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This can happen inside your body, and has been linked in studies to heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Chronic inflammation, doctors call it, and it can affect your skin, too.

Acne breakouts, dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, premature aging, and other skin conditions are all inflammatory in nature, and tend to get worse when we eat an inflammatory diet.

The solution? Eat foods that calm inflammation and you’re more likely to enjoy clear, youthful looking skin!

7 Foods that Help Calm Inflammation

  1. Walnuts: The key here is healthy essential fatty acids. They’re good for the body and the skin. A 2004 study found that a diet high in walnuts helped lower C-reactive protein (CRP), which is a standard marker of inflammation associated with heart disease. Wild-caught salmon is another good source of these healthy fats, as are flaxseed, chia seeds, and anchovies.
  2. Broccoli: This is a superfood when it comes to reducing inflammation. A 2013 study found that people who ate broccoli for just 10 days cut their inflammation levels in half! A 2014 study also found that women who ate the most cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower) had substantially less inflammation than those who ate the fewest. Broccoli has also been found to help repair DNA damage. Broccoli sprouts have similar benefits and work great on salads.
  3. Yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut: The key here is probiotics. You can get them from any type of fermented food, including those listed here as well as pickles, miso, kombucha tea, fermented cheese, and more. These are stars when it comes to reducing inflammation. A 2009 study, for example, found that probiotic supplementation actually helped reduce the risk and severity of dermatitis. An earlier study also found that probiotics helped reduce inflammation in the intestine.
  4. Hempseed oil: We’re talking about healing fatty acids again, here, so you can add avocado oil, coconut oil, and olive oil to this list. They all help tame inflammation, and they’re great for applying topically to skin, as well! A 2010 study found that hempseed had an excellent content of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and helped tame inflammation and reduce risk of heart disease.
  5. Tart cherries: Tart cherry juice is often recommended as a post-workout drink because of its ability to calm inflammation and reduce muscle pain. A 2012 study found that tart cherries helped reduce chronic inflammation, especially for those experiencing joint pain and arthritis. In that study, the researchers noted that tart cherries have the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food.”
  6. Onions and garlic: Add these to your meals to enjoy the anti-inflammatory power. A 2011 study found that both not only reduced inflammation in the blood vessels (linked with reducing heart disease), but also reduced oxidative stress. Both of these have also shown anti-inflammatory effects against arthritis. Similar foods include leeks, shallots, chives, and scallions.
  7. Turmeric: If you’re going to use a spice, use curry! Turmeric is a key ingredients, and it contains a compound called “curcumin” that provides a number of health benefits. Preliminary trials have found that it has anti-inflammatory effects in humans, and it may also be protective against Alzheimer’s disease and digestive health. I’ve added turmeric in my exclusive Tri-Rescue Complex to tame inflammation and encourage healing for the skin!

 

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 Herbal Teas

Mint - Delicious mint tea not only is full of flavor but has many medicinal properties as well. Easy to grow (in fact, it can take over your garden, so plant with care!), mint can be used to alleviate congestion, gas, cramps and fever.

Ginger - This root is used to make tea and ginger ale, both of which aid digestion and are useful in treating coughs. Ginger has many health-promoting qualities and is useful in cooking, too. It's relatively easy to grow, requiring little care when planted correctly.

Chamomile - Tea made from chamomile flowers is effective in relieving anxiety and can be used as a sleep aid or for treating coughs. Chamomile can be grown from seeds and is available in perennial and annual varieties.

Cinnamon - Rich in antioxidants, cinnamon also has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Cinnamon is surprisingly easy to grow, apparently, although it is not commonly cultivated. Cinnamon is good for circulation, digestion and treating colds or sore throat.

Lemongrass - A versatile herb that can also be used in cooking, lemongrass has several medicinal properties which make it useful for treating infections, inflammation, parasites and fungus. It can be easily grown year-round indoors and is helpful with reducing blood pressure, aiding digestion and improving circulation.

Echinacea - One of the most powerful medicinal herbal teas, echinacea is a highly effective immune system booster with anti-bacterial and pain-relieving properties. Echinacea can be grown outdoors and is planted in early spring. The flowers and leaves contain the health-promoting compounds.

Rosehips - Rose bushes not only bring beauty to a garden with their lovely blooms but also provide an important source of vitamin C and other health-boosting compounds in the form of rosehips. The seed-filled pods found at the base of the rose bloom are used to make a tea packed with minerals and energy-enhancing properties.

Blackberry Leaf - Tea made with blackberry leaf can be helpful with pain relief and relieving some digestive ailments. Rich in vitamin C, tannins and antioxidants, blackberry leaf tea can be very beneficial. Care should be taken with blackberry leaf, however -- over-consumption of tannins can cause liver damage.

Clove - With a number of medicinal properties along with their distinctive flavor, cloves are an essential herbal tea ingredient. Unfortunately, cloves are not easy to grow in most places; they require a tropical Asian climate to thrive. Cloves are easy to find, however, and are effective in treating strep throat, tonsillitis and congestion while also relieving pain.

Lemon Balm - Also known as bee balm, lemon balm has been cultivated since ancient times and used as a general health-boosting agent. It grows easily in an outdoor setting and is valued for its antiviral properties as well as its beneficial effects on the digestive system. Lemon balm also works as a sleep aid and in relieving anxiety.