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This Skin-Wellbeing Coach Creates Eating Plans To Cure Eczema And Rosacea And Her Results Are Incredible

Skin-wellbeing coach and author, Hanna Sillitoe, 'cured' her own psoriasis, acne and eczema through her diet and is now helping others with auto-immune conditions with her delicious plant-based recipes.

Hanna from Manchester experienced her parents divorce when she was 15 and going through her GCSEs. And the stress triggered skin conditions including psoriasis, acne and eczema that she'd suffer from for the next 20 years. "It was a roller-coaster of emotion and that stress showed on my skin," she explained exclusively to Pretty52.

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Fast forward 20 years and she'd been managing her symptoms with steroid creams and other prescribed topical creams and medicines.

She went through a divorce following a Christmas full of sugar and junk food and her skin was overwhelmed and took a total nose dive until doctors prescribed her methotrexate - an immune-system suppressant, which is also used to treat cancer.

"One of the side effects is organ failure and, when you're taking it, you have to have regular liver checks to ensure it's still functioning," Hanna, 40, explains.

"I couldn't do that. I turned it down and told the doctor I was going to try to regulate - and not suppress - my immune system with my diet. I was told it was a waste of time.

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"After 28 days of a strict diet full of anti-inflammatory ingredients I was able to go out in public for the first time in years with my arms out. Yes, they were scarred, but they looked noticeably better. That's when everything clicked into place in my mind."

Hanna started blogging to share her experiences and researched extensively what does and doesn't work for autoimmune conditions.

First up - helping her body stay 'calm' with alkaline foods and avoiding anything too acidic (like sugar and processed foods) is essential.

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. Let's talk about what happened tonight ... :see_no_evil: . . Like a crazy pregnant lady (I'm not btw!!!) I made a late night dash to the coop for gherkins Because, is it even a burger without a gherkin?!??! :hamburger: . . BUT it gets more exciting :grimacing: tonight's beet burger (recipe from my book Radiant :book:) is stacked with avocado + mushrooms + vegan cheese (all melted and lovely) kale sprigs, gherkins and, and, and ... ketchup :scream: Yep ... you heard :no_mouth: . . Ketchup contains tomatoes and tomatoes are a nightshade? Nightshades can be problematic for psoriasis and arthritis :slight_frown: BUT this is @theforagingfox BEETROOT ketchup :hearts: and it's NIGHTSHADE FREE!!!! . . I'm very lucky, I get all kinds of offers to have lovely things sent to me, but I do not want my insta to become a long line of freebies :sleeping: . . Team Fox asked if I'd like to try their ketchup ... and I just couldn't resist! Because I know you guys are gonna love this too :yum: It tastes delicious and it's perfect if you're off nightshades . . I added a large side order of sweet potato :sweet_potato: & carrot sticks (with more dipping ketchup!!) . . Double Tap if you could wolf this down right now!!! :hamburger: :grimacing::grimacing::grimacing: . . #burger #burgerandchips #veganburger #nightshadefree #nightshades #nightshadesfree #notomatoes:tomato: #notomatoes #notomatos #teamfox

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Acidic food puts the body in a state of 'acidosis' if its pH drops below 7.2. It's in crisis and has to work overtime to try and neutralise the excess acid, which for your body is exhausting and means other essential functions and feeling well are put on the back burner.

Alkaline foods rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, and potassium, found in green leafy vegetables, are essential and stop the stress of your body constantly trying to pull itself out of the danger zone.

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. I N S P I R A T I O N :dizzy: . . WOW @lauren.eicher :open_mouth: . . Check out Lauren's story:point_down: . . "I AM SO PROUD to be posting these photos. I've had people asking me "what happened to you?" In reference to the angry red patches on my elbows and knees or brushing embarrassing :snowflake: snow off of my shoulders for literally as long as I can remember. :pray: . . I. Had. Tried. Everything. . . I'd been to the dermatologist, I'd gotten the creams, I went on crazy restrictive paleo diets that did nothing but upset my stomach, I actually tried eating only fruit ‍♀️for MONTHS and NONE of the above moved the needle at all. At all. . . :pray: :pray::pray:thank you thank you thank you Hanna Silitoe for your book and recipes and inspiration. It has legitimately changed my life and brought me healing I was starting to think wasn't possible :green_heart:" . . Lauren you SUPER STAR :star2: I am dancing for joy :dancer: and so so soooo proud of you too . . The difference is incredible :sparkles: . . For anyone reading who has tried; medical creams / Chinese medicine / suppressants / paleo / gluten free / avoiding dairy / limiting sugar / keto / raw food / fruit only ... or any other drastic option in isolation in an attempt to heal their skin - I get you! . . Just like Lauren, I too tried so many of these things in a desperate attempt to clear . . The key isn't jumping through principles in isolation, it's about wholesome, sustainable lifestyle change, with recipes that are tasty and nourishing . . If my 28 day plan feels like too much, don't let that be an excuse not to begin :see_no_evil: Take small steps. Gradual mini changes can add up to a healthy bigger picture. And I know YOU can do it too :raised_hands::seedling::dizzy: . . Thank you Lauren for sharing. You are absolutely glowing :star2::star2::star2::star2::star2: . . #healmyskin #naturalhealing #healthyskin #naturalskincare #psoriasisrelief #psoriasetemtratamento #psoriasiswarrior #beforeandafter #progresspics #skinconditions #skincondition

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She also shared her creative recipes that, although sticking to the anti-inflammatory principles, were tasty enough to make sure eating was enjoyable and the lifestyle, sustainable. "If I got bored of my diet then I'd have quit regardless of the consequences," she admitted to Pretty52.

Slowly and steadily Hanna started to receive emails from people who were having similar skin problems as well as other autoimmune problems like arthritis and Lupus. They were asking her advice and support and then sending before and after photos to show their incredible progress.

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. What does healing look like? :two_hearts: . . I get asked often about the first signs of healing. Should patches increase, decrease, spread, shrink, multiply, diminish, fade? . . The truth is, healing can look different for everyone individually. It's tempting to check skin constantly looking for changes and improvements . . The scary news is that healing can sometimes look worse. New spots might appear. Skin might itch. That's ok, it can absolutely form part of a 'healing crisis' as the body expels toxins . . I want to share @healing_my_skin_from_within pics. These are taken a few weeks apart through her journey of natural healing . . Tomalyn's healing pattern is common when it comes to healing. Flaking changes or eases, skin becomes smoother and eventually the redness fades to pink as inflammation calms . . Your first signs of healing might be more of a feeling than something visible. Your mind might become more peaceful, you may sleep better, you might get more energy :sparkles: . . Taking photographs throughout your journey can be very helpful to see changes and monitor how far you've come. Sharing with others can also help to keep you strong and motivated . . Thank you so much for sharing your progress Tomalyn :hearts: I'm so excited to see what the next few weeks and months hold for you :dizzy: . . #psoriasisdiet #eczemadiet #psoriasis #psoriasiswarrior #psoriasetemtratamento #psoríase #psoriasisrelief #psoriasi #skinhealing #progresspics #beforeandduring

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"It makes me quite emotional when I speak to people who are literally suicidal and see no way out and I'm able to help them," she confesses.

And they come from all walks of life and economic backgrounds. "I had a woman in Sweden first, then someone in Malaysia and more recently a woman in the Philippines.

She was worried she wouldn't be able to afford to do the recipes, but she realised how it didn't have to cost the earth and saw a difference within a month."

Two years ago she wrote her first book called: Radiant, £18,99 and you can buy it here. It reached number two on Amazon and has sold 17,000 copies to date.

Here are Hanna's golden rules for healthier skin within weeks without medication:

  1. Drink 2-3 litres of clear, still water per day. Sparkling water is a treat because: bubbles. But carbon dioxide and water react chemically to produce carbonic acid, a weak acid that stimulates the same nerve receptors in your mouth as mustard. This triggers that moreish prickly sensation that's so refreshing when you sip it. But the pH of carbonated water is 3-4, which means it's acidic - unlike pH neutral still water.
  2. Grab a food pH chart and select foods that are predominantly from the alkaline side of it to stop your body struggling to stay balanced and pH neutral. Finding 100 per cent hard? Opt for the 80/20 rule or just add a green juice to your day to make a difference.
  3. Opt for natural skincare products like coconut oil whose fatty acids are antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. Of course, always listen to your doctor's advice, but avoid anything that contain paraffin oil (like some aqueous creams), as it can send skin into a downward spiral.
  4. Try to incorporate anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric, shiitake mushrooms and green, leafy vegetables into your diet - they can counteract the effects of stress and a sedentary lifestyle (to an extent). And juicing your greens with fruit is still great if you're not a fan of veggies.
  5. Tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines and chilli peppers are part of the nightshade family (yeh, like the deadly stuff). Obviously most of us should be eating them as part of a healthy and balanced diet, but for those with an auto-immune condition, their natural, in-built pesticides (used in nature to stop animals eating them) can cause your body to go into fight mode to try and protect itself. A good alternative to tomato sauce for your spag bol: beetroot, carrot and lemon.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/tenilledashwood, Hannah Sillitoe

Topics: Healthy, Hair and Beauty, Life News, Real, Food And Drink, Health

Amelia Jones

Amelia is a freelance journalist and editor specialising in beauty, health, fitness and lifestyle. She has previously worked for titles including Women's Health, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, Red and the Mail on Sunday. Follow her on Instagram @ameliajeanjones or contact her via email at ameliajeanjones@gmail.com.

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