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Is an Anti-inflammatory diet the answer to fixing your Acne?

Did you know that adding Anti-inflammatory foods to your diet could help to reduce your acne?
Here’s Why…

Inflammation plays a vital role in the general function of the body. But when it goes awry, it can lead to a host of symptoms. Think about everything from Acne to Chronic Fatigue, Constant Headaches, Body Aches and Pains and IBS.
If you’re suffering with any of these symptoms, an anti-inflammatory approach can be useful.

Is inflammation that bad for me?

In normal amounts, no. Inflammation is actually a vital response from the immune system that protects you from potential damage and infection.
Think about when you cut your finger. The area becomes swollen and red because the body is bringing healing nutrients to the area, along with immune cells to fight any invading microbes. Without inflammation, we would potentially die of the first infection that makes it into the body.
But if left unchecked, it can become chronic inflammation. Instead of protecting the body from damage, chronic inflammation can cause damage to the tissues.
Chronic inflammation can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, redness, headaches, IBS like symptoms, unexplained pain and even endometriosis! It has also been linked to the development of conditions such as acne and rosacea.

Luckily, there are many ways to reduce inflammation naturally and prevent chronic inflammation. One way is through eating plenty of anti-inflammatory foods.

What is an anti-inflammatory diet?

Unlike other diets, an anti-inflammatory diet isn’t based on one particular region or culture. Instead, it takes the most nutritious anti-inflammatory foods from across the globe, and combines it.
What makes a food anti-inflammatory? The presence of any compound or nutrient that has demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties in research studies. For example, omega-3s are well-known as an anti-inflammatory nutrient, and turmeric has many compounds that demonstrate anti-inflammatory activity.
The best part about an anti-inflammatory diet is that it’s not about excluding foods. You might want to exclude any foods that are likely to cause symptoms, such as sugar, alcohol, caffeine and wheat. But this approach is focused on including beneficial foods. This makes it far more sustainable than fad diets that exclude different foods.

Anti-inflammatory foods

Ready to kick off an anti-inflammatory diet? Any significant dietary change is always best made under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner. But some of the best foods to include for their anti-inflammatory benefits include:

  • Berries and citrus fruit
  • Green leafy veggies
  • Cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower
  • Brightly coloured vegetables like beetroot and red cabbage
  • Green tea
  • Herbal teas
  • Dark chocolate
  • Herbs such as parsley, oregano, coriander and rosemary
  • Spices such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon
  • Fish, particularly oily fish and shellfish
  • Plant-based omega-3s such as walnuts, chia seeds and flaxseeds
  • Olive oil
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Gut supportive foods such as fermented foods and broths

Anti-inflammatory foods are one piece of the wellness puzzle when it comes to skin conditions such as Acne. Often these food are also supportive to gut and liver health which is essential to get under control when acne is breaking out.

If you’re frustrated with your skin and want to get the healthy glow that you deserve, book an appointment for a personalised approach.
Our Naturopaths Karina and Ashlee can check your gut health, your liver function and evaluate your hormonal balance and get you on track to clear, glowing skin. Book an appointment online here.

References

http://repository.ias.ac.in/5196/1/306.pdf
https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/article-abstract/68/5/280/1829259
https://www.jci.org/articles/view/13416

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