Can certain foods cause eczema? YES!
This week on the Harmony with Food show I share two client case studies: the first a woman who cleared up her eczema by cutting out her food sensitivities, and the second a man who was experiencing digestive issues after going on an antibiotic.
How Food Sensitivities Contribute to Inflammation
About 1 in 7 people have food sensitivities that cause inflammation and other issues. That inflammation can appear anywhere in your body: your joints, your brain, your stomach, and yes, even your skin! Cutting out the offending food can reduce inflammation and allow your body to heal.
Identifying Food Sensitivities
It isn't always easy to figure out what the foods you are sensitive to are, though. The old-fashioned way of finding food sensitivities is to go on an elimination diet. With an elimination diet, you guess what foods may be triggering your symptoms, eliminate them for a while, and then gradually add them back in one by one. This process can take a long time, and it may be hard to see reactions because they can take up to 72 hours.
That's why I prefer food sensitivity testing. With a simple test, we can figure out what foods you need to eliminate from your diet, and once you are feeling better we can try adding them back in.
Client Case Study: Eczema Caused by Artificial Sugars
I recently saw a client who was having trouble with eczema that was getting worse and really bothering her. She tried a steroid and it didn't help. Then her doctor put her on a steroid cream and told her to put it on with gloves every night, which was a pain and not working for her.
She came to me for other reasons, and we did a microbiome, micronutrient, and food sensitivity testing. She also added on food additive testing with her food sensitivity test. It turned out that she was sensitive to artificial sugars. Once she cut them out, her eczema cleared up. You can see her before and after photos above!
Her dermatologist had told her that food had nothing to do with her eczema. She couldn't believe she'd suffered with this issue for so many years when eliminating one simple thing from her diet could've fixed it.
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Why You Should Avoid Artificial Sugars
Whether you are technically sensitive or not, I highly recommend avoiding artificial sugars. Artificial sugars cause weight gain, food cravings, and hyperinsulinemia.
When you eat something sweet, your body secretes insulin, a hormone that helps sugar enter the body's cells so it can be used for energy. But when you are eating artificial sugars (which are even sweeter than regular sugar), there's no actual sugar there, which means the insulin has no job to do. Excess insulin leads to weight gain.
Client Case Study: Digestive Problems After Antibiotics
I recently had a client who was on an antibiotic for a dental procedure and was having stomach issues long after that no doctor could help with. He decided to do a microbiome test. A normal doctor can do stool testing that looks at about 5 different pathogens, but this test looks at 67 different pathogens. When the test came back, we found that he had abnormal levels of E. Coli in his stool.
I asked him if had maybe had food poisoning before he took the antibiotic and he said he had had horrible food poisoning about 2 weeks before but had completely forgotten about it. So what we do from there is start natural antimicrobials to kill the pathogen, then we look at the test to see what the balance of good bacteria is, and pick a probiotic with the right strains of bacteria to replenish the good bacteria. This will help balance his gut to what it was before the food poisoning and antibiotics.