In the past few years gluten has become a hot button topic when the conversation arises about food consumption and what may not be healthy for the body. Gluten is a protein that is found in many everyday foods like pasta, bread, oats, cereal, gravy and sauces. These are foods that contain wheat and grains. And let’s not forget those yummy cakes, cookies, muffins and pastries that are so irresistible. Yes, it’s true. Who knew that the chewy gooey mixture of proteins in wheat and grains could possibly be causing adverse reactions in the body? Well, for some people that seems to be the case.
There’s a portion of the population who aren’t able to process foods containing gluten without experiencing some uncomfortable responses like digestive tract pain, diarrhea, anemia, lethargy, constipation or vitamin deficiencies. Other physical disorders that occur are headaches, depression and muscle fatigue. This is sometimes due to an autoimmune disease called Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, which is more of a gradual progressive reaction. This negative reaction normally occurs when some form of wheat, rye or barley is consumed.
Since the conversation started about gluten, it’s often been discussed as a gastrointestinal related issue. But now some individuals are pinpointing gluten as the cause for acne, even though it may not begin until their adulthood. There are many causes for acne, but it’s difficult to know the exact reason behind the inflammation for each person. So it’s important to understand the correlation between gluten and acne.
Gluten can change the composition of the small intestine by creating breaks in the lining of the gut, subsequently permitting toxins to seep out and spread through the system. When the particles from the gluten enter the bloodstream, the immune system sees them as foreign molecules and react, thus increasing inflammation, which can lead to an acne breakout. This reaction can also cause insulin resistance, which raises the blood sugar and elevates hormone levels. Sebum oil is increased leading to clogged pores, which results in acne.
But acne inflammation may not be attributed to gluten. You may have gastrointestinal problems, but they may not be caused by a sensitivity to gluten. This would mean gluten is not causing the acne. An individual would need to get tested for an intolerance to gluten or know from a consistent negative reaction to gluten that they may not be processing it properly. There may be other reasons for the rise in blood sugar. It’s important to be certain of what’s causing the reaction.
There are inexpensive, simple tests that can determine if you have gluten sensitivities. EnteroLab Lab located in Dallas Texas will mail you the testing kit. In addition to gluten sensitivity testing they also do gluten gene testing. If it is determined that you carry certain gluten sensitivity genes you ca find out which other conditions you are likely to experience when gluten is part of your diet. This text can be found at http://www.enterolab.com
If gluten intolerance is definitely causing your acne, the sensitivity won’t subside, but you can change your eating regimen. Avoid foods containing gluten. Eat more protein, legumes, more fibrous foods like vegetables and beans to help remove toxins from the body through the bowels. You’ll avoid the risk of inflammation and keep acne out of the picture for good.
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