Food sensitivities and food intolerances are on the rise and the same can be said for inflammatory skin disorders. Looking back even a decade ago, being sensitive to some kinds of food was not the hot topic that it is today. Going back 50 years ago, it was virtually unheard of!
The “trend” we are seeing among people going wheat and gluten free is proof of this. The truth is this is not a trend that is going to go away anytime soon. According to gluten specialist, Dr Tom O’Bryan, 7 out of 10 people have sensitivity to gluten whether they know it or not. Like with any food sensitivity, we cannot assume that it will only affect us in one way. Most think of gluten as a “gut issue”, but this is not necessarily so. Food sensitivity symptoms, like gluten, can manifest in different ways for different people. The big picture is that there are typically multiple food sensitivities and or food intolerances in a single individual with inflammatory skin conditions.
You’ve heard it before: “You are what you eat.” When it comes to your skin, the quality of your appearance in many ways reflects the quality of your diet.
Claire says “We’re learning poor nutrition and inflammatory triggers are just as bad for your skin as cigarette smoking”.
Acne and other skin conditions can destroy your confidence and leave you feeling helpless when you don’t understand what could be causing it. While the underlying causes of skin conditions are different for each person, there’s one common denominator for everyone, and that’s what we eat.
So why do we recommend food intolerance and other allergen testing in clinic? It’s a surefire way to assess the root cause of most skin conditions. If we can focus on actual solutions to the cause, we can provide faster and better outcomes whilst improving our digestive and general wellbeing.