Food For Your Skin!

By August 3, 2010Blog, Nutrition

Bothered by eczema, psoriasis or other red hot rashes?   Here’s  a  few ‘ skin so smooth’ nutrition strategies to consider:

  1. Try a 2-3 week sabbatical from potentially problematic foods that may be offensive to your skin cells.  These can include common food allergens such as dairy, wheat, eggs and shellfish.  Gluten found in wheat, rye, and barley may also be aggravating your immune system which then cross talks to your skin cells, sending an alarm message.
  2. Another food specific guideline:   if you suspect a food or food ingredient is causing your skin to flare,  try the food on 3 separate occasions at least 3 days apart and if your skin symptoms worsen with each introduction, then you have good evidence that at least for now, that food is not for you.
  3. Cool down skin inflammation by including friendly fats such as omega 3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as wild salmon, sardines, sablefish, herring and plant fats such as hemp, flax, chia seeds, purslane (a tasty edible green) and walnuts.  You might also want to get your omega 3 fatty acid level checked though a simple bloodspot test available at www.omegaquant.com.
  4. Boost your vitamin and mineral intake by consuming naturally nutrient rich vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices that deliver a portfolio of soothing skin ingredients.
  5. Consider taking a multi species probiotic supplement to help inoculate your digestive tract with good bacteria to fight against bad bugs that may be antagonizing your skin cells.
  6. Article Written By:  Kathie Madonna Swift MS RD LDN

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