I'm a 17 year old kid trying to heal his digestion problems which are the likely cause of my acne. I am currently following a VLC GAPS Paleo diet since I am unable to digest anything but some vegetables. Starches and fructose will mess me up a lot.
I usually eat simple salads and the highest carb I can digest somewhat is carrots. When I ate too many of them I had bloating, gas, and my face began to itch. The next day my acne flared up :(
I also eat sauerkraut(organic from whole foods; is there still live bacteria in this?, it tastes very fermented after I let it sit in the fridge for a week) with almost every meal. I am not sure if it is helping improve or worsen my digestion. It allows me to eat more vegetables without gas when I do eat with it. I can't notice a visible effect on my face from eating it, although pimple like bumps (not inflamed) on my upper body seem to form a little bit.
I will be starting bone broths this week as I ordered a crock pot and it should be here soon, prior to that I was not making bone broth.
My current supplements are Vitamin D3 10k IU and one capsule of Green Pastures CLO each day.
Does anyone have suggestions? Should I avoid FODMAPS? Should I continue with sauerkraut? Will taking probiotics be bad if I have SIBO(not sure if I do)?
Any help and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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on September 14, 2012
at 02:04 AM
I would suggest avoiding FODMAPS for a while to see if it helps, then adding them back in one by one to see what you can and can't tolerate. My husband has IBS and finds that avoiding a lot of FODMAPS helps him. His biggest trigger seems to be onions, which tend to be in so many sauces,etc. Good luck!!
on September 14, 2012
at 01:55 AM
You're on the right track with the sauerkraut. However, it must be unpasteurized. I tried pasteurized sauerkraut a while ago, and it just made me bloated every time I ate it. It was sorta tasty, but ineffective.
THEN I started eating UNpasteurized fermented sauerkraut, kim chee and pickles. This made all the difference. I especially love and get the most benefit from this: http://www.realpickles.com/products_garlickraut.html
After two weeks on this stuff (about 2-3 tablespoons with each meal) my digestion is incredibly strong. Be sure to include other raw fermented products, too, like kim chee, pickles, maybe some kefirs. ALL RAW. You want those little guys alive and squirming when they go down the hatch.
My digestion went from sluggish, heavy, bloated, reactive, phlegm-producing, to nice-feeling, regular, and energetic. Not to mention it knocked out my various intense food cravings.
Raw, unpasteurized, homemade if possible. Try it.
on September 27, 2012
at 02:27 PM
I also started having problems very early on(12yrs) I have been researching my digestion ever since. I have experimented quite a bit with foods, wide variety, limited variety, 4-5 small meals, 3 small-medium meals, etc. What I have found especially where it relates to acne is to consider the following: food intolerance, certain chemicals in food(sappoins,etc), candida(which if you have been eating fruit,sweets, fats(overload for your particular system), and food intolerance can create acne because your body responds to food, it does not have the proper enzymes to digest, by increasing the inflammatory response= results in acne, reddness, some toxin is trying to escape. What are you eating? Do you eat about the same thing every day or does it very? Drink coffee? What beverages/citrus's do you consume?