What is inflammation?
Healthy Inflammation is the immune system’s first response to infection or irritation however, chronic Inflammation is detrimental to your health. When you’re injured or sick, bone marrow sends armies of white blood cells to root out the problem and start the healing process.
However, sometimes the immune system gets a faulty distress signal and sends white blood cells unnecessarily. These misguided white blood cells still assemble just like they would if your body was under harm, but because there is no infection for them to attack they may end up in the body for a long period of time and can start damaging internal organs and your skin. This can be caused by any number of factors which include toxins, microbes, a poor diet or have a genetic basis. Immune cells secrete free radicals and this is how they damage, oxidise and age the cells of the body and can cause skin problems such as wrinkles. Long term, this has the potential to lead to chronic premature ageing of the skin.
A dermatology perspective: Antioxidants and Skin Health
In a recent scientific article published last year, the scientific paper stated that “Most dermatologists agree that antioxidants help fight free radical damage and can help maintain healthy skin. They do so by affecting intracellular signaling pathways involved in skin damage and protecting against photodamage, as well as preventing wrinkles and inflammation. In today’s modern world of the rising nutraceutical industry, many people, in addition to applying topical skin care products, turn to supplementation of the nutrients missing in their diets by taking multivitamins or isolated, man-made nutraceuticals, in what is known as the Inside-Out approach to skin care.”[i] This is what the science is saying about our skins and thus the need to look at the goings on inside the body is vitally important.
Why should we prevent inflammation?
Inflammation is thought to be the root to all disease, fuelled by poor diet, lack of exercise, exposure of your skin to a harsh environment and other lifestyle factors. This may explain why many of our lifestyle related diseases have reached epidemic proportions in Western countries. As a result, it is vital that we take simple steps in our daily lifestyle to prevent inflammation – through diet, exercise and supplementation.
Nutrients that reduce inflammation
It is very important to learn which foods are beneficial for inflammation and overall health – the key is to aim for variety, include as much fresh food as possible and consume certain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids. Try to minimise processed foods and fast food from your diet as they contain high levels of trans fats (from margarine and processed bakery goods such as breads etc.) which can increase the potential for inflammation in your body. Also limit your intake of sugar, dairy, alcohol, grains (e.g. pasta, cereal and bread) and artificial food additives (e.g. Aspartame, MSG) as excessive consumption of these can fuel your body’s inflammatory response. Make sure you consume a wide variety of colourful fruits, salads and vegetables along with lots of nuts and seeds.
Exercise for your skin
While every doctor would tout the benefits of exercise for your heart and waistline, what is less understood is the benefit that exercise has on your skin. Studies have found that moderate to intense exercise increases the blood flow to the skin dramatically increasing the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the skin.[ii]
What are the benefits of a special Rosehip supplement with GOPO®?
A Rosehip powder with GOPO® is a natural and clinically proven anti-inflammatory supplement made from 100% pure and natural Rosehip. GOPO® is the key patented compound activated during the special patented drying process of the Rosehip fruit, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. Rosehip powder with GOPO® is also a powerful anti-oxidant and contains one of nature’s richest sources of Vitamin C – studies have found that natural Vitamin C is absorbed in the body more effectively than synthetic Vitamin C and Vitamin C has been found to be highly beneficial to the skin.
Most people think that to get healthier skin, it is important to put creams and lotions on the skin, yet clearly, the skin grows from the inside out. I liken it to watering the lawn by wetting the grass and leaving the roots dry if all you do is put creams and lotions on the skin and don’t improve your health on the inside. Reducing chronic inflammation which is present in a large number of the population will reduce accelerated aging in the skin and, as a side effect, improve overall health.