5 foods to alleviate acne

By Jessah Robinson, Adv Dip (Nut Med)

How our skin looks is a direct indicator of our gut health, or lack thereof. If you are experiencing skin issues in the way of rashes, acne, pimples or other blemishes, this is your body’s way of telling you that your gut needs some TLC. We all want clear skin, and here are some foods that promote this:

1. Kale

Kale is extremely nutrient-dense, containing antioxidants and several vitamins and minerals which work to reduce hyperpigmentation that is essential for an even skin tone. If you find kale is too dense to eat raw, it also goes excellent in smoothies or juices. There are excellent recipes in Dr Cabot’s book ‘Raw Juices Can Save Your Life’.

2.  Sweet potato

These versatile orange vegetables are rich sources of beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is able to act as a skin barrier to protect against discolouration, inflammation and clogged pores.

3. Lemon

This tangy citrus fruit is touted for many health benefits, and can be easily incorporated into your diet as a salad dressing or squeezed into filtered water. Lemon helps to increase collagen production which improves skin elasticity, blocks free radicals and can reduce acne scars.

4. Berries

Whether your berry of choice is strawberries, boysenberries, raspberries or blueberries, each of these colourful little fruits are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants which protect against free radicals and protect against blotchy skin.

5. Salmon

Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids along with sardines, mackerel and anchovies which help to build collagen in the skin as well as protect against sun damage. Make sure to purchase wild salmon where possible. Collagen food contains the key nutrients needed for collagen production that supports healthy hair, skin and nails.

Dr Cabot’s 15-day cleanse prompts the elimination of toxins from our body by addressing the three key areas of detoxification – your liver, gut and immune system. This reduces inflammation throughout the entire body which in turn results in clear, vital, youthful looking skin.

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