One other very pleasant symptom of going paleo for me (amongst the plethora of others) was my lifelong skin conditions essentially being eradicated. I always had horrible psoriasis on my knees and elbows (sometimes on my ankle and big toes) as well as really dry skin and bouts of dandruff. I always thought this was genetic (ahh that old escapism, if its genetic then there’s nothing I can do about it!), but in actual fact it was a symptom of my horrible diet and lifestyle.
After going paleo, within a month, (it’s easy to remember how long it takes for a lifelong skin condition to disappear) the majority of my psoriasis was all but gone. My skin, once dry and itchy, is now always soft and slightly ‘moist’. All in all, it was incredible for me, and yet another benefit of the paleo lifestyle. So how did it work?
Skin Conditions – Visual Inflammation and Warning of Metabolic Derangement
We really should pay more attention to our skin. It is the most visual part of our body, and it can be used to diagnose a plethora of problems we may be having. It is now thought that Psoriasis and Eczema are essentially an inflammatory response to autoimmune based diseases. The main culprit of the rampant autoimmunity which exists in the current western world is our friend gluten. A paleo diet, which if eaten strictly is essentially free of gluten, as well as being highly anti-inflamtory and is immune system regulating.
By going Paleo I essentially cured myself and regulated my immune system (entire winter with no-more than a sniffle!) so my skin responded in turn by clearing up the psoriasis which I have had for ¾’s of my life.
Side Note: For some people, dairy must also be removed from the diet. I have a very slight intolerance to dairy (hence the slight psoriasis left on one of my knees) but I love it too much to give it up.
Supplements I Can Take to Help with Skin Conditions
If you are eating a proper paleo diet, the need for supplements should be minimal. However, if you are like me, and unfortunately to busy to cook proper paleo all the time, you need to supplement your diet. Some supplements that can help regulate your immune system and lower inflammation are as follows:
- Zinc – Zinc helps regulate your immune system and helps with wound healing. Enough said.
- Vitamin D3 – The super ‘vitamin’. Has a host of benefits with regards to the immune system. Should be supplementing with it no matter what.
- Magnesium – The Greatest Mineral you probably lack, helps with the inflammation amongst other things.
- Fish Oil – Up your omega3/omega6 ratio and remove vegetable oils from your diet for dealing with inflammatory diseases.
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