Inflammation is at the basis of many age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, auto immune disease and wrinkled, sagging skin. The wrong foods, such as excess sugar, processed foods, pasta, breads, pastry and baked goods can increase levels of pro-inflammatory peptides.
Excess sugar can be considered the number one enemy. It can cause inflammation that may effectively destroy tissue and attach to collagen, which results in stiff, inflexible, sagging skin. Controlling blood sugar and insulin levels will improve health and help give us beautiful, youthful skin.
An anti-inflammatory diet consists of high quality protein, like that found in fish, colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, and adequate amounts of good fat, like that found in salmon, flax, nuts, seeds and olive oil.
The skin, in many ways, is a reflection of internal health and when the skin visibly improves from this anti-inflammatory lifestyle, the risk of age-related disease is reduced and body weight normalizes.
In addition, eating hot peppers can relieve various types of headaches, such as cluster headaches, migraines and sinus headaches.
Essential fatty acids are necessary for elevated mood, beautiful skin, a healthy immune system, increased mental clarity and normalizing weight.
Coffee (and it’s not the caffeine) can result in elevated levels of cortisol and insulin, leading to weight gain. Remember, elevated insulin puts a lock on body fat. If you substitute green tea for coffee, and do nothing else differently, you can lose up to 10 pounds in six weeks.
We must drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to maintain health and beautiful skin, as all biochemical reactions in the body take place in the presence of water. These are just a few suggestions on how you can change your diet, and defy age.