Food-Caused Skin issues
What did Skin issues have to do with thyroid disease, and how is eczema, rosacea and other problems cause by foods?
Well...and this is where I'm going to start talking about how health begins in the gut...well eventually. In about 2014 I developed three little, tiny "blisters" on my right pinkie finger just below the bottom of the fingernail. Didn't think too much of it, until it turned into flaking, red swollen skin and over the next year spread to the next two fingers. It itched, usually when it was flaring, and sometimes would crack and bleed.
Dr Google to the Rescue and Problems Caused by FoodsSo being a writer and researcher, I hit Dr Google. "What causes eczema breakouts?" Answer: Tomatoes. What?! Then I began thinking about it. I had a garden that year and was enjoying fresh tomatoes from the garden. Plus, I would eat out frequently at Taco Bell (yes, I know not a good choice anytime) where I was getting fresh tomatoes several times a week.
I stopped eating tomatoes, and my fingers began clearing up. Then a couple of weeks later, I woke up in the middle of the night with my pinkie itching like crazy. Eventually I learned that was a telltale sign of an eczema flare. But I hadn't had any tomatoes, so what could it be? Back to Dr. Google, where I discovered that many foods could be eczema triggers, one of them strawberries.
Oooh, duh! It was strawberry season and I'd been enjoying fresh strawberries. Okay. No problem, no more strawberries. Next it was oranges. You know those little "Cuties", yeah, another flare. Then it was pickles, and...and... You get the idea. Realized that all of those foods were acidic.
Mad About Popeye's Spinach...no MoreSpeaking of rosacea...my complexion had cleared up nicely, with only the occasional outbreak. I didn't think anything of it, until I woke up one morning with several large "pimples" on my face. What in the...! Dr Google here I come. "What triggers rosacea?" There it was at the top of the list: SPINACH. What? Really? You see I'm not a big spinach eater, but I'd picked up a can of Popeye's Spinach...nothing better than boiled spinach covered in butter...and eaten it the last two nights. I'd had a mild reaction the day before, but after the second serving of the spinach treat...BOOM!
No more spinach for me.
Now, it's nuts. Love peanut butter. Almonds. Cashews. When I say I love peanut butter, I mean it, the other nuts are just snacks. However, I have found that enjoying too many of those goodies will trigger both eczema and rosacea.
Finally a True Diagnosis
Other Problems Caused by Foods
Oh no! Not eggs! How can you do low carb or Keto if you can't eat eggs?
Health Begins in the Gut so Heal the GutAll the while this was going on I was struggling with my weight. I'd suddenly lose some, usually when my T3 got up, and then when the T3 (liothyronine) got messed up, the weight would come back on. By now, even going totally zero carb, did not help. The only time weight would come off, is if I was taking the right amount of T3.
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