Today’s Spa Skin and Beauty show led by esthetician Lindsey and skincare enthusiast, sister Ashley goes over the importance of an anti-inflammatory diet and anti-inflammatory oils.
We go over the basics of an anti-inflammatory diet as well as healthy oils and non-healthy oils which can lead to inflammation. If you want your skin to look good, you need to treat your body with kindness and give it nutritious foods. We want you to be healthy, so let’s begin today.
Why is an anti-inflammatory diet so important? Or you may be wondering, is it important enough to make a difference in my life? Let’s face it, exercising is tough! Eating right is tough! Learning new things is tough! However, if we want to feel differently, we are going to need to put in a little effort. That effort begins right here, right now and that is learning how to make those changes.
An anti-inflammatory diet is important to follow to help prevent heart issues, cancer, obesity, diabetes and help with those annoying aches and pains as we age. As daughters of a diabetic, us sisters are witnessing first-hand the hard and painful life of someone living with a chronic illness. It’s hard to watch and this encourages me to reach for my daily matcha green tea every afternoon instead of a sugary coffee beverage and to get up in the morning and exercise. Movement is so incredibly important.
So, what do you eat on this kind of diet? You want to eat foods in their natural state. Meaning go easy on the processed foods. Basically, if it’s in a bag, it’s processed. Think of an apple, a banana, lettuce or broccoli or chicken. If you can go potentially go out and pick it or cook it, then it’s real. Not chicken nuggets – you can’t find a chicken nugget on a farm. Not Cheetos or veggie straws – same thing – they do not exist on the earth – those are processed man made foods. Yes, they are delicious but no, they are not good for you. So, try to start eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats like chicken and fish. Grains are a big debate with gluten free, no grain, yes to grains like whole wheat – so feel free to do what is best for you in that department.
Let’s not forget the healthy oils. That’s where we will now begin talking about the best anti-inflammatory oils to use to either cook or compliment these dishes.
What are anti-inflammatory oils and why are they so important to know about? After listening to this Spa Skin and Beauty podcast, you should understand how oils are made, which ones are the better choices when cooking or adding to salads/veggies, and what oils you should probably stay away from. Just know that your skin is a reflection of what is going on inside your body, so let’s treat it well.
Whenever you go to the kitchen to cook, chances are you will be reaching for an oil. We use oils to bake with, to coat our pans and dishes, to add flavor to meals, and often use for dressings! If I am using this much of something, I want to make a good choice. This begins with me understanding the difference between anti-inflammatory oils and inflammatory oils. I always want to choose an oil that is anti-inflammatory because inflammation is usually the culprit to chronic diseases and health problems.
Let’s begin with one of the most common oils, Olive oil! Olive oil is a stable oil and is so fantastic to eat and cook with and is high in antioxidants! It is a monounsaturated fat, meaning it is the good, healthy type of fat that your body, especially your brain needs. It is derived by pressing olives. Monounsaturated fats can also be found in avocados, nuts, seeds, and olives. I used to worry about cooking with olive oil because it had been said to cause cancer if cooking at a high heat. Then I did some research and relaxed because olive oil will begin burning at 400 degrees and will start to smoke. If it does, I simply, turn the heat down. No big deal. However, if I need to cook at or above 400 degrees, I just use Avocado Oil instead.
If you are using olive oil for salads or frying with olive oil, then join our lapree beauty – esthetician led community to find out what we suggest and see also what Lindsey and I are eating!
Did you know that pesticides and toxins are stored in animal fat? That’s why you want to make sure you are purchasing organic when choosing these fats, example, butter.
Coconut Oil – is extracted naturally which is good. However, it is high in saturated fat, which is not so great for your heart, so use this in moderation. It should not be your “go-to” oil. We get coconut oil from pressing down on the flesh of the coconut to remove the oil. If you want a lighter coconut taste, then look for expeller pressed coconut oil. This is the method that the oil is being extracted which is by pressing the coconut to get the oil. See our favorite oils inside our lapree beauty community at www.lindseyholder.com!
Avocado Oil is a nutritious option and is also high in antioxidants. This oil is extracted from the meat of the avocado. Very simple, very delicious.
Highly Processed Oils – Stay away from these Inflammatory Oils
You want to stay away from the highly processed oils such as canola oil, vegetable oils, grapeseed oils, peanut oils, soybean oils, sunflower oils, corn oil, and safflower oil. Why? Because they are toxic and bad for you and cause inflammation inside your body. Companies are able to get the oils from these vegetables, flowers, plants by heating them at very high temperatures. When they are extracted in this very unnatural way, these oils are now turned into a polyunsaturated fat. Polyunsaturated fatty acids aka PUFAs cause inflammation and cell mutation and have been linked to cancer, endometriosis, heart disease, etc. Another thing to note is that most of these highly processed oils are contain Butylated Hydroxyanisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene also known as BHA and BHT. These artificial antioxidants are included in these oils because it prevents the oils from spoiling so quickly. BHA and BHT have been linked to cancer, infertility, immune system problems, liver and kidney issues.
The presence of free radicals in these vegetable and seed oils are so very harmful resulting in excess inflammation. Free radicals result in early aging and wrinkles in skin.
As with anything regarding your health, consult your doctor.
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