I keep getting a rash when I eat clean for a period of time. I'm pretty regular with my diet; coconut oil, wild salmon, sweet potato, brussel sprout, occasional apple. I train regulary, twice a day at times. Eat about 2000kcal per day.
If I get off the bandwagon and eat traditional crap the rash will go away. I have searched the questions and things such as a detox rash, histamine intolerance come up. Majority of the rash is on my lower back, up to shoulder blades and on under arms. GP said it looked like infected hair follices, so went on a course of antibiotics (while eating dirty) and it has cleared but the itching has returned today. Appears as if the skin dries out very easily.
Any ideas? My doc's idea of antibiotics and hydro cortisone didn't do the trick.
asked byAussiebloke (659)
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on November 15, 2012
at 09:10 AM
Maybe you are allergic to salmon. I get rashes on my back when I eat things I'm allergic to, such as seafood, gluten, and sulfites. Try eating clean without fish or eating dirty with fish?
on November 08, 2012
at 09:40 PM
Do you train when you eat on the SAD? If it were some sort of contact dermatitis, or the hair follicles were becoming infected, could it be from sweating during training- maybe coupled with friction from your shirt?
on November 09, 2012
at 12:25 AM
Try increase carbs? Rice, potato. Skin problems may be related to low carb.
Low-carb diets generally improve immunity to bacteria and viruses, but not all is roses and gingerbread.
Low-carb diets, alas, impair immunity to fungal and protozoal infections. The immune defense against these infections is glucose-dependent (as it relies on production of reactive oxygen species using glucose) and thyroid hormone-dependent (as thyroid hormone drives not only glucose availability, but also the availability of iodine for the myeloperoxidase pathway). Thus, anti-fungal immunity is downregulated on very low-carb diets.
on November 09, 2012
at 12:23 AM
a few thoughts,
i. carbs/sugars: how do they differ between your clean & crap diets. for example, is your clean diet a lot lower in carbs, then may be you have some sort of infection that thrives on a low carb (keto type) diet. in this example, upping carbs in your clean diet may be worth a test.
ii. coconut oil: some people react (have an allergy?) to coconut oil. you may want to research this a bit & eliminate to test. i have read anecdotes that these people may tolerate refined coconut oil better (Ray Peat). not sure about mct oil, that may be better than coconut oil as well (if you are still after a source of short chain fats from an oil).
iii. experiment with eliminating other foods from you clean diet, that you may be reacting to, ie. sweet potatoes (just an example, i know its not a nightshade).