15 Worst Foods For Your Skin
Why it’s Bad For Your Skin
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other whole grains, such as spelt, oats (unless certified gluten-free), kamut, and barley. Gluten also sneaks into many unsuspecting foods, such as sauces, condiments, and processed meats. Many people have a hard time digesting gluten— not just those with celiac disease.
But how does gluten affect your skin? A lot of it has to do with how gluten affects your gut. First off, you have a protein that’s produced by your digestive tract called zonulin. Zonulin’s job is to moderate the tight junctions between the cells in your digestive tract, which prevent undigested food particles and pathogens from passing through . While this a good thing, gluten exposure can trigger your body to overproduce zonulin. This breaks apart the tight junctions instead .Over time, this mechanism causes your intestinal tract to become permeable, or “leaky” and allow undigested food particles to make their way into your bloodstream. This is how we wind up with leaky gut. When it comes to gluten and your skin, the intestinal permeability caused by gluten is where the majority of the problem lies. When undigested food particles enter your bloodstream, your body ‘sounds the warning bells’ and elicits an immune response because they don’t belong in there! Broken record alert: immune responses cause systemic inflammation, which causes or worsens inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne.