The Secret to Beautiful Skin Lies in Your … Grocery List?
You are methodical about cleaning your face. You use only “high end” skin products. You are addicted to your monthly facial. And still… those pesky pimples and redness keep popping up! Could you be gluten intolerant?
What is gluten you ask? Gluten is a protein substance found in wheat, rye, barley, soup mixes, soy sauce, shampoo, toothpaste and imitation meats. It occurs in grasses after the grass has sprouted.
Some common reactions to gluten for those that are sensitive are:
- Flushing (rosacea)
- Bloating/ abdominal pain
- Joint and muscle pain
- Neurological issues
Could this be happening to you? Still confused? According to Maura Henninger, N.D., ” researchers behind a Maryland study think that the inflammatory response that begins in the gut’s reaction to gluten then spreads to other parts of the body…..In sensitive individuals, gluten acts in two ways. First, it alters the integrity of the gut, creating cracks in the gut lining that allow toxins to re-circulate back into the system. Second, because gluten-sensitive people cannot properly digest gluten, these large molecules enter the bloodstream, and the immune system recognizes them as invaders, activating an immune response that increases inflammation, which in turn can result in acne. This kind of immune response also triggers the release of insulin, which results in raised hormone levels, another cause of acne.”
Yikes!! So really the only way figure out if bread is your enemy is to begin an elimination diet. Gluten is cleverly hidden in almost everything processed. Focus on whole foods. Replace wheat bread and pasta with brown rice and quinoa. If you are gluten sensitive it should take about 3 to 4 weeks to see results in your skin and tummy.
Still unsure? At your next facial ask me about the clients I see who have eliminated gluten and are reaping the benefits!! You too can have clear, glowing and evenly toned skin. Book an appointment today at (309) 363-5777.