Naturopath Jenya di Pierro creates five anti-inflammatory dishes to keep your skin healthy

Updated: Jun 12

After falling onto my back from a high height last week, it got me thinking about ‘inflammation’. The word ‘inflamed’ tends to carry a negative connotation, though what we often overlook is the necessity of this bodily response in the healing process.  As such, inflammation is both a saint and a sinner, a friend as well as a foe. For my back it has been an important bodily response to a nasty fall, protecting and healing the damaged area by immobilising it, giving it space to do its thing and get better. This is what is described as acute inflammation and is a necessary step in the journey of healing.





From a skin perspective, there are a broad range of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Skin inflammation falls neatly into two categories: acute or chronic. Acute inflammation such as sunburn or acne is typically resolved within 6 weeks. Whereas chronic inflammation such as ezcema, rosacea or psoriasis lasts much longer and “results from a sustained immune cell mediated inflammatory response within the skin itself. This inflammation is long lasting and can cause significant and serious tissue destruction.” These skin conditions may result in hot, irritated, itchy, sore, swollen and red skins and can cause quite a lot of discomfort both physically and psychologically. 


Although the causation of the chronic skin inflammation is complex there is mountable evidence proving the strong relationship between our gut's microbiome and our skin health. Carla Oates, founder of The Beauty Chef succinctly states "The skin is a great barometer of what is going on inside the body. If you skin is irritated, inflamed or congested, chances are high that there may be an imbalance in your gut."


With this in mind, I delved into understanding how we can improve our microbiome, discovering that good gut health starts with your diet. As such, I called on Jenya Di Pierro, professional naturopath and founder of Cloud Twelve in Notting Hill to create four anti-inflammatory, gut boosting, skin healing recipes for Saintly Skin. These recipes include herbal remedies, antioxidants, omega’s and probiotics to give your gut, and skin, the boost it’s been longing for.


Five Anti-Inflammatory Gut Healing Recipes

by Jenya di Pierro



ORANGE AND ENDIVE ROAST

Makes 2 – Quick and Easy – Gluten Free


  • Endives contain a phytonutrient called kaempferol which has anti-inflammatory properties and could help protect against heart disease and certain cancers. Endive also packs a variety of vitamins, such as vitamin A, K and B.Bitters in endives stimulate liver function and production of bile, helping breakdown and excrete toxins from the body (this is true of all bitters radishes, dandelions, rocket).

  • Oranges are rich in beta carotene, precursor to vitamin A, which supports skin immunity, speeds up healing and regeneration.

  • Garlic is a great immune and circulatory booster and is a prebiotic.

  • Rosemary reduces inflammation and stimulates liver enzymes to enhance elimination.

INGREDIENTS

2 Endives (about 1 per person)

½ Orange, peeled and sliced

3 Garlic Cloves

2 tsp Thyme (dried or fresh)

1 tsp Rosemary (dried or fresh)

½ tsp Cumin

1 tsp Basil (dried or fresh)

½ Grated peel of orange


For The Dressing


1 tbsp Date, maple or coconut syrup

2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

2 tbsp Tamari

Juice of ½ orange

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C ).

  2. Slice the endives in half lengthwise.

  3. In a little bowl whisk together the syrup, balsamic vinegar, tamari and orange juice. Set aside.

  4. Peel the garlic cloves and cut in slices.

  5. Peel and slice the orange.

  6. Place the endives in the oven (side up) and place the garlic cloves on top of the endives. Drizzle the dressing over the endives.

  7. Add the orange slices on top of the endives together with the thyme, rosemary, cumin, and basil. Roast for about 20 minutes or until soft and brown.



SUPER GREEN PESTO

Makes 8 – Quick and Easy – Gluten Free

  • All greens are rich in chlorophyll, which is cleansing for the body, and alkalising.

  • Sorrel is high in antioxidants including vitamin C, A and B which fight oxidative stress.

  • Nettles cleanse the lymph, are anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and one of the best herbs for eczema.

  • Dandelion leaves stimulate liver function and improve the bodies ability to detoxify

  • Walnuts are rich in Omega-3 which are anti-inflammatory.



INGREDIENTS


50g Blanched Nettle

50g Fresh Sorrel

50g Fresh Basil 

50g Fresh Dandelion Leaves

50g Chives

150g Toasted Pine Kernels 

50g Walnuts

2 cloves Garlic 

2tbsp Nutritional Yeast 

2tsp Maple Syrup 

2tsp Mustard

2tbsp Lemon Juice

1 cup Olive oil 

Salt, pepper to taste 


Blend together in a blitzer.






FEED YOUR GUT SALAD

Makes 4 – Quick and Easy – Gluten Free

  • Sauerkraut contains probiotics, beneficial bacteria which protect the body from reabsorption of pathogens and toxins from the gut. They also help to break down toxins that haven't been processed by the liver, and synthesise important vitamins like B and K.

  • Carrots are full of beta carotene a precursor to Vitamin A which aids skin health and regeneration.

  • Apples contain quercetin an antioxidant which also has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic actions on the body. Apples are a great source of fibre to support healthy digestive tract.

INGREDIENTS


2 Carrots

1 Apple

2 Small Radishes

2 tbsp Sauerkraut

1 Chili (optional)


Dressing

1 tbsp Olive Oil

2 tbsp Lemon Juice

1 tsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar

Grate carrot and apple, chop radishes and chili and combine with sauerkraut. Add the dressing and enjoy with a side of cauliflower mash for extra gut benefits.



SPRING BITTERS SALAD

Makes 4 – Quick and Easy – Gluten Free

  • All greens are anti-inflammatory, alkaline and cleansing due to chlorophyll, bitters are good in particular as they speed up the metabolism and detoxification by enhancing liver function.

  • Fibrous vegetables support gut health.

  • Leafy greens are an abundant source of all vitamins and minerals but should be eaten raw as heat destroys enzymes and vitamins.

  • Broccoli is high in fibre and vitamin C. Vitamin C helps generate collagen and is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals. Broccoli contains sulforaphane that may prevent cancer cell growth by releasing antioxidant and detoxification enzymes that protect against carcinogens.


INGREDIENTS


5-6 leaves Dandelion

2 handfuls Rocket Leaves

2 handfuls Steamed Broccoli Sprouts

You can use other bitters of your choice,

such as radish or artichoke leaves

2 spears Shaved Asparagus

1 Shaved Chioggia Beet

2 tbsp Roasted Pistachios


Dressing


4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp Lemon Juice

1 tsp Wholegrain Mustard

1 Garlic Clove, crushed

1 tsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp Tamari


Combine all herbs, drizzle the dressing, decorate with garlic flowers.



SWEET POTATO SOUP

Makes 4 – Quick and Easy – Gluten Free


  • Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene which is converted into vitamin A, an essential vitamin that helps combat UV damage and improve skin's appearance.

  • Chilli powder is anti-inflammatory but often hot ingredients can be triggers for those with rosacea and should be avoided.

  • Turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory with the presence of the yellow phenolic compound curcumin, it supports liver function and detoxification and is cancer fighting.

  • Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory, full of antioxidants.


INGREDIENTS


500g Large sweet potato

½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Cayenne or Chili Powder

1 tsp Ground Coriander

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Dry Mustard

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Ground Cumin

1 tsp Paprika

1t sp Freshly Chopped Ginger

200g Coconut Yogurt







Boil chopped and peeled sweet potato in 750ml of filtered water. When potato turns soft, add all spices and coconut yogurt, boil for 2 more minutes and blend with a hand blender.



Jenya Di Pierro

Herbal Medicine Practitioner

BA, MA, AMH, ANP


Jenya Di Pierro is the founder, CEO and leading herbalist of Cloud Twelve.

As a professional naturopath with a qualification in herbal medicine from the College of Naturopathic Medicine,  Jenya focuses on a holistic approach to wellness, which encompasses emotional, mental and physical health. She believes that everyone’s physiology is unique – influenced by genetic, environmental and social factors – and therefore bespoke herbal preparations and personalised diet work best to correct health imbalances.  


Jenya is  an affiliated member of the Association of Master Herbalists and the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners. Her team of accredited naturopaths and professional therapists at Cloud Twelve has been hand-picked to develop continuous yet achievable wellness programmes within a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment. 


For anyone looking for nutritional or naturopathic support follow @jenyadipierro or visit www.cloudtwelve.co.uk

This blog does not provide medical advice It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All these dishes may contain allergens.

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