…”Alleviating Age Spots
Age spots, often called liver spots because of their unattractive brown color, can crop up on your face, hands, arms, or legs, and make you look and feel years older. Age spots are actually caused by free radicals — toxins that accumulate in your body and trigger everything from acne to cancer — as well as dietary imbalances and deficiencies.
To alleviate age spots, use juicing to fill in the nutritional gaps. Nutrients that eliminate age spots include beta-carotene (found in kale, parsley, carrots, and spinach); vitamin C (found in spinach, green peppers, kale, parsley, and citrus fruit such as oranges, lemons, grapes, cherries, and grapefruit); and vitamin E (found in carrots, asparagus, and spinach). In addition, you might want to put your skin on a cleansing diet that eliminates caffeine, alcohol, fast food, junk food, and foods with a high sugar content.
Psoriasis is a medical condition that occurs when skin cells grow too quickly. Faulty signals in the immune system cause new skin cells to form in days rather than weeks, causing a pile-up of itchy silvery scales and thick, scaly skin called plaques that typically develop on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp. About half of people with psoriasis also have dull nails with pits and ridges.
Nutrients that Help Ease Psoriasis
Scientists believe psoriasis may also be triggered by a poor diet or allergies and that specific nutrients can help alleviate or prevent it. Excessive shedding of skin can lead to a zinc deficiency, which is detrimental to skin health because zinc is necessary for absorbing linoleic acid, a fatty acid that promotes healthy skin. Pumpkin seeds, which are high in both zinc and linoleic acid, can alleviate deficiencies, as can parsley and carrots, which are high in zinc. Selenium (found in chard, ginger, and red Swiss chard) helps decrease inflammation associated with psoriasis, while beta-carotene (found in carrots, kale, and cantaloupe) helps combat substances responsible for triggering accelerated skin growth. People with psoriasis should avoid nuts, citrus fruit, and tomatoes, which can aggravate the condition.
Studies show that psoriasis is often triggered by stress, a skin injury, or strep throat, although triggers are not universal, and what triggers psoriasis in one person may not cause it to develop in another. The disease is also believed to have a hereditary component, making some people more susceptible to it than others.
Other fruits and vegetables that help ease symptoms of psoriasis include ginger, which reduces inflammation; beets, which have natural detoxifying agents; pineapples and papayas, which have enzymes that promote digestion and help decrease accelerated skin growth; and spinach, kale, and beet greens, which are high in folic acid….”