We discussed last week the effects your diet can have on rosacea, mainly about the things that should be avoided and why. This week I wanted to discuss more about how food can be healing to the body. Since rosacea has been linked to gut issues, it can be beneficial in your fight against rosacea to aid your body with the healing power of food.

Not all food is healing food. Instead of making lists of do’s and don’ts, it is important to optimize your diet to the best of your ability. Try to avoid the foods that cause inflammation in your gut therefore causing skin issues. But instead of just focusing on the things to avoid, target the foods that you can add to your diet to fight inflammation and make your body alkaline. Here are few things that you can focus on adding to your diet to enhance it:

Foods that are full of healing powers are foods that are whole. 

Getting more greens in your diet not only helps with fiber intake but eating more leafy greens and orange/yellow fruits and vegetables are especially beneficial since they provide carotenoids that fight sun damage.

Most gut issues are due to inflammation in the gut. Adding anti-inflammatory foods and herbs such as turmeric, ginger, garlic, onions, cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, etc.), carrots, tomatoes, and green tea can help specifically combat gut and skin inflammation. 

There are a lot of oils that can cause inflammation in the gut. Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds (like flax seeds and chia seeds) can all help reduce systemic inflammation within the gut. 

Often forgotten, protein is an important addition to your diet. Most people do not get enough protein daily. Maybe, that isn’t you, but it is still important that you are getting high quality, clean protein in your diet. The immune system needs enough quality protein to work properly like organic chicken, organic grass-fed beef, cultured yogurt, lentils, tempeh, etc.

*Always consult your trusted healthcare provider before making any significant changes to your diet. This information here is not intended to treat or cure.

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