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The Power of Food to fight Acne, Colds Sores and Depression

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The Power of Food to fight Acne, Colds Sores


and Depression




Food is the catalyst that initiates all chemical processes in the body. Food is also used throughout the world to treat health problems. Below I have listed three illnesses that your child may experience and the essential nutrients needed to help alleviate the symptoms of those illnesses.




Acne is a skin complaint characterized by red, inflamed spots. Most common among teenagers, acne occurs when there is an increase in the output of oil from the glands in the skin. High-fat foods and anxiety are thought to make the conditions worse (Rose, 2003).


Vitamins and Minerals that your child should be eating


Vitamin A: Helps boost the immune system and fight infection

Vitamin B6: Help regulate hormones in the body

Vitamin C: Powerful antioxidant that helps clean out the body

Zinc: Reduces inflammation and detoxifies the body


Foods Your Teenagers should be eating:


  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
  • Oysters
  • Whole Grains
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Peanuts


Foods to Avoid


Your teenagers should stay away from fried foods because they create free radicals in the body which can aggravate acne (Rose, 2003). Processed foods high in salt can also irritate the skin pores causing flare ups.



Cold Sores


Cold Sores are fluid –filled blisters that appear on the mouth and around the lips. They are highly infectious and are caused by the herpes simplex virus. They tend to appear when your child is run down through stress or illness (Sterling, 2010).


Vitamins and Minerals that your child should be eating


Zinc: Has antiviral qualities that boosts the immune system

Vitamin E: In oil or ointment form provides relief and reduces pain

Vitamin B2: helps form antibodies to fight infection

Copper: Increases the number of infection fighting white cells


Foods your Child should be eating:


  • Fresh Fruit and vegetables
  • Kidney Beans


Foods to Avoid


  • Peanuts
  • Chocolate





Depression is a constant feeling of sadness that doesn’t go away. Unlike an event or situation like losing a loved one where you feel sad and upset for the loss for a period of time; feeling depressed can happen at anytime where you may have constant negative thoughts towards yourself and others, lose interest in daily activities and struggle to manage your everyday things. You may also have persistent feelings of hopelessness. It is important that your child is getting enough complex-B vitamins because they have a powerful effect on your child’s mood (Smith, 1995).


Vitamins and Minerals that your child should be eating


Vitamins B1, 3, 6, 12: Improves mood and helps feel good brain chemicals

Calcium: Helps your child relax

Magnesium: Helps with nerves

Zinc: Helps boost brain function


Foods your Child should be eating:


  • Whole Grains
  • Oily Fish
  • Oats


Foods to Avoid


Carbohydrates that are fast releasing like sugar, white bread as it causes blood sugar levels to rise and fall quickly which effects mood and energy levels (Rose, 2003).












Rose, S. (2003). Vitamins and Minerals: How to get the nutrients your body needs. Octopus Publishing Group: New York.


Smith, H. (1995). Unhappy Children: Reasons and Remedies. Free Association Books. London


Sterling, J.C. (2010). Herpes labialis. In MG Lebwohl et al., eds., Treatment of Skin Disease:

Comprehensive Therapeutic Strategies, pp. 303-305. Edinburgh: Saunders Elsevier

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