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The How and Why of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Did you know? Your skin is an excellent barometer of your internal health. By following our Three-Tiered Solution to healthy living and aging, you can take steps to help keep both your skin and body healthy for many years to come. One of the key components of this approach is eating an anti-inflammatory diet and incorporating anti-inflammatory activity into your daily routine, which can lead to positive changes in as little as three days. In addition to the health benefits of eating foods that help normalize insulin levels and blood sugar, following an anti-inflammatory diet helps promote healthy weight loss and make your skin look radiant. The plan consists of:
  • High-quality protein (like that found in fish, shellfish, poultry and tofu)
  • Low-glycemic carbohydrates, including colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains such as old-fashioned oatmeal, and legumes like beans and lentils
  • Healthy fats, such as those found in cold water fish (specifically wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sardines, herring, and anchovies), nuts, seeds and olive oil
  • 8-10 glasses of pure spring water per day
  • Antioxidant rich beverages such as green tea

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Aim to eat three meals and two snacks a day, which could consist of a slice of turkey, a small piece of fruit and a couple nuts or olives. Avoid sugary, starchy foods or those laden with chemical preservatives, as well as diet foods and meats high in saturated fats such as burgers. Incorporating an exercise program is also key, particularly one that includes walking or jogging, weight training, and flexibility exercises such as stretching, yoga or Pilates. For optimal benefits, make sure you’re doing these exercises on a regular basis, with aerobics such as brisk walking taking place for 30-45 minutes at least four days a week.