Acne Shot of an attractive young woman squeezing a pimple on her face at home

For some of us, acne is something we struggled with when we were teenagers and just ‘grew out of’, but for others of us, a clear face is a myth.
While there are a lot of products out there that can help you to reduce inflammation and redness, the key might be what you’re eating.

More of this:
Pickled vegetables – pickled onion, pickles, sauerkraut – these generate the production of healthy probiotics which help reduce inflammation
Fruit and veg – spinach, blueberries, kale, broccoli – these antioxidant-filled foods boost your complexion
Fish – salmon, mackerel, anchovies – omega 3 fatty acids coming in hot! these inflammation fighters should reduce redness and blotchiness

Less of this:
White foods – white potatoes, white rice, white bread, anything instant – these foods have high glycemic indices and raise your blood sugar level (meaning you suffer more extreme changes in blood sugar and raise hormone levels), which is not good news for your skin
Dairy – yogurt, milk, cheese, the whole interlada – hormones ladies and gentlemen, dairy generates them and is full of them.

IBS Woman suffering from stomach ache

There are reportedly over 200,000 cases of irritable bowel syndrome a year. That’s a lot of running to the nearest bathroom, the worst kind of nausea and horrible stomach cramps. If you know, you know.
While a definitive answer to how IBS is affected by diet is still be found, there is evidence to show that people with non-severe cases of IBS can manage it through diet.

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Fibrous foods – some vegetables, whole-grain cereal and whole-grain bread, fruit – making sure you’re getting between 25 and 38 grams a day will help to make bowel movements more regular
Lean protein – tofu, chicken, beef, fish

Less of this:
Processed or refined foods – chips, cookies, fries, ready meals
caffeine, carbonates, alcohol – these can be triggers, and if you think about it, that kind of makes sense seeing as they’re supposed to give you a buzz; make them more of a rarity.
Dairy – dairy strikes again – at least there’s almond milk

Common cold Shot of a frustrated businesswoman using a tissue to sneeze in while being seated in the office

So before you get your hopes up, there isn’t a whole lot of empirical evidence to back this. There are some clear connections, and it seems to work, but you’ll be the judge of all that right?

More of this:
Drink hot teas with lemon and honey – honey helps fight bacteria while lemon thins out your mucus so it’s easier to clear everything out.
Eat some oranges – vitamin C is needed for a strong immune system.
Make some chicken soup – it will help to reduce inflammation. Carrots and celery give your immune system a boost and onions act as antihistamines giving you relief from sneezing episodes and a stuffy nose.

Less of this:
Caffeine and alcohol – these are naturally dehydrating, and when you’re sick with a cold, hydration is the key to getting better. Swap these for water or homemade (with all the bits) vegetable and fruit smoothies and juices.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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