What is the body’s largest organ?
Believe it or not, it’s our skin. It holds together and shields our muscles, tissues, bones and internal organs. It takes a beating from the environment and our lifestyles, yet protects us. The health of our skin, more often than not, reflects our internal environment: the environment of the gut.
Skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, hives, dermatitis (atopic eczema) and psoriasis can signal food or inhalant allergies, candida (yeast), leaky gut syndrome, stress, less than optimal eating habits and autoimmune responses.
Acne and rosacea, both inflammatory conditions, are aggravated by poor diet, which can suppress the immune system and set the stage for the overgrowth of opportunistic bacteria in the gut causing leaky gut syndrome.
High sugar and refined carbohydrate intake coupled with stressful lifestyles often contribute to the bacterial overgrowth in the gut, which is often the culprit in breakouts and flare-ups.
- Acne is primarily caused by overactive sebaceous (oil) glands, usually in response to the hormone testosterone–even when testosterone levels are within normal ranges. Acne resolves very well with the elimination of dairy products and iodine-containing foods.
- Rosacea is characterized by flushing of the skin—mainly the face–often lasting for several hours. Pustules can develop as a result, causing the characteristic swollen and ruddy appearance of rosacea. Elimination of dairy, alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods can help to ease rosacea, as does avoidance of sun, wind, temperature changes and stress.
- Hives are typically caused by food allergies and environmental irritants such as chemical additives found in foods, soaps and detergents. Those with aspirin induced urticaria may find they’re sensitive to salicylates. Salicylates are naturally found in foods such as apples, pineapple, cherries, tomatoes, cucumbers, apricots, oranges, green peppers and peanuts. Elimination of the offending food(s) or additive(s) is critical to controlling flare-ups.
- Eczema is a general term for an itchy red rash that initially weeps or oozes and may become crusted, thickened or scaly. Similar to eczema, allergic dermatitis causes inflammation and irritation of the skin. Both eczema and dermatitis may be caused by food allergies, irritating chemicals, drugs, scratching or rubbing the skin, or even sun exposure.
- Dermatitis herpetiformis is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by extremely itchy bumps or blisters, which usually appear on the elbows, knees, buttocks and back. Many with this condition also are found to have gluten-sensitive enteropathy, or celiac disease. A strict gluten-free diet is necessary to help control the disease and sticking to this diet can remove the need for medications and prevent complications later on.
- Psoriasis, which is characterized by the overproduction of skin cells, is thought to be the result of an autoimmune response. We all develop new skin cells to replace old skin cells that are naturally sloughed off, but this process goes awry in psoriasis, with new skin cells being produced at up to seven times the rate! The best approach to treating psoriasis is a gluten-free, dairy-free diet coupled with supplements to reinstate healthy gut bacteria.
Skin disorders can be controlled and even cured with the proper therapeutic diet and supplementation. Cleaning up our internal environment and restoring the health of our gut ecology offers the best chance for success.
A strict candida diet, free of sugar, gluten and other foods which can cause allergens is key to stopping the vicious cycle of flare-ups. Download the free Manna Candida e-book and try to follow the program as close as possible.
We suggest you take the Manna Candida Support and the Manna GUT Support supplements to get rid of any fungus and reinstate healthy bacteria and digestive enzymes. To restore GUT health can take 2 to 3 months, but the results are worth the time and effort.