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Food as Medicine

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Brian Deckard

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How can food benefit your skincare and overall health?

Dr. James S. Gordon, a professor at Georgetown Medical School, had previously endured through a back injury. Through his research and advice from Shyam Singha, “a  London-based Indian osteopath, naturopath, herbalist, acupuncturist, homeopath, and meditation master”, he was able to coin the term “Food As Medicine”–in honor of  Hippocrates.

“I was crippled by a back injury. The orthopedists were issuing dire warnings and getting me ready for a surgery I didn’t want. Desperate,  I called Shyam in London. “Eat three pineapples a day, and nothing else for a week,” he said. I thought the phone had gone bad, and then suspected, not for the first time, that he was mad. He repeated it and explained, using principles of Chinese medicine, how the pineapple would “work on your lung” which was the “mother of the kidney,” and that the kidney was “connected” to the back. It made no sense to me then, but I knew that Shyam knew many things that I and the orthopods didn’t. And I really didn’t want back surgery. Amazingly, the pineapple fast worked” (Gordon par 3-4).   According to Gordon, the pineapple fast worked. He also eliminated gluten, dairy, sugar,  red meat, and processed food which resulted in the relieve of his allergies, asthma, and eczema.   It’s true! Food has been used as medicine for thousands of years. Eliminating foods with sugar, gluten, dairy, food additives, red meat, and caffeine make people feel less anxious and more energetic. However, there is also food that can be added to your diet that will improve your overall health! It can especially benefit your skincare routine.

Some foods include:

● Green Leafy Vegetables -fighting inflammation, restore cellular health

● Bok Choy -an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins and minerals

● Celery – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities that help improve blood  pressure and cholesterol levels

● Beets- repair cell damage

● Blueberries- antioxidants

● Pineapple- can fight blood clotting

● Coconut Water – moisturize skin

● Green Tea – Antioxidants

● Avocado- Vitamin E for skin health

● Sauerkraut and Kimchi -full of probiotics

● Wild Caught Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, and Anchovies – healthy fats that can lead to radiant skin. Omega-3 fatty acids in these fish can combat inflammation and fight cancer.

● Herbal Teas – strong immune systems

● And more!


Cates, Trevor. “19 Best Foods For Skin (Plus 7 of the Worst).” The Spa Dr., 20 Dec. 2018

Gordon, James S. “6 Basic Principles Of Using Food As Medicine.” Mindbodygreen,  Mindbodygreen, 13 Nov. 2018,