It's been a while since my last post but that doesn't mean that I've been inactive in my search for more answers and more skin comfort!
In my previous post, I talked about the Autoimmune + Low-Histamine diet that I started near the end of April. Even though I was keeping record of every morsel of food that I put into my mouth, I failed to update this blog with this information beyond my first week (laziness... I just didn't feel like typing it all out). Well, I'm still on that same diet but, as of 2 weeks ago, I also eliminated the food group of FODMAPs (garlic, onions, etc.) from my diet.
I had been trudging through the Autoimmune + Low-Histamine diet religiously for over a month. After an initial period of improvements, I plateaued. The bumps on my chest/neck looked & felt about the same and, honestly, some days were still quite awful. A few weeks ago, I was reading Chris Kresser's book Your Personal Paleo Code in which he recommends that people experiencing skin conditions either do a Low-Histamine diet OR cut out FODMAPs (in addition to an Autoimmune diet). Since I was already doing the Autoimmune + Low-Histamine diet, I figured.... why not cut out FODMAPs at the same time? (Seriously, you get to a point where you don't even care if you can't eat most foods.) So, I've been doing that for about 2 weeks now.
I saw a small amount of progress the first week, but was still really suffering when I got overheated/sweaty. This past Sunday morning, I went outside to pull some weeds from the front yard and started overheating after just 2 minutes of weeding. It put me into a FULL-MODE ITCH ATTACK. Immediately, I went inside and put a thick mixture of Zinc Oxide & Witch Hazel onto my skin. The itching subsided after a few minutes and I ended up leaving the mixture on my skin for the whole day (didn't really leave the house that day). By the end of the evening, I noticed that the bumps from my skin had started disappearing. So I've been putting the mixture on my skin for the past 4 evenings before bedtime.
My skin is looking more and more radiant/porcelain-like every day. In fact, I barely recognize myself with skin that looks this good! And it's feeling much more comfortable (though not perfect quite yet).
So, is it FODMAPs? The Zinc Oxide/Witch Hazel mixture? Or is it that I've been drinking massive amounts of fresh bone broth every day for the past 5 days? Or is it that I've also started taking Zinc & Selenium supplements over the past week? Is it because I've started taking a new probiotic that Chris Kresser recommends for people with skin conditions? I'm wondering if it's one particular thing or if I've finally hit on the magic combination for my skin?
Of course, I'm typing all of this out and still wondering if I'll actually keep improving beyond this point. Am I getting ahead of myself right now?
Lots of love to everyone.