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Friday, January 17, 2014

Food and Your Skin

This is something I haven't really talked about on here, but I am suffering from the worse bout of ezcema, psorasis, whatever it is in my entire life this winter! Ever since I can remember, I have always gotten really dry skin in the winter. I get red, itchy patches on my arms and legs. This year though, I've gotten them worse than ever before. It's so bad on my hands that I can't wear my wedding ring because my fingers are so swollen with those red patches. 

I noticed it after I got some weird fungus on my hands this summer from playing in the yard. I had researched natural remedies to treat fungus and one of those was to use a hydrogen peroxide soak. It was perfect because that's something we readily have in the house. And it worked like a charm! With one small problem. My hands totally dried out and the red patches appeared with a vengeance :(

Gross, I know. 

Once I began the 21 Day Sugar Detox, I noticed an improvement on my hands so I originally thought it was yeast - and maybe some of it was - but once the weather got cold and I started sliding down the hill and eventually fell off the detox/paleo cliff during the holidays, those ezcema patches became the worst they have ever been. I had been told that once you go gluten/sugar/dairy free for awhile that you might notice symptoms of an intolerance once you reintroduce it into your system and guess what? That's absolutely true!

Did you know that ezcema is an autoimmune response to an allergen? Some of the most common food allergens are dairy, eggs, nuts, soy and gluten. Once I started the detox again after Christmas my ezcema hasn't completely gone away, but it has gotten tons better. And I definitely noticed a difference when I had a piece of Ewan's birthday cake, which contained all of the above allergens, a few weekends ago because it got way worse again for a few days. I guess this is just another reason for me to stick with paleo for life.

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23 comments:

  1. I absolutely believe that skin rashes are a sign of intolerance! From my experiences I have had the same things happen to me. It's crazy how it affects it.

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  2. Through going paleo I have learned so much about how your diet can affect you and how the majority of the "food" in the county is poison. It's unbelieveable.

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  3. Very interesting--my 2nd daughter has a lot of problems, and she is the most asthmatic too. She is allergic to dust and mold and cats and --glycerin! All the lotion I was putting on her had glycerin! So I started making my own of beeswax, coconut oil, and shea butter--she hasn't had any problems since. So for her, that was the problem. Hope you find out exactly what food sensitivity may be your problem!

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  4. I need to suck it up and do a complete elimination diet to really figure it out. That thought scares me though to be honest!

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  5. So true! Good probiotics can help as of course a good diet does....the "candida" word is really starting to get noticed!

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  6. More power to you! I have such a hard time saying goodbye to my carbs!

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  7. I take a probiotic daily. And you're right. People are finally starting to come around to the concept of candida overgrowth. I got really lucky during the sugar detox in that I didn't have many symptoms of detox flu.

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  8. Eli has pretty sensitive skin so he gets excema a lot. It's the worst in the winter though and it's so hard to get it to go away!

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  9. I have had issues with dry skin and what I now realize to be eczema my entire life. Unfortunately we ate like crap growing up so it isn't until within the last few years that I have figured out that what you feed your body has a great impact.

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  10. It's definitely not easy. And believe me, I have had my moments...like this week when my husband was out of town... I just know how much better I feel when I eat this way. That is what keeps me on track.

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  11. I have so had to deal with all of which you describe. Have you had your blood checked for yeast? Last June, my blood levels were off the charts high. I went on an anti-fungal for a month, along with the elimination diet and it is amazing how much better I felt. We truly don't realize how toxic our foods have become.

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  12. I didn't have many symptoms of detox flu when I did the sugar detox so I figured that it wasn't yeast after all. I had no idea you could have a blood test for yeast. Good to know!

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  13. That looks painful! Good luck with the diet. My son had it as a baby and the Dr had us switch detergents. He doesn't really get it anymore, so I guess it either got better as he got older or it wasn't food related. I didn't even know that could cause it.

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  14. I didn't know there's a blood test, either! Currently on antifungal and limiting sugar trying to get rid of yeast infection my 7-week-old and I have been sharing through breastfeeding :(

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  15. Food is like medicine. What you eat is what you are… processed chemical laden foods equal a toxic body…
    Thanks for sharing your story
    Jessica from www.sparklesandglue.com

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  16. I use it in my food and on my skin

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  17. Love coconut oil, especially because i can use it in many ways

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  18. It doesn't hurt really, it just itches like crazy at times! The spots on my fingers are really bad and my hands are swollen so much that I can't wear my wedding ring.

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  19. I hate when my hands get dry during the winter, though mine doesn't get that bad!

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  20. ... To cook & bake, fave for my dry skin!

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  21. You are absolutely right, which is something I have known for awhile now. Thanks for posting!

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  22. You should see the spots all along my arms. It's gross!

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