It drives me nuts to hear doctors, nutritionists, scientists, and others insist that there are no links where we have seen them to be. Food and symptoms of autism or schizophrenia are excellent examples of these. Acne is another. But check out this excerpt published in Shape Magazine June 2013:
Plagued by acne? Take a closer look at what you’re putting in your mouth. The relationship between diet and blemishes has long been dismissed by dermatologists and scientists, but a recent analysis of 27 studies published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that certain foods can indeed aggravate the condition. The biggest offenders: dairy (probably due to the hormones it contains) and foods that are high on the glycemic index (GI)- which means they rapidly raise your blood glucose. “A spike in blood sugar triggers the release of insulin, which causes the sebaceous glands to produce more oil,” says coauthor Jennifer Burris, R.D.N., a doctoral candidate in nutrition at New York University. Although sweet foods are more apt to rank high on the index, don’t count on taste alone to guide you, she cautions. Dried fruits, for example, tend to be lower on the scale than starchy veggies like corn and potatoes.
This lines up with what we (in this community and on this blog) have been talking about for years:
- Food can give us obvious symptoms
- Removing specific foods from our diets can relieve symptoms (note: but adding other ones in can have an even greater positive impact)
- In many cases, dried fruit is an entirely acceptable for a body that cannot tolerate starchy veggies
- Not all dermatologists, scientists, nutritionists, and doctors are fully informed yet as to cause and effect
- While we are being told by “the experts” that we’re imagining links between food and autism, schizophrenia, acne, and more, it can be critically important that we believe what we observe in ourselves and our children and act accordingly.
I had cystic acne as a teen, and retain the scars from it. While some teens and adults are able to maintain positive self-esteem despite this symptom, for many of us it packs a real punch, with the physical and psychological effects lingering long after it resolves. I’d love to help you release it A.S.A.P.!
For a complete, comprehensive, step-by-step guide to what to remove and add for amazing results, check out the book GAPS Guide 2nd Edition!
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