food triggers

Is Your Healthy Diet Causing Your Symptoms And Health Problems?

Photo credit:  NordWood Themes

Photo credit: NordWood Themes

Food is medicine and is our first line of defense against illness and disease. Food is also the primary vehicle for fueling our bodies with the nutrients we need to function.

 

You can't out run (or out supplement) a poor diet.

 

I'm not just talking about a diet of processed foods and junk foods.

 

As a matter of fact, most of the people that come to me for help with digestive symptoms, skin rashes, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, food sensitivities, and other chronic health problems have been on "healthy" diets for a long time. And guess what? Their symptoms continue to get worse.

 

So called ‘healthy’ diets that remove foods, entire food groups, and categories of foods, and elimination diets in general seem to cause the most trouble, and this is because they remove entire food groups from the diet. Short term diets like these may help you identify triggers for your symptoms so may help you feel better for awhile, but they will not solve the underlying cause of your symptoms and health problems.

 

Foods can trigger reactions yes, but reactions to foods also happen to be a symptom of a deeper, root cause problem that needs to be addressed in order to restore your health.

 

You may have noticed, the longer you're on a diet like this, the more symptoms you start to have over time. You may even notice that your symptoms and health problems developed after you implemented your healthy diet. Maybe even 10 years later, or more. This is not a coincidence.

 

In addition to food restriction leading to nutrient deficiency and therefore more symptoms (all the biochemical pathways in your body run off of nutrients from foods you eat), there's an emotional aspect involved as well. I find that these same people, no matter what diet they are following become fearful of food. This leads to even more symptoms and health problems as the stress from the situation takes a stronger hold. Yes orthorexia is a real problem, and it runs rampant in our society as we are continuously fed (no pun intended) false information that this diet or that diet will heal all our health issues.

 

If you struggle with digestive symptoms, skin rashes, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, food sensitivities, and other chronic health problems, and have a strict dietary regimen, stop and:

 

Take a look at what you are putting in...

 

Ask yourself:

 

Is it enough (quality calories and nutrients)...

 

Is it well rounded and varied (includes a variety of foods from all food groups)...

 

Does it include quality sources of protein and fat (and enough of both)...

 

Is it low in starch (plant based diets are not, and this can feed unhealthy gut microbes)...

 

Is in low in fiber (high protein diets tend to be, and you do need fiber to feed healthy gut microbes)...

 

Are you drinking enough water...

 

If you are on a restricted diet and have symptoms and health problems, your "healthy" diet may be playing a role.

 

Trust the signs your body is giving you, not someone trying to sell you the latest diet craze.


I've worked with people, and have seen their symptoms and health problems resolve as their diets become MORE INCLUSIVE.

 

To learn what foods contain nutrients your body needs to function optimally, check out my nutrient cheat sheets, CLICK HERE!
 

Also, I mentioned last week, get on my calendar for your introductory consultation and optional free functional health assessment! CLICK HERE!

Suffering from skin conditions like eczema?

Jennifer Caryn Brand Nutrition, Eczema Food Triggers Ebook

Uncontrollably itchy skin, eczema covering your body, for the love of... You can't for the life of you figure out what's causing it. You've tried it all.

 

●      Prescription skin creams

●      Elimination diets

●      'Clean' skin care products

●      Antihistamine medications

●      Baths and soaks

●      Coconut oil (it fixes everything right?)

 

The list goes on and none of it works...

 

I've got news for you. Not only can I help you address your skin issues, I’m so excited to share with you that I have a new ebook on the subject! 

 

Here's a little background...

 

I was asked to participate in the first ever Psoriasis and Eczema Awareness Week event, coming up super soon, April 16-22, 2018.

 

The event is a 100% online event and it will include tons of resources that will support and inspire people out there (just like you) who have found that conventional recommendations just aren’t working. By no means are we making claims about cures here… this event is based on science and functional medicine approaches to address underlying root cause issues that are often overlooked or ignored.

 

The event will include expert interviews (from doctors, dietitians, scientific researchers, herbalists, and more) along with eBooks, eCookbooks and other guides that can help you get answers sooner.

 

Stay tuned for more details on the event, and to learn how you can access the important and useful information that will be shared by me, and a number of my colleagues. You’ll be hearing about skin health from the experts in the field, and learn what you can do to help resolve your troublesome skin issues.

 

There will be giveaways during the event, and deals on products that can help promote healthy skin.

 

So about my ebook, it’s called Eczema Food Triggers Addressing Eczema From The Inside Out. It in you’ll learn about 10 different ‘chemicals’ found in natural, healthy foods that can cause some people’s eczema to flare up. You’ll also learn why this can happen, and what can be done about it. Here’s a hint, it isn’t all about diet, and it isn’t as simple as just removing triggering foods from your diet.

 

I’ll be speaking about this during the first ever Psoriasis and Eczema Awareness Week event, April 16-22, 2018, so mark your calendars and again, stay tuned for more details on how you’ll be able to access it.

 

In the meantime, you can download my Eczema Food Triggers Cheat Sheet for free. --> click here <-- to get your free PDF document.

 

To get your hands on the ebook --> click here <--!

 

To work with me to resolve your skin problems --> click here <-- and schedule your 30 minute strategy session today!

 

"Your nutritional needs are as unique as your fingerprint, and they are dictated by your individual biochemistry. As a functional and clinical nutritionist, I can help you interpret your body's nutrient needs and customize a plan to reach your health and wellness goals. This is personalized nutrition."
-Jennifer Caryn Brand, MPH, MS, CNS, Clinical Nutritionist


 
Wishing you a delicious weekend!

Jennifer
Functional and Clinical Nutritionist

Nutrition, Skin and Detoxification - Nutrients Needed for Skin Health and Detoxification

Photo credit:  Dhyamis Kleber

Photo credit: Dhyamis Kleber

Today I got to explain to a new client how skin woes are connected to gut health. 

 

Uncontrollably itchy skin, eczema covering your body, for the love of... You can't for the life of you figure out what's causing it. You've tried it all.

 

Prescription skin creams

Elimination diets

'Clean' skin care products

Antihistamine medications

Baths and soaks

Coconut oil (it fixes everything right?)

The list goes on and none of it works...

 

The connection to gut health may be why. Problems with digestion and the gut can lead to leaky gut. Leaky gut allows food particles and toxins to escape the digestive tract and make their way into the blood stream, where they trigger an immune response. This immune response can manifest in a wide variety of ways, including as skin conditions.

 

Digestive imbalances and impaired gut health also can cause a deficiency in nutrients needed for skin health, as well as overall health. Poor gut health and dysfunction, leaky gut, and nutrient deficiency can adversely affect detoxification processes in the liver (poor detoxification capacity results).

 

When we have a build of up toxins that cannot be excreted through normal routes (the liver is our major detox organ), those toxins will make their way out somehow, often that somehow is through the skin, and this can cause all sorts of skin conditions.

 

If you suffer with skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis (among others), you likely have digestive and gut imbalances and dysfunction, leaky gut, and impaired detoxification capacity.

 

Keep in mind that common food triggers for eczema include dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter), and eggs.

 

Dairy products also adversely affect the lining of your gut, contributing to leaky gut. Yogurt in particular is not eczema friendly because it can be loaded with extra sugar, and it contains histamine (amines) because it's fermented where histamine is also a trigger for skin problems.

 

Grapes, oranges, kiwi, soy, tomato, avocado, broccoli, dried fruit, deli meat/processed meat, and junk food can all wreak havoc for your eczema.

 

If you suffer from eczema avoiding the common trigger foods may help, and determining which components of certain foods cause your reactions can help as well as they can be found in a very wide range of foods. It's the chemicals in those foods, natural ones at that, which can be problematic. Histamine and amine foods, salicylates, oxalates, nightshades, citrus foods, among others are examples often offenders in eczema sufferers.

 

This is not to suggest removing all of these foods from your diet! Rather, we need to ferret out underlying causes and address them in order tame your skin problems. Impaired gut health is an underlying cause. 

To learn more about the connections between your skin, gut, and detoxification, what nutrients you need to support healthy skin and detox and the foods they are found in, click here!