Kitchen Cures

Mirror, mirror on the wall, 

Help me face my dietary downfall. 

Everyone has those days when the reflection doesn’t offer a pleasing sight.  Perhaps it is blemishes, chronic dryness, eczema, dark circles, or oily skin problems.  When changes occur, begin by looking at your diet. Did you know that eating cooked tomatoes helps fight off the oxidizing effect of UV rays; carrots protect the skin’s outer layer; and turmeric is an effective anti-inflammatory and free-radical fighting option, claimed as a superfood?   Our lifestyle habits directly influence those irritating skin conditions. 

Acne

Consuming pre-packaged foods may be convenient; yet, the outcome is a rise in blood sugar and inflammation throughout the body.  The result is an oily substance in the skin called “sebum,” which leads to acne. Begin by eliminating white bread, corn flakes, potato chips, French Fries, doughnuts, pastries, sugary drinks, and other foods on the high-glycemic foods list.  Change to fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables, which can calm inflammation.   And, look at foods that are superfoods, rich in antioxidants, such as fish oil, oregano, Rosemary, watermelon, and oranges to balance your breakouts!    

Chronic Dryness 

Are you, by chance, addicted to salt, or do you often sprinkle the mineral too heavily on meals?   When the body has too much salt, it overcompensates by holding on to water.  While it may explain the recent development of puffy cheeks, it also leaves the skin dehydrated.  The solution is the following foods: 

  • Coconut oil: Whether applying as a topical or using the oil to prepare meals, coconut’s healthy fats and antibacterial makeup add to healthy skin while moisturizing. 
  • Avocado:  The blend of healthy fats, proteins, and vitamins equals a powerhouse to support collagen structure and maintain the skin’s moisture levels. 
  • Sweet Potatoes:  Give yourself a healthy glow with this orange food.  It can assist with skin renewal and dry, flaky skin. 

Eczema 

The inflammatory skin condition, known as atopic dermatitis, results in skin irritations, oozing blisters, and rashes.  Heredity and the environment play a role, starting in children younger than two years old. Studies show that mothers who take probiotics and avoid milk are less likely to develop eczema. In addition, breastfeeding for a minimum of three months helps minimize problems.  The common foods to avoid are cow’s milk, eggs, soy products, gluten-based foods, nuts, fish, and shellfish.  

Foods that contain a plant-based flavonoid called Quercetin are apples, blueberries, broccoli, cherries, kale, and spinach.  Not only are these fruits and vegetables rich in color, but they offer the body powerful antioxidants and an antihistamine as well, aiding in reducing inflammation levels.   

Dry Circles 

The body speaks through visible signs—the dark pigment and sagging skin point to a lack of water.  Try an infusion, add fruit to the water, or start snacking on hydrating, regenerative foods, such as watermelon, cucumber, celery, blueberries, and tomatoes! 

Raw honey is another natural, miracle food.  Since its anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and an excellent moisturizer, add just a dab around the eyes and face. With essential vitamins and minerals, honey can improve blood circulation, promote skin-cell growth, and help form collagen. Follow the process regularly.  It takes only a dab! 

Oily Skin 

Trying every over-the-counter serum may not be the solution; instead, nutritionists and dermatologists recommend a dietary change.   

  • Salt causes dehydration, water retention, and an increase in oil levels.  Look at canned foods, especially beans and soups, to assess sodium levels.  
  • Proteins high in saturated fats can produce excess oil.  Switch, for a while, from red meats to poultry or fish. 
  • Sugar causes an overproduction of sebum.  Try switching to apple slices and peanut butter or oatcakes and guacamole. 
  • If frying foods, invest in an air-fryer or use Olive or avocado oils! 

Healthy “skin foods” are the key to maintaining a beautiful complexion.  Rather than find beauty in a labeled topical, the right foods can play a role in your skin and wellness.  

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