How many of you have experienced a skin flare up or breakout? Eczema, psoriasis, hives? We've all been there in some way or the other and no, it's not fun. Have you ever actually paid attention to what you ate around the time of a flare? Sure, food is not always the culprit, however it can be a trigger more often than we realize. In my practice, I see an incredible amount of skin conditions that are exacerbated by gluten.
How does that make any sense? Well, there is something called tissue transglutaminase in our gut and after gluten is ingested, it cross-reacts with the epidermal tissue’s transglutaminase. Simply put, gut tissue transglutaminase is what helps us digest gluten and this enzyme also exists in the skin. When our body experiences that cross reaction, that is when annoying skin issues arise like red tiny bumps on the back of our arm, a strange rash or sore, eczema, psoriasis etc.
If you have an inkling that gluten or any food in particular is causing your skin to be unhappy, consider its removal for 2 weeks and see what happens. Be sure to take before and after pictures as this tends to be the best measurement of progress!