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Can a gluten-free diet help you achieve clear skin?

April 18, 2013 by Works with Water

If you are still battling with skin blemishes, acne, eczema or other skin issues that just won’t go away, you may have an allergy to gluten and this might be the missing link to getting your skin clear for the first time and long-term.

So what is gluten? Gluten is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. It functions as a sort of glue that holds dough together, giving it its elasticity. And, it’s not just in bread, it’s pretty much everywhere — in beer, pizza dough, cereals, soups, sauces, even salad dressings (check out this gluten food list As well as finding it in food, gluten may also be found in some cosmetics, hair products, and other dermatological preparations. Why can gluten be bad for the skin? 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 recirculate 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 of all kinds — acne, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, etc. This kind of immune response also triggers the release of insulin, which results in raised hormone levels, another cause of acne. Source: How do you know if you are wheat and/or gluten intolerant? Gluten allergies are hard to diagnose, even with a blood test, so the best way to figure it out is to eliminate it from our diet for a couple of months, keeping track of any changes in your physical and/or emotional symptoms. Those who have tried an elimination diet say that after giving up gluten, they begin to see their skin improve (as well as their energy levels) within as soon as one to two weeks. So, even if you don’t have an allergy, it’s worth giving it a try. help: clear skin & help: revitalise my skin are gluten free! If you fancy a gluten free skin boost then why not try help: clear skin to help banish skin blemishes and help: revitalise my skin to combat the signs of ageing and aid skin regeneration. Source:

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