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Is my reaction to seaweed a good or bad thing?

Commented on March 27, 2014
Created January 25, 2014 at 7:16 PM

I ate some kelp and about an hour later a new zit pops up. Considering my skin had finally started to settle down with a strict diet, I was kind of peeved. Just to make sure it wasn't something else in my diet, I waited a week and ate some more (hardly any) and up comes a new zit.

So there are two explanations for this:

1) My body can't handle seaweed and I should avoid it for the rest of my life. It has something in it that is bad for my digestion, skin, whatever.

2) Seaweed is really good for me and the reason I broke out was because all of the toxins in my body are basically putting up a fight on the way out. So I should continue to eat it and my face will flare up in the beginning and then go away.

I thought it was number one, but the more I think about it, the more I think it's 2... I mean everyone talks about how good kelp is and how our ancestors ate it. What do you think?

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on March 27, 2014
at 09:45 PM

I was under the impression that the digestion of seaweed worked through your gut bacteria (bacteroides plebeius).

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20376150

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23150581

Ede167512744dbbeb0869761759474e7

on January 26, 2014
at 10:02 PM

I'm completely positive it was the kelp.. like I said my face had been clear for a while and I broke out right after eating it both times.

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on January 25, 2014
at 07:28 PM

A lot of people are intolerant to seaweed, simply because they don't have the enzymes to break it down. I think it was in this forum that some people cited in the past some studies that said that pretty much, only Japanese people have the full set of enzymes to properly break down these foods. The rest of us, are simply kind of trying our best. Seaweed is indeed a very healthy food, if you can break it down. You might want to try some digestive enzymes when you eat it, but it's not guaranteed they'll help.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on March 27, 2014
at 09:45 PM

I was under the impression that the digestion of seaweed worked through your gut bacteria (bacteroides plebeius).

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20376150

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23150581

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on March 27, 2014
at 09:40 PM

I agree with Matt on this. Zits take days or weeks to form after eating a trigger food, not hours. You may be correct about the seaweed, though. Seaweed is one of the most potent acne triggers there is. Dairy and other seafood come in second.

If I were you I'd cut out seaweed for a few weeks and see if the acne goes away. If it does, you have your answer.

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on January 25, 2014
at 08:55 PM

Zits take days to form, if it's truly acne. So it's not the seaweed. Unless you've done this repeatedly.

It's not toxins making their way out of your body either.

It's a zit, they happen. Not everything traces back to diet. Paleo cannot fix everything.

Ede167512744dbbeb0869761759474e7

on January 26, 2014
at 10:02 PM

I'm completely positive it was the kelp.. like I said my face had been clear for a while and I broke out right after eating it both times.

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