anonymous asked:

What kind of foods help reduce acne

foods that reduce acne:

  1. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids: these are very healthy fats found abundantly in fish, like salmon, as well as walnuts, many types of bean, and flaxseed. These fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties which help prevent inflammation that causes your skin to react by clogging pores leading to acne.
  2. Vitamin A: this vitamin is essential in combating acne and having good skin health. It’s a major component to lots of serious acne medications (such as Isotretinoin - brand name Accutane/Roaccutane so don’t take vitamin A supplements if you’re on Accutane, since it can cause toxicity). A good source of vitamin A are: sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens (e.g. kale). Cod liver oil is an amazing source of not only vitamin A, but also vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids!
  3. Zinc-rich foods: I wouldn’t take this as a supplement because you can easily overdose and cause toxicity, but incorporating zinc rich foods into your diet can definitely help with acne. You’ll mostly find these in nuts like cashews, oysters (and seafood in general), spinach, and pumpkin seeds to name a few. 
  4. Switch to whole grains/low GI carbs: whole grains are lower on the glycemic index which means it’s a type of carb that doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels as much as other carbs which are higher on the GI. However, you should be aware that some whole grain breads are high on the GI. Keep a look out for that too. When foods cause your blood sugar levels to increase rapidly, the hormone insulin is secreted into your blood. Insulin is linked to the growth of pore-clogging cells, as well as increasing oil production in your skin cells - which is not good at all!
  5. Vitamin C rich foods: like avocado, strawberries, and citrus fruit all have very beneficial anti-inflammatory properties due to their vitamin C content. 
  6. Vitamin E rich foods: like dark leafy greens, almonds, sunflower seeds, avocado (again!), olive oil, and broccoli, to name a few. 
  7. Green tea: green tea on it’s own won’t help if the rest of your diet is full of dairy and saturated fats, but it has an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, which has many functions, some of which are:
      • lowering androgen hormone (IGF-1 hormone) levels which are major factors towards acne production.
      • kills certain bacteria which are culprits when it comes to acne production. 
      • lowers your fasting blood sugar, which as I stated before, if rapidly increases, it causes an increase in insulin levels in the bloodstream which can be a factor towards acne production.

Hope this helps you with your diet! Don’t forget to stay hydrated as well!

- Aly 🌬💕

Next time you get sick, skip the trip to the drugstore—help may be as close as your kitchen cupboard. Our grandparents often turned to herbs and spices to ward off common ailments, and these time-tested remedies have proven safe and effective. (If you have a health condition or are already using medication or other treatments, consult your practitioner before use.)

Coughs: Thyme contains two constituents (thymol and carvacrol) with expectorant (phlegm-loosening) properties, making it a great choice if you’re suffering from a cough, congestion, sore throat or bronchitis. The herb also has powerful antimicrobial properties. To make thyme tea, steep 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon fresh) in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes; strain and drink up to three cups daily.

Sinus problems: Try this spicy mixture next time your sinuses feel clogged and painful: Combine 1 cup tomato juice, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh garlic, ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Warm the mixture and drink slowly.

Digestion: Many culinary herbs have carminitive properties, meaning they help relieve gas and bloating. To relieve gas, try chewing ½ teaspoon of fennel, caraway or dill seeds, or drinking a post-meal cup of tea made from their seeds. For general indigestion or upset stomach, try a cup or two of peppermint tea.

Nausea: Keep ginger on hand to safely and effectively relieve nausea. It also helps prevent motion sickness. You can make a tea from 2 teaspoons of fresh grated ginger per cup of boiling water, or drink ginger ale that contains real ginger, such as Reed’s.

Cancer prevention: Many herbs are great sources of cancer-preventive antioxidants and should be added liberally to the diet. The U.S. Department of Agriculture found cinnamon, cloves and oregano to have especially high antioxidant capacities. Green tea contains a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which may help prevent a wide variety of cancers, especially those of the lung, breast, stomach and skin. In the Iowa Women’s Health Study, increased garlic consumption was associated with a lower risk of colon cancer. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, can prevent or kill several types of cancer cells.

Joint pain and arthritis: Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, has been shown to ease arthritis pain and have anti-inflammatory properties. Use the herb liberally in cooking—it’s a great addition to soups, sauces, stir-fries and vegetables.

Bruises: Speed the healing process with this folk remedy: Cut a lemon in half and rub the pulpy side over the bruise once an hour for several hours. Avoid cuts or broken skin.

Urinary tract infections: Cranberry juice—and the dried berries and extract—prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. Drink at least three cups of unsweetened juice (diluted in apple juice for flavor), or eat one or two handfuls of dried cranberries daily.

High cholesterol and heart health: Many garlic studies have shown that the herb reduces cholesterol, heart disease and heart attack risk. Eat approximately one clove a day, raw or lightly cooked. Fenugreek seeds contain substances that help the body excrete cholesterol. The herb also lowers triglycerides and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.

High blood sugar: A 2005 study of Type 2 diabetics found that cinnamon can help reduce blood sugar. Use it liberally in cooking, or make cinnamon tea: Pour 1 cup boiling water over ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon in a muslin bag. Steep, covered, for 10 minutes. Drink up to three cups daily.

Boost Your Immunity 

Cold and flu season is headed our way. While we can’t entirely avoid the onslaught of bacteria, viruses and other germs capable of wreaking havoc in our bodies, we can rev up our immune systems so we are better equipped to fight off whatever bugs try to invade.

Echinacea contains a number of antioxidant compounds and immune-stimulating constituents that can help the immune system fight off illness. According to a University of Florida study, echinacea stimulates threefold the activity of infection-fighting immune-system cells. For prevention, follow the label directions or use a dropperful of tincture twice daily. Up the dosage at the first sign of illness.

Garlic is a potent antioxidant packed with antimicrobial compounds such as cancer-fighting sulfur and the immune-boosting mineral selenium. Aim to eat one raw or lightly cooked garlic clove daily.

Green tea, Asian ginseng and eleuthero also offer a hefty dose of antioxidants. In studies, green tea has shown the ability to boost immune function. Drink several cups daily. Asian ginseng improved immune response according to one Italian study conducted at the University of Milan, and the results of a German study demonstrated a significant increase in the number of immune cells in healthy volunteers taking eleuthero.

eldiazenrique  asked:

Hi lazy! :D which teas are your favorites and why? And any suggestion to a new tea drinker? Like recipes or combinations? Namaste :)

First and foremost would be green tea. The flavor grew on me to the point in which I can appreciate different kinds. But I primarily drink green tea for the health benefits. 

Green tea possesses a magical ingredient called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This chemical inhibits the growth of cancerous cells and even kills cancerous cells without harming healthy tissue. 

Green tea has compounds in it that kill bacteria, which can prevent food poisoning and even kill the bacteria that cause dental plaque. It also reduces and prevents acne. 

Green tea lowers “bad” cholesterol in the blood stream while still allowing “good” cholesterol to flourish; it also lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke. All the while it stimulates the metabolism. It lowers blood pressure and aids healthy weight loss. 

Green tea can also help stave off dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. It rejuvenates impaired immune function and can even treat skin cancer and prostate cancer.  

So I’m a fan and I drink it whenever it’s an option and I feel like having something other than water. I probably drink it every other day. 

Mint tea is great for after meals, especially heavy or greasy meals. It soothes the stomach and relieves the ache. Chamomile tea has melatonin in it, which is a relaxant. It can help you get to sleep and also encourages more vivid dreams. 

I’ve read that lavender tea is an anti-spasmodic and is an effective way to treat a headache but I’ve never tried it before. Chai tea is awesome and delicious, whether straight up or with milk or as a latte. 

And the most recent tea I’ve taken a liking to is Pu-erh tea from China, which is a very curious and nuanced product. It’s aged similar to wine and so you can imagine what the prices get to be like for avid collectors. 

In general it just comes down to trying a different tea whenever it catches your eye, whether because it sounded good on the menu or you’ve read an article about its verifiable health benefits. 

Some specialty tea stores have giant vats of dried tea and you can smell each. That’s always a weirdly informative experience. 

Enjoy :) Namaste