A couple of weeks ago, I had a customer share her autoimmune story with me.
I share it with you because wherever you are on your journey to healthy living, you might already have some detective work to do if your skin is trying to speak to you. If you have some baffling skin issues, read on...
Skin and Gut Health: 2 Lessons
1. Skin does not lie. The condition of skin is a direct reflection/result of gut health. Different skin conditions result from different areas of gut inflammation. (If the area that absorbs B vitamins is unhappy, you may develop sores at the corners of your lips, or apthous mouth sores for example.)
2. Many autoimmune conditions are reflected by skin.
Eczema and the Gut
One of my daughters has suffered from skin conditions ranging from eczema to aphthous mouth sores to very rare skin rashes. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 20. She is 28 and still tinkering with her diet to find her personal healthy place. I do so wish just one medical professional who we consulted for 15 years would have taken the gut-skin connection seriously, and at least had the courtesy to read the research I had dug out at the time.
Eczema and Kidney Health
My other daughter also has skin rashes and eczema, lifelong as well. She has found a connection between kidney health (she was diagnosed with stones at age 21) and skin condition. Kidney stones are often facilitated by gut imbalances and nutrients not being absorbed properly. She finds that her diet greatly influences her gut happiness and kidney health.
Eczema, Rash and Tick-born Infections
I am currently struggling with eczema and several other weird rashes. So far I have deduced that meat, all meats, contribute to the rashes. I am working on differentially eliminating dairy and egg to see if those contribute to the conditions as well and am hoping to hit on a diet resolution soon! I am waiting on lab results for tick-born infections that may help decipher my current skin condition.
My 17 year old son has gone down the western medicine trail for acne in the past two years, only to conclude on his own that the prescription antibiotics, retinoids, etc. cause irritation more than resolution. He has found the best treatment is to “wash” his face with oil (olive and castor), then steam with a hot washcloth and gently remove the oil. He has also found that his diet is greatly reflected on is face by acne—junk, refined carbs, processed foods, etc. result in increased breakouts.
So, my family has a host of autoimmune diagnoses, a plethora of skin conditions, and have found various gut-skin connections.
The skin never lies. Food is medicine. Medicine must be tailored to the individual. These are our main guides for (skin) health.
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