Acne Wheat Allergy -Avoiding Gluten
An acne wheat allergy can occur if you have a sensitivity to gluten and your body is struggling to excrete toxins. Many people are now being diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. This raises inflammation in the intestines which can directly affect the appearance of the skin.
When the body labels a food substance as an allergen it is seen as toxic and can leak out of the intestinal walls. This can lead to malnutrition through improper absorption of nutrients and it also overloads the digestive system leading to too much waste overloading sensitive stressed out organs.-
As a result impurities can excrete out through the skin, one of the largest organs in the body. Intestinal health can have a direct correlation to the health and appearance of the skin.
What is Celiac Disease?
According to Peter H.R. Green, M.D., author of “Celiac Disease, A Hidden Epidemic,” “Celiac Disease is a multi-system disorder whose primary target of injury is the small intestine. The disease is triggered by gluten, the main storage protein found in certain grains.”
This is one of the most popular books for this type of allergy. It is based on traditional western medicine and does not have links to acne, but it does talk about other skin diseases associated with allergies. It is highly recommended as a thorough overview of the disease. Many people suffering with chronic acne, Candida, and sensitivities may relate to the symptoms in this book.
Wheat Gluten: It’s Not Just the Bread
If you think you may be sensitive to wheat then there are a variety of tests to confirm an allergy, but they often only show up if you are currently consuming gluten in your diet. Many times this allergen can remain in the system for several weeks.
Blood tests seem to be the most popular form of diagnosis, yet some doctors will only confirm results through an intestinal biopsy. However, the problem with this invasive procedure is that you can sometimes get negative results and still have the allergy.
One of the toughest things to do when you first find out if you have Celiac disease is to determine all of the hidden ingredients that are in so many foods such as salad dressing, soups, and lipstick. Several brands carry gluten free lipstick such as Honeybee Gardens and even LipSmacker Chapstick Naturals brand has a gluten free label.
Here is a list of some foods to keep in mind when beginning your diet off of wheat.
Hidden Foods That May Have Wheat Gluten
- Soups – (check starches as wheat can be used as a thickener)
- Salad Dressing (starch or soy sauce)
- Soy Sauce (use gluten free Tamari as an alternative)
- Malt Vinegar (Distilled Vinegar is safe)
- Malt or Malt Flavoring (derived from barley)
- Flavored Meats (Some contain flavors from gluten containing Barley)
- Starch (anything labeled “starch” must say what it was derived from)
- Spices (must check label, some contain gluten like Barley)
- Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
- Prescription Drugs (Most use cornstarch, but some use gluten)
- Lipstick, Chapstick, and Glosses (HoneyBee Gardens Makeup is Gluten Free)
- Brewer’s Yeast
How to Travel with Celiac Disease
Traveling and leaving the security of your own kitchen is one of the most daunting feelings when you are trying to avoid wheat gluten. One of the best ways to relieve this anxiety is to always stock up on gluten free snacks from health food stores or online stores carrying these items.
Purchasing an insulated food pack will allow you to carry things that need to be refrigerated. With this you can invest in small containers that you can carry your own dressings or spices for restaurants that are not safe.
You can even purchase individual gluten free Tamari packets to take when you need safe soy sauce in restaurants. In addition, carrying containers of dehydrated fruits, nuts, protein bars, rice protein powder, and almond butter or peanut butter packets can be a savior when you are hungry on the road.
Stick with Plain, Raw, and Fresh Foods for Safety
If you do eat somewhere that does not have gluten free safe items on the menu, then you can always order fresh or plain items and season them yourself.
For example: raw salads, poached eggs, steamed rice, plain potatoes, plain yogurt, and fruit. You can then add your own dressing or seasoning or ask for olive oil and lemon for vegetables. These are all just quick to go tips to use when you cannot access your chosen safe restaurants or be in the safety of your own kitchen.