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gluten and skinGluten-free is a topic everywhere today, but is it a solution to having clear skin?  Gluten is not only found in bread, it is also in beer, pizza dough, cereals, soups, sauces and even salad dressings.  Gluten is a protein found in grains.

Only a small percentage of the population have been diagnosed with Celiac disease (gluten allergy), but many people now find themselves sensitive to gluten.  Gluten intolerance was not a problem until companies like Monsanto started playing around with our food by creating genetically-engineered grains.

Symptoms one may experience from gluten sensitivity are gas, bloating, fatigue, joint pain and acne.  Gluten sensitivity can trigger inflammation in the skin also aggravating eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.  Removing gluten from your diet may be your answer.  You can begin by replacing gluten foods with quinoa, millet, buckwheat, teff, amaranth, brown rice and corn (organic, of course).  Restaurants now have gluten-free menu items and there are gluten-free sections in grocery stores.  Trade your bagel for rice pasta!

To read more on this topic, click on the following topic:

Kramer, S. (2013). Huffington Post, “Is Gluten-Free the Answer to Clear Skin, Too?”. Retrieved April 19, 2013 from, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suki-kramer/is-glutenfree-the-answer-_b_2906979.html