You may care for your skin each day, cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising and hydrating. But, did you know that the sandwich you had at lunch may be doing more damage to your skin than skipping one of your nightly rituals?
- Your skin is the largest organ in your body, responsible for temperature control, protection and excreting toxins to name just a few. Far from being an inactive covering for your internal organs, your skin is an intricate system of nerves, glands and cell layers that play a fundamental role in your overall health and wellness.
- If you want to protect your skin, age gracefully and reduce problem breakouts, it is time to care for your skin in the same way you care for your heart, control your weight and lift your mood. In other words, pay attention to the foods you eat every day.
Wheat is one of the grains in many of the processed foods at your grocery store that interferes with a healthy complexion and contributes to psoriasis and eczema outbreaks.
There are several different skin conditions associated with the changes that happen in your body when you eat wheat and other gluten-containing foods. Whether you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, you are at higher risk for suffering these skin conditions when you eat gluten:
•Acne: This skin condition affects nearly 80 percent of all people between ages 11 and 30 in Western cultures. In contrast, the condition is virtually nonexistent in primitive societies. Hunter-gatherer communities in Paraguay were observed for three years, during which no acne on individuals was found.
The type of symptoms from gluten sensitivity are different from celiac disease, but both include an increase in adult onset acne. Researchers have found a link between what you eat, how it affects your brain and your skin.
•Atopic Dermatitis: Researchers have found that atopic dermatitis is three times more likely in people with celiac disease and two times more likely in families who have members with celiac disease.
•Psoriasis and Eczema: Psoriasis is uncomfortable and sometimes disfiguring, while eczema is a term applied to a wide range of different rashes that are itchy, red and dry.
You may have learned that whole grain foods are a healthy addition to your dietary plan.
However, according to a growing number of experts on Palaeolithic lifestyles humans are not designed to digest grains.
“There’s no human requirement for grains. That’s the problem with the recommendations. They think we’re hardwired as a species to eat grains. You can get by just fine and meet every single nutrient requirement that humans have without eating grains. And grains are absolutely poor sources of vitamins and minerals compared to fruits and vegetables and meat and fish.”
Two of the substances found in wheat responsible for many of the associated cellular problems you face are:
•Gliadin: Gliadin is the primary immunotoxic protein found in wheat gluten and is among the most damaging to your health. Gliadin gives wheat bread its doughy texture and is capable of increasing the production of the intestinal protein zonulin, which in turn opens up gaps in the normally tight junctures between intestinal cells (enterocytes).
If you suffer from celiac disease, your body will make antibodies to gliadin, resulting in damage to the delicate, absorptive surfaces of your intestines. Many people who have gluten sensitivities also experience adverse effects of the gliadin protein. This may explain why new research is clearly demonstrating an increase in intestinal permeability after exposure to gliadin in those with and without celiac disease.
•Lectins: Lectins are a key mechanism plants use to protect themselves and perpetuate the plant species. They are found in highest concentration in their seed form. When animals eat foods with lectin they may experience digestive irritation; the degree of which depends upon through how many generations the animal has been eating the particular plant food.
By severely reducing or eliminating grains and returning to a diet made up of whole foods including organic, pastured meats and dairy products with non GMO plants that possess nutrient qualities more in line with the foods our ancestors consumed, it is possible to improve health, have clearer skin and reduce the risk of chronic disease.