1. It eases the itching and inflammation OR CAUSES the itching and inflammation.
2. It promotes healing OR slows it.
I am on a STRICT diet. For 4 whole months I ate ONLY quinoa, chicken, and leafy greens. I did NOT deviate and ONLY drank distilled water. VERY slowly, I started testing foods. When I tested foods, my skin was FAR from healed or perfect, but the itching and inflammation were controlled. The ONLY time I've had itch attacks (Other than the oozy itch) have been directly related to food and, in one case, water.
Here are the food flares I've had over the last week or so. I'll break down EXACTLY how I deviated from my diet and why I'm SO convinced that the food was the cause.
Day 135- Calm Skin
No pics... Was feeling good this day. Decided to test the waters and ate a peanut butter and honey on pale bread around dinner time.
Itched most of the night and woke up like this!
Typically, the swelling and inflammation subsides and goes back to normal, but I had ALSO introduced some new spices into my cooking. LOTS of cumin and pepper. These are in the nightshade family and were causing me tons of inflammation and itching I discovered, so I cut them out after this.
|Lots of ice packs....|
|BEYOND itchy. BEYOND.|
I cut out the Mexican spices (nightshades) and the inflammation and redness subsided a great deal. Was back on the road to recovery.
|I call this good flakey. There's no pain or thick skin and the flakes are soft to the touch. It's basically the beginning of the healing from the thick skin.|
Things were fine UNTIL I ate sweet potato and within twenty minutes looked like this! I became highly agitated, and could hardly breathe. I was freaking out. I called my husband and was SO agitated and upset that he came home. It lasted about an hour. I literally felt CRAZY in my head.
This was 2 hours later....
Back to my diet and back to healing...
|Very dry... but NOT inflamed.|
|I tore my neck apart when I was flaring.|