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years ago, the average person would have never even heard of gluten; however,
today it seems to be the one thing that people can't stop talking about! It
also became a nutritional villain blamed for all sorts of health issues, and a
marketing bonanza occurred within the food industry as a whole range of
gluten-free products were born and brought to market to provide those who truly
should avoid (and those who believe they should avoid) gluten rich products.
is this anti-gluten rally a step in the right direction to healthier living or
yet another food fad? And more importantly, can eliminating gluten really
help with acne breakouts?
a subject that is so widely talked about, many people still woefully
misunderstand gluten. In a nutshell, gluten is a substance found in wheat, rye,
and barley that act as a sort of "glue"- it's what gives dough its
elastic, sticky texture. More scientifically, it's a combination of two
proteins (gliadin and glutelin) and is used as a source of nutrients for plant
embryos during germination. To be precise, almost all foods including fruits
and vegetables contain a certain amount of gluten with grains being known to
lead the way.
is one of those few substances where a dividing line is quite easy to learn if
you look for it in the right way. There is a limited group of people who
suffer from a disease called celiac disease that makes them non-tolerant of
gluten. This is a condition in which a person's immune system reacts adversely
when gluten is broken down during the digestive process, and it includes
symptoms such as diarrhea, fatigue, joint pain, and even intestinal
damage. Obviously those people should eliminate as much gluten from their
diet as possible. There are also a number of individuals who have a
gluten sensitivity that makes them somehow less tolerant to a larger amount for
gluten. Finally for most people, gluten poses no problems. For people
without celiac disease or high level gluten sensitivity, gluten containing
products pose no threat, and in fact, attempting a gluten-free diet could
actually be detrimental to their health. Some packaged gluten-free foods
may lack some essential nutrients and the balance you need. Yet on the
other hand, a gluten free diet may be healthy and beneficial if you use healthy
home made recipes that provide for a balanced diet. One of my colleagues, Erika
McQuade, experiments alot with gluten free cooking, and she forwarded me this barbecue lentil recipe that she's going to be making
this weekend. Looks delicious! Please note that it is wise to consult
with a registered dietician before making any major changes to your diet.
While there is definitely a link between the foods
we put into our bodies and how well those bodies function, the link between
gluten and acne is much more tenuous-much of what has been said on the subject
can be chalked up to mere fad dieting.
you ditch your gluten-rich foods in the hopes that it will clear up your
breakouts, let's take a moment to explore the facts (and misconceptions) about
gluten and its role in the acne process.
you are not suffering from gluten intolerance, then there is little to no
chance that gluten is causing your acne. Your body can process the substance
without having any adverse side effects.
you do have celiac disease, gluten might be making your acne worse, but it's
not the cause of it. Another common symptom of gluten intolerance is skin
inflammation, which as you may already know can make acne breakouts worse or
prime your skin for new breakouts in the future, but this is not the root
begins when your sebaceous glands, which are located in your skin all over your
body with exception your feet, palms and arm pits, overproduce skin oil-known
as sebum. This excess sebum clogs your pores and allows acne-causing bacteria
to flourish, which leads to the all-too-familiar blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts.
overproduction of sebum may be caused by a number of factors with hormonal
imbalance being the most prominent one. This imbalance can come from many
things like puberty, pregnancy, menopause and your body subtle or less subtle
issues, but the one thing it cannot come from is diet alone! Therefore,
expecting dietary changes to eliminate your acne entirely will leave you
disappointed when you don't receive the results you were looking for.
gluten can potentially affect the functioning of your body, its mechanism of
action is different and it does not really affect your hormone levels and
therefore it is not a major reason behind the cycle of acne. Therefore,
altering your gluten consumption will not treat the cause of acne - although it
may help you with the symptoms of acne, but only if you are truly suffering
from gluten intolerance.
to effectively treat acne, you must address the root of the problem-that is an
over production of sebum by sebaceous glands and factors that may over
stimulate those glands. One of the major culprits in doing so is a hormonal
imbalance, most often too many free androgens (known as testosterone) in the
blood. AcnEase does this in a safe, natural way by
moderating the impact of a hormonal imbalance on your sebaceous glands without
changing or affecting the hormones. This allows AcnEase® to improve both your
current breakouts as well most importantly to PREVENT new breakouts from
coming, decreasing the instances of acne in a future and breaking the cycle of
you've been suffering from acne for many years, it makes sense that you would
want to explore each and every potential cause of your breakouts, but really,
gluten poses no risk for most people and can only worsen (but not cause) acne
in people with celiac disease.
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