Certain foods and environmental factors will aggravate the immune system into acting aggressively. This overloads the immune system, so it cannot fight infections, and also triggers the painful skin inflammation we are trying to eradicate.
Once you identify these triggers and eliminate them from your diet or lifestyle, your immune system will be less harassed, and can concentrate on fighting foreign bacteria and viruses.
How do you identify trigger foods?
Consult your doctor or nutritionist to do an allergy test or elimination tests to identify your trigger foods. If all your tests come back negative (as Elizabeth’s did) you can take the precaution of removing high-risk trigger foods from your diet.
First, we removed wheat, as gluten – the protein found in cereal grains – is a well-known trigger for inflammation. We also eliminated dairy products, tomatoes, citrus fruits, chocolates and eggs and we limit the consumption of refined carbohydrates and yeasty foods, as yeast tends to feed the bad bacteria in your gut, increase insulin production and trigger hormone imbalance. Starchy food is also acidic, forcing your liver works hard to neutralize the pH levels.
We replaced the starchy wheat-based foods with gluten free pasta, gluten free bread, yeast free bread, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes and quinoa.
We were able to purchase gluten free pasta such as brown rice pasta, corn pasta at Publix, Costco and local heath food store. Fortunately we live in times where things are more readily available. We also found some restaurants where they provide gluten free menu.
- Can you pinpoint any specific trigger foods that disrupt your digestion and immunity?
- If you cannot identify specific foods, eliminate foods that are known to cause aggravation, such as gluten, dairy, eggs, citrus fruits, chocolate, yeast. Replace these foods with nutritious alternatives. If it is too difficult to avert dairy foods, try goat-based cheeses and milk.
- Limit high glycemic index foods, such as cakes, cookie, sugary desert, etc.
- Eliminate or use minimally non-foods such as condiments, salt, sugar, etc.