflammation.
- Olive oil and canola oil: Using these as primary cooking oils, because they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Berries: According to a review in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, polyphenol compounds, particularly anthocyanins, which produce dark red pigments, moderate inflammation.
- Whole grains: Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and bulgur wheat have been associated with decreased CRP levels, according to studies in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and in the Journal of Nutrition.
- Certain spices: The University of Wisconsin lists ginger, rosemary, turmeric, oregano, cayenne, cloves and nutmeg as possessing anti-inflammatory compounds that inhibit the biochemical process of inflammation.
- Water : HYDRATE !!! The slightest amount of dehydration can cause puffy eyes, fine lines and wrinkles and even acne. Your body is made up mostly of water. Drinking 8-12 glasses a day will do wonders for you.. inside and out.
- Red Wine: Yes !! Moderate amounts of Red Wine help with inflammation due to the tannins contained in the wine. Please drink responsibly.
- Green Tea: Green tea helps to fight against free radicals. An antioxidant “polyphenols” present in green tea fights with free radicals. This ultimately help us to fight against promotes longevity and ageing.
If you find it hard to incorporate into your diet.. blend into a rich nutrient packed smoothie.
If you are smoking, try to quit. Smoking can add ten years to your skin’s appearance.
Exercise daily to reduce stress, support your body’s natural detoxification, and reduce inflammation.
Throw out unnecessary products in your medicine cabinet and cupboards and any products that contain toxic additives or the mystery ingredient “fragrance”. If they won’t tell you what’s in it, chances are it’s not good for you.
Examine your hidden emotions or emotional tendencies. If you think you may be harboring some unexpressed emotions, find a safe place to free them. Negativity has a way of manifesting in the skin
Skin Care Regime
Cleanse your skin morning and night with a gentle cleanser. You can exfoliate, but do not SCRUB your face to death. Scrubbing actually breaks capillaries and damages cell tissue, which encourages invasive bacteria.
Try to keep your hands off your skin unless they are clean; your fingers can transmit oil and bacteria. Don’t pick blemishes — it damages cell tissue and permanently widens pores.
Moisturize and protect with an all-natural moisturizer/sunscreen. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 when out in the sun for more than 15 minutes.
This concludes another installment of The Crunchy Corner. We hope you have found the information as useful as we did. Again, we are not making any medical claims and urge everyone to Think For Yourself when making any decisions about your health and well-being.
Until Next Time... Stay Crunchy