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Its been long since I have learned that one of the ways of controlling the breakouts is to adjust one's diet so that overall the effect is Anti-inflammatory. That is to minimize Pro-inflammatory foods and to maximize (within certain limits of course) the Anti-inflammatory foods. For eg. a lot of people on this forum have benefited very significantly by cutting out the usual hydrogenated vegetable oils(pro inflammatory :naughty: ) and by adding cod liver oil (highly anti inflammatory) as supplements (but the cod liver oil is helpful due to more reasons than just its anti-inflammation property).

I just went to the list for inflammation factors on nutritiondata.com http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts-C00001-01c2035.html and found that Ginger is right up there at the very top as regards anti inflammation factor. Its very strong in that respect. For instance 5 gms of ginger powder has an anti inflammation factor of nearly 1500! :shock:

Going by its rating, It has got to kill the inflammation like nothing else. And besides it has several other advantages for eg. - helps tremendously in digestion, respiratory disorders, morning sickness, menstural cramps etc. And the danger of overdosing is almost nil.

Seems like well worth a try. :think:

So, I am now planning to incorporate this into my regimen. I will start taking 5gms of ground ginger per day from today itself.

Wat say u ppl ?

PS: I m doing pretty good right now. Practically, zero zits and and only a few red marks left. And I hope that this will help me keep away the zits for good (as an important part of my regimen.)

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hmm, very interesting. I am all about these anti-inflammatories lately, I have started taking Camomile tea which is a strong one. Ginger also sounds very promising. Can you buy groung/powdered ginger or are you going to grind it yourself?

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been there, done that..

the ginger powder makes no real difference, you cant fight inflammation with ginger only, turmeric etc. you have to take on whats causing it. and those are many factors, like diet, sleep, stress etc

but it could help a little..

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Nemesys : I have found ground ginger itself but I dont know about its availability in your region. I am not from the US. But I feel that it should be available easily.

Veen : I agree with you that ginger by itself is not the cure (per se) for acne. But I strongly feel that it may prove to be very helpful in conjunction with other forms of treatment like Proper diet, Fish oil, Zinc etc.

how long did yo try it? What was the amount? did you test its effectiveness exclusively? Were you eating junk at that time? :think:

I feel like it deserves a decent run. I am going to give it one. :angel:

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Make stir fries with garlic, onions, fresh ginger, broccoli and whatever else you want. And when you don't have stir fries, make curries with onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower and curry powder which includes tumeric and other anti-inflammatory spices.

Most spices and herbs are anti-inflammatory, btw.

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I use to have a lot of Ginger in my diet before i started getting acne. I think I should maybe bring it back into my diet again.

I use to buy fresh ginger and slice it up and drink it as a tea with some fresh lemon juice which is also anti-inflammatory.

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that site makes no sense, ginger is in the top inflamming foods?!?!?!?!!

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ginger?

interesting. I should go buy some.

What about green tea? I hear it is anti-inflammatory as well. In fact, the Chinese have long regarded it as "pimple tea" because it prevents them.

Oh, and I saw on your sig. that you believe sugar and processed food causes break outs. Thank you. Yeesh, there are too many people on here who say what you eat doesn't matter. Whatever.

For about two weeks I ate nothing but green smoothies, vegetables and lean protein and my skin looked great and was healing rapidly. Two days ago I had a bit of a slip up, ate some ice cream and then decided to just screw the whole thing and see if my diet was really helping my skin so I ate chocolate, carbs, ect.

Today my skin looks like absolute crap. I definately broke out from eating these foods. Yuck.

Do you know of any other foods that help combat acne?

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that site makes no sense, ginger is in the top inflamming foods?!?!?!?!!

Hey... I know what you mean.. that site is confusing..backwards almost.

PS you should also try ginger tea to incorporate it into your diet. Its not bad, with a little stevia

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I remember seeing a marked improvement in inflammation one night after having a homemade ginger and lemon drink for a cold. I put it down to coincidence at the time but maybe it played a part? Ginger is sworn-by in Chinese medicine for a range of things.

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That's a list of foods and their IF rating. That's a rating of their effect on inflammation. A positive number is anti-inflammatory. There's a link to an explanation right there at the top if you don't understand.

http://www.nutritiondata.com/help/inflammation

Also note that the rating is for 200 calories. You aren't going to eat 200 calories of many of these foods.

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ginger?

interesting. I should go buy some.

What about green tea? I hear it is anti-inflammatory as well. In fact, the Chinese have long regarded it as "pimple tea" because it prevents them.

Oh, and I saw on your sig. that you believe sugar and processed food causes break outs. Thank you. Yeesh, there are too many people on here who say what you eat doesn't matter. Whatever.

For about two weeks I ate nothing but green smoothies, vegetables and lean protein and my skin looked great and was healing rapidly. Two days ago I had a bit of a slip up, ate some ice cream and then decided to just screw the whole thing and see if my diet was really helping my skin so I ate chocolate, carbs, ect.

Today my skin looks like absolute crap. I definately broke out from eating these foods. Yuck.

Do you know of any other foods that help combat acne?

Yup. I have tried and tested it again and again. Sugar, dairy, and hydrogenated oils are definite triggers for me. Rather than listening to other people blindly I would rather you observe your own body. for me diet is the most important factor in this scourge of acne.

Good to know that you could follow the healthy diet for two weeks. That is a pretty long time for someone who is not absolutely certain that diet is related to acne. Dont worry too much about the slip up though. Just a minor detour. Taking a little Apple Cider Vinegar before the meals may help you deal better with the carbs. but it doesnt give us the license to cheat though.

If you can improve your diet for good then it will serve you brilliantly not just for acne but also as regard s the overall health in the longer run.

You can choose to eat complex carbohydrates, an beneficial fats like olive oil as well along with the green smoothies. I like to use the olive oil in my salads. very tasty. As for the OK foods you can check this link http://www.nutritiondata.com/foods-0009920...0000000000.html

which provides foods that are anti inflammatory in nature. Besides also try to eat stuff with less Glycemic load.

take time to get acquainted with the above website. It is an amazing website truly. Also check out some of the more experienced veteran members on this holistic board. I find posts by Ndnromeo, Danny, Kodi very informative in particular. You can learn so much from these people.

Just spend quality time on this website and rather than concentrating on the symptoms of he disease( topicals, antibiotics etc) try and handle it at a deeper level (holistic approach). You will do well then.

good luck

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Ya the higher the inflammation factor, the more Anti-inflammatory it is.

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I hate nutritiondata's new layout...they used to actually explain why foods were anti-inflammatory, instead of just giving a number.

I'm sure ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, but I'm wondering exactly why the IF considers it anti-inflammatory.

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I hate nutritiondata's new layout...they used to actually explain why foods were anti-inflammatory, instead of just giving a number.

I'm sure ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, but I'm wondering exactly why the IF considers it anti-inflammatory.

gingerols.

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I hate nutritiondata's new layout...they used to actually explain why foods were anti-inflammatory, instead of just giving a number.

I'm sure ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, but I'm wondering exactly why the IF considers it anti-inflammatory.

gingerols.

nice link

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Ginger apparently also helps avoid prostate cancer (for the men here) :shrug:

Make stir fries with garlic, onions, fresh ginger, broccoli and whatever else you want. And when you don't have stir fries, make curries with onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower and curry powder which includes tumeric and other anti-inflammatory spices.

Most spices and herbs are anti-inflammatory, btw.

This is great news since I love cooking and eating stir fries and curries :dance:

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melatonin is also an anti-inflammatory and powerful; anti-oxidant

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melatonin? thats a hormone... I would not take that as a supplement..

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melatonin? thats a hormone... I would not take that as a supplement..

vitamin d is also classified as a hormone, so what is your belief about something classified as a hormone?

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Damn I see, I didnt know that... but my belief is that you don't need hormones from food, because your body can make them all perfectly itself, when provided with the right nutrients. Hormones in food can throw your body out of balance. Only exceptions are babies receiving mothersmilk and people who dont get alot of sunlight, they need some vit D.

I wouldnt start taking a hormone, just because it has anti-inflammatory effects..

But if your hormones are out of balance, then yeah extra hormones could be beneficial..

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damn I see, I didnt know that... but my belief is that you don't need hormones from food, because your body can make them all perfectly itself,

If that were true, we probably wouldn't have acne.

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Damn I see, I didnt know that... but my belief is that you don't need hormones from food, because your body can make them all perfectly itself, when provided with the right nutrients. Hormones in food can throw your body out of balance. Only exceptions are babies receiving mothersmilk and people who dont get alot of sunlight, they need some vit D.

I wouldnt start taking a hormone, just because it has anti-inflammatory effects..

But if your hormones are out of balance, then yeah extra hormones could be beneficial..

well your body makes vitamin d from the sun, if you are in wisconsin or canada during the winter you dont get much sun for months, in this case taking vitamin d makes perfect sense.

if you are stressed out and become depressed and insomnia hits, you stop producing melatonin, so taking it will help you sleep better, in these cases there seems to be little risk.

you are probably freaking out because testosterone is a steroid hormone and because its illegal, you are afraid of all hormones im not so sure this is good logic.

perhaps if you had a disorder where you dont produce enough testosterone taking extra would be totally fine, as would taking an insulin shot, which is also a hormone.

i dont really care to convince you, but just to get a better understanding i guess.

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