Gluten is a protein found in Wheat and other grains, that can cause gut inflammation by damaging the lining. This can lead to an array of health concerns that stem from the gut such as skin issues, autoimmune issues, intestinal permeability, and Gastrointestinal Symptoms (i.e bloating, pain and gas) to name a few!
I also cut dairy out of my diet. I was never a huge dairy fan, however, leading up to my realization, I had been on a bit of a yogurt trip (that noosa yogurt ahhh).
A week after cutting it out, the little bumps on my forehead were fading into the mist... Halleluyah! Ok, I was getting somewhere here..
The reason why dairy is inflammatory in the body (i.e pimples, rashes, sinus infections, upset stomach) is simple... we are not cows or sheep, therefore we are not meant to eat it. Growing up completely dairy free and trying to debate with my classmates why dairy was unhealthy and telling boys with constant ear infections that it was because of dairy at the age of 8, made me a little sensitive to the backlash. Therefore, I will not go into too much detail, BUT there are a lot of studies supporting the links between dairy and inflammation in the body available on the internet.
OUT WITH THE BAD, IN WITH THE FOOD
I still had two major problems that I was desperate to get to the bottom of and just cutting out gluten and dairy alone was not enough. My hair was still incredibly thin and falling out and I always seemed to have redness and irritation on my face.
I finally spoke with my mum (a holistic doctor) and shared my concerns. FIrstly we went over my diet. She was horrified at how drastically it had changed since I moved out of home and away from her healthy and delicious meals at 18. She suggested that I supplement Marine Collagen as a pure and healing source of protein, I was super excited to learn that it would support my hair growing back as well as improve the texture of my skin. Added bonus! It was anti-aging, I know your ears perked at that one!
I also switched up my diet as it was lacking so many essential nutrients. After I began consuming Marine collagen daily, and eating healthy live foods and lean proteins, I was able to cut my blahh days from 90% to around 15%. The difference it made in my hair and skin texture was INSANE.
BACK TO THE BOOKS
After a few years of travelling and not really being able to afford an all organic and superfood filled diet, I had become lazy and opted for easy options when on the go such as pizza (cringe) muffins and cheap crappy protein bars. Mum reminded me that these were all empty carbs with no nutrients and high levels of sugar (an enemy of the skin!). Of course, I was already aware of this, however sometimes a busy schedule can get the better of you! OR you can become addicted to these foods...which in hindsight was probably my problem. I would suggest recording, or going over you diet and getting an idea of just how much sugar you are consuming per day.. It can be scary! Remember, keep the amount of sugar you consume BELOW 25g per day! Sugar can be the cause behind weight gain and puffy, dehydrated, irritated looking skin. For more info on sugar click here.